Manuscript Collection

Peter Tamony

Tamony, Peter (1902-1985), Collection, 1890-1985 (C3939)

877.6 linear feet, 14 records, 89 audio tapes, 2 audio cassettes


The Peter Tamony Collection consists of correspondence, articles, research files, personal papers, audio tapes, and word files of the noted San Franciscan etymologist and neologist. The collection primarily relates to the study of American colloquial language and neologisms but also includes rare jazz journals and materials on sports.


The Peter Tamony Collection was donated to the University of Missouri by his sister, Kathleen Tamony, on 8 April 1986 (Accession No. 4710).


Peter Tamony was born to Irish immigrants in San Francisco on 9 October 1902. His interest in etymology began when he took a job at a downtown bank and noticed that many speech patterns and usages of his colleagues and clients differed from those he had learned growing up in the Mission District.

Unable to participate in sports due to a bout with tuberculosis when he was 20, Tamony became an avid fan of baseball and college athletics through the sports pages. He took note of the vivid and unconventional language sports columnists used and started documenting their word usage as well as that of the people from other parts of San Francisco he came in contact with through his job. He then expanded his sources to include everything from books and magazines to matchbook covers, record jackets, early blues LPs, and posters.

Peter Tamony

To support himself, he worked as a real estate broker and notary but his passion was collecting examples of words and phrases used in American speech.

He was first published in American Speech in 1937 and two years later began writing a column, "The Origin of Words," for the San Francisco Newsletter and Wasp. Many of his etymologies were cited in works by H.L. Mencken, Damon Runyon, and other etymologists and linguists. He often contributed to "Among the New Words," a column in American Speech, and was consulted by editors of the Oxford English Dictionary, Dictionary of American Regional English, and Encyclopedia Britannica.

In addition to his collecting Tamony was a jazz enthusiast and founded the Hot Music Society of San Francisco in 1939. The society hosted events by some of the most popular jazz artists of the era including Lu Watters, Bunk Johnson, and Turk Murphy. This interest in jazz is also evidenced by his large collection of jazz magazines and journals.

Tamony died on 24 July 1985 leaving the second and third floors of the townhouse he shared with his sister filled with boxes, books, and magazines for his word files.


The Peter Tamony Collection consists of correspondence, articles, research files, personal papers, audio tapes, and word files which document Tamony's lifelong interest in etymology, neology, jazz, and sports. The collection is arranged into twelve series: Correspondence, Personal, Subject Files, Sports, Tad (Thomas A. Dorgan), Jazz, Lectures, CONTALK, Articles, Publications, Word Files, and Recordings.


Correspondence Series

The Correspondence series contains letters written to and from Tamony, arranged alphabetically by correspondent. The correspondence started in the late 1930s with the bulk from the 1950s through the 1970s. People, including noted linguists and etymologists, wrote to him asking for information on various words and phrases. Tamony replied with detailed explanations of word origins based on the information in his word files. The correspondence also covers such topics as jazz and the fight over renaming Candlestick Park. Correspondence with editors of several journals for whom Tamony consulted are also included in this series.

Some correspondents include writer, H.L. Mencken, songwriters Pete Seeger and Richard Farina, and author, Thomas Pynchon.

f. 1Abrahams
f. 2Abrahams-Aero
f. 3Aldam-Algeo
f. 4Algeo
f. 5Allen-Aman
f. 6Aman
f. 7-8American
f. 9American-Ampex
f. 10Andersen-Ash
f. 11Ashley
f. 12Association-Barlow
f. 13Barrick
f. 14Bates-Bay
f. 15Bay
f. 16Belch-Blum
f. 17Bokelman-Bolinger
f. 18-19Bolinger
f. 20Bomgardner-Botkin
f. 21Botkin-Boyd
f. 22Bradford-Bridges
f. 23Brill-Bryant
f. 24Bubka-Bueschel
f. 25-29Bueschel
f. 30Bullard-Burchfield
f. 31-35Burchfield
f. 36Burg-Burke
f. 37Burley-Butters
f. 38Byrd-Caen
f. 39Caen-California
f. 40California-Campa
f. 41Cannell-Cartoon
f. 42Case-Cassidy
f. 43-44Cassidy
f. 45Cassidy-Caylor
f. 46Chafetz-Charles
f. 47Chase-Christian
f. 48Claiborne-Cohen
f. 49-55Cohen
f. 56Collier's-Columbia
f. 57Committee-Connelly
f. 58Cowley-Cutter
f. 59Dalton-Denisoff
f. 60Dery-Dickison
f. 61Dill-Doss
f. 62Down-Dyer
f. 63Eames-Eisner
f. 64Electric-Evans
f. 65Fairclough-Fiske
f. 66Flanagan-Foster
f. 67Frank-Friedman
f. 68Fry-Funk
f. 69G. & C. Merriam-Gates
f. 70Gannon-Garner
f. 71-72Garner
f. 73Geiger-Gleason
f. 74-75Gleason
f. 76Goethe-Goldstein
f. 77Goody-Goudette
f. 78Grady-Green
f. 79-85Green
f. 86Greenway-Guzzo
f. 87Haas-Hambly
f. 88Hambly-Hand
f. 89-90Hand
f. 91Hanley-Harder
f. 92Harper-Haviland
f. 93Hayakawa-Hayward
f. 94Heath-Hinton
f. 95Hoeptner-Holbrook
f. 96Holbrook-Hubbard
f. 97Hubbard-Hugo
f. 98Inner-Jabbour
f. 99Jackson-Johnston
f. 100Joint-Joyner
f. 101Joyner-Junior
f. 103Kahn
f. 104Kahn-Kelley
f. 105Kelley-Kelsey
f. 106Kelsey
f. 107Kelsey-Kinnaird
f. 108Kinnaird-Koester
f. 109Kray-Landau
f. 110Landers-Lanza
f. 111-112Lanza
f. 113Larson-Levy
f. 114Lee-Legman
f. 115-116Legman
f. 117Lenz-Lighter
f. 118Lighter-Logsdon
f. 119Logsdon-Lowry
f. 120Lowry-Lyon
f. 121McAndrews-McCabe
f. 122McCall-McDavid
f. 123McDevitt-MacGregor
f. 124-126McLain
f. 127McLain-McLuhan
f. 128Macalester-Maher
f. 129Makara-Marshall
f. 130Marshall-Martin
f. 131Martin-Maslin
f. 132Maslin-Maurer
f. 133Maurer
f. 134Means-Mencken
f. 135Meredith
f. 136Mereness-Metcalf
f. 137Miller-Mitchell
f. 138-140Moe
f. 141Mogar-Moxie
f. 142Mullaney-New
f. 143New
f. 144Nichols-O'Faircheallaigh
f. 145Olivier-Paluson
f. 146Papina-Partridge
f. 147Passman-Paulson
f. 148Pearce-Philo
f. 149Pickering-Power
f. 150Practicum-Pynchon
f. 151Quinn-Rawlings
f. 152Read
f. 153Read-Reuss
f. 154Reynolds-Roche
f. 155Roehrick-Room
f. 156-157Rosenbaum
f. 158Rudnyvkyj-Russell
f. 159-163Russell
f. 164Safety-Safire
f. 165Safire
f. 166Saint-San Francisco
f. 167-169San Francisco
f. 170Schaeffer-Schroeder
f. 171Schroeder-Schuchat
f. 172Sebeok-Sharp
f. 173Shebl-Slovenko
f. 174Smit-Spann
f. 175Spencer-Stanford
f. 176Stanley-Stuart
f. 177Sullivan-Szwed
f. 178Tamony-Taylor
f. 179Taylor
f. 180Tenot-Timoney
f. 181Tobiason-Tomatis
f. 182Torti-Twombley
f. 183United-Utley
f. 184Van Dam-Watters
f. 185Weller-Whiting
f. 186Wight-Wilgus
f. 187Wilhoft-Winkleman
f. 188Wolf-Yawata
f. 189-190Unidentified Correspondents

Personal Series

The Personal series consists of biographical notes, photographs, publicity clippings, and a list of his record collection, which he donated to the John Edwards Memorial Foundation. Photographs of many jazz musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Lu Watters, Charlie Byrd, and Bob Scobey are contained in this series, which is arranged alphabetically by topic.

f. 191-193Autobiographical Notes
f. 194-195Bibliography
f. 196-198Biographical Notes
f. 199Miscellaneous
f. 200Photographs, 1945
f. 201Photographs, Jazz
f. 202Photographs, Miscellaneous
f. 203Photographs, Tamony
f. 204-206Publicity Clippings
f. 207-209Record Collection

Subject Files Series

The Subject Files series is arranged alphabetically and contains information on various topics in which Tamony had an interest. These topics include Black English and jive, limericks, music, gambling, homosexuals, and profanity. Also included in this series are worksheets from the New Words Committee of Encyclopedia Britannica, records from the 24th Street Boosters, an organization led by Tamony in support of urban renewal in his neighborhood in the 1930s and 1940s, and notes from a class on linguistics taught by S.I. Hayakawa. In addition Tamony’s "Scrabble" game and an educational game on troublesome verbs and pronouns are part of this series.

Other items in this series include class papers from Roger Abraham’s University of Texas course on linguistics from the early 1960s. The papers his students wrote concerned the jargon they used on campus, in the military, in the workplace, and as athletes.

f. 210-21324th Street Boosters, Correspondence
f. 21424th Street Boosters, Photographs and Miscellany
f. 215-21624th Street Boosters, Public Housing Publications
f. 217-21824th Street Boosters, Publicity Clippings
f. 219-220d24th Street Boosters, Scrapbooks
f. 221Abrahams Papers: Air Force Jargon
f. 222Abrahams Papers: Baseball Lingo
f. 223Abrahams Papers: Basic Guide to Campusology
f. 224Abrahams Papers: Bowling Jargon
f. 225Abrahams Papers: A Brief Examination of an Esoteric Folk
f. 226Abrahams Papers: Campus Slang
f. 227Abrahams Papers: College Lore
f. 228Abrahams Papers: Common Jargon and Weather Proverbs Used By Seamen
f. 229Abrahams Papers: Dope Head Definitions
f. 230Abrahams Papers: Folklore in the Hospital
f. 231Abrahams Papers: Folklore--Texas Football Style
f. 232Abrahams Papers: Folklore--West Point Style
f. 233Abrahams Papers: The Gas Plant: Tools, Materials, and Tales
f. 234Abrahams Papers: Jargon of Surfing
f. 235Abrahams Papers: Jargon of the U.S. Army in Germany
f. 236Abrahams Papers: Jargon Used By University of Texas Co-Eds
f. 237Abrahams Papers: Journalese
f. 238Abrahams Papers: Lore of the Airborne Soldier
f. 239Abrahams Papers: Naval Jargon
f. 240Abrahams Papers: Negro Folk Speech
f. 241Abrahams Papers: Observed Speech Patterns
f. 242Abrahams Papers: Racetrack Jargon
f. 243Abrahams Papers: Railroad Jargon
f. 244Abrahams Papers: Rookies to Roaches [Police Jargon]
f. 245Abrahams Papers: Skydiver's Jargon
f. 246Abrahams Papers: Slang Expressions and Definitions in Baseball
f. 247Abrahams Papers: Slang, Jargon, Terms, and Practical Jokes in the Oilfield
f. 248Abrahams Papers: Slang on the 40 Acres
f. 249Abrahams Papers: Spelunkers
f. 250Abrahams Papers: Talk of a Texas Cowboy
f. 251American Dialect Society
f. 252American Language
f. 253-261Black English
f. 262Broadsides and Brochures
f. 263Cartoonists
f. 264Cartoonists--Tom McNamara
f. 265-273Course Notes
f. 274-276Cow Palace
f. 277-278Criminal Slang
f. 279Dictionaries
f. 280-284Encyclopedia Britannica Worksheets, 1944-1952
f. 285-289Encyclopedia Britannica Worksheets, 1953-1961
f. 290Encyclopedia Britannica Worksheets Completed, 1945-1953
f. 291Encyclopedia Britannica Worksheets Completed, 1954-1956
f. 292Encyclopedia Britannica Worksheets Completed, 1957-1961
f. 293-294Gambling
f. 295-300Gambling, Slot Machines
f. 301Gleason, Ralph J.
f. 302-316Hayakawa Course Notes
f. 317-319Homosexual
f. 320Hootenanny
f. 321-324Jive
f. 325John Edwards Memorial Foundation
f. 326Korzybski, Alfred
f. 327Labor
f. 328Language
f. 329Lawrence, D.H.
f. 330Legman, The Fake Revolt
f. 331-334Limericks
f. 335McDonald's
f. 336Maledicta Interview
f. 337-339Mencken, H.L.
f. 340Military Slang
f. 341Miscellaneous
f. 342-343Music
f. 344Music,Song Books and Sheet Music
f. 345-348Music, "Songs of Roving and Raking"
f. 349Neologisms
f. 350Oxford English Dictionary
f. 351Phelan, James D., 1928 Presidential Election
f. 352Police Slang
f. 353Presidential Election Handbook, 1960
f. 354-358Profanity
f. 359Pynchon, Tom
f. 360Radio Program, "What Am I Saying?"
f. 361-364Rhyming Slang
f. 365Scrabble Board Game
f. 366Shakespeare
f. 367-369Slang
f. 370Space
f. 371Taylor, Archer
f. 372Tobiason, James, "Sexual Symbolism in the Popular Negro Blues"
f. 373Torskript
f. 374Troublesome Verbs and Pronouns Game

Sports Series

The Sports series consists of programs from sporting events, trading cards, rule books, and miscellaneous materials about baseball, football, boxing, and basketball. Tamony was an avid sports fan and attended many college basketball and football games. Programs and ticket stubs from these games, dating back to the 1920s, are included here.

This series also contains a baseball themed child’s game, which appears to be a forerunner of the pinball machine, and thumbnail sketches of the players and coaches in the Pacific Coast League from 1951.

This series is arranged alphabetically by sport.

f. 375Baseball
f. 376-377Baseball, California
f. 378Baseball, Home Diamond Game
f. 379-381Baseball, Pacific Coast League
f. 382Basketball
f. 383Basketball, College
f. 384Boxing
f. 385College Athletics
f. 386-387Football
f. 388-392Football, College
f. 393-394General
f. 395Olympic Games, 1948
f. 396Terminology

Thomas A. Dorgan (Tad) Series

Thomas A. Dorgan, known as Tad, drew a cartoon, "Indoor Sports," which appeared in the sports pages of newspapers around the country in the early part of the twentieth century. Dorgan is credited with creating and influencing the use of many American colloquialisms. Tamony became fascinated with his work and started collecting the new words and phrases Dorgan used in his cartoons—the first of Tamony’s collecting projects.

The bulk of this series is the card file of Tad terms but the series also contains biographical information as well as publications and scrapbooks of his cartoons. This series is arranged alphabetically by topic.

f. 397"Daffydils"
f. 398Indoor Sports
f. 399"Indoor Sports," "Outdoor Sports"
f. 400-402Notebook and Word Files (See also card files 1-2)
f. 403Notes
f. 404Publicity Clippings
f. 405Scrapbook
f. 406Silk Hat Harry's Divorce Suit

Jazz/Hot Music Society Series

The Jazz/Hot Music Society series contains Tamony’s research material on jazz musicians such as Art Hickman and Bunk Johnson, transcripts from Tamony’s radio show, and concert posters.

The series also includes records from Tamony’s Hot Music Society, comprising scrapbooks, membership data, tickets and posters from Hot Music Society concerts, issues of the Hot Music Society Bulletin, and other mailings.

This series is arranged alphabetically by topic.

f. 407-411Art Hickman
f. 412-413History
f. 414Hot Music Society, Bulletins
f. 415Hot Music Society, Bunk Johnson
f. 416Hot Music Society, Correspondence
f. 417Hot Music Society, History
f. 418Hot Music Society, Mailings
f. 419Hot Music Society, Membership Records
f. 420Hot Music Society, Publicity Clippings
f. 421-425cHot Music Society, Scrapbooks
f. 426Hot Music Society, Tickets
f. 427Lu Watters
f. 428-429Miscellaneous
f. 430Posters
f. 431-432Radio Transcripts
f. 433Sacramento
f. 434Shorty Pederstein
f. 435Terminology

Lectures Series

The Lectures series consists of lecture notes from presentations Tamony gave for universities and civic organizations. The poorly organized handwritten notes were cluttered with scraps of paper and newspaper clippings, which had been stapled to the larger sheets of paper. The staples have been removed and the clippings have been photocopied for preservation purposes.

The topics of his lectures range from Americanisms to Erotica to Hippies and California-isms. The notes are arranged alphabetically by topic.

f. 436AARP, San Francisco
f. 437American Folk Speech
f. 438American Language
f. 439-440American Words and Phrases
f. 441Advertising
f. 442California
f. 443California Writer's Club
f. 444Entertainment
f. 445Erotica
f. 446Genealogy
f. 447Hearst
f. 448Hippies
f. 449Labor
f. 450Language
f. 451-460Miscellaneous
f. 461Sports
f. 462UCLA, 1968
f. 463Varied, Colonial, Revolution, California
f. 464Varied, California (cont.)
f. 465Varied, Civil War, Americanisms, 1900 and After, Dictionaries, Names, Enunciation
f. 466Words


In 1958 the San Francisco Chapter of the International Society for General Semantics began visiting the California prison system’s medical facility at Vacaville as part of an educational program. Three years later Frank E. Prewitt and Francis K. Schaeffer, Jr. started to collect usages of slang used at the facility in order to help various factions in the prison understand each other. Tamony consulted on this project and ultimately was the recipient of the card files that accumulated during the project.

He transcribed the card files into glossaries covering ten different areas of convict life: Drug Addicts, Homosexuals, Juvenile Delinquents, Monikers, Prison Slang, Professional Criminals, Prostitutes, Rhyming Slang, Beat Generation, and Carny Talk.

This series contains the card files and glossaries.

f. 467CONTALK Project Overview
f. 468Beat Generation (See also card file 2)
f. 469Carny Talk (See also card file 2)
f. 470Drug Addicts (See also card file 4)
f. 471Homosexual (See also card file 3)
f. 472Juvenile Delinquents (See also card file 3)
f. 473Monikers (See also card file 2)
f. 474Prison Slang (See also card file 4)
f. 475Professional Criminals (See also card file 3)
f. 476Prostitutes (See also card file 2)
f. 477Rhyming Slang (See also card file 2)

Articles Series

The Articles series consists of articles Tamony wrote for various publications and his own: Americanisms: Content and Continuum. An index to the first fifteen issues of Americanisms follows this inventory in Appendix A. Also included are journal articles in which Tamony is cited as a contributor, most often in the "Among the New Words" column in American Speech. This series contains a large number of unpublished articles and shows the wide scope of his collection.

The series is arranged alphabetically by publication title and then chronologically within that publication. An alphabetical list of the unpublished writings concludes this series.

f. 478American Speech, 1937
f. 479American Speech, 1941, 1944
f. 480American Speech, 1945
f. 481American Speech, 1946
f. 482American Speech, 1947
f. 483American Speech, 1948
f. 484American Speech, 1949
f. 485American Speech, 1950
f. 486American Speech, 1951
f. 487American Speech, 1952
f. 488American Speech, 1953
f. 489American Speech, 1954
f. 490American Speech, 1955
f. 491American Speech, 1956
f. 492American Speech, 1961
f. 493American Speech, 1962
f. 494American Speech, 1963
f. 495American Speech, 1964
f. 496American Speech, 1965
f. 497American Speech, 1966
f. 498American Speech, 1967
f. 499American Speech, 1968
f. 500American Speech, 1972, 1976
f. 501American Speech, 1980, 1981
f. 502American Speech, 1983
f. 503American Speech, 1984, 1985
f. 504Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Lie Detector"
f. 505Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Yellow, the Color"
f. 506Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "The Fuzz Should Be Ringey"
f. 507Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "The World's Serious"
f. 508Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "The Real McCoy"
f. 509Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "B-Girl"
f. 510Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Hubba-Hubba"
f. 511Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Phoney Revisited"
f. 512Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Camp"
f. 513Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "The Hot Dog"
f. 514Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Gurney"
f. 515Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Keeks, Kikes, Kooks, and Courreges"
f. 516Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Everything is Copenhagen"
f. 517Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "King's X"
f. 518Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Go: Au Go-Go"
f. 519Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "The Shill"
f. 520Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "The Hippie: Hip, Hep, or Hype?"
f. 521Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Balls"
f. 522Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Hijack"
f. 523Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Funky"
f. 524Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Al Capone's Nickname and Excellence"
f. 525Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Cheesecake"
f. 526Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Jazz"
f. 527Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Beat Generation"
f. 528Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Casting Couch"
f. 529Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Suede Shoe Boys"
f. 530Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Putting on the Dog"
f. 531Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Rap"
f. 532Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Dope"
f. 533Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Mickey Mouse"
f. 534Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Dike"
f. 535Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Scatalogical"
f. 536Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Wiretapping"
f. 537Americanisms: Content and Continuum, "Goons"
f. 538Comments on Etymology, "Bippy"
f. 539Comments on Etymology, "Downtown"
f. 540Comments on Etymology, "Hot Dog"
f. 541Comments on Etymology, "Hubba-Hubba"
f. 542Comments on Etymology, "Hunky-Dory/Fink"
f. 543Comments on Etymology, "Kelsey's Nuts"
f. 544Comments on Etymology, "Real McCoy"
f. 545Comments on Etymology, "Skarf"
f. 546Jazz, "Jazz, The Word"
f. 547Jazz, "BOP. The Word"
f. 548Jazz, "Is Jive Linguistic Jaberwocky?"
f. 549Jazz, "Bessie: Vocumentary"
f. 550Jazz, "Swing, The Big Word"
f. 551JEMF Quarterly, "Jazz: The Word"
f. 552Maledicta, "Keeks, Kikes, Kook, and Correges"
f. 553Names, "Phoebe Snow," "Coca-Cola"
f. 554Pacific Historian, "From Fofarraw to Foofarah"
f. 555Pacific Historian, "Gurney"
f. 556Pacific Historian, "To See the Elephant"
f. 557San Francisco Newsletter and Wasp, "B-Girl"
f. 558San Francisco Newsletter and Wasp, "Jitters-Jitterbug," "Chinaman's Chance," "Jazz," "Sucker," "Up to the Nines"
f. 559San Francisco Newsletter and Wasp, "Lam," "Baseball," "Racket," "Hot Oil"
f. 560San Francisco Newsletter and Wasp, "Podunk," "Dick," "Lulu," "TAD"
f. 561San Francisco Newsletter and Wasp, "Gurney," "Birdie and Eagle," "Angle," "Stalling/Standing Pat," "Yes Man"
f. 562San Francisco Newsletter and Wasp, "Beef--Rhyming Slang," "Bushwah," "Indian Sign," "Cockfighting"
f. 563San Francisco Newsletter and Wasp, "Cocktail," "Oomph," "Goon Squad," "Hep (Hip)"
f. 564San Francisco Newsletter and Wasp, "Jive," "College Words--Frosh, Apple Polish, Bull Session, Poler," "Dick Smith," "OK," "For Alma Mater, Dear"
f. 565San Francisco Newsletter and Wasp, "Break," "World Championship," "Solar Plexus"
f. 566San Francisco Newsletter and Wasp, "Two-Dollar Bill- Jinx"
f. 567Western Folklore, "Hootenanny"
f. 568Western Folklore, "Poker Dice in San Francisco"
f. 569Western Folklore, "Steamboat Day"
f. 570Western Folklore, "Ten Gallon Hat"
f. 571Western Folklore, "Chinaman's Chance"
f. 572Western Folklore, "Shanghai"
f. 573Western Folklore, "Martini Cocktail"
f. 574Western Folklore, "Sailors Called It 'Frisco'"
f. 575Western Folklore, "One-Armed Bandit"
f. 576Western Folklore, "Sandlot Baseball"
f. 577Western Folklore, "Hoodlums"
f. 578Western Folklore, "Beat Generation"
f. 579Western Folklore, "Hell's Angels"
f. 580Western Folklore, "Ecology Pollution"
f. 581Western Folklore, "1851 Vigilante"
f. 582Western Folklore, "Chinatown"
f. 583Western Folklore, "Business Names"
f. 584Western Folklore, "Sourdough"
f. 585Western Folklore, "Malarkey"
f. 586Western Folklore, "Teddy Bear"
f. 587Western Folklore, "Skid Road"
f. 588Western Folklore, "The Wobblies"
f. 589Words, "Graft, Underworld, and Josiah Flynt"
f. 590Words, "Allusion to Cheese It"
f. 591Words, "Baseball and Its Fans"
f. 592Words, "Jitterbug"
f. 593Words, "Chinaman's Chance"
f. 594Words, "Racket"
f. 595Words, "Beef"
f. 596Words, "Lulu"
f. 597Words, "Lam"
f. 598Words, "Yes Man"
f. 599Words, "Up to the Nines"
f. 600Words, "Stalling and Standing Pat"
f. 601Words, "Bushwah"
f. 602Words, "Break"
f. 603Words, "Angle"
f. 604Words, "Dick"
f. 605"Advance Man"
f. 606"American Colloquial English"
f. 607"American Slanguage"
f. 608"Arthur the Rat"
f. 609"The Background of Jive"
f. 610"Bomb: A Homophone"
f. 611"Chisel"
f. 612"Cow Palace"
f. 613"Emergence of Swing"
f. 614"English A"
f. 615"Etymology"
f. 616"Fitzgerald and the Tentmaker"
f. 617"High Flyers"
f. 618"How Our Language Works"
f. 619"How to Write a Dictionary"
f. 620"Jazz, Swing, and American Language"
f. 621"Life of Our Slang"
f. 622"Limpy, Limpy, Lamplighter, California Fleabiter"
f. 623"The Morphology of Mugger"
f. 624"Mother Fucker"
f. 625"Nostalgia and Change in the Mission District"
f. 626"Not According to Hoyle"
f. 627"Notes on Slang"
f. 628"Off the Wall"
f. 629"The Origin of Cat"
f. 630"Our Hewgag"
f. 631"Palms of Victory, Palms of Glory"
f. 632"The Po-lice or Fuzz"
f. 633"The Post Office Did Not See the Elephant"
f. 634"A Proposal to Newly Denote Aspects of a Word"
f. 635"Quotes on Turkey"
f. 636"Real McCoy/Rileyed"
f. 637"Review of Cowboy Lingo"
f. 638"Review of All Sports Magazine"
f. 639"Scene in Time and Space: Skiffle"
f. 640"Slang Dictionaries"
f. 641"Smiggy McGlural"
f. 642"Status Symbols"
f. 643"Swing"
f. 644"2-Strike Words"
f. 645"Validity of Oral Tradition"
f. 646"What Does Advertising Communicate"
f. 647"What's the Beef?"
f. 648"Words and Music"
f. 649"Words and Things"
f. 650"Words Around Us"

Publications Series

The Publications series consists of publications Tamony collected for research or simply because he had an interest in them. Among these publications are a large number of jazz journals and books on tramps and hobos. Of note are several issues of racy New York tabloid newspapers from the 1920s and 1930s.

Tamony also kept a large collection of glossaries. Some of these glossary subjects include military slang, Black English, jive, regional English, and labor terminology.

The publications are arranged into three subseries: Monographs, Journals, and Glossaries. The monographs and journals are organized alphabetically by title within each of those subseries and the glossaries are arranged alphabetically by topic.

Monographs Subseries

f. 651A No. 1, Vols. 1, 2
f. 652A No. 1, Vols. 3, 4
f. 653A No. 1, Vols. 6, 7
f. 654A No. 1, Vol. 10
f. 655An American Hobo in Europe
f. 656The American Language
f. 657Analysis of 100 Greatest Swing Recordings
f. 658Autobiography of a Beggar
f. 659The Bull Fest
f. 660The Elephant As They Saw It
f. 661Full Disclosure
f. 662Hot Discography
f. 663Interesting Missouri Place Names, Vol. 1
f. 664Jazz Americana
f. 665Jazz: New Orleans
f. 666Jazz Records
f. 667Jazzways
f. 668King of the Beggars
f. 669King Solomon and His Followers
f. 670Literature of Jazz
f. 671Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum
f. 672Main Stem
f. 673Russian Secret Tales
f. 674The Shadow Eater
f. 675Sharing the News
f. 676A Son of Rest
f. 677The Story of Jazz
f. 678This Is Jazz
f. 679This Was…In Fact…The West
f. 680Tramping with Tramps
f. 681Trumpet on the Wing
f. 682What Was Bugging Ol' Pharaoh?
f. 683Who's Who in Jazz Collecting

Journals Subseries

f. 684AMS News
f. 685Autoharp, 1961
f. 686Autoharp, 1962
f. 687-689Autoharp, 1963
f. 690-692Autoharp, 1964
f. 693-694Autoharp, 1965
f. 695Autoharp, 1967
f. 696Autoharp, 1968
f. 697Autoharp, 1970
f. 698Autoharp, 1972
f. 699Brevities
f. 700-701Current Slang
f. 702-706Downbeat
f. 707Forum Anglican, "Shyster"
f. 708Hot Jazz
f. 709Hot Record Society Rag
f. 710Hot Wax
f. 711Impressions
f. 712In the Groove
f. 713Index to Jazz
f. 714-719Jazz Directory
f. 720-721The Jazz Finder
f. 722Jazz Forum
f. 723-724Jazz Information
f. 725Jazz Magazine
f. 726Jazz Photography
f. 727Jazz Quarterly
f. 728Jazz Record
f. 729Jazz Report
f. 730-740Jazz Review
f. 741Jazz Music
f. 742-744Les Cahiers du Jazz
f. 745Milwaukee Folk
f. 746National Police Gazette
f. 747-750New Orleans Jazz Club News
f. 751New York Life
f. 752On the Spot
f. 753-755Playback
f. 756-759Record Changer
f. 760Rhythm
f. 761The Tattler
f. 762Views and Comments

Glossaries Subseries

f. 763Aviation
f. 764-766Beatniks/Jive
f. 767Black English
f. 767aCollege students
f. 768Criminals
f. 769-772Criminals--Blackguardiana
f. 773-775Criminals--New Dictionary of the. . .Canting Crew
f. 776Criminals--Slang Dictionary of New York, London, and Paris
f. 777Feminism
f. 778Gangs
f. 779Hippies
f. 780Insurance
f. 781-783Labor
f. 784-787Military
f. 788Miscellaneous
f. 789Regional--Alaska
f. 790Regional--Australia
f. 791Regional--Barrio
f. 792Regional--Chinook
f. 793Regional--Haitian Creole
f. 794Regional--Hawaii
f. 795Regional--Maine
f. 796-797Space
f. 798Sports

Word Files Series

The Word Files series comprises over 800 boxes of examples of word and phrase usages, which are arranged in alphabetical order. Tamony stored these clippings from newspapers, books, and magazines by cutting the ends off used envelopes and writing the word or phrase at the top. He then folded the item containing the word and inserted it into the envelope.

A list of the words in this series is available to researchers online and also in hardcopy from the reference staff.

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Recordings Series

The Recordings series contains records and audio tapes of jazz performances, college fight songs, and discussions of linguistics and other topics in which Tamony had an interest. Many of the audio tapes contain talks by noted philosopher Alan Watts on Buddhism, psychology, religion, and other Eastern philosophies recorded from a local San Francisco radio station in the 1950s and 1960s.

This series is organized by type of recording. The records are further arranged alphabetically by title and the audio tapes are arranged by the number Tamony gave them.

rec. 1Alfred Korzybski, "Historical Note on the Structural Differential, 3 July 1947 [See also f. 326]
rec. 2Torskript [See also f. 373]
rec. 3Side A: Interview with Shorty Petterstein [See also f. 434]
Side B: Interview with Dr. Sholem Stein
rec. 4Side A: American Speech--Charleston, South Carolina
Side B: American Speech--Goose Creek Gullah
rec. 5Esquire Jazz Book Companion Record
rec. 6Side A: Fats Waller Appearance, Sweets, Oakland, 24 June 1939
Side B: Peter Tamony, 24 June 1940
rec. 7Greatest Moments in Sports
rec. 8The Indecisive Rat
rec. 9Side A: Knute Rockne Talks to His Team
Side B: Notre Dame Victory March
rec. 10Side A: St. Mary's Victory Song
Side B: Fight for Santa Clara
rec. 11University of California School Songs
rec. 12Side A: Washington and Lee Swing
Side B: VMI Spirit
rec. 13Side A: Washington and Lee Swing
Side B: Peruna [Southern Methodist University Song]
rec. 14Bell Telephone Laboratories, Sounds from Space, 1960
a.t. 1Track 1: Sample of Tamony's Voice; American Speech; Grip,the Rat, 1956
Track 2:W.H. Auden and Walter Kerr--Writers of Today, 1957
a.t. 2Alan Watts:
Track 1: Philosophy, East & West--Implications of Christianity; Kristnamurti--Religion as It Is Institutionalized; Program Note on Alan Watts, 1956
Track 2:On Life After Death--Buddhist Idea of Reincarnation; Bliss--Pleasure and Pain--Semantics of Masochism, 1956
a.t. 3Alan Watts:
Track 1: Philosophy East & West--Order; Dream Theory in Malaya, 1956
Track 2:I Ching; Yun and Yin; On the Bhagavad-Gita, 1956
a.t. 4Alan Watts:
Track 1: Non-communication; Privacy-Solitariness; Implications of Christianity, 1956
Track 2:Liberation – Muchsha; Psychiatrist-Priest, Psychology-Religion--Anti-Dependence on Psychiatry and Psychology, 1956
a.t. 5Leo Johnson:
Track 1: On the World Wide Significance of the Basic Assumptions of Asian Culture, 1956
Track 2:Japanese Thought--Buddhism; Bliss--Pleasure and Pain--Semantics of Masochism, 1956
a.t. 6Alan Watts:
Track 1: Changing Oneself, 1956; Pantheism-Quietism vs. Muscular Christianity, 1957
Track 2:Eastern Sages and Western Learners; Feeling of Nothingness on Consideration of the Immensity of the Universe, 1957
a.t. 7Alan Watts:
Track 1: On Recapturing Experience; Spread of Zen in the United States, 1957
Track 2:Western Conception of Asian Wise Man; Psychotherapy and the Philosophy of Nature, 1957
a.t. 8Alan Watts:
Track 1: The Head of a Dead Cat; The Study of Asia, 1957
Track 2:Lao-Tze; Mysticism, Christian-Buddhist, 1957
a.t. 9Alan Watts:
Track 1: Sexuality-Obscenity; Fundamentals of Indian-Hindu Ideas, 1957
Track 2:Fundamentals of Indian-Hindu Ideas; Uncle Sham, 1957
a.t. 10Alan Watts:
Track 1: Immovable Intelligence; Popularity of Eastern Ideas and Philosophies, 1957
Track 2:Western Interest in Asiatic Cultures; Advantage of Mathematicians in Building Internally Logical Structures of Infinity, 1957
a.t. 11Alan Watts:
Track 1: Freedom from Labels, 1957; On Life After Death, 1956
Track 2:Bliss--Pleasure and Pain--Semantics of Masochism; On Ethics of Buddhism, 1957
a.t. 12Alan Watts:
Track 1: Life After Death Proven; Compassion, 1957
Track 2:Quotations from Freud and Gardiner Murphy of Awareness Other Than Self; Tribute to Lewis Hill; The Parting of the Way, 1957
a.t. 13Alan Watts:
Track 1: Population Bomb Greater Menace than Nuclear Bombs; Sex--India--Dance of the Shiva, 1957
Track 2:Sex (cont.); Pantheism, Quietism and Muscular Christianity, 1957
a.t. 14Alan Watts:
Track 1: Connotation of 'East' in Title of Program; I Ching, 1957
Track 2:Zen; Letter on Masters--Mahatmas, 1957
a.t. 15Alan Watts:
Track 1: Zen Poetry, 1956; Talk with Japanese Professor, 1957
Track 2:Language Barrier [American and Japanese]; Acceptance of Human Situation; Drugs Such as Mescalin Not Regressive, 1957
a.t. 16Alan Watts:
Track 1: Institutionalized Religion; Human Development of Man; Maya, 1957
Track 2:Review of Several Books; Mahatma; Zen, 1958
a.t. 17Alan Watts:
Track 1: Drug Induced Experiences; Identification Role with Reality, 1958
Track 2:Thinking Under No Pressure; Unity of the World; The Head of a Dead Cat, 1958
a.t. 18Alan Watts:
Track 1: Who, What Am I?; Indian Sages, 1958
Track 2:Instinct, Intelligence, and Anxiety, 1958
a.t. 19Alan Watts:
Track 1: His Philosophy of Nature; Intellectuals-Out of Touch with People, 1958
Track 2:Haiku Poetry in U.S.; Conversation with Dr. Jung, 1958
a.t. 20Alan Watts:
Track 1: Cornell University Conference, 1958
a.t. 21Alan Watts:
Track 1: Wine; Review of Books, 1958
Track 2:Chicken Out--Relation to National Policy; God and Lucifer, 1958
a.t. 22Alan Watts:
Track 1: Comment on Favorite Chinese Philosopher-Chuang-Tzu; Lao-Tze; On Naming; Chuang Tzo, 1958
Track 2:On Shamanism and the Priesthood; Book Reviews, 1958
a.t. 23Alan Watts:
Track 1: Letter from Listeners; Awakening--Simply to Exist, 1958
Track 2:To Be as a Child; Jesus Christ as Union of Man with God, 1958
a.t. 24Track 1: Sort Experience into Classes, 1959
Track 2:Palms--Buddhism, 1958
a.t. 25Alan Watts:
Track 1: Alternative to Atomic War; Interview with Taoist Philosopher, 1959
Track 2:Spurious Zen; Homosexuality, 1959
a.t. 26Alan Watts:
Track 1: Zen; Book Reviews; Repression, 1959
Track 2:Philosophy of Paradox; Mescalin--Lysergic Acid; On Ouspensky's Fourth Way, 1959
a.t. 27Alan Watts:
Track 1: Psychiatrists and Their Interest in the East; Darwin; Spontaneity and Discipline in Composition of Music; Mastery of Nature, 1959
Track 2:Beat Generation; Psychoanalysis as the Art of One-Up-Manship, 1959
a.t. 28Alan Watts:
Track 1: Beat Generation; Lack of Tenderness and Emotion in Modern Life; Words and Things; Nature of Verbal Problems
Track 2:Letter of Women Who Had Mystical Experience Under Anesthesia, 1957-1958; Spengler--Decline of the West, 1959; Myth, 1959; Immortality, 1960
a.t. 29Alan Watts:
Track 1: Catholic Church as an Institution; Split-Oneness; Play and Sincerity; Law--Natural Law, 1960
Track 2:Conscientious Objector; Disaffiliation; On Books on Philosophy of the East, 1960
a.t. 30Alan Watts:
Track 1: In the Long Run; Relativism in Ethics; The Praise of Wine; The Ascetic and the Sinner, 1960
Track 2:Karma, 1960
a.t. 31Alan Watts:
Track 1: So Many Things That Aren't So; Psychotherapy and Zen; 10 Stages of Spiritual Oxherding; Double Bind-Psychotherapy, 1960
Track 2:Chronic Buddhism; Existentialism; Life Is a Drag Because of Human Nature, 1960
a.t. 32Alan Watts:
Track 1: Myth; Arthur Koestler's Coming Book; Complexity of Rhythms, 1960
Track 2:The Square; Humor in Religion; Haiku Poetry; Whyte's Next Development in Man, 1961
a.t. 33Alan Watts:
Track 1: Japanese--Practical Ends; Change from Artistic to Objective
Track 2:Progress; Explanation of Nature
a.t. 34Alan Watts:
Track 1: Personal Journey West; Karma; The City in History; What Is the Purpose of It All?, 1961
Track 2:India--Philosophy; The Irresponsible Corporation; Relativity of Time, 1961
a.t. 35Alan Watts:
Track 1: Philosophy--Review of Good Book by Kaplan of UCLA; Irrational Drives in Human Behavior; The Male Homosexual, 1961
Track 2:On the Berlin Crisis; Some Misplaced Ideas on Democracy; Myth--the Pathetic Fallacy; Animal and Human Worlds, 1961
a.t. 36Track 1: Japan, 1960; Biology--Society--Spengler, 1960; Ecstasy--Semantics, 1961
Track 2:Judaism; Wisdom of Christianity, 1961
a.t. 37Track 1: The Changing View of Western Culture; Symbols; Logical Positivism, 1957
Track 2:The Remarkable Psychic Experiments of Edgar Cayce, 1956
a.t. 38Track 1: The Changing View of Western Culture, 1956; Philosophy and Science, 1957
Track 2:Art, Ghandi, Revolution, Mammon, 1957; The English Language in 2061, 1961
a.t. 39Track 1: Henry L. Mencken Remembers, 1957
Track 2:The 'Howl' Controversy, 1957
a.t. 40Track 1: Prisoners of Liberation; Making a Pallet, 1957
Track 2:Bertrand Russell--The Importance of Nationality, 1957; Dr. Carl Rogers--Non-Directive or Client-Centered Therapy, 1959
a.t. 41Track 1: Pornography and Obscenity, 1957
Track 2:The Decline of the Left, 1959
a.t. 42Track 1: Dr. Ray Birdwhistell--Literacy, 1958
Track 2:Question and Answer Period for Dr. Birdwhistell; The Concepts of Insanity, 1958
a.t. 43Henry Lee Smith:
Track 1: Language and Writing; Language Is Not Writing, 1958
Track 2:Do Primitive People Have Primitive Languages? What and Who Make Words and Why?, 1958
a.t. 44Marshall McLuhan--Language Is a Probe, 1966
a.t. 45Track 1: Dialect; Patterning of Words, 1958
Track 2:Words to Phrases; Historical Linguistics, 1958
a.t. 46Track 1: Henry Lee Smith: Language and Linguistics
Track 2:Reading--Phonics--Word Method; Psycholinguistics Interview
a.t. 47Bertrand Russell--The New Impact of Science, 1959
a.t. 48Mafia
a.t. 49Irving Ackerman Interviewed by Dr. A. Friedman, 1958
a.t. 50The Love Ways of the Beatniks, 1959
a.t. 51Track 1: The Creative Mind--Rabbi Louis Finkelstein, Reinhold Niebuhr, Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlow Shapley, 1959
Track 2:Agnes de Mille, Allen Tate, Aaron Copland, 1959
a.t. 52The Creative Mind--Robert Penn Warren, Ben Shahn; Walter Piston, 1959
a.t. 53Track 1: Jacques Barzun--The Cult of Research Creativity, 1959; Our Scientific Culture, A Sketch of Its Anatomy, 1960
Track 2:Our Scientific Culture" (cont.); Jerome Bruner--A Man's View of Himself, 1961
a.t. 54Western Values and Total War, 1961
a.t. 55Robert Oppenheimer; The Problems of Man; The Problem of Identity, 1961
a.t. 56Track 1: S.I. Hayakawa--Jazz Seminar, 1956
Track 2:St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1956
a.t. 57Track 1: Jazz Archive--Lu Watters, 1956, 1957
Track 2:Jazz Archive--Bob Scobey, 1956, 1957
a.t. 58Track 1: Hendricks, Lambert, and Annie Ross
Track 2:Miles Davis, 1954
a.t. 59Track 1: Leonard Bernstein: What Is Jazz?, 1958; The Big Reunion--Fletcher Henderson All-Stars
Track 2: Fletcher Henderson (cont.)
a.t. 60Symposium on Bernard De Voto, 1960
a.t. 61Peter Tamony and Errol Garner Interviewed by Owen Spann
a.t. 62Alan Watts--Zen Buddhism, 1962
a.t. 63Art Hickman
a.t. 64LSD
a.t. 65The Five String Banjo, 1963
a.t. 66Eric Fromm--Freedom, Humanity, Detrimental Nationalism, 1962
a.t. 67Peter Tamony--San Francisco, Frisco, Fuzz, Police, Real McCoy
a.t. 68Sexual Symbolism in the Popular Negro Blues
a.t. 69Peter Tamony--Origin of Words, 26 September 1976
a.t. 70Joshua Wardell--Computers, 9 March 1980
a.t. 71Peter Tamony--San Franciscans Remember, 1978
a.t. 72Bawdy Ballads
a.t. 73Track 1: LSD, 1978
Track 2:Bob Dylan Press Conference, 1965
a.t. 74Huey Newton
a.t. 75Mack McCormick
a.t. 76Eric Fromm--Children and Sexuality
a.t. 77Evan William Cameron--Semiotics; Ludwig Wittengenstein, 1980
a.t. 78The English Tongue, 1960
a.t. 79Bergen Evans--Ezra Pound; Brooklynese, 1957
a.t. 80Caspar Weinberger--LSD, 1966
a.t. 81Peter Tamony Interviewed by Tom Saunders, 1 February 1972--Media, Psychedelic, Bugger, Hooker, Freak, Alakazam, Abracadabra, Kudos, Bust, Hijack
a.t. 82Wynone Harris
a.t. 83Track 1: McKinney's Cotton Pickers; Ella Fitzgerald/Chick Webb, 1959
Track 2:Jack Teagarden; Washboard Sam; Mildred Bailey, 1959
a.t. 84Etymology, 1956
a.t. 85Peter Tamony Interviewed by Tom Saunders, 14 September 1971
a.t. 86Peter Tamony--Cow Palace
a.t. 87Alan Dundes--Four-Letter Words
a.t. 88Louis Armstrong--Mack the Knife
a.t. 89Changing the Name of Arkansas
a.c. 1Irving Ackerman Interview, 1959
a.c. 2American Dialect Society, Tamony Session, 1987

Card Files (See also folders 402, 467-477)

c.f. 1Tad Dorgan
c.f. 2Tad Dorgan; Rhyming Slang, Carny Talk, Beatnik, Prostitute, Monikers
c.f. 3Juvenile Delinquents, Homosexuals, Professional Criminals
c.f. 4Professional Criminals (cont.), Drug Addicts, Prison Slang
c.f. 5-6Master File



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