William John Samarin fonds

Title: William John Samarin fonds

Dates of creation: 1928-2008

Physical description: 35.68 metres of textual and graphic material, sound recordings and moving images

Biographical Sketch: William John Samarin (1926- ) grew up in Los Angeles, California as a member of the Molokans, a Russian Pentecostal sect.  In 1947 he married Ruth Custer and they had two children. He earned a BA in linguistics (1950, University of California, Berkeley) and PhD in African linguistics (1962, Berkeley). From 1950-1960, Samarin served as a missionary-linguist with the Foreign Missionary Society of the Brethren Church in Oubangi-Chari the Central African Republic. He was professor of linguistics at Hartford Seminary Foundation in Connecticut from 1961-1968. Samarin was professor of linguistics and linguistic anthropology at the University of Toronto from 1968 and 1991. His research interests include African languages (Gbeya, Kituba, Lingala, Sango), glossolalia, ideophones, linguas-franca, Molokan culture, pidgin/creole genesis, and the history of socio-linguistics.

Scope and content: Notes, correspondence, addresses, research files, manuscripts, sound recordings (including field recordings), photos, publications, conference files, research proposals, sermons, reports, interview transcriptions and other material documenting the teaching and research activities of William John Samarin as a professor of linguistics and anthropology at Hartford Seminary Foundation and later the University of Toronto. Includes material on mission work in the Central African Republic and manuscripts by H. A. Gleason, Jr.

Finding Aids: Box lists (B1983-0025, B1989-0038, B1990-0033), file list (B1987-0008), container lists (B1992-0006, B2010-0021), and series description (B1998-0026, B2002-0021) available

Access: Restricted: written consent of donor required for access during lifetime of donor.

Accession number: B1983-0025, B1987-0008, B1989-0025, B1989-0038, B1990-0033, B1992-0006, B1998-0026, B2002-0021, B2010-0021