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Adele Gerhard Papers


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Cologne-born novelist who wrote Ga, Unter den Gestirnen, Wahrer der Leuchte, Das Kind, Spuren im Schnee, and Wurzelweibchen. Emigrated to the US in 1938 before returning to Germany in 1955.


Gerhard, Adele, 1868-1956
Date Coverage:
0.33 cubic ft. (about 0.33 boxes)

Adele Gerhard was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1868 where she spent her childhood and adolescent years. She married Stephan Gerhard in 1889 and moved to Berlin, where her involvement in social work brought her in contact with some of the outstanding women figures of her day, Susan B. Anthony, Beatrice Webb and others.

After the birth of her children (Melitta in 1891 and Dietrich in 1896), Adele turned her hand to creative writing. Her first short story was published in 1894 and her full-length work, Mutterschaft und geistige Arbeit, was published in 1901. Her works reflect the times in which she lived, the social movements of the 1890s, womens rights, the youth movement in Germany, and the changes brought about by war and its aftermath. Adele Gerhard followed her children to America in 1938 at the age of 60 after having briefly visited in 1937. She lived most of the time with her daughter, Melitta, became an American citizen, and continued to write in her native German. She returned to Germany in 1955 and died in her native city of Cologne one year later on May 10, 1956.

1868Born Adele de Jonge on June 8 in Cologne, Germany to Adolph (1821-1898) and Caroline Hesse de Jonge (1825-1891).
1889Married Stephan Gerhard, moved to Berlin.
1891Birth of daughter, Melitta.
1896Birth of son, Dietrich on Nov. 7.
1936Death of husband, Stephan Gerhard.
1937Visit to United States.
1938Immigrated to the United States.
1955Returned to Germany.
1956Died in Cologne, Germany on May 10.

The Adele Gerhard Papers consist of 0.33 cubic feet of materials, 1938-1956, and include hand-corrected typescripts of three unpublished novels written by Gerhard during her years in the U.S. (Ga, Unter den Gestirnen and Wahrer der Leuchte) and four novellas, as well as photocopies or clippings of essays and one serialized novella (Ulmenfrucht). Also included in the collection are clippings about Adele Gerhard and reviews of her works.

The collection has no series.

All items in this manuscript collection were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Melitta Gerhard, the daughter of Adele Gerhard.1980 August

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Converted to EAD, 2015 December

Encoded in EAD by Gregory Wiedeman, 2015

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Contents of Collection



1 1Correspondence between Melitta Gerhard and Dr. John M. Spalek re: Adele Gerhard materials. 3 L.. Also listing of Adele Gerhard Papers at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach.1980


1 2Photocopy of a document honoring Adele Gerhard on her 80th birthday1948


1 3Unpublished manuscript: "Ga." Typescript of unpub. Novel, Part I. 29p.; Part II. 52p.1933-1934


1 4Unpublished manuscript: "Unter den Gestirnen." Typescript of unpub. novel. Photocopy. 73p.Undated


1 5Unpublished manuscript: "Wahrer der Leuchte." Typescript of unpub. novel. Part I. 30p.; Part II. 22p.; Part III. 20p.Undated


1 6Unpublished manuscript: "Das Kind. Stephan Gerhard zu Ehren." Novelle. Typescript. 18p.Undated


1 7Unpublished manuscript: "Spuren im Schnee." Novella. Typescript. 23p.Undated


1 8Unpublished manuscript: "Der Wassermann." Novella. Typescript. 21p.Undated


1 9Unpublished manuscript: "Wurzelweibchen." Novella. Typescript. 34p.Undated


1 10Publication: Der Pestkirchhof. Section from a book, pp. 603-626.Undated


1 11Publication: Schicksalslied. Section from a book, pp. 342-358.Undated


1 12Publication: Ulmenfrucht. Novella serialization, Neue Freie Presse, 1935. Clippings and photocopies.Undated


1 13Publication: Photocopies of published essays. 7 items.Undated


1 14Photocopies of catalog cards from the Adele Gerhard Collection at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach, Germany.Undated


1 15Lexicon entries.Undated


1 16Clippings of articles about Adele Gerhard (originals at Deutsches Literaturarchiv).Undated