Many of the State Historical Society’s holdings are included in Merlin, the shared library catalog of the four University of Missouri campuses. The State Historical Society holds numerous books on the history and study of language in Missouri, the Midwest, and the United States generally. The broadest term to search is the subject term “language” or “linguistics.” For a more specific search in Missouri, simply add the subject term “Missouri” to your search.
Lance, Donald M. (1931-2002), Papers, 1938-2002 (C3992) - The papers of a University of Missouri English professor well known for his lectures on the pronunciation of “Missouri” and other dialect research contain extensive professional correspondence, research data, articles, presentations, teaching materials, and materials related to his work with professional organizations. Audio cassettes include interviews with Germans in Missouri and with decorated US Army Special Forces veteran Byrl D. Taylor, Missouri folk musicians, and examples of English language dialects.
Steinkuehler, Leland, German Dialect Collection, 2005-2008 (CA6096) - Recordings and accompanying paperwork of interviews conducted by Steinkuehler with Missourians of German heritage from Concordia, Loose Creek, Westphalia, and St. Elizabeth, Missouri, as well as visitors from Meerbusch, Germany. Includes a comparison of dialects between three interviewees. Recordings of a Lutheran Church service conducted in Low German and a narration with English translations by Reverend Alfred W. Rodewald were added in 2009.