About Merriam’s digitized word lists
The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley digitized its microfilm copies of Merriam’s word lists and put them up on archive.org. These digital copies are difficult to navigate, because they is organized by microfilm reel rather than by list, or by language. I am not affiliated with the Bancroft Library, but I made this page to help interested researchers find the Merriam word lists that are relevant to their research. You can read more here.
Links to Merriam’s word lists
Links to individual word lists can be found below, organized by language group. The groups are listed in a geographical order, roughly from the northwest to the southeast, as in the original collection. Merriam’s names for each group, and Heizer’s (1966) numerical classification, are in parentheses. Language names and language groupings that are not from Merriam himself are either from Golla (2011) or from the Bancroft finding aid.
The word-list links are to the first page of each resource. Once you have clicked through to a list, use your right arrow key to page forward through the document. Some lists represent multiple languages, so be sure to read Merriam’s notes at the beginning of each list!
This page is under construction. Links to all available digitized “vocabulary” lists are present, but not all links to “natural history vocabulary” lists have been added.
3 dialects of Wiyot are Patawat (Pah'-te-wat [3a]), Wiki (We'-ke [3b]), and Wiyat (We'-yot [3c]). Merriam’s vocabulary and natural history word lists for Wiyot are not separated by dialect.
Northern Yukian (Yukean)
Southern Yukian / Wappo (Mi-yahk'-mah)
New River Shasta (Tlohomtahhoi)
Ohlone, Costanoan (Olhonean)
Wintuan, Wintun (Wintoon)
All of Luiseño is represented by a single vocabulary list (V130), but the natural history word lists are separated by dialect.
Miscellaneous, outside of California
Merriam’s 8 vocabulary lists from Idaho (Bannok-kwaht, Snake), Nevada (Nu-vahˊ-ahn-dits Pi-yuˊ-che & Pa-nar-a-nap, Shoshone, So'-so'-ne) and Utah (Go'-she-ute, Siv'-vits, Ute) are on reel 50, which is unfortunately not available on archive.org.
- Golla, Victor. (2011) California Indian Languages. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Heizer, Robert F. (1966) Languages Territories and Names of California Indian Tribes. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Guide to the C. Hart Merriam Papers, Volume 1: Papers Relating to Work with California Indians, 1850-1974 (bulk 1898-1938)