Papers of Karl V. Teeter, 1769-2003 (inclusive), 1953-1998 (bulk).
- 1769-2003 (inclusive),
- Majority of material found within 1953-1998 .
- Teeter, Karl V., 1929- (Person)
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Extent22 cubic feet (54 document boxes, 2 half document boxes, 18 cassette boxes, 1 1/2 microfilm box, and 1 16mm film canister)
The papers also document Teeter's role as a Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University, containing extensive notes for lectures as well as field notebooks used in teaching courses on linguistic field methods.
The papers include correspondence, original linguistic research, research and subject files, records of Teeter's professional activities, a comprehensive set of his writings, materials from his undergraduate and graduate study, and a small amount of autobiographical material.
Born to Charles Edwin Teeter, Jr. (Harvard College Class of 1927) and Lura May Shaffner on March 2, 1929, Teeter was raised in Lexington, Massachusetts. He married Anita Maria Bonacorsi Teeter (Radcliffe AB 1951, Harvard EdM 1967, Ed 1978) in 1951; together they had four daughters.
After dropping out of high school in Lexington and holding a variety of jobs, Teeter joined the United States Army, serving from 1951-1954. While stationed in Japan, Teeter became interested in studying the Japanese language and linguistics in general. Upon returning to the United States in 1955, he enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied linguistics under Mary Haas. After receiving his BA in Oriental Languages in 1956, Teeter continued linguistic studies as a graduate student, concentrating on the endangered Native American language of Wiyot, spoken in Northern California. From 1956 to 1959, he made several field trips to study the language, working in particular with Della Prince, the last living speaker of Wiyot. His dissertation, The Wiyot Language, was completed in 1962 and published in 1964.
From 1959 to 1962, Teeter was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Appointed Assistant Professor of Linguistics in 1962, he remained at Harvard for his entire teaching career, retiring as Professor of Linguistics in 1989. At Harvard, Teeter regularly taught courses on Japanese linguistics, field methods in linguistics, history and theory of linguistics, and a survey course on the native languages of North America.
From 1969-1970, Teeter studied at the University of Tokyo under a Fulbright research fellowship. After his return to Harvard, however, he chose to concentrate his studies on Native American linguistics, rather than Japanese studies. In 1963, Teeter began his study of the Maliseet-Passamaquoddy (alternately known as Malecite-Passamaquoddy) language spoken in Maine and in New Brunswick, Canada. Together with Wiyot, Maliseet-Passamaquoddy became the main focus of Teeter’s linguistic study. After his retirement in 1989, Teeter published a Wiyot Handbook in two volumes to follow up on his dissertation, and began working with Philip LeSourd on Maliseet texts Teeter gathered during his 1963 fieldwork. These texts were published in 2007 as Tales from Maliseet country : the Maliseet texts of Karl V. Teeter.
Teeter had a great interest in endangered languages, serving on the Board of Directors for the Endangered Language Fund from 1998 until his death on April 20, 2007.
Series and Subseries in theCollection
- I. Correspondence, 1963-2000
- ___A. Correspondence files, 1967-1990 (inclusive), 1970-1981 (bulk)
- ___B. Loose correspondence, 1963-2000
- ___C. Digital media, 1989-1995
- II. Linguistic research, 1830-2003 (inclusive), 1956-1998 (bulk)
- ___A. Wiyot, 1956-2003
- ______1. Fieldnotes, 1956-1959
- ______2. Audio recordings, 1989, 1994, and undated
- ______3. Digital media, 1986-1993 and undated
- ______4. Text transcriptions, ca. 1956-1979 and undated
- ______5. File slips, [ca. 1965], 2003
- ______6. Research files, 1889-1998
- ______7. Grant records, 1991-1997
- ___B. Maliseet-Passamaquoddy, 1830-2001 (inclusive), 1963-1998 (bulk)
- ______1. Fieldnotes, 1963-1980
- ______2. Audio recordings, 1965-1992 and undated
- ______3. Digital media, 1989-1998 and undated
- ______4, File slips, undated
- ______5. Research files, 1830-1998 (inclusive), 1963-1998 (bulk)
- ______6. Drafts of Tales from Maliseet Country: the Maliseet texts of Karl V. Teeter, 1993-2001 and undated
- ______7. Grant records, 1993-1998
- III. Readings and notes, 1769-2000 (inclusive), 1950-2000 (bulk)
- ___A. Research and subject files, 1769-1997 (inclusive), 1950-1979 (bulk)
- ___B. Loose research and subject materials, 1911-2000 (inclusive), 1972-2000 (bulk)
- IV. Writings, 1958-1998
- V. Professional activities and curriculum vitae, 1953-1997
- VI. Teaching materials, 1955-1988
- ___A. Teaching materials files, 1955-1986
- ___B. Loose teaching materials, 1962-1988
- VII. Undergraduate and graduate study materials, 1955-1957
- VIII. Year in Japan, 1969-1970
- IX. Unidentified digital media and audio recordings, 1997-1998 and undated
This finding aid was created byJuliana Kuipers in May 2010.
- Teeter, Karl V., 1929- Papers of Karl V. Teeter: an inventory
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