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Letters and manuscripts by Parker Paul McKenzie (Kiowa tribe member), regarding the Kiowa Language, 1998

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 19

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The American Indian Collection is a small, eclectic collection of 18th and 19th century materials related to indigenous peoples in North America and their languages. The highlight of this artificial collection is the original manuscript of French Jesuit missionary Rev. Jacques Gravier (1651-1708), entitled 'Dictionary of the Algonquin Illinois Language' (ca. 1700), which was acquired and partially transcribed by James Hammond Trumbull (1821-1897), a noted philologist and statesman. It also includes correspondence from various institutions of white imperialism which interacted with Native Americans, including the U.S. Army and the Smithsonian Bureau of Ethnology. The collection also contains two Catholic liturgy and prayer books (in manuscript) partially written in Abenaki, along with notebooks by amateur linguists, historians, and antiquarians (such as Samuel Gardner Drake) containing vocabularies related to the Seminole, Menominee, Ojibwe, Mickmac, and Sioux-Dakota languages.

Also included are supplemental materials from the 1990s about the Gravier Algonquin-Illinois Dictionary, as well as a small folder of manuscripts and correspondence involving the study of the Kiowa language by Parker Paul McKenzie, identified in the documents as a "member of the Kiowa tribe."

Materials were added to the collection at unknown times related to additional subjects about American Indians.


  • Creation: 1998


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Collection material is in Abenaki, Algonquin-Illinois, Appalachian, English, Menominee, Mickmac, Nahuatl, Ojibwe, Spanish, and Timuquan.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Parker Paul McKenzie was born in 1897 and lived in Oklahoma as a member of the Kiowa tribe, as identified on page 7 of the loose leaf documents.


1 Folder(s)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Carl Masthay may have sent these photocopies to Watkinson Director Jeff Kaimowitz.

Physical Description

Includes letters between Dr. Carl Masthay and Dr. Parker Paul McKenzie.

All items in the folder are facsimiles (photocopies).

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106