Irving Lee (1909-1955) Papers
Scope and Contents
The Irving Lee Papers fill one box and span the period 1940-1945. The papers are organized into five categories: biographical materials, teaching materials, research notes, speeches, and publications.
The biographical materials, spanning the years 1942-1975, include a resume, faculty biographical records, reminiscences of Lee’s life, clippings, news releases, and obituaries.
Lee’s teaching files, spanning the years 1940-1954, are relatively extensive. There are separate files for each of the five classes he taught at Northwestern University: Language and Thought, Cases and Problems in Communication, Persuasion, Studies in General Semantics, and Materials and Backgrounds for General Semantics. In addition, there are files of his General Semantics course at Iowa University, and Problems in Communication course at the University of Wyoming.
The Research file consists mainly of undated handwritten notes for various lectures, publications, and handouts.
The Speech files contain mostly undated handwritten speech notes, an address presented at the 13th Annual Conference of Elementary School Principals, and stories presented in U.S. Air Force Lectures.
The Publications file, spanning the years 1951-1955, mainly consists of a list of Lee’s published works, short written works, and order forms for his films.
- Lee, Irving J., 1909-1955 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
Irving Lee earned an M.A. in public speaking in 1935 and a Ph.D. in social psychology and rhetoric in 1938, both from Northwestern University. Lee became an instructor in speech at Northwestern University in 1936, rising to professor of public speaking in 1949. aides. Lee was particularly interested in the studies of Alfred Korzybski, whose theories were the foundation of one of his most popular courses at Northwestern, Language and Thought. His papers fill one box and span the period 1940-1945. The papers are organized into five categories: biographical materials, teaching materials, research notes, speeches, and publications.
The papers are organized into five categories: biographical materials; teaching files (arranged by institution and course number); research notes; speeches; and publications.
Method of Acquisition
The Irving Lee Papers were donated to the University Archives as part of the Irving and Laura Lee Papers by Laura Lee in August 1979 as Accession No. 79-159.
A small amount of duplicated material was discarded. Three video tapes of Irving and Laura Lee at the Purdue Colloquium and nine commercially produced films by Irving Lee about Speech and Communication were separated and filed with the University Archives Video Tape and Film Collection.
Margaret Faverty and Mary Grybeck, July 1997.
- Guide to the Irving Lee (1909-1955) Papers
- Margaret Faverty and Mary Grybeck
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