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Bernard Bloch papers

Call Number: MS 1129

Scope and Contents

The papers contain correspondence, reports, and printed material relating to Bernard Bloch's editorship of Language, the journal of the Linguistic Society of America, his directorship of Japanese language training programs at Yale during World War II, and other professional activities. The fourteen linear feet of papers are arranged in two series.

Series I: GENERAL FILES consists of alphabetically arranged correspondence and topical files, the bulk of which pertains to Bloch's editorship of Language. Approximately one-quarter of the material relates to Bloch's literary productions, teaching activities and involvement in professional organizations. Correspondents include Frank Edgerton, Edgar H. Sturtevant, and George Trager. For the most part, the files have retained their original order and titles.

Series II: JAPANESE LANGUAGE PROGRAMS contains personnel applications, correspondence, and reports relating to the Japanese language component of the Army Specialized Training Program and the Civil Affairs Training Program at Yale. Particularly noteworthy are the applications and correspondence relating to the Japanese and Japanese-American language tutors.


  • 1936-1965


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Arranged in two series: I. General Files, 1936-1965. II. Japanese Language Programs, 1943-1956.


14 Linear Feet (33 boxes)

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The papers contain correspondence, reports, and printed material relating to Bernard Bloch's editorship of Language, his directorship of Japanese training programs at Yale during World War II, and other professional activities.

Biographical / Historical

Bernard Bloch (1907-1965) received the B.A. in English (1928) and the M.A. in Comparative Literature (1929) from the University of Kansas, and the Ph.D. in English and General Linguistics (1935) from Brown University. He was awarded the M.A. (honorary) from Yale University in 1950 and the L.H.D. from Lawrence University in 1963.

Bloch was a field worker (1931-1933), editorial assistant (1933-1935), and assistant editor (1935-1942), on the Linguistic Atlas of New England. He was instructor of English at Mount Holyoke College (1931-1932)., and instructor of English (1937-1938), German (1939), and assistant professor of English (1939-1943), at Brown University. At Yale University Bloch was assistant professor (1943-1945), associate professor (1945-1950), and professor of linguistics (1950-1965). He was chairman of the Department of Indic and Far Eastern Languages and Literatures (1952-1963), and director of graduate studies in linguistics (1952-1965). From 1943-1946 Bloch was the director of the Japanese language program of the American Specialized Training Program and Civil Affairs Training School at Yale. Throughout his teaching career Bloch guest lectured at universities in the United States and at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

An active member of the Linguistic Society of America, Bloch edited the society's journal, Language, from 1940-1965, and was president of the society in 1953. He was also active in the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Oriental Society, the American Dialect Society, and the Société de Linguistique de Paris.

Bloch was the co-author of Linguistic Atlas of New England, six volumes (1939-1943), Outline of Linguistic Analysis (1942) and Spoken Japanese (1945), and contributed numerous articles to professional journals.

Guide to the Bernard Bloch Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Susan Brady
March 1987
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Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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