Skip to main content

Harry Lui linguistics research papers

Identifier: RHC-143

Content Description

Research materials, notes, and unpublished manuscripts on linguistics and the evolution of alphabets by Harry Lui.


  • circa 1939-2005


Access to the Materials

Collection is open for researh use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

Copyrights are the property of Grand Valley State University. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure appropriate permissions for publication beyond the bounds of fair use.

Biographical / Historical

Harry Maurice Lui was born in Germany in 1914 to Adam Lui and Dora (Linsker) Lui. He attended a Humanistic High School in Berlin and some of his teachers had been on archeological digs in Italy, Greece, and Egypt. Lui credited this exprience with instilling in him a lasting reverence for "antiquity in all forms, be it language, art, architecture, literature." He began studying mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and continued at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where he served as editor of the "Wayne Engineer." In 1940, Harry married Bette Vineberg in Detroit, Michcigan.

By profession, Lui was a desgin engineer, science writer, graphic designer, and technical illustrator. Over his life, he maintained a passion for linguistics and in his spare time studied the history of alphabets and letter forms, compiling a volume of notes as well as an unpublished manuscript.


3.75 Linear feet (3 boxes)

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States