Plains Cree notebook collection


Date: 1925-1926 | Size: 11 Volumes


Plains Cree language field notebooks and loose notes from Sweetgrass Reserve and Starblanket Reserve (or Ahtahkakoop), Saskatchewan. The first 10 notebooks (approximately 160 pages each) appear to be in Bloomfield's hand primarily contain texts, with some word lists, in romanized Plains Cree orthography, almost entirely untranslated. A final notebook and loose notes contain 26 texts (numbered 83-108) written in Cree syllabic script by Harry Achenam, with one (#108) written or dictated by Maggie Achenam. The loose notes also contain at least 1 brief text (5 p.) in Cree syllabic script written by "Askiy-kā-pimuhtātahk (Pimutat)" of Starblanket Reserve. These texts were intended as part of a sequel to Bloomfield's Plains Cree TextsPlains Cree Texts (1934), but were never published.

Background note

American linguist Leonard Bloomfield pioneered the development of structural linguistics in the United States during the 1930s and the 1940s. He wrote extensively and his renowned mid-career textbook, Language, presented a comprehensive description of American structural linguistics. He made significant contributions to Indo-European historical linguistics, the description of Austronesian languages, and description of languages of the Algonquian family.

Digital objects note

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Collection Information

Physical description

11 notebooks


Gift of Charles F. Hockett.

Related material

Leonard Bloomfield's typewritten transcriptions of Harry Achenam's syllabic script stories into romanized orthography can be found in the "Cree" section of the ACLS Collection (Mss.497.3.B63c), as "Cree texts, "Series Two: Syllabary Texts from Sweet Grass Reserve."

Indexing Terms


  • Field notes.


  • Cree language
  • Linguistics

Detailed Inventory

Cree Notebook and Loose Notes, Notebook 11