The Robert Rankin papers, 1886, 1914, 1956-2011, document his field work, research, and professional activities, primarily in relation to his work studying American Indian languages. Rankin was professor of linguistics at the University of Kansas from 1969 until his retirement in 2005. The collection consists of sound recordings, field notebooks, vocabulary lists and bibliographies, dictionaries, research files, slip files, word lists, correspondence, ephemera, notes, readings and reprints, writings, drafts, and teaching materials. This includes materials from Rankin's work with the last native speakers of the Quapaw and Kaw (Kansa, Kanza) languages and subsequent research, writings, and collaborations with tribes and fellow linguists.
Alexander Gardner (1821-1882) was a photographer best known for his portraits of President Abraham Lincoln, his American Civil War photographs, and his photographs of American Indian delegations. This collection contains 61 albumen prints that were shot by Gardner circa 1866-1868 and held in General William T. Sherman's personal collection. Photographs depict American Indian tribes and Peace Commissioners involved in the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty; photographs shot along the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division in 1867; and photographs of American Indian delegations visiting Washington, D. C. from 1866-1868.
This collection includes a selection of handwritten and original sheet music written by Native jazz musician Jim Pepper (Kaw/Oklahoma Muskogee [Creek]).
In Schedule of John Wesley Powell's Introduction to the Study of Indian Languages 1877. "Informant: A. W. Stubbs, Kaw interpreter." Manuscript includes corrections and annotations in crayon by J. Owen Dorsey.
In two copies of John Wesley Powell's Introduction to the Study of Indian Languages 1877, with 4L, in handwriting of A. S. Gatschet laid in. Includes marginal notes and additions (mostly in red ink) by J. Owen Dorsey.
Truman Michelson's handwritten notes on Kanza (Kansa) verbal paradigms.
173 entries in printed U. S. Geographical and Geological Survey "Comparative Vocabulary" form. Corrections of entries 92 and 93 by J. Owen Dorsey.
Marginal notes are in the handwriting of J. Owen Dorsey (in pencil and red crayon) and James Mooney (in pencil); title and title page in handwriting of A.S. Gatschet. Intended by Morgan as supplement No. 3 to "Houses and House Life of the American Aborigines," CNAE IV, 1881, but never printed.
On cards compiled from information furnished in reply to letters of inquiry. The information is secondary and lacks documentation. Terms of the following languages are thought to be included: Achomawi, Alibamu, Arikara, Athapascan, Blackfoot, Catawba, Choctaw, Copehan, Creek, Dakota, Hitchiti, Hopi, Iowa, Kansa, Klikitat, Mandan, Muskhogean, Niusko...
Relate to Apache, Kansa, Osage, Oto, [Winnebago ?], and Plains Indians, made at various locations, ca. 1880.