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Margaret Bullowa papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0059

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists chiefly of Bullowa’s professional papers, including correspondence with colleagues, grant proposals and reports, programs and notes pertaining to conferences Bullowa attended, speeches, student notes, and drafts of publications. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1960s and 1970s. Aside from student notes, no personal papers have been located in the collection.

Some student notes from Bullowa’s days at Columbia are in the collection, as well as a copy of her master’s thesis. In addition, when she moved to MIT in 1965, Bullowa took several courses in linguistics and language development. Thus notes on courses taught by Noam Chomsky, Morris Halle, and others are included. The audiotapes, films and transcripts that comprise the research on child language and infant communication were given to the Human Studies Film Archives of the Department of Anthropology of the Smithsonian Institution.

Material received in 1987 (boxes 8-12) is unprocessed.


  • 1930 - 1978


Access note

This collection is open.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to Distinctive Collections. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection.


12 Cubic Feet (12 record cartons)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Margaret Bullowa
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Repository Details

Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries. Department of Distinctive Collections Repository

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