Scope and arrangement
The records include correspondence of Frank Esterhill, executive director of the Interlingua Institute, with British and European affiliates relating to the promotion of Interlingua, an international auxiliary language; and records of its predecessor, the International Auxiliary Language Association founded in 1924 which undertook the research and development of Interlingua. The records of the latter organization include correspondence with European linguists; correspondence, memoranda, reports and other papers relating to international conferences and congresses of linguists sponsored in part by IALA; annual reports, financial records; and printed matter including leaflets, pamphlets and flyers published or collected by IALA relating to international auxiliary languages. Included also are a few personal miscellaneous papers of Dave Hennen Morris and Alice Vanderbilt Morris.
The Interlingua Institute records are arranged in five series:
This series consists of correspondence and papers of the executive director, Frank Esterhill arranged into a chronological file (1973-1986) followed by a file arranged alphabetically. The correspondence is mainly with officers and members of Interlingua Institute and with affiliated organizations in Great Britain and in Western Europe relative to the promotion of Interlingua as a language of international communication. Correspondents include Bent Andersen, Thomas Breinstrup, Forrest F. Cleveland, Henry Fischbach, Fritz Goudkuil, Brian Sexton, Alice M. Sturges, and Karel Wilgenhof. Interspersed in the correspondence are internal memoranda, and writings including "Dictionario Suppletive de Interlingua", and "Vocabulario Suppletive de Interlingua", by K. Wilgenengof. Much of the correspondence is in Interlingua.
The papers of Alexsander Gode consist of a file of correspondence arranged alphabetically. Included is correspondence with B. C. Sexton of British Interlingua, Thomas Breinstrup, Forrest F. Cleveland, L. M. Guesnet, John Lansbury, Jacques Roux, and K. Wilgenhof. Included is an Interlingua bibliography and other writings by Forrest F. Cleveland, and a report by Gode on Interlingua activities in the United States.
Included are annual reports (1973-1990); minutes and financial records of the board of directors; papers relating to the 5th, 6th, and 7th International Conferences of Interlingua; lists of directors and members; and printed ephemera. Included also is a draft of an English-Interlingua Dictionary, F-L; a photocopy of a German-Interlingua Dictionary; and a "Linguistic Bibliography of Linguistics", by Gerd Fraenkel.
This series consists of eight audiotapes in Interlingua recorded at the 7th International Conference of Interlingua, Denmark; and two audiocassettes entitled "Un Introduction in Interlingua"; and "Alexander Gode: Dece Contos".