MsC 181

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: Late 1940s and early 1950s
3 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: October 2002

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Audio Material: Box 6

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Historical Note

Dr. Rachel Kilpatrick of the State University of Iowa German department lead a group of students in a study of language across Iowa in the late 1940's and early 1950's. The study was conducted using questionnaires and oral interviews. Called the Linguistic Atlas of the Upper Midwest, it was a part of a larger project entitled the Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada. The goal of the study was to enable linguists to trace speech pattern migration, study how dialects spread, and determine the extent of extinction of folk speech.

Scope and Content

The Linguistic Atlas of the Upper Midwest includes a small amount of administrative material detailing the process of gathering field records. The bulk of the collection is comprised of completed questionnaires bound in volumes, with listings of individuals included in the volume and basic statistical information about each. Questionnaires include information such as name, county of residence, length of time the individual lived in the county, amount of schooling, and whether the individual knew a foreign language, in addition to information about language usage for common items and situations.

Related materials

Allen, Harold Byron. The linguistic atlas of the Upper Midwest. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1973 -- 1976. MAIN Oversize FOLIO PE2912 .A4

Box List

Box 1

Compilation of the work sheets

Correspondence, 1949 -- 1952

Kilpatrick, Rachel -- Additional completed questionnaires

Kilpatrick, Rachel -- Summary of contents of phono records

Kilpatrick, Rachel -- Unused questionnaires

Manuscript of the work sheets

News release, 1952

Newspaper clippings, 1950

Box 2

Field Records of the Iowa Atlas, vol. 1 -- 14

Box 3

Field Records of the Iowa Atlas, vol. 15 -- 28

Box 4

Field Records of the Iowa Atlas, vol. 29 -- 42

Box 5

Field Records of the Iowa Atlas, vol. 43 -- 50

Box 6

Field Records of the Iowa Atlas, vol. 51 -- 53

Recordings of Interviews for Survey -- 2 albums



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