Guide to the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature Records, 1949-1986
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.
- Record Group
- Department of Germanic Languages and Literature records
- Duke University. Department of Germanic Languages and Literature
- 5.5 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English and German
Collection contains material accumulated during the chairmanships of Herman Salinger, Leland Phelps and Ann Marie Rasmussen, and range in date from 1949-2013. 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, then 2000-2008. The collection is divided into four series: Herman Salinger, Leland Phelps, Department Chair and Director of Graduate Study, and Ann Marie Rasmussen. 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. The fourth series contains materials related to Ann Marie Rasmussen's time as faculty member (1988-2016) and chair of the department (2006-2008), and includes information on the development of the German Studies PhD program, the joint PhD program with UNC-Chapel Hill, funding and grant information, and other materials.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Department of Germanic Languages and Literature, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Series contains material created and accumulated by Herman Salinger during his tenure in the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Duke University.
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.
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.
Series contains material accumulated by the Department Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies within the Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures.
Includes materials related to the development of the German Studies PhD program, the partnership between Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in providing a joint PhD program, funding requests to the Max Kade Foundation, conference information, and other materials from Ann Marie Rasmussen's time as Department Chair and faculty member.
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. In the early 2000s, faculty members at Duke and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill began planning a joint program to combine resources and strengthen both schools' departments, and the first class of joint program PhD students entered in 2009.
- 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)
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- Cartter, Allan Murray
- Duke University. Department of Germanic Languages and Literature
- Duke University. Department of Germanic Languages and Literature -- Faculty
- Duke University. Computer Assisted Language Instruction (CALIS)
- Duke University. Library -- Harold Jantz Collection
- Jantz, Harold Stein, 1907-1987
- Phelps, Leland R.
- Salinger, Herman, 1905-1983
- Vollmer, Clement, 1898-1972
The Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer between 1983-1994.
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.
Accession UA2015-0048 added and finding aid updated, Tracy M. Jackson, February 2016.