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Special Collections: Guide to the Frank T. Siebert Penobscot and Algonquian Notes

Collection title: Penobscot and Algonquian Related Notes of Frank T. Siebert
Collection number: MS 1494
Dates of collection: 1934-1964 
Size of collection: 2 boxes
Provenance: Gift of Dr. Bryant Richard Garrett, Wellington, Maine, in October 2008

Biography

Frank T. Siebert was born in 1912 in Kentucky and was brought up in Tennessee and Pennsylvania. He was a graduate of Haverford College and Penn Medical School, practicing medicine as a pathologist in Pennsylvania and Vermont before retiring to Maine. He was a self-taught linguist dedicated to preserving the Penobscot language and a collector of books on North American Indians and the American frontier. He was the compiler of a Penobscot dictionary and the project director responsible for administering grants obtained by the Penobscot Nation from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation for the purpose of creating the dictionary.

Dr. Siebert died in 1998.

Bryant Richard Garrett, the donor of these materials, worked closely with Dr. Siebert for a number of years and carries on the work of documenting and preserving the Penobscot language. In March 2008 he was awarded a Documenting Endangered Languages fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project entitled Penobscot Language Resource Production and Archiving.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains photocopies of notebooks compiled by Frank T. Siebert in his study of the language of the Penobscot Indians in Maine. The folder numbers, descriptions and headings used in this finding aid were supplied by the donor, Bryant Richard Garrett.

Contents of Boxes

Box 1

Folder

S1 Composition book, 1949, first word on the first page: à̀paks~à̀pahks: ‘give me a puff! Give me a smoke!”

S2 Composition book, msáhtawe morning star

S3 Composition book, first page: berry, large cranberry, juncture contrast of “highbush cranberry” and “only a berry,” red rock, red spruce, white rock

S4 Composition book, first page: alder tree, pure man, seal, phonemes: he is puzzled, ‘3’ AN/INAN

S5 Spiral notebook, first page: Shining Alone/Lone Light (cont’d), #5, 1951, Dana family genealogy

S6 Spiral notebook, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Sept. 1952, July 1953, Dana family genealogy

S7 Spiral notebook, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Aug. 1954, Aug 1955, Madeline Tomah, born 17 July 1915, Rasles birth/death, Peter de la Chasse; 2 loose sheets of A.D. handwritten čə̀wαmis notes

S8 Spiral notebook: first page: Penobscot texts, Frank T. Siebert, M.D., Bellow Falls, VT., Aug. 1957 plus loose notes: he gets his crutch in motion

S9 Spiral notebook, first page: {after blue page on PA for “spawn,” čə̀wαmis song} Frank T. Siebert, M.D., Bellow Falls, VT., Aug. 1957, choke cherry, black cherry

S10 Spiral notebook, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Penobscot texts,” famous raconteurs of the Penobscots, inflections of kə̀we ‘white pine’

S11 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr. Merion Station, Pa., Penobscot texts, August 1936, Penobscot notes

S12 Spiral notebook, first page: wə́lastəkw=…

S13 Spiral notebook, first written page: First word is pésəkwəta “once”

S14 DM: original loose notes

S15 Original loose notes

S16 Loose typewritten notes

S17 Composition book, F. Siebert, Penobscot---Emma Nicolar, 1937

S18 Composition book, cover: Emma Nicolar, Louis Lolar; first page: Frank T. Siebert, “halloo, holla, holler”

S19 Composition book, cover: “L.L. (in part);” first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr., 1934-1935, méhkwəpekahk= ‘wine, red liquid,’ mkwə̀pekat ‘it is a red liquid’

S20 Composition book, first page: F.T. Siebert, Jr., Merion Station, Pennsylvania. Penobscot texts, August-September 1935

S21 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr., Merion, Pa., Penobscot texts, September 1935, July 1936, page six: nisokəna ́hkiwi…

S22 Spiral notebook, first three pages blank, fourth page: (1) pésəkwəta [interlinear transcription: ‘once’]

S23 Notebook, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr. Third page: Louis Lolar (born 1867(?) died March 17, 1935)

S24 Spiral notebook, first page: Tomekin Ranco, my foot fell asleep…

S25 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr., Merion Station, Pa., Penobscot texts, August 1936, Mary Ann Swasson’s grandmother

S26 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr., Merion, Pa.

S27 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr., August 1935. Penobscot notes, chilblain, chignon

S28 Looseleaf notebook, first page: Independent Indicative Mode…

S29 Missing collection, loose wanάkamehsəwak notes

S30 Three-ring binder, first page: Penobscot texts, F.T. Siebert, Merion Station, Penna.

S31 Three-ring binder, first page: Algonkin linguistic notes and material, Frank T. Siebert, Jr., 127 Merbrook Lane, Merion, Pa.

Box 2

Folder

S32 Notebook, first page: genealogical diagram between Harold Francis & Sylvia Attean

S33 Missing collection, loose notes of a version of the “Alligator” story

S34 Composition book: Incomplete story of Wanάkamehsəwak; first page: “Miscellaneous Penobscot vocabulary, June 1938, Frank T. Siebert, Jr. Also labeled “αkká́́tαlαkw story

(English) of F. Stanislaus

S35 Composition book, first page: “Frank T. Siebert, Jr., Merion Station, Pa., Penobscot texts, August 1936, #3” one loose half-sheet yellow paper: “nəwάlihalα/wάlahlα ‘I fix in a grave or hole, I interr him…”

S36 Penobscot texts, July 1936

S37 Composition boo, first page: Frank T. Siebert Jr., September 1936, Penobscot notes

S38 Composition book: “Frank T. Siebert Penobscot”

S39 Missing collection, Penobscot vocabulary collected from Louis Lolar, aged 67, on August 16th and 17th, 1932 at Old Town, Maine by Frank T. Siebert, Jr.

S40 Missing collection, Gluskabe okamissal (interlinear transcription with numerous diacritics=Gluskabe and his grandmother

S41 Notebook, first page: nəpíhkwelawa ‘I belch’ & facing page (first page in photocopy) Lonesome Song

S42 Missing collection, loose notes with stories, αpəlíhkəməwe (Abuleekumoweh, A.D.) #1, #2, #3 [“Zelahpin” version, handwritten by A.D.]

S43 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr., Penobscot notes, August, September 1936, Newell Gabriel

S44 Composition book: More Penobscot ethno history; snowshoe story: first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr., Penobscot Notes, Newell Gabriel

S45 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert Jr., Penobscot notes, August 1936. (Also list of stories)

S46 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr., August-September 1935. Penobscot language notes. Merion Station, Penna.; checked 1964 A.D.; Medicine man’s song (when putting on war paint on members of war party)

S47 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr., Merion Station, Penna. Penobscot Notes, June 1936: Big Thunder=Frank Loring

S48 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert, Jr., Merion Station, Pa.; Mrs. Dana (stories), A.D. pohkháčəsso ‘junco’

S49 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert Jr., Penobscot Notes, August 1936, Newell Gabriel

S50 Composition book, first page: Penobscot Notes, August 1939

S51 Composition book, first page: Frank T. Siebert Jr., Penobscot Notes, August-September 1935; long note in pencil on S.S.’s opinion on clan-internal marriage and Penobscot territory

S52 Composition book, first page: Penobscot Phonemes & Sound System, Frank T. Siebert, Jr., July 1936

S53 Spiral notebook, cover: F.T. Siebert, Penobscot Conjunct Verb Forms

S54 Composition book, first page: Injunctive

S55 Notebook, first page: monkey, fog, eat lunch/a snack…

 

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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