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Hayakawa, S. I. (Samuel Ichiyé), 1906-1992

 Person

Biography

S.I. Hayakawa, Canadian-born of Japanese parents, emigrated to the U.S. and became a naturalized citizen. He joined the IIT faculty for nearly a decade from 1939-1947 where he taught English and became a leading semanticist. From 1939-1943, he was an assistant professor in the English department. In 1943, Hayakawa was promoted to associate professor status. This was during a period when Japanese internment due to the war was taking place. Also during his time in Chicago, Hayakawa served as a columnist for the Chicago Defender, specifically from 1942-1947. On leaving IIT, Hayakawa moved to California where he eventually entered politics and became a U.S. senator. He was recognized for his contributions to IIT in 1980, when he was inducted into the IIT Hall of Fame.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

George A. O'Brien essay, 1999

 Collection
Identifier: 038.01.22
Description of the Collection

"Recollections of I.I.T - Class of 1949" by George A. O'Brien, an essay recalling his student experiences at Illinois Institute of Technology. The topics discussed include: "Lucky Sixty" early admission program, Army Student Training and Reserve Officer Training programs, Tech News, Chapin Hall, student life, Bronzeville, the Honor System, blue books (quiz books), test taking, fraternities, the Chicago stockyards, S. I. Hayakawa, E. Gately, Machinery Hall, Marvin Camras, Lenox Lohr.

Dates: 1999

Helen Stevens papers, 1947-1950

 Collection
Identifier: 001.03.01
Description of the Collection Miscellaneous items generated or collected by Helen Stevens who was a faculty member at Illinois Institute of Technology in the 1950s in the Language, Literature, and Philosophy Department. Materials include fragmentary academic papers from her classes, including quizzes, teacher evaluations, class notes, and memos. Subjects of primary interest include a quiz on "Language in Thought and Action" by S. I. Hayakawa and essay exams by Richard Clow and Harold W. Howell on "Theory of Radar." Also,...
Dates: 1947-1950

L. R. Wilcox slides, 1938-1988

 Collection
Identifier: 037.02.58
Description of the Collection This collection includes a slide program consisting of 58 slides and accompanying text. The program is entitled The Development of Illinois Institute of Technology Since its Formation in 1940 by L. R. Wilcox. The program was produced in 1977 and revised in 1988. The slide images date ca. 1938-1977. It primarily concerns buildings and locations on campus, lesser information on Professor S. I. Hayakawa's preservation effort for the Grand Theater and jazz lectures, and faculty development under...
Dates: 1938-1988

Language in Action

 Collection
Identifier: 009.01.08
Description of the Collection Language in Action by S. I. Hayakawa. Copy of the second draft edition, copyright 1940, published as a softcover, spiral bound book by the Institute of General Semantics, 106 pages, printed on one side only in typescript format. The book is autographed on title page by S. I. Hayakawa with Sept. 26, 1980 date appended. This edition was used by Hayakawa as a text book for his classes; this copy belonged to Hayakawa's student, Robert Bonthron. Also, two mimeographed...
Dates: Copyright: 1940

Mies van der Rohe memorandum, 1945

 Collection
Identifier: 006.06.03
Description of the Collection Memo dated Sept. 18, 1945 to "Professor Ludwig Mies van der Rohe" from S. I. Hayakawa. Concerns a request from COOP magazine for architectural photos to be used in an upcoming article. Typed, unsigned memo is the copy sent to Frank Wheeler in Illinois Institute of Technology's News Bureau with a hand written note by Hayakawa (signed "Don") to Wheeler appended. Both S. I. Hayakawa and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe were faculty members of Illinois Institute of Technology when the memo was...
Dates: 1945

Robert Negele collection, 1943-1945

 Collection
Identifier: 038.01.34
Description of the Collection

Miscellaneous printed materials relating to fraternities, jazz and golf collected by Robert Negele when he was a student at Illinois Institute of Technology in the mid-1940s. The collection also includes a commencement program and booklet about IIT's honor system.


  1. See photo in "Artifacts" drop file
Dates: 1945

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