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LLP: A Personal and Idiosyncratic History of the Humanities at IIT

 Collection
Identifier: 009.01.10

Monograph titled "LLP: A Personal and Idiosyncratic History of the Humanities at IIT by Henry Knepler"; Chicago, 1988. LLP stands for "Language, Literature and Philosophy," an earlier title of the humanities department at Illinois Institute of Technology, now known as the Lewis Department of Humanities. The account is a personal commentary which recounts and frequently analyses the workings of the department from the mid-1940s to mid-1970s.

Dates

  • 1988

Creator

Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

1 Item

Biographical Note

Henry W. Knepler (1922-1999) was a professor of English (1947-1989) and chair of the humanities department at Illinois Institute of Technology. He was the author, co-author, or translator of several books, including A Range of Writing, The Gilded Stage, The Years of the Great International Actresses, Crossing Cultures: Readings for Composition, Man About Paris: The Confessions of Arsene Houssaye, and What is the Play?

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 1999.036.

Appraisal

This is the only recorded history of the humanities department which grew out of the program taught at Lewis Institute prior to the merger of Lewis and Armour Institutes. The IIT Archives' copy is the only known copy in the library. Privately published as limited run edition; treat as unique manuscript material.

Related Material

See the Mollie Cohen oral history in Acc. No. 1998.014

Processor

Catherine Bruck, University Archivist 10/22/1999

TABLE OF CONTENTS



1. Prologue Page 3

2. Genesis Page 6

3. 1947 Page 11

4. The Drama Year Page 16

5. The Seven Lean Years Page 29

6. The Second Phoenix Page 41

7. The Seven Fat Years Page 51



INDEX

Academic depression, Years of, 29

Academic program additions, 63

Accreditation procedures, 72

Acting Chairman (Al Davis), 73

Acting Chairman (Knepler), 46

Adler, Luther, 8

Afro-American literature, 70

Alber, Bill, 76

All My Sons (play), 21, 27

Alumni Memorial Hall, 14

American Medical Association, 69

Ames, Alfred, 21, 23, 24, 30

Architecture, Department of, 17, 21, 40

Armour College (division of IIT), 74

Armour Faculty Club, 13

Armour Institute of Technology, 6, 28

Armour Mission (building), 12

Armour Research Foundation, 12, 13

Armour, Lester, 29

Arts, 66

Austin, Bill, 49, 70

Baby boomers, 42

Barrett, Paul, 79

Bees, 76

Bender, Robert, 33

Biology, 12, 17

Board of Trustees, 69

BOG, The, 13

Borinski, Ernst, 64

Bowen, Merlin, 47

Boyce, Joe, 42, 44, 45, 46, 49

Bronzeville, 14, 15

Brophy, Jim, 68, 73

Brouse, Al, 50, 65, 71

Buder, Stanley, 53

Buildings, Temporary, 14

Business and Economics, 14, 17, 68

Campus development, 39

Campus Players, 27, 29

Cassell, Richard, 24

Catalog revamp, Academic, 43

Chapin Hall, 11, 67

Chemistry Building, 14

Chermayeff, Serge, 35

Chicago Community Trust, 69

Chicago Defender (newspaper), 38

Chicago International Film Festival, 67

Cleveland Playhouse, 58

Coffee House, The (play), 28

Cohen, Mollie, 7, 8, 9, 21, 43, 58

College Bowl (TV program), 59

College of Liberal Arts, 52

Comedy of Errors (play), 66

Commons Building, 7

Composition classes, 48, 50

Computer Science, 65

Concert series, 67

Condit, Carl, 34

Condit, Isobel, 34

COPTS, 58

Court Theater, 59

Crossing Cultures (textbook), 79

Curriculum revision, 53

Darkness at Noon (proposed text), ??

Davis, Al, 50, 66, 71, 73, 76

De los Angeles, Victoria, 67

Dean of Residue (title), 45

Dean of Students, 28, 30

Dean, Assistant, 24

Dean, Graduate, 66

Deans, 10, 17, 36, 45, 50, 51, 52, 69, 74

Dearborn Street, 14

Degree programs, 63

Department of Humanities, 54

Department of Political and Social Science, 53

Director of Drama, 16

Division of Liberal Studies, 52

Division of Residue (title), 17

Divisions, Academic, 17, 52

Drama Years, 16, 26

Education, Department of, 12, 17

Educational television, 40

Electives, 54

Ellington, Duke, 67

Elliott, Martin, 49, 51

Ellman, Richard, 34

Engineering & Physical Sciences Division, 17

Engineering schools, 18

Engineering, Department of, 54

English (classes and program), 7, 8, 63

Enrollment bulge, 29

ESL, 66

ETC, 68

Ethics Center, 68

Faculty, 69

Falling (book title), 58

Feinberg, Susan, 79

Filler, Bob, 74

Ford, Jim, 61

Frank, Gladys, 31

Fraternity Houses, 16

Friedman, N____ (president of Illinois College of Optometry), 18

Fromberg, Susan, 58

Funding, 52, 66, 69, 70, 73

Gap, The, 14

General Education program, 17, 53

German program, 63, 64, 76

GI Bill of Rights, 10

Giraud, Ray, 19, 24

Girl of the Golden West (play), 66

Glessner House, 33

Goat, 28

Gordon, Julie, 61

Gore, Warren, 40

Grad, Arthur, 66

Great Depression, 6

Grip, Carl, 69, 73, 74

Gunsaulus, Frank Wakely, 12

Guralnick, Sidney, 74

Gymnasium, 14

Hammill, Ethel, 72

Hans, Mauksch, 52, 53

Harrison, Harry, 20

Hayakawa, Samuel I. (Don), 10, 11, 19, 37

Hayford, Harrison, 9

Heald, Henry (President), 6, 27, 35, 38, 71

Hendricks House (publishers), 9

Hendricks, Walter, 9, 10, 21

Hiebel, Bill, 61

History program, 53, 64

Hixson, Ernest, 24

Holiday (play), 27

Howe, Stuart, 40

HUB, 27

Humanities (courses and Department), 53, 54, 73

Humanities Lab, 67

IITRI, 65

Illinois College of Optometry, 18

Illinois Department of Labor, 69

Illinois Tech (as name of IIT), 3

Institute of Design, 32, 35

Institute of Gas Technology, 49

Institutional Planning Committee, 74

Interdisciplinary classes, 54

Irving, Robert, 62, 79

Japan, 46

Kaplan's Junkyard, 14, 39

Keogh, Joe, 61

Knepler, Henry, 3, 58, and throughout

Knepler, Myrna, 44, 46

Kriekhaus, Bob, 32

Laboratories, 12, 67, 68, 70

Ladenson, Bob, 62

Lambert, Dorothy, 61

Landa, Harvey, 47, 58, 66, 67

Language laboratory, 68, 70

Language, Literature and Philosophy, Department of, 3, 7, 11, 52, 54, 69

Larkin, John, 45, 46, 51

Lean years, 25

Lease, Ben, 9, 21

Levin, Harry, 61

Lewis Alumni Reunion, 9

Lewis Department of Humanities (academic division of IIT), 74

Lewis Institute (predecessor school of IIT), 6, 8, 20, 21

Lewis, Edwin H., 8 Liberal Arts, College of, 52, 54

Liberal Studies, 17, 52

Library, 16

Life Sciences building, 67

Linguistic Atlas of America (project), 68

Linguistics, 49, 66, 76

Listenings (periodical), 32

Literary magazine, 32

Locke, David, 59, 65

Logan, Joshua, 28

Losee, Vernon, 33

Machinery Hall, 14

Main Building, 12

Marston, Don, 58, 59, 66

Martin, Thomas (IIT President), 24, 62, 74

Masser Hotel, 15, 39

McDavid, Raven, 49, 68

Mecca Building, 15

Mechanics, Department of, 14

Merger, Armour and Lewis, 6

Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, 12, 39

Moon for the Misbegotten, A (play), 66

Moore, Helen, 63

Moscow Chamber Orchestra, 67

National Defense Education Act, 42

National Library of Medicine, 65, 70

National Science Foundation, 69

Night of January Sixteenth, The (play), 27

Nourse, Edwin, , 8

Ogden Field, 13

Owens, Ralph, 17, 36, 53, 45

Paris (France; Knepler's sabbatical to), 73

Paris, Howard, 29

Parking, 12

Parties, 33, 35

Peacock, Dennis, 76

Perlstein Hall, 14

Philipps High School, Wendell, 70

Philosophy program, 63, 64

Physics, 12

Political and Social Science, 12, 17, 53

Polk, Charlotte, 58, 63, 67

President's Residence, 37

Primack, Max, 56, 57, 61

Provost, 74

Psychology, 12, 17

Race relations, 11, 37

Radio program, 40

Reader and Write (textbook), 20

Research File (radio program), 40

Rettaliata, John (President), 8, 27, 31, 37, 46, 54, 58, 62, 68, 71

Richter, Fritz, 19, 64, 76

Ritter, Frederick, 57, 59, 64

Robert, Frank, 25, 31, 33, 34, 41, 42

Room Service, 27

Root, John, 2, 61, 62

Rosenheim, Ned, 40

Roth, Martin, 47, 59

Sabbaticals, 68, 72

Salaries, 3, 30

Samuels, Ernest, 34

Sawyier, Fay, 61, 62

Schaeffer, Susan Fromberg, 58

Schmitz, Rick, 32

Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 21

Schroeter, Jim, 49

Science department, 54

Science Information Program, 63, 64, 65, 70

Seven Lean Years, 29

Shaewitz, Leonard, 24

Simon, Herb, 17

Social Science department, 51, 53, 69, 74

Stawinski, Art, 62

Stereophonic sound, 22

Stevens, Helen, 9, 21

Stevenson, Allan, 21, 22

Stevenson, Allen, 21, 30

Stover, Leon, 69

Stuart School of Business, 68

Student Union Building, 12, 27

Swanson, Gloria, 67

Tagliacozzo, Daisy, 53, 65, 74

Taylor, Katharine, 33

Team teaching, 54

Technical Communication Program, 79

Technical writing, 64

Technorama, 37

Tent revival meetings, 15

Theater program, 26, 66

Theater, audience participation, 27

Thomas, Nate, 70

Thrane, Gary, 62

Toerne, Dick, 32

Tracht, Mel, 73

Traeger, George, 71

Treasurer, 30

TUBA, 40

U.S. Office of Education, 69

University Broadcast Association, The, 40

University of Chicago, 69

University of Illinois, 69

Ushinsky, Constantin, 58

Vice Presidents, 30, 42, 49, 51, 68

Vietnam Conflict, 56, 57

Vincent, Howard P., 3, 9-11, 19-20, 23, 25, 30-31, 33, 41, 43-45, 47

Wagenknecht, Edward, 10

Weiner, Ron, 60

White, Douglas, 47

Williams, Martha, 65, 66

Williams, Mentor, 21, 33, 41

Wilt, Napier, 22

Workman, Sam, 23, 25, 31, 33, 34, 35, 43, 44

WTTW TV, 40

Zanger, Jules, 39

Zesmer, David, 49, 58, 70


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