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AILLA Is Accepting Deposits

We are pleased to announce that AILLA is accepting deposits once again. If you would like to make a deposit to AILLA, please contact us.

Stay tuned for our new site launch!

Added 12 May 2017.

ATTENTION Researchers, Depositors, and Future Depositors

If you plan to apply for any grant or fellowship (including the NSF DEL or Linguistics grants) that requires you to submit your data to a repository such as AILLA as part of a Data Management Plan, you should plan to include funds for archiving in your grant budget. Please read this information for researchers and the depositor information carefully before you contact AILLA.

If you need help finding an archive for your (endangered) language research data, please read this recently revised blog post Finding an Archive for your (Endangered) Language Research Data that was originally posted on the LSA CELP From the Archivists blog in July 2015.

Added September 2014, modified 12 May 2017.

AILLA's Technology Upgrade

We are pleased to announce that after a very successful fundraiser, we are proceeding with our technology upgrade. The work began in late March 2015, and it will continue during the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. What does this mean for AILLA's users and depositors?

Users: We do not expect the upgrade to affect AILLA's user interface in any way. All of the AILLA records and materials will be available to users during the entire process. Nevertheless, if you encounter problems while using the archive, please contact AILLA to let us know.

Depositors: During the duration of the upgrade, AILLA will NOT accept any digital materials to be added to the archive. We apologize for any inconveniences caused by this temporary ingestion freeze. Thank you for your patience as we work through this major transition. If you have any materials --either digital or analog--that you would like to add to AILLA, please contact the AILLA manager for more information. At the end of the upgrade, AILLA will have a new deposit procedure that all depositors will be asked to follow. The new procedure will be posted on the Depositor Information page.

Modified 5 July 2016.

Webinar on Documenting Endangered Languages Program at NSF

A free and accessible webinar is scheduled for January 19, 2016 at 3 pm EST for the Documenting Endangered Languages Program, which is a joint U.S. funding initiative led by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. DEL grants include fellowships, doctoral dissertation research improvement grants, workshops/conferences, tribal college-research university collaborations, and standard senior grants. U.S. based institutions are eligible to apply for these grants; these include universities, colleges, tribal colleges and universities, tribal-serving institutions or tribal nations, and non-profit, non-academic institutions. (Refer to the solicitation for guidelines on individuals applying for DEL grants.)

The NSF Program Director for Documenting Endangered Languages, Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, will lead a webinar on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 3 pm Eastern Standard Time for those interested in submitting. The next deadline for the program will be September 15, 2016.

This webinar is free and will be archived and accessible later to participants and others. Webinar attendees *must* register in advance to participate; use the meeting number (747878085) and meeting password (DEL2016webinar!); there is an audio option for those who do not have sufficient bandwidth for videoconferencing with operator-assisted telephone at either toll (+1-203-607-0666) and toll-free (+1-877-951-7311) numbers; the conference host (Colleen Fitzgerald), the password (DEL2016) and an additional passcode (8164451) are provided here. Any technical questions on registration or logging in for the meeting should be made to the WebEX support team at

DEL Webinar Registration and Agenda

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (GMT-05:00)
  • Conference Leader: Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, Program Director, Documenting Endangered Languages
  • Register at this meeting link:
    After your request has been approved, you'll receive instructions for joining the meeting.
    If you already registered for this meeting, you do not need to register again.
  • Meeting number: 747 878 085
  • Meeting password: DEL2016webinar!
  • Can't register? Contact support at
  • For an audio connection only, you can join by phone either by using the WebEX link above and clicking on audio or by calling one of these two phone numbers, giving the conference leader name, password and the participant passcode below:
    Phone: +1-877-951-7311 US Toll free or +1-203-607-0666 US Toll
  • Conference Leader: Colleen Fitzgerald
  • Password: DEL2016
  • Participant passcode: 8164451
Agenda for the Webinar
  • Overview of the DEL program and eligibility
  • Pre-proposal activities and process
  • Submissions and proposal processing
  • Merit review of proposals
  • Intellectual Merit
  • Broader Impacts
  • Making a competitive proposal
  • Data Management Plans
  • Funding and award issues
  • Questions and answers
Additional DEL resources online

Call for nominations: The DELAMAN Franz Boas Award


DELAMAN, the Digital Endangered Languages and Musics Archives Network (, has now established the award in honor of Franz Boas in recognition of significant contributions to the documentation of endangered languages.

DELAMAN is inviting nominations for the first award for a documentary collection of an endangered or moribund language. The DELAMAN Franz Boas Award recognizes and honors junior scholars (Ph.D. awarded January 1, 2011 or later; early career documenters employed less than 5 years) who have done outstanding documentary work in creating a rich multimedia documentary collection of a particular language that is endangered or no longer spoken. The language documentation collection must be archived and made accessible in a DELAMAN archive (with no or only minimal access restrictions).

To submit a nomination and for information about the award go to

The award consists of a payment of $500. The International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation (ICLDC) will cover airfare and on-campus lodging up to a maximum of US$1500 to bring the winner to Honolulu for the 2017 conference to receive the award. In addition, members of the DELAMAN board will publish a review of the the prize-winning work in Language Documentation and Conservation.

New AILLA resources

Waiwai photographs: 121 photographs from Dr. Neils Fock's 1954 field work with the Waiwai were added to his collection. The photos can be viewed here. Please remember that you must log into your AILLA user account in order to view these photos or any other Level 1 files in the archive.

Added 13 April 2015.

In Memory of Dr. A. Richard Diebold, Jr.

With heavy hearts, the directors and staff of the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America pass on news of the passing of Dr. A. Richard Diebold, Jr. Dr. Diebold passed away on March 1st, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 80. A full obituary can be found on the University of Arizona website here. Dr. Diebold was a generous supporter of AILLA since its creation. He was a true gentleman at every turn of his life, and his kindness will be missed. Donations in his memory would be greatly appreciated and should be made to AILLA.

Added 10 April 2015.

AILLA is a joint effort of the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, the Department of Linguistics, and the Digital Library Services Division of the University Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin.
AILLA is also grateful for support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation.
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