Wick R. Miller Papers
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Biographical/Historical Note[edit | edit source]
Wick Miller (1932-1994) was an anthropological linguist and pioneer in language acquisition studies. He received an A.B. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1953 and a Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1963. He joined the faculty of the University of Utah department of Anthropology in 1963, and remained there until his death in 1994.
Summary of the Wick R. Miller Papers[edit | edit source]
The Wick Miller Papers (1931-1994) contain correspondence, research files, field notes, word lists, notebooks, articles and reprints, pamphlets, maps, class syllabi, tests and assignments, student papers, and manuscripts. Wick Miller (1932-1994) was an anthropological linguist and pioneer in language acquisition studies.
More Detailed Contents of the Papers[edit | edit source]
The Wick Miller Papers (1931-1994) contain correspondence, research files, field notes, word lists, notebooks, articles and reprints, pamphlets, maps, class syllabi, tests and assignments, student papers, and manuscripts. The bulk of the collection consists of material between the 1960s and the 1990s, and documents an academic career split between research, writing, and teaching. Every effort has been made to retain the original order of the material. Many of the documents were originally in binders, which have been discarded. Binder titles have been retained. Materials documenting Miller's principal field work in the Acoma language and in two Uto-Aztecan languages, Shoshoni and Guarijio are located in cartons two through nine. The four cartons of research files which follow typically contain correspondence with colleagues, project proposals, maps, classification schemes, speeches and conference materials, notes, word lists, original dictionaries and grammars, genealogies, oral histories, and bibliographies. Miller's class files are located in cartons 14 through 16 and contain syllabi, assignments sheets, lecture notes, and student essays. Most of the material is related to classes taught at the University of Utah, but there are also documents relating to Miller's classes at various seminars and conferences. There is some overlap between the research and class files. Following the class files is a carton containing Acoma field notes and manuscripts. Cartons 18-20 contain various manuscripts authored or co-authored by Miller and assorted articles and reprints. Miller's library of reprints, articles, and unpublished papers follows. These items were cataloged and numbered by Miller and span the 1950s to the 1990s. Boxes of index cards compiled by Miller, maps, and papers complete the collection.
Collection Inventory[edit | edit source]
The entire collection inventory is contained at the University of Utah Library.