The Benson Latin American Collection

Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America
Title Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) Collection
Dates: 20th cent.
Abstract Analog copies of indigenous language recordings, field notes, photographs, and other research material collected and digitized by the University of Texas' Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA)
Accession No. 2010-03
OCLC Record No.
Extent 16+ linear feet
Language Various Latin American Indigenous Languages
Repository Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

For more information or to access the collection, visit the AILLA web page at http://www.ailla.utexas.org.

AILLA was founded in 2000 by Joel Sherzer of the Department of Anthropology, Anthony Woodbury of the Department of Linguistics, and Mark McFarland, Director of the Digital Library Services Division of the UT General Library System. The pilot web site and database, launched in April, 2000, were built by a group of Sherzer's graduate students: Christine Beier, William Fairchild, Ajb'ee Jimenez, and Lev Michael. The first year of the project was supported by a grant from the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin.

Joel Sherzer, a professor of Anthropology at UT Austin, has conducted research on the Kuna language of Panama for more than 30 years. Over the years he amassed a sizeable collection of recordings of Kuna discourse, including performances that are of tremendous importance to the Kuna people. He observed that other scholars were also creating substantial collections of recordings and texts, constituting a tremendous resource for the indigenous languages of Latin America. He was concerned about the preservation of these priceless collections of indigenous verbal art.

The development of affordable technologies for creating and using digital media make it possible for AILLA to collect, digitize, and permanently preserve these resources in standard formats that anyone can access through widely-available software tools. The Internet makes it possible to serve these resources to a global audience, that most importantly includes the speakers of the languages represented in the archive.

AILLA is part of both the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection (BLAC) at the University of Texas at Austin. AILLA is also an integral part of the language documentation programs of the departments of Linguistics and Anthropology.

AILLA is supported by the University of Texas at Austin's College of Liberal Arts and the University Libraries. We are also grateful for generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation. The archive proper is housed on servers maintained by the Digital Library Services Division of the University Libraries. AILLA's lab and office are located inside the Benson.


Scope and Contents Note

Analog originals of indigenous language recordings, field notes, photographs, and other research materials collected and digitized by AILLA. The collection is roughly organized by the name of each depositor of collection material.

Access to the collections should be done through the online Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America web page at http://www.ailla.utexas.org. Analog copies are kept as preservation copies only.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access to this collection is provided digitally through the Archive of Indigenous Language of Latin American web page at http://www.ailla.utexas.org. For questions please contact the AILLA manager at ailla@ailla.utexas.org.

Use Restrictions

Intellectual property rights and indigenous community rights restrictions apply.


Index Terms

The AILLA Collection is classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America -- Archives
Indigenous languages -- Sources

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America Collection, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.


Box Inventory

 

List of Collections and Depositors

box
1 Archivo de las Lenguas Indígenas de México
14 reel-to-reel tapes, 3 cassettes
Dakin, Karen
5 reel-to-reel tapes
Edmonson, Barbara
3 folders, 4 cassettes
Fock, Neils
8 reel-to-reel tapes
Gerzenstein, Ana
9 reel-to-reel tapes
Golluscio, Lucía
9 reel-to-reel tapes, 1 cassette
box
2 Grimes, Larry
6 reel-to-reel
Grinevald, Colette
3 reel-to-reel tapes, 11 cassettes, 1 mini disk
box
2-4 Hill, Jane and Kenneth
90 cassette tapes, plus folders and notebooks
box
4 Hopkins, Nicholas
30 reel-to-reel, 9 cassette
box
4-6 Josserand, Kathryn
118 reel-to-reel tapes
box
7 Lastra, Yolanda
38 reel-to-reel
Martín
6 reel-to-reel tapes
Messineo, Christina
3 cassette tapes
Moser
box
8 Pride, Kitty and Leslie
8 reel-to-reel, 1 cassette
Suárez
30 reel-to-reel tapes, notebooks
box
9 Hopkins, Nicholas
box
10 Lastra, Yolanda
box
11-13 Sorensen, Arthur
box
14-15 Martin, Laura
box
16 Martin, Laura
Dakin, Karen
Josserand, Kathryn