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Guide to the Lalia Phipps Boone Papers 1950-1986

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Papers
Creator: Lalia Phipps Boone, 1907-
Dates: 1950-1986
Quantity: 12 cubic feet
Abstract:Correspondence, maps, books, and other research material relating to Boone's interest in Idaho place names and her career as a elementary and secondary school English teacher and university professor, including term papers and theses written under her direction.
Identification: MG182
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The papers in this record group were in no naturally discernable order when received; therefore a series order was imposed during processing. The papers were easily separated into two groups, those concerned with her interest in Idaho place names, and those concerned with her interest in the teaching of English.The Idaho Place Names Project began in 1966 as a personal hobby. She wanted to know why Idaho place names sounded strange to her southern ears and wanted to know what the names meant; her aim was to compile an Idaho place names dictionary. The project received early funding from the National Science Foundation, and in 1968 became one of two pilot projects in the American Name Society nationwide Place Name Survey. She began editing her work for publication in 1983, publishing first a volume on Latah County place names in 1984, and the state volume the following year.The place name series contains two articles on Idaho place names written by Dr. Boone, one on Indian place names, the other on the names of Idaho counties which was reprinted in the Congressional Record in 1970 at the request of Senator Frank Church. The main correspondence file contains letters to and from informants, these are arranged chronologically. The remaining letters which were arranged by place name organizations also contain newsletters.Dr. Boone applied for several grants to enable her to financially support the project; copies of these grants are included in the collection.Items dealing with the volume of Latah County place names were separated and are listed under the Latah County subheading.The Research materials include articles on counties, areas, cities, National Forests, and creeks and rivers. Also included are a few manuscript notes, newspaper clippings, and brochures published by various cities. The maps have been separated by type and are arranged alphabetically.The file cards containing the assembled data were originally in metal file drawers. The cards were removed and placed in archival boxes, two rows to a box; therefore, the folder numbers in boxes 4-8 actually refer to rows rather than folders. Many of the place names on these cards do not appear in the final edition of the Idaho Place Names book.The final items in this series are books which she used in gathering information. Many of these books which are arranged alphabetically by main entry are marked up, and several have entries cut out. All of these books are also available in the Special Collections Library.The second series contains correspondence of a general nature, including a 1974 letter from Alma Keeling in which she discusses the trials of writing and editing and publishing her book The Uncovered Wagon. The correspondence is in chronological order. Other materials are related to the teaching of English at the elementary and secondary level and include correspondence, publications, study guides, and typed copies of stories written by early elementary school children near Moscow; this may be part of the thesis research done by one of Dr. Boone's graduate students. There is one sheet of paper which compares Johnson's Dictionary to that of Nathaniel Bailey; this was the label for a box of index cards which was discarded. There is no evidence that Dr. Boone ever published an article on this topic. Tetsumaro Hayashi was a student of Dr. Boone's at the University of Florida. He continued to correspond with her and send her reprints of his articles and copies of a journal he edited on John Steinbeck. This material is contained in one folder. The University of Idaho folder contains memos and a bibliography of Publications on Idaho Folk Traditions.Thesis, dissertations, and term papers directed by Dr. Boone are in alphabetical by author order near the end of this series. The final items include index cards and tape recordings pertaining to folklore, and index cards noting the dialect used in Marjorie Rawlings' books.In addition to the index cards for the Johnson's Dictionary project, duplicate copies of computer print outs of the Idaho Place Names book were discarded as were the final index cards from which the book was compiled. In all the bulk was reduced by 1.5 cubic feet.

Scope and Content

The papers of Lalia Phipps Boone span the years 1950 to 1986, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1970 to 1985.

The material includes correspondence, maps, books, and other research material for her book on Idaho place names, and correspondence, publications and other items concerning her commitment to the teaching of English to elementary and secondary students. Also included are term papers, theses, and dissertations written under her direction.


Administrative/Biographical History

Daughter of a minister and one of seven children, Lalia Phipps Boone was born April 19, 1907 in Tehuacana, Texas. She graduated from Westminster Jr. College in Tehuacana in 1925. From 1925 to 1944 she taught school first in Navaroo Co. schools, then at Wortham High School in Wortham, Texas. At the same time she was attending East Texas State College where she received her B.A. in English in 1938. She was principal of Wortham High School from 1944 to 1946. She continued her studies and received her M.A. in Medieval Literature and Linguistics in 1947 from the University of Oklahoma where she served as an instructor in the English Department from 1946 to 1949. She then became the first woman professor at the University of Florida where, in 1951 she became the first woman to receive a doctoral degree from that institution; again her emphasis was on Linguistics and Medieval Literature.

She continued teaching at the University of Florida, moving through the ranks from instructor to assistant, and finally to associate professor until 1965 when the accepted a position as Professor of English at the University of Idaho. She remained at the university until her retirement from teaching in 1973; her final year was as Professor of Education. Following her retirement she spent several years serving as a consultant to secondary schools in Idaho and Spokane, Washington.

Dr. Boone is the author of many books and articles including From A-Z in Latah County (1984), Idaho Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary (1985), Petroleum Dictionary (1951), "Post Offices of Latah County, Idaho," "Names of Idaho Counties" Names, XVI, No.1, March 1968 (reprinted in Congressional Record, June 4, 1970), plus many articles on the history of words and teaching language skills to children.

She was instrumental in organizing the Idaho Council of Teachers and served as its president for several years. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women, American Dialect Society, American Name Society, Modern Language Association, National League of American Pen Women, Idaho Council of Teachers of English, and the Idaho Educational Association. In 1966 she was named Penrose Fellow by the American Philosophical Society. She received the American Association of University Women's Idaho Golden Anniversary Endowment Award in 1982.

Following the completion and publication of her Idaho place name book she moved to Silver Spring, Maryland. She died there December 1, 1990.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Colleges and Universities
Idaho

Boone, Lalia Phipps, 1907- --Archives.

University of Idaho -- Faculty -- Correspondence

Names, Geographical -- Idaho
Teachers -- Idaho -- Records and correspondence

Professor of English, University of Idaho, 1965-1973.

Administrative Information

Source

The papers of Lalia Phipps Boone were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Dr. Boone in October 1986 and May 1989.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Idaho Place Names 1950-1986
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1/11/1Articles by Lalia Boone 1970-1985 2 items
Correspondence
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1/2-31/2-3General 1966-1985 138 items
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1/4-51/4-5American Name Society 1965-1984 53 items
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1/61/6Forest Service 1976-1985 15 items
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1/71/7Idaho Commission on Geographical Names 1893-1986 28 items
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1/81/8Latah County Historical Society 1978-1985 8 items
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1/91/9Place Name Survey of the United States 1972-1979 15 items
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1/101/10Research students 1972 3 items
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1/111/11Western States Geographic Names Conference 1984 6 items
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1/121/12Background: How the project began ca. 1972 4 items
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1/131/13U.S. Geological Survey Publications on geographical names 1978-1986 10 items
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1/141/14Samples, forms, and formats undated 14 items
Grant applications
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1/151/15American Philosophical Society 1967 3 items
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1/161/16Association for the Humanities in Idaho 1983-1985 23 items
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1/171/17Kaypro 1983 7 items
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1/181/18John Calhoun Smith Memorial Fund (University of Idaho) 1983-1984 19 items
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1/191/19National Endowment for the Humanities 1972 2 items
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1/201/20University of Idaho Research Committee 1970-1973 5 items
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1/211/21Printing cost estimates 1983 8 items
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1/221/22Introduction: draft undated 1 item
Latah County Volume
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1/231/23Accent Graphics, correspondence 1983 9 items
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1/241/24General correspondence 1983-1984 2 items
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1/251/25Copyright and ISBN applications 1983-1984 12 items
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1/261/26Latah County Historical Society publications 1981-1983 2 items
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1/271/27Book orders and related correspondence 1984-1985 24 items
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1/281/28Book review of From A to Z in Latah County 1984 7 items
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1/291/29Metsker map of Latah County undated 2 items
Research Material
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1/301/30Articles, general 1880-1978 7 items
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1/311/31Articles on counties undated 4 items
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1/321/32Articles on areas undated 4 items
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1/331/33Articles on cities 1918-1966 4 items
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1/341/34Domestic geographic name proposals 1964-1970 135 items
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1/35-361/35-36Creeks and rivers undated 5 items
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1/371/37Field work sheets undated 17 items
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1/381/38Lists of names of post offices, railway stations, etc. 1884-1984 6 items
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1/391/39National Forest place names 1942-1976 6 items
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1/401/40Student papers undated 3 items
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1/41-421/41-42"Scratchings" (manuscript notes) undated 31 items
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2/432/43Newspaper clippings 1954-1982 118 items
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2/44-462/44-46Brochures undated 68 items
Maps
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2/472/47Information on 1969 5 items
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2/482/48Idaho State 1976-1981 5 items
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2/49-522/49-52National Forests 1954-1982 27 items
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2/532/53Counties 1950-1980 11 items
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2/542/54Quadrangle 1952-1984 8 items
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2/552/55Miscellaneous 1957-1981 10 items
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3/56-633/56-63Big Sky county maps 1972-1981 45 items
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3/64-663/64-66Computer printout of assembled data, (with corrections) 1987? 1 item
Index and information cards (by county)
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4/67-684/67-68Ada-Butte 7200
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5/69-705/69-70Camas-Fremont 7000
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6/71-726/71-72Gem-Latah L 7800
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7/73-747/73-74Latah M-Owyhee 7800
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8/758/75Owyhee-Washington 3200
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8/768/76Bibliography 1200
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9-10/77-1249-10/77-124Books 1946-1977 48 items
Series II. Other activities 1958-1986
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10/12510/125Application to write the academic history of the University of Idaho 1986 1 item
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10/12610/126Application for consideration as Idaho Writer in Residence 1985 6 items
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10/12710/127Correspondence, general 1958-1985 59 items
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10/12810/128Correspondence, Dictionary of American Regional English 1966 21 items
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10/12910/129Correspondence, teaching of English 1965-1973 16 items
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10/13010/130Publications and study guides used in teaching English at the primary and secondary level 1964-1966 14 items
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10/131-13210/131-132Stories by children 1971-1972 1 item
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10/13310/133Communication Skills Through Authorship Program undated 2 items
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10/13410/134"The Story Behind..." (individual words) undated 7 items
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10/13510/135Johnson's Dictionary information undated 1 item
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10/13610/136Newspaper clippings about Lalia Boone 1966-1984 27 items
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10/13710/137Recommendations for students 1969-1972 12 items
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10/13810/138Tetsumaro Hayashi 1966-1969 8 items
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10/13910/139University of Idaho, memos, etc. 1970-1971 4 items
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10-11/140-15110-11/140-151Papers, theses, dissertations 1954-1972 33 items
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12/15112/151Folklore cards and tapes undated 2310 items
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12/15212/152Index Cards: Dialect used in all Marjorie Rawlings' books undated 300 items

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