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SIL's dedication to language development past and present
The Language & Culture Archives exists so that ethnolinguistic minority communities benefit from the preservation of and/or open access to knowledge and resources collected, compiled, or created as the result of SIL's service to these communities in the pursuit of their language development goals.
The goals of the Archives are:
In service to language communities worldwide the Archives:
The collection was organized in 1947 as a means of tracking and publishing a 'corporate bibliography.' Nine editions of the 'SIL Bibliography' and five supplements were printed between 1948 and 1992. The 'Bibliography' was published online beginning in 1997. Administration of this collection of published works was reorganized in 1999 under the 'Language and Culture Archives.' Joan Spanne, the Archives' first director, broadened the collection development strategy to include unpublished resources. Between 2001 and 2013, the Archives published its catalog as the 'Bibliography' portion of SIL's flagship publication, Ethnologue.com.
Jeremy Nordmoe succeeded Spanne as Director of the Archives in 2009 and has overseen a transition of the Archives catalog to an institutional repository. The launch of this current website is the culmination of that effort (integrating the catalog of SIL's resources with SIL's other services). The Archives staff supports the archiving and publishing of resources from SIL's active language programs while it also addresses a backlog of unpublished resources previously not included in the 'Bibliography.'
The Language & Culture Archives is located at the International Linguistics Center in Dallas, Texas (USA). The bulk of the collection is in Dallas, but some physical resources are also scattered throughout the world in SIL libraries and offices. Researchers are invited to visit the Archives to conduct research. A sizeable portion of the collection still requires cataloging and/or digitization before it can be shared online. Please contact the Archives staff ahead of time to arrange an appointment, verify the availability of specific resources, and/or make general inquiries.
SIL Language & Culture Archives
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas, TX 75236-5629 USA
E-mail: From Contact Us and choose ‘Archives’
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