Fonds 91 - James Albert Gibson fonds

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James Albert Gibson fonds

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91

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  • [ca. 1973] (Creation)
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    James Albert Gibson

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20 audio reels and other material

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(May 7, 1938 - February 23, 2009)

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James “Jim” Albert Gibson was born on May 7, 1938 in Indiana. He studied anthropology at Indiana University, receiving a BA in 1960. In 1964, he graduated from the University of Washington with a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics, and in 1973 he received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Hawaii, Hilo. Beginning in 1969, Gibson taught Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, retiring in 1996 as Associate Professor Emeritus. He died on February 23, 2009, in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Custodial history

Records were in the custody of North Arizona University’s Special Collections and Archives, which arranged for Gibson’s widow, Liz Grobsmith, to donate them to UBC MOA in 2012.

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Fonds includes 20 audio reels used to record native speakers of the Shuswap language. Gibson created the recordings while conducting research for his dissertation, “Shuswap Grammatical Structure” (1973). Other materials include a copy of a photograph of Gibson with two of his informants, and a copy of his obituary.

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Includes 23 audio reels : 6.35 mm. - 1 photograph. - 1 leaf of textual records

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Audio reels were rehoused in archival quality boxes. Photocopies of the original, annotated boxes are available.

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Audio reels are in audio reels boxes 3 and 4 (MAN154 - MAN172 and MAN174 - MAN176)

Textual and photographic records are located in Multiple Private Records box 4.

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Created December 1, 2015 by Katie Ferrante
Updated May 2016 by Katie Ferrante

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  • Box: Audio Recordings Reel to Reel Box 4
  • Box: Multiple private records 4
  • Box: Audio Recordings Reel to Reel Box 3