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Leonard Bloomfield papers

Call Number: MS 635

Scope and Contents

These papers of the linguist Leonard Bloomfield are entirely devoted to his professional interests. Aside from seven letters from other linguists, the papers consist of a few unpublished works by Bloomfield and two items by other linguists, and of forty-four notebooks compiled by Bloomfield. These have as their subject matter the phonology and morphology of a wide variety of languages. It seems likely that these notebooks were used by Bloomfield in preparing his publications. The two earliest volumes contain class notes.


  • 1909-1950




Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the estate of Leonard Bloomfield, 1949.


2 Linear Feet

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence, writings, and notebooks entirely related to his professional interest in languages and linguistics. The largest part of the papers consist of a sequence of forty-four notebooks, each devoted to a language or a linguistic problem. The phonology and morphology of twenty-one languages are covered in these volumes. Three unpublished articles by Bloomfield are also in the papers.
Guide to the Leonard Bloomfield Papers
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
October 1982
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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