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Henry Dexter Learned personal and professional papers


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Henry Dexter Learned joined the faculty of Temple University as head of the Department of French in 1930, and served as chairman of the Department of Modern Languages from 1936 to 1946 before retiring as Emeritus Professor in 1960. He wrote extensively on the phonetics of children's speech and on romance languages, was assistant editor of Webster's New International Dictionary from 1929 to 1934, and served the U.S. government in military code work during World War II. In 1954, he organized the "Cruiser Olympia Association, Inc." to have the cruiser Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flagship in the Spanish-American War, declared a national monument.

The papers of Philadelphia foreign language educator are dominated by research materials, notes, and manuscripts on phonology and for an Anglo-Norman dictionary and an Anglo-French bibliography. The collection contains other materials relating to Learned's pursuit of national monument status for Admiral Dewey's cruiser, the U.S.S. Olympia. The collection includes correspondence from the Cruiser Olympia Association, Inc. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, reprints, clippings, articles, maps, drawings, woodcuts, telegrams, photographs, slides, negatives, poems, and a printing block.

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