A Guide to the Winfred P. Lehmann Papers, 1940-1989
Winfred Philip Lehmann was born on June 23, 1916 in Surprise, Nebraska. He earned his BA in Humanities from Northwestern College in Wisconsin in 1936 and his MA (1938) and PhD (1941) in Germanic Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin. He worked for the U.S. Army Signal Corps as an Instructor in Japanese and was Officer-in-Charge of the Japanese Language School during World War II. He then served as Instructor and Assistant Professor in the Department of German at Washington University, 1946 to 1949, before joining the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin.
From 1949 to 1951 Lehmann served as Associate Professor of Germanic Languages at UT, becoming Full Professor in 1951. He taught at UT for 38 years, additionally serving as Chairman of the Department of Germanic Languages (1953-1964), Director of the Program in Linguistics starting in 1953, which he built into the Department of Linguistics in 1964, Chairman of Linguistics, and Acting Chairman of Slavonic Languages (1960-1965). He founded the Linguistics Research Center in 1961 and served as its director and as Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at UT until his death.
Well known for his research in historical linguistics and machine translation, Winfred Lehmann authored or edited over 50 books, 250 journal articles, and 140 scholarly reviews. He served as president of the Linguistic Society of America and the Modern Language Association, served on several international committees and commissions, was the founding editor of the journal Computers and Translation (now Machine Translation), and has earned countless awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Harry Ransom Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dr. Lehmann married Ruth Preston Miller in 1940 and the couple had two children. He died in Austin on August 1, 2007.
In Memoriam: Winfred P. Lehmann, UT Austin Linguistics Research Center website, accessed October 21, 2016.
The Winfred P. Lehmann Papers, 1940-1989, are primarily comprised of published and unpublished papers of Lehmann, including reprints, technical reports, and typescripts. The collection also contains published reviews written by Lehmann between 1949 and 1987 as well as the State of Texas House of Representatives Resolution honoring the Summer Institute of Linguistics, the International Linguistics Center, and the International Museum of Cultures, adopted in 1989.
This collection is open for research use.
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Winfred P. Lehmann Papers, 1940-1989, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, December 1987.
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