Linguistic Society of America archives, ca. 1930-1985


Date: Circa 1930-1985 | Size: 54 Linear feet


The Linguistic Society of America was organized in 1924 in New York City, but there is little, if any, material in the archive relating to its early history. The bulk of the collection dates after 1960, although there is scattered correspondence and material for the decades prior to that time. There are administrative records (records of the officers, secretariat, committees, general correspondence); records concerning the summer linguistics institutes run by the LSA; annual meeting records; membership records; material relating to the publications of the LSA; and substantial material concerning affiliations with other organizations (ACLS, NAS, NRC, NEH, Social Science Research Council). There are also financial records of the Society.

Collection Information

Physical description

54 linear feet.


Presented by the Linguistic Society of America, 1981; additonal paper presented by the Linguistic Society of America and accessioned, 1985 (1985 925ms).

Location of originals:

Collection transferred to Western Historical Manuscript Collection, University of Missouri-Columbia, 11/1995.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Council of Learned Societies
  • Linguistic Society of America -- Publishing.
  • Linguistic Society of America.
  • National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • National Research Council (U.S.). Committee for Research in Problems of Sex
  • Social Science Research Council (U.S.)


  • Linguistics -- Societies, etc.