6 boxes (6 cu. ft.) +.
The Robert W. Young papers contains 6 overlapping series. Linguistics materials relate to Navajo grammar, and include correspondence between Robert Young and William Morgan, Sr. during their collaboration on The Navajo Language: A Grammar and Colloquial Dictionary (1980) and Analytical Lexicon of Navajo (1992). History/Anthropology materials chronicle early Spanish and Anglo contact in the Southwest. Themes include agriculture/hunting, dancing, kinship, place names, stars/constellations, witchcraft, and materials on peyotism by David Aberle. The Navajo Condition documents the Navajo situation, 1939-1969. Government Relations contains correspondence reflecting early U.S. Government-Navajo contact, Navajo trading, administration (including formation of the Navajo constitution), policies, withdrawal, census and contains copies of National Archives files. Legal issues such as the controversial activities of Norman Littell, Navajo General Council and Claims Attorney are also included. The final series contains Native American related publications.
Robert W. Young, linguist, was born on May 18, 1912 in Chicago. He earned his BA from the University of Illinois in 1935, then enrolled in anthropology at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where he began a career working with the Navajo language. He was employed by the BIA as a Specialist in Indian Languages, and then in Navajo Tribal Relations. Young and William Morgan Sr. compiled The Navajo Language: A Grammar and Colloquial Dictionary, published in 1980. An Analytical Lexicon of Navajo by Young, Morgan, and Sally Midgette was published in 1992. Young compiled The Navajo Yearbook which was published annually during the 1950s. In 1989, Young wrote A Political History of the Navajo Tribe. Young's, The Navajo Verb System was published in 2000.
Photographs housed in CSWR Pictorial Collections.
Related collections at the Center for Southwest Research: Sophie D. Aberle Papers, and, Sacred Lands Project Collection.
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