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Guide to the Clement Vollmer Papers, 1898-1983

Abstract

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.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Vollmer, Clement.
Title
Clement Vollmer papers 1898-1983
Language of Material
English
Extent
3 Linear Feet, 1,000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

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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Contents of the Collection

Class Books, Class Photo, 1920-1956
Box 1
Walter P. Baum Correspondence, 1952-1960
Box 1
German 119-120 Notes, 1927-1943
Box 1
Schedules and Rosters, 1932-1960
Box 1
German Department Enrollment, 1933-1960
Box 1
Correspondence Re: Students, 1951-1964
Box 1
General Correspondence, 1948-1968
Box 1
Department Correspondence and Faculty Meetings, 1935-1952
Box 1
18th Century German Literature Course Materials, 1933-1934
Box 1
Duke University Church, 1957-1972
Box 1
General Duke Correspondence, Clippings, Programs, Memoranda, 1968-1971
Box 1
Heinrich Meyer Correspondence, 1955
Box 1
Dean Manchester Correspondence, 1950-1961
Box 1
Herbert Reichert Correspondence, 1955-1970
Box 1
Herman Salinger Correspondence, 1955-1970
Box 1
German Honors Program, 1936-1949
Box 1
W. Cary Maxwell Correspondence, 1936-1940
Box 1
Correspondence Re: Library, 1944-1952
Box 1
President's Office Correspondence, 1956
Box 1
F.E. Wilson Correspondence, 1940-1956
Box 1
News Clippings, 1928
Box 1
Paul Gross Correspondence and Clippings, 1949-1970
Box 1
Ziolkowski Correspondence, 1950-1971
Box 1
Warren Yates Correspondence, 1949-1958
Box 1
Wannamaker Correspondence, 1926-1949
Box 1
Graduate School Memos and Correspondence, 1935-1956
Box 1
Rev. P. Vollmer Thesis, C. Vollmer Reprints, undated, 1937, 1946
Box 1
Maude Vollmer Diaries and Notebooks, 1889-1983
Box 2
Neighborhood Information, undated

Diaries, address and date books kept by Maude Vollmer, wife of Henry Vollmer, 1898-1983

Box 2

Historical Note

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.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Gross (Paul M.) Papers, 1939-1979. (University Archives. Duke University. )
  • News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004. (University Archives. Duke University. )

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Clement Vollmer Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Clement Vollmer Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1990.

Processing Information

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.

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.