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Guide to the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literature Records, 1949-1986

Abstract

The Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literature was created to offer students the opportunity to study the German language and the literature of Germany at Duke University.

Most of the collection ranges in date from 1960-1985. A majority of the material was accumulated and created by Herman Salinger (Department chair, 1955-1970 and faculty member, 1955-1975); and Leland Phelps (faculty member, 1961-1985 and department chair, 1970-1983). Material includes various correspondence concerning academic appointments, administrative matters, and curriculum. Major subjects include graduate students and graduate study, various committees, study abroad programs, and publications. Files pertaining to the Harold Jantz Collection are also present.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literature
Title
Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literature records 1949-1986
Language of Material
English, German
Extent
4 Linear Feet, approx. 5000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains material accumulated during the chairmanships of Herman Salinger and Leland Phelps and range in date from 1949-1986. A majority of the material is in English; however, there are items in German interspersed throughout. A bulk of the material dates from 1960-1985. The collection is divided into three series: Herman Salinger, Leland Phelps, and Department Chair and Director of Graduate Study. The Herman Salinger series contains material accumulated and created by Salinger during his tenure at Duke University, as department chair (1955-1970) and as a faculty member. Major subjects include graduate students, job applicants and inquiries, course materials, departmental publications, correspondence, and a file containing materials prior to Salinger's chairmanship. Among the name files are Clement Vollmer, Allan M. Cartter and Peter Ilkow, a German instructor at Duke from 1956 until his suicide in 1958. The Leland Phelps series contains material accumulated and created by Leland Phelps while serving as department chair (1970-1983) and as a faculty member. Material includes general correspondence, departmental meetings, and commitments. Among the major subjects are publications: Creative Encounters: Festschrift for Herman Salinger and Aus Unserer Zuit; foreign study and study abroad programs; the Munster Program; and material concerning the establishment of a language lab at Duke University. The Phelps series is also divided into two sub-series: Harold Jantz Collection files and Committee files. The Jantz Collection files contain material relevant to the acquisition and promotion of the collection including conferences and publications. Various committees on which Phelps served constitute the committee files sub-series. As both Phelps and Salinger served in the department simultaneously from 1961-1970, there is some overlap of materials. The third series contains material pertaining to the departmental chair, including Salinger and Phelps, and the director of graduate study, 1966-1983.

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Contents of the Collection

Series contains material created and accumulated by Herman Salinger during his tenure in the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Duke University.

Cartter, Dean Allan M., 1959-1961, undated
Box 1
Correspondence, 1973
Box 1
Correspondence, 1974
Box 1
Correspondence, 1975
Box 1
Courses and Curriculum, 1974-1977
Box 1
Course Material, 1969-1972
Box 1
Departmental publications, 1963-1965
Box 1
Graduate requests, 1975-1976
Box 1
Graduate students, 1961-1964
Box 1
Graduate students, 1966-1967
Box 1
Graduate students, 1967-1968
Box 1
Graduate students, 1968-1969
Box 1
Graduate students, 1969-1970
Box 1
Graduate students, 1970-1971
Box 1
Finger, (Homer) Ellis, 1966-1968
Box 1
Fury, Marguarite, 1965
Box 1
Holscher, Elisabeth, 1961-1963
Box 1
Johnson, Maureen, 1969-1972
Box 1
Johnson, Sandra Darleen, 1968
Box 1
Lauf, Waltraud, 1970-1974
Box 1
McCredie, Brian D., 1971-1972
Box 1
McMahon, Clare, 1966-1967
Box 1
Snyder, Elizabeth, 1971-1974
Box 1
Ulmer, Katherine Loretta, 1968
Box 1
Wade Marjorie, 1964-1965
Box 1
Walker, Nancy, E., 1960-1963
Box 1
Williams, Ann Malloy, 1961-1963
Box 1
Woodward, Elizabeth C., 1965-1966
Box 1
Ypma, Heuricus, 1971-1972
Box 1
Humanities Council, 1965
Box 1
Job applicants, 1952-1955
Box 1
Job applicants, 1966-1967
Box 1
Job applicants, 1967-1968
Box 1
Job applicants, 1969-1970
Box 1
Job applicants, 1971
Box 1
Job applicants, 1972
Box 1
Job applicants, 1973
Box 1
Job applicants, 1977
Box 1
Barlow, J.D., 1967
Box 1
Boyce, Benjamin, 1967
Box 1
Coleman, Evelyn S., 1966
Box 1
Cowen, Roy C., 1965
Box 1
Day, J. Kenneth, 1963-1966
Box 1
Dornemann, William E., 1966
Box 1
Fowkes, Robert A., 1966-1967
Box 1
Gaertner, Georg H., 1966
Box 1
Gish, Theodor, 1965-1966
Box 1
Goldin, Frederick R., 1965
Box 1
Hartwig, Ingrid U., 1968-1970
Box 1
Hofacher, Jr., Erich, 1962-1963
Box 1
Hohendal, Peter, 1965
Box 1
Hopkins, E.H., 1964-1966
Box 1
Ilkow, Peter, 1958-1959
Box 1
Jaessel, Gerolf, 1965
Box 1
Johnson, Sydney M., 1963-1964
Box 1
Lewis, Harold W., 1963-1972
Box 1
Koester, Rudolf, 1966-1967
Box 1
Lutz, Roehrich, 1967-1969
Box 1
O'Flaherty, James G., 1960
Box 1
Penn, Julia M., 1965
Box 1
Pitterman, Erwein, 1962-1964
Box 1
Salamon, George, 1965-1966
Box 1
Schanze, Helmut, 1965-1968
Box 1
Schliewiensky, Dieter, 1964-1965
Box 1
Schmidt, Gerard, 1964-1965
Box 1
Schindler, Marvin, 1966-1967
Box 1
Shears, Lambert, 1966-1967
Box 1
Stapf, Paul, 1963-1964
Box 1
Stok, Miek, 1968-1972
Box 1
Thomas, James C., 1963-1964
Box 1
Van Heys, Dorothy, 1964-1965
Box 1
Wahle, Margareta, 1963-1965
Box 1
Walker, Frances, 1968-1969
Box 1
Watt, Richard A.K., 1967-1968
Box 1
Wilson, Frederick E., 1949-1970
Box 1
Law School building, 1961-1962
Box 1
Long-Range Planning Committee, 1959-1961
Box 1
Medievalists, 1964-1966
Box 1
Miscellaneous, 1973-1974
Box 1
Modern Language Association (MLA), 1967
Box 2
MLA prospects, 1966
Box 2
Pre-Herman Salinger Admnistration, 1951-1952, 1955
Box 2
Scandinavian literature, 1963-1968
Box 2
Speakers, 1964-1965
Box 2
Speakers, 1965-1967
Box 2
Student work study, 1974
Box 2
Summer Institute, 1962
Box 2
Teaching vacancies, 1965-1975
Box 2
Textbooks, 1973-1976
Box 2
Textbooks, spring 1975
Box 2
University memoranda, 1975-1977
Box 2

Series contains material created and accumulated by Leland Phelps during his tenure as faculty member, department chair, and director of graduate studies in the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Duke University.

Sub-series contains material relating to the various committees on which Leland Phelps was a member while at Duke.

Commencement Committee, 1979-1981
Box 2
Commencement Committee, Commencement speaker, 1980
Box 2
Committee on Academic Status of Performing Artist, 1979-1984
Box 2
Committee on Academic Status of Performing Artists, Report, 1983-1984
Box 2
Committee on Comaprative Literature, 1977
Box 2
Curriculum Committee, 1978-1979
Box 2
Langauge Institute Committee, 1981-1984, undated
Box 2
Langauge Institute Committee, 1981-1984, undated
Box 2
Language Lab Committee, 1981-1982
Box 2
PEW Foundation Committee, 1983, undated
Box 2
Residential Life Committee, 1977-1978
Box 2

Sub-series contains material relating to the promotion of the Harold Jantz Collection and includes correspondence, the German American Literary and Cultural Conference, committtees, and grant institutions.

German American Literary and Cultural Conference, 1979
Box 2
Ad-hoc Committee, 1977-1978
Box 2
Conference, 1977-1979, undated
Box 2
Conference, 1977-1979
Box 2
Conference definites, 1978-1980
Box 2
Conference negatives, 1979
Box 2
Conference proceedings volume, 1981-1982
Box 2
Conference program, 1977-1981, undated
Box 2
Conference report, 1979, undated
Box 2
General, 1978-1979
Box 2
General, 1979-1981, undated
Box 2
Project miscellaneous, 1976, undated
Box 2
Propsal summaries, undated
Box 2
Volkswagen and Thyssen Foundations, 1978-1981
Box 2
"Aus unserer Zeit," #2, 1965, undated
Box 3
"Aus unserer Zeit," #2, undated
Box 3
"Aus unserer Zeit," #3, undated
Box 3
"Aus unserer Zeit," #3, permissions, 1970-1972, undated
Box 3
Bevan, William, 1979-1982
Box 3
bi-weekly payroll, 1974
Box 3
Commitments, 1968-1979
Box 3
Commitments, 1980-1981
Box 3
Computer language lab, 1980
Box 3
Computer language lab, grant, Germany, 1980, undated
Box 3
Computer language lab, grant, N.E.H., 1980, undated
Box 3
German Democratic Republic (DDR), 1982
Box 3
Departmental meetings, 1970-1975
Box 3
Departmental meetings, 1976-1977
Box 3
Departmental meetings, 1977-1978
Box 3
Departmental meetings, 1978-1979
Box 3
Departmental meetings, 1978-1979
Box 3
Departmental meetings, 1979-1980
Box 3
Departmental meetings, 1980
Box 3
Departmental meetings, 1980-1981
Box 3
Departmental meetings, 1981-1982
Box 3
Foreign study opportunities, 1976-1978
Box 3
Foreign study problems, 1975-1976
Box 3
Fulbright professor, Tubingen, Germany, 1960
Box 3
Friedel, Ernestein, 1980-1982
Box 3
General correspondence, 1954-1961, bulk 1960
Box 3
General correspondence, 1963-1965, bulk 1964
Box 3
General correspondence, 1966-1967
Box 3
General correspondence, 1968-1969
Box 3
General correspondence, 1970-1972
Box 3
General correspondence, 1973-1975
Box 3
General correspondence, 1976
Box 4
General correspondence, 1977
Box 4
General correspondence, 1978
Box 4
General correspondence, 1979-1980, 1984
Box 4
German American companies in North Carolina, 1974-1978
Box 4
Independent Study, funds, 1976-1978
Box 4
Ingendaay, Dr. Ernst, 1976-1978
Box 4
Junior Year in Munich meeting, 1978
Box 4
Language lab, tape list, undated
Box 4
Masters of Arts in the Fine Arts (MAFA), 1985-1986
Box 4
Munster Program, 1967-1968
Box 4
Munster Program, 1971-1976
Box 4
National Teacher Exam, 1982
Box 4
North Carolina's School of Science and Mathematics, 1980-1981, undated
Box 4
Persian Project, 1979-1980, undated
Box 4
Post-N.E.H. meeting, 1984-undated
Box 4
President's letter, 1982-1983
Box 4
Proposal for computing project, 1980
Box 4
Pye, Kenneth A., 1976-1981
Box 4
Sabbatical, 1981-1983
Box 4
Salinger "Festschrift," 1978-1979
Box 4
SAMLA talk, 1979
Box 4
Society for German American Studies newsletter, 1979-1982
Box 4
Society for German American Studies newsletter, 1980-1983, undated
Box 4
Society for German American Studies newsletter, 1983, 1985
Box 4
Studia Humanitas, 1978-1983
Box 4
Taylor Cole material, 1975, 1978
Box 4
University of Kassel, 1980-1981
Box 4
Vanderbilt Report, 1975
Box 4
William R. Hewlett Foundation, 1978-1982, undated
Box 4
Year-Round Operation (YRO) Task Force, 1980
Box 4

Series contains material accumulated by the Department Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies within the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

General correspondence, University, 1966-1980
Box 4
German Graudate Program, 1972, undated
Box 4
Graduate School, general, 1976-1981
Box 4
Graduate students, 1971-1972
Box 4
Graduate students, 1971-1972
Box 4
Graduate students, 1972-1973
Box 4
Graduate students, 1972-1973
Box 4
Graduate students, 1974-1975
Box 4
Graduate students, 1975-1976
Box 4
Graduate students, 1982-1983
Box 4
Graduate students, miscellaneous, 1978-1981
Box 4
Grant information, 1975, udnated
Box 4
Inquiries, 1975, undated
Box 4
Princeton Test, 1973-1975
Box 4

Historical Note

The Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literature was created to offer students the opportunity to study the German language and the literature of Germany. The Department endeavored to teach the reading, speaking, comprehension, and writing of German; to promote a grasp of the literature, literary movements, and the history of German literature including movements such as Romanticism, Symbolism, Realism and modern authors: Goethe, Kafka, and Grass; and a familiarity with the cultural history of the German people including art and music. The Department also offered a focused curriculum in linguistics, the teaching of German, and the study of comparative literatures. The Department instituted an M.A. program in 1956 and in the spring of 1963 a Ph.D. program in German was proposed. The first chair of the Department was Clement Vollmer (1936-1955), followed by Herman Salinger (1955-1970), Leland R. Phelps (1970-1974 and 1975-1978), and Frank L. Burchardt (acting chair, 1974-1975). Salinger and Phelps served simultaneously as Directors of Graduate Studies in the Department.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Herman Salinger Papers, 1909-1982 (Duke University Archives)
  • Clement Vollmer Papers, 1898-1983 (Duke University Archives)
  • Biographical Reference Collection, 1972-2004 (Duke University Archives)
  • University Archives Photograph Collection, 1861-ongoing (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literature, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer between 1983-1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Joshua Larkin Rowley, October 2008

Encoded by Joshua Larkin Rowley, October

Accessions A83-66, A89-0003, A94-99 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.