Guide to the Records of The Linguistics Department

Collection Title: Records of The Linguistics Department
Dates: 1963-2004
Identification: 11/3/18/3
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Linguistics Department
Extent: 11 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The records of the Linguistics Department fill ten and one-half boxes, span the period 1963-2004, and are divided into ten different categories. The Department of linguistics grew rapidly during the second half of the twentieth century within the College of Arts and Sciences. From its origin, the department has focused its curricular offerings on applied linguistics, formal and computational linguistics, lexicography, and the languages of Africa. The administrative files of department chair Jack Berry comprise more than three-fourths of the records in this series. Most of the remaining records are from the administrative files of Judith Levi, another department chair. Many of her files pertain to undergraduate advising and the restructuring of graduate level curriculum in 1979.
Acquisition Information: Representatives of the Northwestern University Linguistics Department transferred these records to the University Archives in six accessions: 87-80, 89-15, 89-33, 89-105, 91-46, and 92-96. The Linguistics Department Faculty Meeting Minutes were separated from the papers of Judith Levi, Series 11/3/18/4.
Processing Information: Jessica Spencer; August 15, 2006. Additions processed by Janet Olson, April 2007.
Separated Materials: Approximately one linear foot of duplicate material has been discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: The series may be used only with permission of the University Archivist.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Scope and Content

Like the discipline of linguistics itself, this department grew rapidly during the second half of the twentieth century within the College of Arts and Sciences. While undergraduate courses and graduate programs have been offered since the 1960's, the undergraduate major did not become available until 1972. From its origin, the department has focused its curricular offerings on applied linguistics, formal and computational linguistics, lexicography, and the languages of Africa. The administrative files of department chair Jack Berry, who taught at Northwestern from 1964 until his death in 1980, comprise more than three-fourths of the records in this series. Berry's interest in West African languages and his position as Director of Northwestern's Program of Oriental and African Languages explain the large amount of information which pertains to both the Linguistics Department and to the Program of African Studies. Most of the remaining records are from the administrative files of Judith Levi, another department chair. Levi joined the Northwestern faculty in 1972 and began teaching linguistics courses in 1973. Many of her files pertain to undergraduate advising and the restructuring of graduate level curriculum in 1979.

The records of the Linguistics Department fill ten and one-half boxes, span the period 1963-2004, and are divided into ten different categories.

The first deals strictly with the Conference on African Languages and Literatures, held at Northwestern from April 28 to 30, 1966.

The second concerns other conferences and meetings attended by linguistics faculty as either observers or participants. Files in this category are arranged alphabetically by topical headings.

Section three relates to participation of Linguistics Department faculty with non-Northwestern professional societies and committees. Files are arranged alphabetically by name of organization.

Similarly, section four concerns faculty activity within Northwestern-related committees and is ordered in similar fashion.

The fifth section includes files that most explicitly relate to Northwestern's Program of African Studies, along with records pertaining to linguistic analysis of African languages.

Section six relates to faculty research projects and papers. This section complements the first two sections well because much of the work covered in these files was presented at the conferences attended.

Section seven contains files concerning curriculum development. These files document the development of specific courses as well as departmental concerns relating to both graduate and undergraduate programs.

The eighth section concentrates on financial records. Included are departmental budgetary records as well as material concerning fellowships and scholarships awarded or offered to graduate students.

Section nine contains files relating to students, both graduate and undergraduate, including transcripts, biographical information, and notes concerning academic performance.

The tenth and final section includes general administrative files and contains correspondence with other university departments, routine mailings, and a file relating to the 1970 fire in the linguistics building which forced the department to relocate.

Additions, 1972-2000

The additions to the Records of the Linguistics Department consist of agendas and minutes from Linguistics Department Meetings dating between 1972 and 2000. Some of the meetings were for the entire department; others were intended for faculty only. Meeting materials are arranged in chronological order, with significant gaps in the 1970s and 1980s, and an occasional gap in the 1990s.

Arrangement of Materials

The records of the Linguistics Department fill ten and one-half boxes, span the period 1963-2004, and are divided into ten different categories. Each category is arranged alphabetically by topical headings, or alphabetically by name of organization.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Linguistics Department

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Program of African Studies

Subjects

Linguistics--Study and teaching--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Conference on African Languages and Literature, April 28-30, 1966
    • Arrangements, Nov. 1965-Apr. 1966Box 1, Folder 1
    • Arrangements: Elmhurst College, January- March 1966Box 1, Folder 2
    • Budget, Dec. 1965-Aug. 1967Box 1, Folder 3
    • Contract, December 1965Box 1, Folder 4
    • Correspondence: General, July 1965-May 1966Box 1, Folder 5
    • Correspondence: with Paper Presenters, Oct. 1965-May 1966Box 1, Folder 6
    • Correspondence: with Participants, Dec. 1965-May 1966Box 1, Folder 7
    • Distribution of Conference Papers, Sept. 1966-Nov. 1967Box 1, Folder 8
    • Modern Language Association Petition, May 1965-April 1966Box 1, Folder 9
    • Outside Observers Invited, Oct. 1965-May 1966Box 1, Folder 10
    • Proceedings, 1966Box 1, Folder 11
    • Proceeding: Manuscript, 1966Box 1, Folder 12
    • Progress Reports, Dec. 1965-Mar. 1967Box 1, Folder 13
    • Proposal, July-September 1965Box 1, Folder 14
    • Working Papers of Rapporteurs, n.d.Box 1, Folder 15
  • Conferences and Meetings Attended by Linguistics Faculty
    • Africa in the 1980's, Chicago, Illinois, April 14-18, 1969Box 2, Folder 1
    • African Research Committee Conference, Aspen, Colorado, June 6-7, 1966Box 2, Folder 2
    • African University and National Education Development Conference, Columbia University, September 8-18, 1964Box 2, Folder 3
    • Africanists, Second International Congress of, Dakar, Dec. 11-20, 1967Box 2, Folder 4
    • Chicago Linguistic Society Meetings, Apr. 1969- Dec. 1970Box 2, Folder 5
    • Chicago Linguistic Society Regional Meeting 11, April 17-20, 1975Box 2, Folder 6
    • Chicago Linguistic Society Regional Meeting 12, April 22-25, 1976Box 2, Folder 7
    • Chicago Linguistic Society Regional Meeting 13, April 14-16, 1977Box 2, Folder 8
    • Chicago Linguistic Society Regional Meeting 15, April 19-21, 1979Box 2, Folder 9
    • Chicago Linguistic Society Regional Meeting 16, April 17-19, 1980Box 2, Folder 10
    • Chicago Linguistic Society Regional Meeting 17, Apr. 30-May 2, 1981Box 2, Folder 11
    • Chicago Linguistic Society Regional Meeting 19, Apr. 21-23, 1983Box 2, Folder 12
    • Current Approaches to Syntax Conference, University of Wisconsin, Mar. 15-17, 1979Box 2, Folder 13
    • Ethiopian Studies, Fifth International Conference, Chicago, IL, Apr. 13-16, 1978Box 2, Folder 14
    • Formal Linguistic Society of Midamerica Meeting, Northwestern University, May 15-17, 1992Box 2, Folder 15
    • Fourah Bay-Berkeley Seminar, Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone, June 20-26, 1966Box 2, Folder 16
    • Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics, Thirty-Second Annual: Analyzing Discourse, March 19-21, 1981Box 2, Folder 17
    • Language Problems of the Developing Nations Conference, Airlie House, Warrenton, Virginia, November 2-4, 1966Box 3, Folder 1
    • Linguistic Society of America Correspondence, 1966Box 3, Folder 2
    • Linguistic Society of America Summer Meeting, Ann Arbor, Michigan, August 3-5, 1973Box 3, Folder 3
    • Linguistic Society of America Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 1976Box 3, Folder 4
    • Linguistic Society of America Meeting, Los Angeles, California, December 1979Box 3, Folder 5
    • Linguistics, Tenth International Congress of, Bucharest, Romania, Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 1967Box 3, Folder 6
    • Linguistics and Disorders of Communication, August 7-18, XXXXBox 3, Folder 7
    • Linguistics and the University Education Conference, Michigan State University, April 25-26, 1980Box 3, Folder 8
    • Literacy Conference, Airlie House, Warrenton, Virginia, May 23-28, 1964Box 3, Folder 9
    • Metatheory, Problems in Linguistics, Michigan State University, February 1976Box 3, Folder 10
    • National Defense Education Act Language and Area Summer Programs Conference, Evanston, Illinois, February 25-26, 1966Box 3, Folder 11
    • Neglected Languages Conference, January 16-17, 1965Box 3, Folder 12
    • Pidginization and Creolization Conference, Jamaica, April 9-12, 1968Box 3, Folder 13
    • Pittsburgh Trip, October 22, 1967Box 3, Folder 14
    • Position and Problems of the American Scholar in Africa Conference, White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia, November 18-19, 1966Box 3, Folder 15
    • Social Implications of Multilingualism in Eastern Africa, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, December 15-21, 1968Box 3, Folder 16
    • West African Languages Congress, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, March 1969Box 3, Folder 17
  • Professional Societies and Committees (Non-Northwestern)
    • Center for Applied Linguistics, Sept. 1964-June 1968Box 3, Folder 18
    • Center for Applied Linguistics: Sub-Committee of the African Languages Committee on Critical Languages, 1966Box 3, Folder 19
    • Committee on Institutional Cooperation: General, May 1965-June 1966Box 3, Folder 20
    • Committee on Institutional Cooperation: Ad-Hoc Committee on Linguistics, Feb. 1963-Feb. 1965Box 3, Folder 21
    • Committee on Institutional Cooperation: Sub-Committee on Exotic Languages, Feb. 1966-Oct. 1968Box 3, Folder 22
    • Esperantic Studies Foundation, December 1968Box 4, Folder 1
    • Ethiopic Language Survey Committee, Feb. 1966-Nov. 1967Box 4, Folder 2
    • Folk Research, International Society for, Mar. 1964-Oct. 1968Box 4, Folder 3
    • International Development, Society for, 1968Box 4, Folder 4
    • International Education, Institute of, 1969Box 4, Folder 5
    • Linguistic Circle of New York, Inc., 1968Box 4, Folder 6
    • Onomastics, International Center of, July 1966Box 4, Folder 7
    • Philological Society, 1966-1969Box 4, Folder 8
    • Social Science Research Council: Committee on Sociolinguistics, January 1966-August 1967Box 4, Folder 9
    • Social Science Research Council: Behavioral and Social Sciences Survey, 1968Box 4, Folder 10
    • West African Linguistic Society, Apr. 1965- Dec. 1967Box 4, Folder 11
  • Northwestern-Related Committees
    • Ad-Hoc Promotion Committee, 1967Box 4, Folder 12
    • Alumni Fund Lectures Committee, 1967Box 4, Folder 13
    • Berry, Jack: Northwestern University Committees, 1968Box 4, Folder 14
    • Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence Program Interim Report, August 1985Box 4, Folder 15
    • International Affairs Advisory Committee, Dec. 1966-Jan. 1967Box 4, Folder 16
    • Intersocietal Studies Council, Oct. 1965-Nov. 1967Box 4, Folder 17
    • Joint Appointments Committee, Jan.-Aug. 1967Box 4, Folder 18
    • Oriental and African Languages Program, 1973Box 4, Folder 19
    • Policy Action Committee, 1972-1973Box 4, Folder 20
  • Program of African Studies
    • African Students List, 1966Box 4, Folder 21
    • African Language Series of Indiana University, 1968-1971Box 4, Folder 22
    • African Studies Association: African Research Committee, 1966-1967Box 4, Folder 23
    • African Studies Association: Committee on African Languages and Linguistics, Oct. 1965-Jan. 1968Box 4, Folder 24
    • African Studies Association: General, June 1965-Feb. 1967Box 4, Folder 25
    • African Studies Association: General, 1968Box 4, Folder 26
    • African Studies Association Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 27-30, 1965Box 5, Folder 1
    • African Studies Association Meeting, Bloomington, Indiana, October 26-29, 1966Box 5, Folder 2
    • African Studies Association Meeting, New York, New York, November 1-4, 1967Box 5, Folder 3
    • African Studies Summer Program, June 1965-Apr. 1968Box 5, Folder 4
    • American-African Affairs Association, 1968-1969Box 5, Folder 5
    • American Society of African Culture, 1965-1966Box 5, Folder 6
    • Correspondence: General, Sept. 1964- Apr. 1976Box 5, Folder 7
    • Dorson, Richard: Meeting, Bloomington, Indiana, January 30-31, 1969Box 5, Folder 8
    • Ibadan, University of (Cooperation with Northwestern University), Feb. 1964- Feb. 1966Box 5, Folder 9
    • Program of African Studies: General, 1966-1967Box 5, Folder 10
    • Program of African Studies: General, 1967-1968Box 5, Folder 11
    • Program of African Studies: General, 1969-1972Box 5, Folder 12
    • Program of African Studies: Advisory Committee, 1967-1968Box 5, Folder 13
    • Program of African Studies: African Curriculum Project, Nov. 1967-Nov. 1968Box 5, Folder 14
    • Program of African Studies: Annual Report, 1967-1968Box 6, Folder 1
    • Program of African Studies: Certificates, 1967-1968Box 6, Folder 2
    • Program of African Studies: Committees, 1965-1966Box 6, Folder 3
    • Program of African Studies: Ethiopian Studies Inter-University Committee, 1968Box 6, Folder 4
    • Program of African Studies: Ethiopian Summer School, 1967-1968Box 6, Folder 5
    • Program of African Studies: Fellowships, 1966-1967Box 6, Folder 6
    • Program of African Studies: Publications Committee, Sept. 1964-Dec. 1968Box 6, Folder 7
    • Program of African Studies: Twentieth Anniversary Conference: General, Sept. 10-13, 1968Box 6, Folder 8
    • Program of African Studies: Twentieth Anniversary Conference: PapersBox 6, Folder 9
    • Swahili Project, February 1966Box 6, Folder 10
    • Washington, D.C. Trip, Feb. 20-21, 1969Box 6, Folder 11
    • West Indies, University of, Jamaica: Correspondence, Dec. 1966-May 1968Box 6, Folder 12
  • Faculty Research Projects and Papers
    • Abua Project, Hans Wolff, Sept. 1965-July 1966Box 6, Folder 13
    • Agency for International Development Projects, 1965Box 6, Folder 14
    • Cameroon Case Study, Sept. 1969-Sept. 1970Box 6, Folder 15
    • Checklist of African Language and Dialect Names, n.d.Box 6, Folder 16
    • “Complex Nominals,” Judith Levi, 1982Box 6, Folder 17
    • Current Trends in Linguistics: Administrative, Dec. 1965-Mar. 1969Box 7, Folder 1
    • Current Trends: Correspondence, General, Dec. 1966-Oct. 1967Box 7, Folder 2
    • Current Trends: Correspondence, General, Nov. 1967-Feb. 1969Box 7, Folder 3
    • Current Trends: Correspondence with Ramsay and Sebok, January-June 1969Box 7, Folder 4
    • Current Trends: Vol. VII: Berry and Schachter, eds., June 1969Box 7, Folder 5
    • Current Trends Paper: “Pidgins and Creoles in Africa” (Berry), July 1968- Jan. 1969Box 7, Folder 6
    • Gullah, Sociolinguistic Survey of, Dec. 1965-Aug. 1966Box 7, Folder 7
    • International Journal of Linguistic: Special Issue in Memory of Hans Wolff, June 1968- July 1969Box 7, Folder 8
    • Krio Dictionary: Contract, 1964-1965Box 7, Folder 9
    • Krio Dictionary: Progress Reports, Apr. 1964-Nov. 1965Box 7, Folder 10
    • Krio Dictionary: Proposal, Nov. 1964-Nov. 1965Box 7, Folder 11
    • Madina Project: Correspondence with Ansre-Nketia Greenfield, 1968Box 7, Folder 12
    • Madina Project: Paper Given at Dar-es-Salaam, Dec. 15-21, 1968Box 7, Folder 13
    • Madina Project: Paper given at Faculty Seminar, Africa House, n.dBox 7, Folder 14
    • Madina Project: Paper given at Program of African Studies Twentieth Anniversary, September 1968Box 7, Folder 15
    • Madina Project: Survey, 1967Box 8, Folder 1
    • Mathematics Manual: African Languages: Hans Wolff, May 1964-Feb. 1966Box 8, Folder 2
    • Munda Language Project, Jan. 1967-Apr. 1970Box 8, Folder 3
    • National Unity in Africa, Feb. 1966- Oct. 1968Box 8, Folder 4
    • Negro Speech in Chicago Study, 1965Box 8, Folder 5
    • Research Coordination, Office of: Correspondence, Jan. 1966-Mar. 1971Box 8, Folder 6
    • Sierra Leone Field Trip, September 1965Box 8, Folder 7
    • Sociolinguistics Projects: Budget, 1966- 1970Box 8, Folder 8
    • Sociolinguistics projects: Reports, 1965-1966Box 8, Folder 9
  • Curriculum Development
    • Course Schedules, 1966-1996Box 8, Folder 10
    • Educational Anthropology Doctoral Program Proposal, 1975Box 8, Folder 11
    • Formal Studies in Linguistics Proposal, 1979Box 8, Folder 12
    • Ga, An Introductory Course in: Berry And Nil Amon Kotei, 1969Box 8, Folder 13
    • Ga: Budget, June 1967-July 1970Box 8, Folder 14
    • Ga: Contract, June 1967Box 8, Folder 15
    • Ga: Final Report, March 1969Box 8, Folder 16
    • Ga: Mailing List, May 1969-Mar. 1970Box 8, Folder 17
    • Ga: Progress Reports, June 1967-Nov. 1968Box 8, Folder 18
    • Ga: Proposal, 1967Box 8, Folder 19
    • Graduate Program Handbooks, 1967, 1996, 2002Box 9, Folder 1
    • Graduate Program Reading Lists, 1973-1975, 1978Box 9, Folder 2
    • Graduate Program Requirements, 1975-1976, 1985-1986, 1988, 2002Box 9, Folder 3
    • Graduate Program: 1979 Deliberations, 1979Box 9, Folder 4
    • Hausa Language Class, 1966Box 9, Folder 5
    • Inter-Departmental Courses, 1964-1965Box 9, Folder 6
    • Mende: Basic Course and Short Course, 1967-1968Box 9, Folder 7
    • New Course Information, 1964-1977Box 9, Folder 8
    • Self Study Report, 1985-1986Box 9, Folder 9
  • Financial Records
    • Agency for International Development 211D Proposals, 1966Box 9, Folder 10
    • Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouse for Linguistics, November 1967- January 1969Box 9, Folder 11
    • Educational Services, Inc.: Correspondence, June 1964-Apr. 1965Box 9, Folder 12
    • Educational Services, Inc.: Meeting Minutes, Apr.- Nov. 1964Box 9, Folder 13
    • Educational Services, Inc.: Reports, 1964-1965Box 9, Folder 14
    • Fellowships and Scholarships: Correspondence, Feb. 1965-Nov. 1968Box 9, Folder 15
    • Fellowships and Scholarships: General, 1968-1970Box 9, Folder 16
    • Fellowships: Intersocietal, 1966-1969Box 9, Folder 17
    • National Defense Education Act: Language and Area Center, Mar. 1965-Feb. 1968Box 9, Folder 18
    • National Defense Education Act: Related Fulbright-Hays Fellowships, 1965-1966Box 9, Folder 19
    • National Defense Education Act: Title VI Application, 1965Box 9, Folder 20
    • National Defense Education Act: Title VI Administration, 1966Box 10, Folder 1
    • National Defense Education Act: Title VI Application, 1966Box 10, Folder 2
    • National Defense Education Act: Title VI Application, 1967Box 10, Folder 3
    • National Defense Education Act: Title VI Opportunities for Research and Studies, 1966-1969Box 10, Folder 4
    • National Defense Foreign Language Fellowships: Correspondence, October 1964-May 1969Box 10, Folder 5
    • National Defense Foreign Language: General, n.d.Box 10, Folder 6
    • National Foundation for Helping the Arts and Humanities, 1965Box 10, Folder 7
    • National Science Foundation, 1968Box 10, Folder 8
  • Students
    • Graduate Exams, Dec. 1973-Dec. 1984Box 10, Folder 9
    • Graduate Student Federation, 1969Box 10, Folder 10
    • Undergraduate Advising and Majors, Nov. 1975-Feb. 1982Box 10, Folder 11
    • Undergraduate Advising, 1982-1983Box 10, Folder 12
    • Undergraduate Advising, 1983-1984Box 10, Folder 13
    • Undergraduate Advising, 1984-1985Box 10, Folder 14
    • Work Study Students, 1981-1982Box 10, Folder 15
  • General Administrative Files
    • Articles of Interest, 1965-2004Box 10, Folder 16
    • Correspondence: Anthropology Department, 1966-1967Box 10, Folder 17
    • Correspondence: College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, Apr. 1965-Mar. 1967Box 10, Folder 18
    • Correspondence: Demoz, Abraham, May 1986Box 10, Folder 19
    • Correspondence: Deering Library, May 1967-Jan. 1966Box 11, Folder 1
    • Correspondence: Education School, February 1965Box 11, Folder 2
    • Correspondence: English Department, Sept.-Oct. 1967Box 11, Folder 3
    • Correspondence: General, n.d.Box 11, Folder 4
    • Correspondence: Journalism School, 1966Box 11, Folder 5
    • Correspondence: Leben, William, February-May 1971Box 11, Folder 6
    • Correspondence: Northwestern University Press, March-May 1969Box 11, Folder 7
    • Correspondence: Personnel Department, 1968Box 11, Folder 8
    • Correspondence: Planning Department, Feb. 1966- Sept. 1967Box 11, Folder 9
    • Correspondence: Political Science Department, Feb.-Mar. 1966Box 11, Folder 10
    • Correspondence: Public Relations, Dec. 1966- Feb. 1967Box 11, Folder 11
    • Correspondence: Russian Department, Sept. 1965-Mar. 1966Box 11, Folder 12
    • Fire at Linguistics Building, 1970Box 11, Folder 13
    • “Introducing Linguistics”, 1972- ca. 1998Box 11, Folder 14
    • Language Consultants / Expert Witnesses, 1990Box 11, Folder 15
    • Linguistics Departments: Other Universities, n.d.Box 11, Folder 16
    • Mailings / Postings, n.d.Box 11, Folder 17
    • Newsletter of Professional Activities, 1984-1985Box 11, Folder 18
  • Additions: Linguistics Department/ Faculty Meetings
      Scope and Contents: Additions, 1972-2000 The additions to the Records of the Linguistics Department consist of agendas and minutes from Linguistics Department Meetings dating between 1972 and 2000. Some of the meetings were for the entire department; others were intended for faculty only. Meeting materials are arranged in chronological order, with significant gaps in the 1970s and 1980s, and an occasional gap in the 1990s.
    • Department/Faculty Meeting Minutes, 1972-1989Box 11, Folder 19
    • Department/Faculty Meeting Minutes, 1990-2000 (May 26)Box 11, Folder 20