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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2633

Linguistics papers


Papers on linguistics collected by Harvard graduate student Peter Tumarkin.


  • 1955-1970

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, French, and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


6 linear feet (14 boxes)

Papers contain articles, grant reports, theses, and other papers concerning various topics in the field of linguistics. Includes mimeographs, typescript photocopies, and printed materials with and without annotations. Some include manuscript annotations by Peter Tumarkin and some items are marked: "P. Tumarkin" or "Department of Linguistics, Harvard University." Also includes autograph manuscript notes by Tumarkin, a few papers for classes in Linguistics (some at Harvard), and unidentified linguistic papers.

Includes papers by Noam Chomsky, Susumu Kuno, George Lakoff, James D. McCawley, Paul Martin Postal, John Robert Ross, and many others.

Biographical / Historical

These papers appear to have been collected by Peter Tumarkin while a graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at Harvard University. He attended Harvard College 1954-1958, Class of 1958 and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1966-1970.


Arranged alphabetically by author, then by title. Unidentified manuscripts and unmarked printed materials are at the end.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Peter Tumarkin, after 1970.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

Linguistics papers, 1955-1970: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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