LSA Archives

Main Archive

The archives of the LSA are housed at The State Historical Society of Missouri on the campus of University of Missouri-Columbia. The complete inventory of documents (from 1896 - 1998) of the collection is available online. A listing of additional materials donated to the collection, but not yet indexed, is available as a PDF from the Missouri website. The collection is accessible to scholars via appointment and also by submitting a formal request for document retrieval. Copies of relevant materials can then be sent to the scholar at his/her local research site for a nominal fee.

Publications Archives

The archives of the handbooks from the LSA's Annual Meetings dating back to 1965 are available online. Any handbook may be downloaded as a PDF from the LSA's Past Annual Meetings webpage. Bound volumes of older handbooks are held at the LSA Secretariat. Individual copies may be available for sale through the LSA Secretariat and for reading in selected University reference libraries.

The archives of the LSA's flagship journal, Language, may be found online at JSTOR. Bound volumes are also maintained at many university libraries, as well as by the LSA Secretariat. A small quantity of selected back-issues are available for sale from the LSA Secretariat. Selected monographs published by the LSA are also available via JSTOR e-books.

The archives of the LSA's platinum open-access journal, Semantics and Pragmatics, are available online.

The archives of eLanguage, the LSA's digitial publishing platform (2008-2013), are available online

The LSA publishes and hosts archives of Proceedings from several conferences, including, but not limited to, the Berkeley Linguistics Society (BLS), the Annual Meetings of Phonology, the Annual Meetings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT), and the Extended Abstracts of the LSA Annual Meetings.

The complete run of the LSA Bulletin is now available via JSTOR. From 1926 to 1969, the Bulletin was published in conjunction with Language, the scholarly journal of the LSA. From 1970 - 2005, it was published as a free-standing newsletter. In 2000, it became available in both print and electronic versions. In 2006, it ceased print publication and was disseminated electronically. The electronic issues are available on the LSA website. In 2010, LSA instead began disseminating the LSA Update, a periodic e-mail newsletter. 

Selected Materials

Each year, the President of the LSA has the honor of delivering the Presidential Address at the Annual Meeting. These can be viewed in the handbooks of past Annual Meetings and/or as published articles in Language

Notes on the Development of the LSA, 1924-1950, an unpublished 167 page manuscript prepared by Martin Joos in the 1970s, is available as a scanned PDF. It was prepared in conjunction with the LSA's 50th anniversary. Thanks to Mark Liberman and Language Log for making it available.

Listings of LSA Executive Committee members from 2005 - present, past Executive Committee Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers, LSA Fellows, and Honorary Members, are also available online. 

Audio-Visual Materials

The LSA Video Archive was a temporary project of the Society that contained short informational videos about language geared towards the general public. Content from the archive is now housed on the LSA's YouTube channel, which also includes recordings of some LSA events.

LSA Archivist

The LSA established the volunteer position of Archivist at the time the collection at Missouri was established. The Archivist advises the Society about appropriate mechanisms for preserving the records of the LSA.