J.A. Cuoq letters
Five letters, 1879-1894, from J.A. Cuoq to James Constantine Pilling, an American ethnologist particularly interested in Indian languages, who compiled comprehensive bibliographies on the topic and assembled the renowned library of the Bureau of American Ethnology. In Cuoq's responses to Pilling's apparent requests for copies of his works, he notes in an 1879 letter that all copies of requested volumes were destroyed in an 1877 fire at Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes. Later notes concern the forwarding of copies of Cuoq's Lexique de la langue iroquoise (published 1882) and Anotc keton (published 1893), which was an appendix to his Grammaire de la langue algonquine.
- Creation: 1879-1894
- Cuoq, J. A. (Jean André), 1821-1898 (Person)
Biographical / Historical
Priest, missionary, linguist, and philologist, also known as Nuj-Kwenatc-anibic (Algonquian) and Orakwanen-takon (Iroquois). Born in 1821 in France, J.A. Cuoq studied theology and discovered a facility for languages before his ordination as a priest in 1845 and his departure for Canada in 1846. Appointed curate at the Notre Dame church in Montreal, Cuoq also began a ministry at the mission Lac-des-Deux-Montagnes in Oka, Quebec. There, among the Iroquois and Algonquians, Cuoq began writing and publishing religious booklets in the languages of his parishioners. By the 1860s Cuoq had become a recognized authority on Indian languages; he continued to write and publish until his death in 1898.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)
Butler, R.L. Checklist of mss. in the Ayer Coll. ,206.
Processing Information Note
July 1, 1884 letter formerly known as Ayer MS 206a.
Genre / Form
- Correspondence -- Québec (Province) -- Montreal -- 1851-1900
- Correspondence -- Québec (Province) -- Oka -- 1851-1900
- Algonquian languages
- Ethnologists -- Washington (D.C.) -- Correspondence
- Indians of North America -- Québec (Province) -- Québec -- Languages
- Iroquoian languages
- Linguists -- Québec (Province) -- Montreal -- Correspondence
- Manuscripts, Canadian
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