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Felix Hirsch Papers


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The collection contains biographical and professional materials of Felix Hirsch, librarian and professor of history.


Hirsch, Felix
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3.0 cubic ft. (about 3.0 boxes)

Felix Hirsch, a native of Berlin, Germany, was editor of various German newspapers before he came to the United States in 1935. He earned a degree in library science from Columbia University and became a librarian at Bard College at Annandale-on-Hudson, NY in 1936. He also served as a professor of history at Bard until 1954. In 1955, he became librarian and professor of history at Trenton State College in New Jersey, retiring in 1972.

He died in December 1982 at the age of 80, survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Fesit, two sons and four grandchildren.

The collection contains biographical materials, 1932-56; correspondence with Hans Kohn, Golo Mann, and others, 1932-76; manuscripts of books and articles, undated; offprints of articles, 1934-76. Also includes some correspondence and offprints of his wife Elizabeth F. Hirsch, a specialist in Renaissance philosophy.

The following items are available in the collection: Journal Articles including "Beyond All Frontiers: On Writing and Studying History Today", in Current History 14:78 (February, 1948) 90-94; "Eduard von Simson: Das Problem der Deutschjudischen Symbiose im Schatten Goethes und Bismarcks", in Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Untetricht, Jahrgang 16, Heft 5, Mai, 1965, pp. 261-277; "The End of the Junker Class", in Current History 10:54 (February, 1946) 146-151; "Growing German Pacifism", in Current History 20:114 (February, 1951) 77-82; "Hermann Oncken and the End of an Era", in The Journal of Modern History 18:2 (June, 1946) 148-159; "The Scholar as Librarian", in The Library Quarterly 9:3 (July, 1939) 299-320; "Memories of Emil Ludwig", in Books Abroad 23:2 (Spring, 1949) 113-118; "The Poles and Eastern Germany", in Current History 8:44 (April, 1945) 294-298; "Visit to My Past", in The Survey 86:4 (April, 1950) 181-185; "Visit With Albert Schweitzer", in Friends Journal 21:3 (February 1, 1975) 68-69; "William Hubben 1896-1974", in Friends Journal 20:18 (November 1, 1974) 557.

Newspaper Articles: "Arnold Brecht Neunzigjhrig", in Aufbau, January 25, 1974, p. 4; "Ein Deutscher Lincoln Oder der Stalin der SPD?", in Die Zeit, March 7, 1975, p. 9; "Thomas Mann and Germany", in New York Herald Tribune, June 7, 1955, p. 22; "Um Rankes Erbe: Die Leistungen der Deutschen Geschichtswissenschaft", in Deutsche Zukunst, October 7, 1934, p. 5; "The Year of Decision for Konrad Adenauer", in New York Herald Tribune, January 15, 1957.

Reprints: "Abschied von Theodor Heuss," "Ebert und Stresemann," "George Peabody Gooch," "Heidelberger Erinnerungen an Gerhard Ritter," "Heidelberg vor Fnfzig Jahren, "Stresemann, Ballin und die Vereinigten Staaten and "Wilhelm Sollmann (1881-1951)."

The collection is organized into the following series:

All items in this manuscript group were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives by John Spalek.1984 June

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Published: 2018-03-06 07:47:16 -0500

Coverted to EAD, 2012 December

Encoded in EAD by Jodi Boyle, 2015

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this collection is restricted because it is unprocessed. Portions of the collection may contain recent administrative records and/or personally identifiable information. While it is likely that portions of the collection may be viewed, access must be managed by an archivist.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Felix Hirsch Papers, 1932-1976. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Hirsch Papers).