This collection contains the working papers of Johnny Marks (1943-2008) (K'óox and Kooteix'téek). Marks’ papers consist of notebooks and loose papers writings and personal notes on Tlingit culture, language, songs, clan stories, transcriptions from cassette tapes, research papers, and his general feelings about life. These writings are penned longhand a few hundred office notebooks between 1990 and 2008. They reflect the writings of a Tlingit man deeply involved in the cultural preservation of Tlingit ways.
Researchers should note that Marks’ papers were written primarily to himself, and are his working papers, and the topic of these writings within each notebook or loose batch of papers is rarely identified. In some cases Marks’ notes were written in reflection of select books he reviewed, where he penned corrections in his notebooks that he found the published volume omitted or did not know. The collection also contains transcriptions of a number of Tlingit and English language recordings, though the title to each recording is generally not identified.