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Harold E. Palmer Archive

With approval of IRLT and Victoria Angela (Palmer's great-granddaughter), we have uploaded here:

(1) Palmer, H.E. (1924). Memorandum on Problems of English Teaching in the Light of a New Theory.Link opens in a new window Tokyo: Institute for Research in English Teaching. [Appendix: Synoptic Chart Illustrating the TheoryLink opens in a new window]

(2) Sechehaye, A. (1934). 'A personal tribute to Mr H.E. Palmer'Link opens in a new window [in French], in Naganuma, N. (ed.), A Commemorative Volume Issued by the Institute for Research in English Teaching on the Occasion of the Tenth Annual Conference of English Teachers Held under its Auspices. Tokyo: Kaitakusha, pp. 10—14.

Both of these are referred in a 2011 article by Richard Smith on 'Harold E. Palmer's alternative "applied linguistics"', in Histoire-Epist√©mologie-Langage 33/1: 53–67.

Two boxfiles of items relating to Harold E. Palmer which have been collected by Richard Smith in the course of his research and donated to the Archive have so far been catalogued:

 Boxfile 1:

1) Handwritten newsletter [for his family and close friends] – world tour [1931-32]. Photocopy (original in personal files of Victoria Angela). Fully digitalised. Two extracts uploaded below, with the permission of Victoria Angela.

  • 7-10-31 to 13-10-31Link opens in a new window (describing chance encounters with H.G. Wells on the transatlantic crossing)
  • 13-10-31
  • 15-11-31 to 22-11-31
  • 23-11-31 to 28-11-31
  • 7-12-31 to 12-12-31Link opens in a new window (describing meetings in Chicago with Leonard Bloomfield and Algernon Coleman)
  • 21-12-31 to 26-12-31
  • 29-11-31 to 5-12-31
  • 13-12-31 to 20-12-31
  • 28-12-31 to 3-01-32
  • 4-01-32 to 13-01-32
  • 17-01-32
  • 25-01-32
  • 30-01-32 to 3-02-32
  • 7-02-32 to 11-02-32
  • 15-02-32

2) Photograph album 1 [partially digitalized]. Sample photographs below (uploaded with the permission of Victoria Angela):

 

3) [2 tapes – digitalized] The first six weeks of reading recorded by H.E. Palmer (original publication details unknown - this copy given to R.S. by Imura Motomichi)

4) Ecole internationale de langues vivantesLink opens in a new window, c. 1902 (photocopy of advertisement for the Verviers/Maastricht language school in which Palmer first taught – original in personal files of Victoria Angela) – digitalized

5) [Tape - digitalized] A new classification of English tones recorded by H. E. PalmerLink opens in a new window (original publication details unknown - this copy give to R.S. by Imura Motomichi).

 

Boxfile 2: 

1) Photograph album 2 [partially digitalized] S.ample photographs below (uploaded with the permission of Victoria Angela):

 

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