Erich Funke Papers
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Acquisition and Processing Information: These materials were donated to the University Archives by Mrs. Funke in 1978. Finding aid created by Denise Anderson, October 2007.
Photographs: Box 2
Erich Funke explaining Translingua Script, September 6, 1957
Scope and Contents
The Erich Funke papers include correspondence, clippings, articles, an unpublished typescript draft, and one photograph.
Erich Funke was born December 11, 1891, in Rogaetz, Elbe, Germany. He graduated from Realgymnasium (high school with scientific emphasis) in 1912, and attended college at Leipzig, Munich, and Zurich, before taking his Ph.D. at the University of Halle in Germany, 1921. Funke married Lydia Gunzenhauser, and the couple had one son, Thomas, born in 1928. Dr. Funke joined the staff at the University of Iowa as assistant professor of German in 1931 and was made full professor and head in 1937.
In 1953 Dr. Funke began developing the Translingua Script -- a system of numbers he devised for communication which would replace words that require translation between languages. Funke received international recognition for the Translingua Script in 1957. According to a Cedar Rapids Gazette article dated March 11, 1960, the U.S. military expressed an interest in using the script.
Erich Funke retired in 1960 and died November 5, 1974.
[D. Anderson; 10/2007]
Folder, "Funke, Erich," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG 01.15.03)
Erich Funke sound recordings (LP and reel tape), see Recordings Cabinet: LP1090, LP1116, LP1136
Papers of Ingeborg Solbrig (RG99.0092)
Records of the Dept. of German (RG 06.16)
Box Contents List
X-ray photos, Die Deutschen Laute (The German Sound)
Newspaper and magazine articles about Translingua Script
Photograph, Dr. Funke at blackboard, September 6, 1957
Translingua Script, a Code of Interlinguistic Communication, typescript draft, unpublished
Dr. Funke's school comic annual from Gymnasium