Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers, Africana Manuscripts, Melville J. Herskovits Library, Northwestern University
The Lorenzo Dow Turner Papers, spanning the years 1915-1973, are arranged in nine subseries: biographical material, correspondence, notes from Turner’s student career, research files, index cards (3 x 5), publications, and sound recordings. The collection documents Turner’s extensive educational training, his long teaching career at Howard University, Fisk University, and then at Roosevelt University, his exhaustive linguistic research, and the revolutionary theories on black speech development in America that he pioneered. Of particular interest are cassette tapes, including copies of the original sound recordings made by Turner. The audio discs and over one hundred twenty-five tape and wire recordings initially included in the Lorenzo Dow Turner papers were deposited in the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1986.