HAYAKAWA, Samuel Ichiye (1906-1992)

HAYAKAWA, SAMUEL ICHIYE, a Senator from California; born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 18, 1906; educated in the public schools of Calgary and Winnipeg, Canada; received his undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, 1927; graduate degrees in English from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1928 and University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1935; psychologist, semanticist, teacher, and writer; instructor, University of Wisconsin 1936-1939 and at the Armour Institute of Technology 1939-1947; lecturer, University of Chicago 1950-1955; professor, San Francisco State College 1955-1958; president, San Francisco State College 1968-1973, becoming president emeritus in 1973; columnist, Register & Tribune Syndicate 1970-1976; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1976, and subsequently appointed on January 2, 1977, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John V. Tunney, and served from January 2, 1977, to January 3, 1983; was not a candidate for reelection in 1982; was a resident of Mill Valley, Calif., until his death in Greenbrae, Calif., February 27, 1992.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 1 audiotape (1969) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Consumers Union Archives
Yonkers, NY
Oral History: Tapes and transcripts with consumer activists and Consumers Union members, 1972-1979.

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
Stanford, CA
Papers: 1977-1988. 385 manuscript boxes, 35 cubic foot boxes, 36 card file boxes, and 7 oversize boxes. Correspondence, memoranda, reports, documents, clippings, other printed matter, photographs, audiotapes, videotapes, and memorabilia relating to many aspects of American foreign relations and domestic policies. Finding aid.

San Diego State University
Library Special Collections

Papers: 1959-1982. 10.2 linear feet. Correspondence, office memos, invitations, biographical data, press releases, and reports from Hayakawa's San Diego office.

Smithsonian Institution
Archives of American Art
Washington, DC
Papers: Correspondence in Adolph Frederick Reinhardt papers, 1930-1967, available on 5 microfilm reels. Finding aid.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1 letter (March 16, 1938) to Institute for Propaganda Analysis; also in Edwin H. Newman papers, 1944-1978; and Carlton B. Goodlet papers, 1942-1967.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: Letters in several collections.

University of Iowa Libraries
Special Collections Department
Iowa City, IA
Papers: June 8, 11, and 13, 1946. 3 letters. From Alfred Korzybski.

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR
Papers: Correspondence in Granville F. Knight papers, 1920-1981 (bulk 1960-1975).

Western Kentucky University Library
Special Collections
Bowling Green, KY
Papers: Guest lecture in audiotapes collection, 1963-1980.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In John Collier papers, 1910-1987; Jerome New Frank papers, 1918-1972; and Trigant Burrow papers, 1875-1984.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN; Radcliffe College, Schlesinger Library, Cambridge, MA; University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor, MI; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; and University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, VA.

  • Karagueuzian, Dikran. Blow It Up! The Black Student Revolt at San Francisco State College and the Emergence of Dr. Hayakawa. Boston: Gambit, 1971.
  • Hayakawa, S.I. Choose the Right Word: A Modern Guide to Synonyms and Related Words. 1968. Reprint. New York: Perennial Library, 1987. Originally published as Funk & Wagnalls Modern Guide to Synonyms and Related Words.
  • ___. "Education Revisited.'' In The World Today, edited by Phineas J. Sparer. Memphis: Memphis State University Press, 1975.
  • ___. Language in Thought and Action. 1939. Enlarged ed. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Originally published as Language in Action.
  • ___. Symbol, Status, and Personality. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1963.
  • ___. Through the Communication Barrier: On Speaking, Listening, and Understanding. Edited by Arthur Chandler. New York: Harper & Row, 1979.
  • ___, ed. Language, Meaning, and Maturity. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1954.
  • ___, ed. Our Language and Our World. 1959. Reprint. Freeport, NY: Books for Libraries Press, 1971.
  • ___, ed. The Use and Misuse of Language. Greenwich, CT: Fawcett Publications, 1964.
  • Hayakawa, S.I., and William Dresser, eds. Dimensions of Meaning. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1970. Includes Hayakawa's essays, "General Semantics and the Cold War Mentality,'' and "Semantics and Sexuality.''
  • Paris, Richard, and Janet Brown, eds. Quotations from Chairman S.I. Hayakawa. San Francisco: n.p., 1969.
  • "Samuel Ichiye (Sam) Hayakawa" in Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress, 1900-2017. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of the Historian and the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Publishing Office, 2018.