Kinkade Reading Room

The Linguistics Reading Room in TFS 223 houses a unique collection of books, journals, working papers from several different universities, theses, unpublished manuscripts, and audio tape materials that function as valuable research resources for students and faculty in the department. We also house a collection of books and manuscripts donated by M. Dale Kinkade, including a large Salish component. In addition to being a stimulating place to browse for interesting research material, it’s also a great place to study!

The Reading Room Collection

NEW! As part of a project for the Library, Archival and Information Studies school, the Archives staff present a digital collection of maps from the M. Dale Kinkade collection! The collection is available here through ContentDM. Please feel free to browse the maps and enjoy! For more info on the items or usage, please contact Victoria or Murray below.

We are currently re-cataloguing our collection and working to implement a searchable library database. Please check back soon, or ask our Archives staff about what’s available in the meantime. The materials are still available for research use – see below for usage policies.

Usage Policies

Please note: At this time, the collection is in the process of being re-catalogued, and materials must remain within the Reading Room. When cataloguing is complete, circulation of the collection within the department will be re-assessed. Copies can be requested from the Linguistics Archives staff, or you may make copies with special care for the fragile materials. When you take material off the shelf or out of a filing cabinet, please note exactly where it came from, and return it to its original home when you have finished with it. Thanks!


The Reading Room is open during the building’s open hours (weekdays, 8am-5pm) or by card access outside these hours. Please contact the Administration Coordinator for card access issues.


For more information on the collection or how to access it, please contact:

Linguistics Archival Coordinator
Victoria Gomez (

If you would like to use any of the audio resources that are in the Linguistics Reading Room, please contact:

Linguistics Research and Archives Manager
Murray Schellenberg (