Guide to the Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Pierce, Joe E.
Title: Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings
Dates: 1962-1964 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 0.5 cubic foot, including 57 audiotapes (3 boxes)
Collection Number: OH 12
Summary: The Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings were made by Joe E. Pierce during his study of Native American languages in Oregon and include interviews with members of the Coquille and Siletz tribes.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165

Languages: Materials in English. Recordings in Tolowa and Tutuni languages. 

Biographical Note

Joe E. Pierce was a faculty member in the Anthropology Department at Portland State College at the time these recordings were made. Pierce earned his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1957 and specialized in linguistics and world languages. He died in 1994.

Bruce J. Rigsby was a graduate student at the University of Oregon and completed his Ph.D. in 1965.

Amelia Brown was described by James Collins in Understanding Tolowa Histories: Western Hegemonies and Native American Responses as "herbalist, midwife, cook, and raconteur".

Content Description

The Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings consist of cassette audiotape recordings of interviews conducted by Joe E. Pierce with members of the Coquille and Siletz tribes. The recordings were made as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation for a systematic study of Native American languages in Oregon. Bruce J. Rigsby also participated in the study.

The recordings document the Tolowa and Tutuni languages, especially word phrases, songs, and stories. The grammatical structure of the languages is also addressed. The bulk of the recordings are interviews with Mrs. Amelia Brown; other individuals that are included in the recordings are Mr. and Mrs. Lopez, Mrs. Ida Bensell, Hoxy Simmons, Miller Collins, and Mrs. Carrie Streets.

The cassette audiotapes were prepared in the late 1980s by Tom Grigsby of the OSU Anthropology Department from original reel-to-reel recordings. Tape logs were prepared at that time and are included with the collection.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Oregon Native American Language Sound Recordings (OH 12), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

These sound recordings were transferred from the Oregon State University Anthropology Department in 2001.

Related Materials :  

This collection is a component of the Oregon Multicultural Archives, which documents the lives and activities of African American, Asian American, Latino and Native American communities of Oregon.


    • Subject Terms :
    • Coquille Indians.
    • Coquille language.
    • Indians of North America--Oregon--Languages--Interviews.
    • Siletz Indians.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Audiocassettes.
    • Oral histories (document genres)
      • Other Creators :
      • Rigsby, Bruce Joseph, 1937-

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