Guide to the Clement Vollmer Papers, 1898-1983
Clement Vollmer joined the German Languages and Literature Department at Duke University in 1926, where he remained until his retirement in 1956. In 1918, he published The American Novel in Germany. Professor Vollmer served as chair of the department during the 1950s, as president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and was a member of numerous academic societies. Includes correspondence, recommendations, faculty meeting minutes, German Department memoranda, grade books and department enrollment statistics. Also includes date books, address books and diaries kept by Maude Hugo Vollmer (Mrs. Clement Vollmer). Inclusive years are 1898-1983.
- Record Group
- Clement Vollmer papers
- Vollmer, Clement
- 3 Linear Feet, 1,000 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
Contains materials related to Vollmer’s career in the German Department at Duke, including correspondence, recommendations, minutes, memoranda, grade books, department enrollment, faculty appointments and wartime activities. Also includes correspondence relating to University Church services, the Academic Council and the Vigil. The rest of the collection includes address/date books and diaries (including travel diaries) kept primarily by Maude Hugo Vollmer, wife of Clement Vollmer. Also includes a list of houses (with architect names) in the Duke Forest, a New Testament, a University of Southern California handbook, a wallet full of expired oil company credit cards. Original brittle folders were replaced for preservation. Inclusive dates are 1898-1983.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Clement Vollmer Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Clement Vollmer was born in 1889 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He received his A.B. degree at Heidelberg University in Ohio in 1909 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1913 and 1915, respectively. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania for 10 years and at Cornell University for one year before joining the German Languages and Literature Department at Duke University in 1926, where he remained until his retirement in 1956. In 1918, he published The American Novel in Germany. Professor Vollmer served as chair of the department during the 1950s, as president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and was a member of numerous academic societies. He also served as government interpreter in World War I and also as army and FBI consultant in World War II. Professor Vollmer died in 1972.
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The Clement Vollmer Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1990.
Processed by Jessica Wood, October 2006
Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, October 2006
Accessions A90-7, A90-104 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.