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Haus Cramer architectural records and papers, 1911-2004, bulk 1911-1955

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 6909165 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Cramer, Hans ; Berlich, Otto ; Bürgel, Ernst ; Fehr, Heinrich ; Göhre, Wilhelm ; Hackbarth, Walter ; Hauschild, Arthur ; Köhler, Richard W ; Kühnemund, L ; Laternser, Otto ; Landsberg, Max ; Lindhorst, Felix ; Müller, Oscar O ; Muthesius, Hermann, 1861-1927 ; Nansen, Paul ; Nathansohn, Paul ; Pfennig, Curt ; Posener, Julius ; Rein, Max ; Späth, L ; Straumer, Heinrich ; Taut, Bruno, 1880-1938 ; Vallette, Henri ; Paulus & Lilloe ; Körner & Brodersen ; P. Prochnow & E. Pommer ; Taut u Hoffmann
Title Haus Cramer architectural records and papers, 1911-2004, bulk 1911-1955
Physical Description 226 drawings; 42 photographic prints; 1 scrapbook (1 scrapbook); 3 bound volumes; 6 manuscript boxes; 2 print boxes
Language(s) The majority of the materials are in German; a few are in English.
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

This material is arranged in four series: Project Records; Family Papers; Restitution Documents; and Restoration/Reuse. Series are further described by subseries; the arrangement of materials within each subseries is described at the beginning of each subseries inventory.

Description

Scope and Content

This collection primarily contains original and reprographic architectural records, photographs, correspondence and personal and professional records related to the design, construction, and ownership of the Haus Cramer in Dahlem, Berlin, Germany, designed by German architect Hermann Muthesius in 1911-1913 for Hans and Gertrud Cramer, with later additions by Muthesius and other architects. A significant portion of the collection also documents the Cramer family's efforts to obtain restitution after World War II for the seizure of the house in the 1930s. Also included are records documenting the restoration and reuse, an effort led by noted architectural historian Julius Poesner.

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Restrictions on Access

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Preferred Citation

Haus Cramer architectural records and papers. Located in the Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Custodial History

Lilian M. C. Randall, granddaughter of Hans Cramer, donated the collection to Avery Library, 2004.004.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Teresa Harris, Mellon Fellow, in 2008, under the direction of Annemarie van Roessel, Archivist, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.

Revision Description

2009-06-25 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architecture -- Germany -- Berlin -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic -- Germany -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Furniture -- Germany -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gardens -- Germany -- Berlin -- Design Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Haus Cramer (Berlin, Germany) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Interior decoration -- Germany -- History -- 20th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Landscape architecture -- Germany -- Berlin Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Hermann Muthesius was born on April 20th, 1861, in Gross-Neuhausen in Thuringia. His father was a master mason who built numerous country churches. A local pastor recommended Muthesius to the Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar as a promising candidate for higher education. From 1881-1883, he studied philosophy at Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität (now Humboldt University), before transferring to the Technische Hochschule Berlin where he studied architecture. As a complement to his formal education, Muthesius also learned the trade of masonry from his father during the two and a half years that elapsed between finishing his studies at the local school and heading to Berlin for his secondary education. Muthesius gained practical experience in a number of architectural offices, including that of Paul Wallot, the architect of the Reichstag building. From 1887-1891 he worked for the firm of Ende & Böckmann in Tokyo and from 1893-1894 he worked in the architectural offices of the Prussian government before becoming the editor of the Zentralblatt der Bauverwaltung.

He married Anna Trippenbach, a prominent singer, in 1896. Anna Muthesius shared her husband's interest and in 1903, she published a book on reform clothing, entitled Das Eigenkleid der Frau. Muthesius traveled widely, visiting Japan, China, Thailand, India, Egypt and Italy. However, his sojourn in England proved to have the most lasting effect on his intellectual development and reputation. In 1896, he was appointed technical attaché to the German Ambassador in London. He lived in England from the time of his appointment until 1903, writing reports on railways, gasworks and other industrial installations for the Prussian Board of Trade. He also befriended many leading members of British artistic circles, including Charles Rennie Mackintosh and William Morris. Muthesius was fascinated by recent innovations in English domestic architecture and eventually wrote a three volume study on the topic, entitled Das englische Haus. Using the works of Charles Voysey, William Lethaby and Richard Norman Shaw, among others, Herman Muthesius illustrated the ground-breaking functional planning of the English house. This emphasis on a functional approach to design formed a fundamental underpinning of the Modern movement in Europe.

Upon his return to Germany in 1903, Muthesius put his new ideas into practice, building numerous villas in the suburbs of Berlin, including Haus Cramer, the focus of this collection. Muthesius also helped to found the Deutscher Werkbund, a trade organization heavily influenced by the English Arts & Crafts movement in its desire to bring a higher standard of artistic production to handcrafts and industrial products. Unlike the English movement, however, the Werkbund embraced the machine, and Muthesius would even go so far as to propose the idea of "types" or standardized forms for building, furniture and other industrial products. His ideas caused a rift when he presented them at a July 1914 meeting of the Werkbund, with some members aligning themselves with Muthesius, and other aligning themselves with the more individualistic ideas of Henry van de Velde who opposed standardization. Muthesius's remained influential in German architectural circles until his untimely death in a tram accident in 1927. His other publications include Stilarchitektur und Baukunst [1902] and Kleinhaus und Kleinsiedlung [1918].

Haus Cramer, commissioned by Hans and and Gertrude Cramer, is located at Pacelliallee 18/20 (formerly Cecilienallee 18/20) in Berlin-Dahlem. The collection contains a comprehensive set of drawings dating to the construction of the house in 1911-1914, including drawings of the exteriors, interiors and gardens. During the 1930s, the Cramer family ran into financial trouble due to the oppressive anti-Jewish policies of the Nazi government, which placed numerous restrictions on Jewish businesses. Prior to this, Hans Cramer had run a profitable import/export business dealing mostly in grains. His family was of Jewish descent, although they had converted to Lutheranism at some point during the mid-nineteenth century.

Hans Cramer's daughter, Charlotte, married an American and moved to New York in the early 1930s. At this point, Hans Cramer began shipping some of the family's furniture and art to his daughter. In this same year, due to his inability to pay taxes on the house and property, the city of Berlin seized his house and eventually auctioned off much of the contents. Hans Cramer, his wife Gertrud and son Frederick, followed Charlotte, emigrating to the United States in 1933. After World War II, Hans Cramer waged a long battle to gain restitution from the government of Germany for his lost property. Correspondence between Hans Cramer and his lawyer, Helmut Ruge, forms a large part of the records of the collection. According to the family, the house survived the war only to be destroyed in a gas explosion sometime during the 1950s. Julius Posener, the noted architectural historian, intervened in the 1970s and petitioned the city of Berlin to reconstruct the house for use by Stanford University, which eventually purchased Haus Cramer in 2000 to house their Bing Overseas Studies in Berlin.

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Series I: Project Records


Subseries 1: Correspondence



Box 1 Folder 1 Hans Cramer to Paul Nansen, Regierungsbaumeister, 1933 Mar 10-1935 Jul 11

Regarding mortgage with Victoria Allgemeine Versicherungs Aktien-Gesellschaft; includes some correspondence with Victoria; Paul Nansen is Hans Cramer's cousin



Box 1 Folder 2 Fritz & Favre, Decorative Painters, to Hans Cramer, 1916 Oct 12

Regarding payment for services



Box 1 Folder 3 Habermann & Guckes to and from Hans Cramer, 1911 Oct 28-1911 Nov 25

Relating to the delivery and spreading of soil for the garden and lawn



Box 1 Folder 4 Louis Hartung to Hans Cramer, 1922 Feb 15

Regarding water heater



Box 1 Folder 5 Otto Laternser, Architect, to and from Hans Cramer, 1922 Apr 07-1923 Jan 15

Includes a letter from Otto Laternser to Hermann Muthesius and receipts for work done on the house



Box 1 Folder 6 Hermann Muthesius to Gertrude Cramer, 1916 Sep 04-1917 Jun 23 and undated



Box 1 Folder 7 Hermann Muthesius to Hans Cramer, 1911 Mar 01-1923 Mar 06 and undated

One letter is a fragment



Box 1 Folder 8 Paul Nansen, Regierungsbaumeister, to Hans Cramer [1 of 2], 1930 Aug 21-1934 Oct 04

Regarding conversion of house into apartments and mortgage with Victoria Allgemeine Versicherungs Aktien-Gesellschaft; includes some correspondence with Victoria; Paul Nansen is Hans Cramer's cousin



Box 1 Folder 9 Paul Nansen, Regierungsbaumeister, to Hans Cramer [2 of 2], 1934 Oct 06-1935 Sep 06

Regarding conversion of house into apartments and mortgage with Victoria Allgemeine Versicherungs Aktien-Gesellschaft; includes some correspondence with Victoria; Paul Nansen is Hans Cramer's cousin



Box 1 Folder 10 Paul Nathansohn, Master Builder, to Hans Cramer, 1913 Mar 17-1916 Oct

Includes a letter from Hermann Muthesius and a letter from Paul Kretschemann, a supplier



Box 1 Folder 11 Jakob Ochs to Hans Cramer, 1912 Sep 25

Mentions a cost estimate but that document is missing


Subseries 2: Files



Box 1 Folder 12 Building permits, 1908 May 08-1913 May 05

Includes a drawing of the site



Box 1 Folder 13 H. Höhne Fabrik für Drahtzäune und Geflechte, chain-link fence promotional materials, 1911 Apr 07



Box 1 Folder 14 Note accompanying plans of Haus Cramer sent to the Municipality of Dahlem, 1912 Mar 26



Box 1 Folder 15 Paul Nathansohn, Master Builder, building description and cost calculations, 1912 Sep 08-1913 Mar 07

Includes some letters to Hans Cramer



Box 1 Folder 16 Allgemeine Haushaltmaschinen-Gesellschaft m.b.h., promotional literature, 1912 Oct 21



Box 1 Folder 17 Bills and receipts related to the house and garden, 1913

Includes receipts for mason, roofer, etc.



Box 1 Folder 18 Bills and receipts related to the house and garden, 1912-1914

Includes receipts for glass and contractor



Box 1 Folder 19 Bills and receipts related to the house and garden, 1912-1914

Includes receipts for mason, electrical and heating equiptment



Box 1 Folder 20 Bills and receipts related to the house and garden, 1915-1922



Box 2 Folder 1 Bills and receipts related to the house and garden, 1916-1920

Includes receipts for painting, roofer, etc.



Box 2 Folder 2 Bills and receipts related to the house and garden, 1920

Includes reciepts for blinds, shutters, wood/coal and correpsondence from Paul Nathanson, master builder



Box 2 Folder 3 Bills and receipts related to the house and garden, 1920-1922

Includes receipts for furniture, coal, among others



Box 2 Folder 4 Bills and receipts related to the house and garden, 1926-1928



Box 2 Folder 5 Stahl, Fritz. "Hermann Muthesius: Haus Cramer-Dahlem." Wasmuths Monatshefte für Baukunst, [1916]



Box 2 Folder 6 Building permit for auto garage, 1922 Apr 28



Box 2 Folder 7 Building permit for the conversion of Haus Cramer into apartments, 1933 May 18

Related to correspondence with Paul Nansen, who handled the conversion of the house into apartments



Box 2 Folder 8 Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft Berlin (A.E.G.) Product Advertisements, circa 1910s-1920s



Box 2 Folder 9 [Hans Cramer], notes on the building of the house, undated



Box 2 Folder 10 Promotional Materials, miscellaneous, 1909-1930, undated


Subseries 3: Photographs



Box 2 Folder 11 Haus Cramer and garden, circa 1920s

Seven photographs with multiple copies of each


Subseries 4: Drawings

A complete inventory of these drawings may be found in thisdownloadable Excel spreadsheet.

Series II: Family Papers


Subseries 1: Correspondence



Box 2 Folder 12 Architects to Hans Cramer, 1911 Jan 16-1912 Mar 02

Offering their services for the design of the villa; includes letters from Otto Berlich, Wilhelm Göhre, Arthur Hauschild, Max Landsberg, Felix Lindhorst, Oscar Müller, Paulus & Lilloe, Curt Pfennig, P. Prochnow & E. Pommer, Heinrich Straumer, and Taut u. Hoffmann



Box 2 Folder 13 Charlotte Cramer to Hans Cramer, 1949 Mar 19-1949 Mar 20

A letter mentions loan and Kinderzimmer but family states that this letter concerns the house in Mass., not Berlin



Box 2 Folder 14 Frederick Cramer to Hans Cramer, 1948 Oct 10



Box 2 Folder 15 Gertrude Cramer to Hans Cramer, 1937 May 09



Box 2 Folder 16 Hans Cramer to Leopold Badt, 1919 Aug 09

Fragment of a letter related to Hans Cramer's import business



Box 2 Folder 17 Hans Cramer to Ilse Schiftan, 1937 Sep 12

Relating to transport of furniture to Charlotte Cramer in New York



Box 2 Folder 18 Lionel M. Ettlinger to Hans Cramer, 1941 Dec 29-1943 Mar 11

Lionel Ettlinger thanks Hans Cramer for his recommendation to the Department of Justice



Box 2 Folder 19 Franz Heckner, Decorative Painter, to Hans Cramer, 1930 Feb 28

Offering their services for the decoration of the villa



Box 2 Folder 20 Dr. G. Nahrath, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer, 1920 Dec 29-1921 Jan 05

Regarding Hans Cramer's Import Business



Box 3 Folder 1 Landscape Architects to Hans Cramer, 1911 Mar-1912 May 23

Offering their services for the design of the garden; includes letters from Heinrich Fehr, Richard W. Köhler, L. Kühnemund, Körner & Brodersen, Max Rein, L. Späth, and Henri Vallette



Box 3 Folder 2 Neighbor to Hans Cramer, 1912 May 08-1912 May 12

Regarding acquiring a 1-2 meter wide strip of Cramer's property along the border of their adjacent properties



Box 3 Folder 3 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to and from Charlotte Cramer-Sachs, 1972 Dec 04-1973 Aug 27

Relating to Hans Cramer's will, a copy of which is included; letter in need of conservation belongs with this material



Box 3 Folder 4 Ilse Schiftan to Charlotte Cramer, 1937 Apr 26

Relating to transport of furniture to Charlotte Cramer in New York



Box 3 Folder 5 Paul Schur Möbeltransport to and from the Cramer Family [1 of 2], 1933 Jan 16-1936 Sep 08

Relating to transport of furniture to Charlotte Cramer in New York



Box 3 Folder 6 Paul Schur Möbeltransport to and from the Cramer Family [2 of 2], 1936 Aug 01-1940 Jan 09

Relating to transport of furniture to Charlotte Cramer in New York



Box 3 Folder 7 Karl Sturm to [Hans Cramer], 1912 Jan 14-1912 Jan 20



Box 3 Folder 8 Ernst Bürgel, Architect, to Hans Cramer, 1921 Nov 11

Offering his services for the design of the villa


Subseries 2: Financial Records/Real Estate Records



Box 3 Folder 9 Account Book, Bau-Terrain Cecilien Allee 18/20, Dahlem, 1912-1918

Includes lists of books, oil paintings, and art objects along with some bills which had been inserted into the account book



Box 3 Folder 10 Land register and tax documents relating to the parcel of land for Haus Cramer, Dahlem [1 of 3], 1911 Jun 02-1927 Nov 02



Box 3 Folder 11 Land register and tax documents relating to the parcel of land for Haus Cramer, Dahlem [2 of 3], 1913 Apr 04-1927 Mar 31

Includes letters denying extension on the remaining mortgage payments for the land and a notice of building codes which need to be met



Box 3 Folder 12 Land register and tax documents relating to the parcel of land for Haus Cramer, Dahlem [3 of 3], 1915 Feb 12-1927 Nov 03



Box 3 Folder 13 Gustav Schroeder, Land Surveyor and Engineer, to Hans Cramer, 1928 Feb 21

Regarding the cost of dividing the property in the land register



Box 3 Folder 14 Rudolf Erhard to Hans and Gertrude Cramer, 1929 May 15-1929 May 17

Regarding the sale of the property



Box 3 Folder 15 Notarized statement regardings Hans Cramer's property in Dahlem and the mortgages on that property, 1929 Aug 12-1930 Mar 04



Box 3 Folder 16 Rental contract for Else Cramer's apartment on Deidesheimerstrasse 9, Berlin, 1930 Aug 25



Box 3 Folder 17 Wirtschafliche Kurzbriefe über Steuer-Verkehrswesen, Wirtschaftskunde. [Financial short letters about taxes, transportation and economics], 1932 Nov 29

Document discussing tax policies



Box 3 Folder 18 Inventories of contents of house, related to the seizure for non-payment of taxes, [1933-1934]



Box 3 Folder 19 Amtsgericht [District Court], Berlin-Lictherfelde, to Hans Cramer, 1933 Mar 07-1940 Sep 30

Regarding taxes



Box 3 Folder 20 Pfändungsprotokoll [Record of Seizure], 1933 Nov 17

Seizure of assets due to an inability to pay taxes; related to restitution claims because Hans Cramer asserted that the laws affecting Jews made it difficult to make a living and therefore pay his taxes



Box 3 Folder 21 M. Cramer, Affidavit of ownership of abandoned furniture from Haus Cramer, 1934 Jan 02

M. Cramer asserts that the furniture abandoned by his brother has been his property since that time



Box 3 Folder 22 Correspondence between Finanzamt Zehlendorf and Charlotte and Fritz [Friedrich] Cramer, 1934 Jan 17-1954 Mar 16

Related to auction of house contents by the district of Zehlendorf; also includes a much later document which may have been prepared as part of the restitution suit



Box 3 Folder 23 [Hans Cramer] to Dr. W. Beuck, 1934 Jul 06



Box 3 Folder 24 Hans Cramer to the Amtsgericht (District Court), Berlin-Lichterfelde, 1934 Oct 23-1940 Mar 30

Regarding taxes



Box 3 Folder 25 Hans and Gertrud Cramer to the Landesfinanzamt [Tax Authority], Berlin, 1934 Nov 19

Protesting decision by the Finanzamt concerning the taxes on the property



Box 3 Folder 26 Auction records, inventories, 1935 Nov 19



Box 4 Folder 1 Victoria zu Berlin, Insurance Company, to Hans Cramer, 1939 Apr 17



Box 4 Folder 2 Hans Cramer to Victoria zu Berlin, Insurance Company, 1939 Apr 30



Box 4 Folder 3 Hans Cramer to Dr. Max Israel, 1939 May 09-1940 Feb 05

Hans Cramer consulted with Dr. May regarding his tax problems



Box 4 Folder 4 Dr. Max Israel May to Hans Cramer, 1939 May 26-1940 Mar 01

Hans Cramer consulted with Dr. May regarding his tax problems



Box 4 Folder 5 Correspondence, Frederick H. Cramer to American Kommandatur, 1948 Jun 16

Regarding sending the remaining pieces of furniture in Germany to the family in the US; includes official and handwritten lists of auctioned pieces



Box 4 Folder 6 Hans Cramer, draft of request for license to ship remaining furniture to Charlotte and Friedrich Cramer

Includes chronology of events leading to the departure from Germany and auctioning of possessions by government



Box 4 Folder 7 Steuerliche Fragen mit Bezug auf G.m.b.H. [Inquiries Related to Hans Cramer's Import/Export Business]


Subseries 3: General



Box 4 Folder 8 Certification of origin of imported grain, 1916 Aug 02

Related to Hans Cramer's import business



Box 4 Folder 9 Hans Cramer, Statement of support for Oscar Metzger's petition for United States citizenship, 1943 Mar 05

Oscar Metzer was an employee of Hans Cramer in Berlin



Box 4 Folder 10 Haus Cramer, tree in corner of garden, 1926



Box 4 Folder 11 Junge Kunst in Europa , 1931 Jan

Includes articles on Bruno Paul and Heinrich Tessenow, among others



Box 4 Folder 12 Financial notes, miscellaneous, undated

Unrelated to the house in Berlin



Box 4 Folder 13 Notice regarding the installation of a police public address system, 1927 Oct 12



Box 4 Folder 14 Untitled poem, 1939 Jul

Poem possibly authored by Charlotte Cramer



Box 8 Scrapbook of Haus Cramer

Includes photographs of Haus Cramer and a handwritten document entitled "Wuensche für den Bau", along with a description of the property

Series III: Restitution Documents


Subseries 1: Correspondence



Box 4 Folder 15 Correspondence and documentation relating to the dissolution of H.S. Cramer G.m.b.H., 1933 Mar 31-1939 Jan 05

Reichsgesetzblatt originally filed with these papers--now filed with the correspondence with the Jewish Organization



Box 4 Folder 16 Hilda Barth to Hans Cramer, 1952 Nov 18

Regarding Claims on In der Halde 12



Box 4 Folder 17 Hans Behmack, Rechtsbeistand, to Hans Cramer, 1953 Mar 28-1955 Jul 30



Box 4 Folder 18 Claims against Victoria Insurance Company, note inserted in file



Box 4 Folder 19 Charlotte Cramer-Sachs to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, 1951 Jun 12-1960 Mar 01



Box 4 Folder 20 Frederick Cramer to Hans Cramer, 1951 Jul 19-1953 May 19



Box 4 Folder 21 [Frederick Cramer] to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer



Box 4 Folder 22 Correspondence between Hans Cramer and American Federation of Jews from Central Europe, 1949 Mar 10-1949 Mar 29

Includes Information Bulletin on Restitution Developments and a copy of the Reichsgesetzblatt concerning the expatriation of the German Jews



Box 4 Folder 23 Hans Cramer to Hans Behmack, Rechtsbeistand, 1953 Mar 23-1955 Aug 07



Box 4 Folder 24 Hans Cramer to the Central Filing Agency, Bad Naumheim, drafts



Box 4 Folder 25 Hans Cramer to Charlotte Cramer-Sachs, 1950 May 06-1951 Jun 15

Regarding Claims on Im Dol 45 and correspondence with Dr. Helmut Ruge



Box 4 Folder 26 Hans Cramer to and from the U.S. Department of State [1 of 2], 1946 Jul 12-1948 Nov 22

Includes copies of letters to the Finanzamt für Liegenschaften regarding claims on house in Dahlem



Box 4 Folder 27 Hans Cramer to and from the U.S. Department of State [2 of 2], 1948 Dec 08-1949 Jan 11

Includes articles fromAufbau,relating to restitution claims.



Box 4 Folder 28 Hans Cramer to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1946 Aug 29-1946 Sep 05



Box 4 Folder 29 Hans Cramer to Frederick Cramer, 1952 Jul 03



Box 4 Folder 30 Hans Cramer to Magistrate of the City of Berlin, Department of Finance, 1946 Jul 12-1947 May 06



Box 4 Folder 31 Hans Cramer to Marian Peisert, 1953 Mar 06-1958 Oct 15



Box 4 Folder 32 Hans Cramer to Herr Reissner, 1954 Mar 15



Box 4 Folder 33 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [1 of 13], 1948 Mar 06-1948 Dec 22



Box 4 Folder 34 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [2 of 13], 1949 May 23-1949 Dec 10



Box 4 Folder 35 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [3 of 13], 1950 Mar 07-1950 Nov 05

Includes copy of official claim for restitution



Box 4 Folder 36 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [4 of 13], 1951 Jan 31-1951 Dec 27

Regarding Claims on Cecilien Allee 18/20 and Im Dol 45



Box 5 Folder 1 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [5 of 13], 1952 Jan 10-1952 Dec 11

Regarding Claims on Cecilien Allee 18/20; includes original file folder



Box 5 Folder 2 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [6 of 13], 1953 Mar 05-1953 Dec 27

Regarding Claims on Cecilien Allee 18/20 and In Der Halde 12



Box 5 Folder 3 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [7 of 13], 1954 Jan 04-1954 Oct 01

Regarding Claims on In der Halde 12 and Im Dol 45



Box 5 Folder 4 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [8 of 13], 1955 Feb 02-1955 Dec 27

Regarding Claims on Cecilien Allee 18/20



Box 5 Folder 5 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [9 of 13], 1955 Aug 11

Draft of letter with supporting material, including worksheets regarding Hans Cramer's claims



Box 5 Folder 6 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [10 of 13], 1956 Jan 10-1956 Nov 29

Regarding Claims on Pacelli Allee 18/20



Box 5 Folder 7 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [11 of 13], 1957 Jan 14-1957 Dec 27

Regarding Claims on Pacelli Allee 18/20; includes original file folder



Box 5 Folder 8 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [12 of 13], 1958 Jan 14-1958 Dec 22

Regarding Lawsuit against Berlin; includes a newspaper article on the claims program



Box 5 Folder 9 Hans Cramer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer [13 of 13], 1959 Jan 14-1959 Oct 27



Box 5 Folder 10 Original file folder for correspondence between Hans Cramer and Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer



Box 5 Folder 11 Han Cramer to Alfred Toepfer, 1958 Feb 18

Two copies of the letter



Box 5 Folder 12 Hans Cramer to Jean [?], 1951 Aug 01-1951 Sep 07



Box 5 Folder 13 Bernard Fischbein, Chief, Central Filing Agency, to Hans Cramer, 1949 Jul 29



Box 5 Folder 14 Jewish Restitution Successor Organization to Hans Cramer, 1951 Apr 09-1953 Oct 30

Regarding Claims on Im Dol 45



Box 5 Folder 15 Jewish Restitution Successor Organization to and from Dr. Helmut Ruge, 1952 Dec 12-1953 Jul 02



Box 5 Folder 16 Marian Peisert to Hans Cramer, 1953 Mar 14-1958 Mar 20



Box 5 Folder 17 Pohle Family to Hans Cramer and Charlotte Cramer, 1933 Sep 24-1934 Sep 25

The Pohle Family helped the family with matters related to the house after they had left Germany



Box 5 Folder 18 Reichstelle für Devisenbewirtschaftung [National Board for the Regulation of Foreign Exchange] to Hans Cramer, 1932 May 07-1936 Mar 13

Regarding taxes on his Berlin-based business once he emigrated to the United States; also includes an official assessment of his assets as a Jew



Box 5 Folder 19 Dr. A. Reithinger to Hans Cramer, 1953 Oct 26-1953 Oct 27

Includes handwritten drafts of letters to Dr. Ruge regarding the content of Dr. A. Reithinger's letters



Box 5 Folder 20 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer [1 of 13], 1948 Mar 24-1948 Dec 16



Box 5 Folder 21 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer [2 of 13], 1949 Mar 03-1949 Oct 10

Regarding Claims on Cecilien Allee 18/20



Box 5 Folder 22 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Laywer, to Hans Cramer [3 of 13], 1950 Jan 12-1950 Dec 29



Box 5 Folder 23 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer [4 of 13], 1951 Jan 09-1951 Dec 19

Regarding Claims on Cecilien Allee 18/20 and Im Dol 45



Box 5 Folder 24 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer [5 of 13], 1952 Jan 25-1952 Nov 14

Regarding Claims on Im Dol 45



Box 5 Folder 25 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer [6 of 13], 1953 Jan 16-1953 Dec 23

Regarding Claims on Im Dol 45



Box 5 Folder 26 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer [7 of 13], 1954 Jan 02-1954 Sep 14

Regarding Claims on In der Halde 12 and Im Dol 45



Box 5 Folder 27 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer [8 of 13], 1955 Jan 22-1955 Dec 05

Regarding Claims on Cecilien Allee 18/20 and Pacelli Allee 18/20; includes original file folder.



Box 5 Folder 28 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer. [9 of 13 ], 1956 Jan 04-1956 Dec 12

Regarding Claims on Cecilien Allee 18/20 and Pacelli Allee 18/20



Box 5 Folder 29 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer [10 of 13], 1957 Jan 07-1957 Dec 21

Regarding Claims on Cecilien Allee 18/20 and Pacelli Allee 18/20; includes original file folder.



Box 5 Folder 30 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer [11 of 13], 1958 Jan 10-1958 Dec 16



Box 5 Folder 31 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer [12 of 13], 1959 Jan 08-1959 Oct 24



Box 5 Folder 32 Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, to Hans Cramer [13 of 13], 1960 Feb 03-1960 Apr 04



Box 6 Folder 1 Ilse Schiftan to and from Charlotte and Hans Cramer, 1933 Sep 25- 1940 Dec 16

Ilse Schiftan helped the family with matters related to the house after they had left Germany



Box 6 Folder 2 Willi Schweig, Custodian of Properties Transferred Under Duress in Greater Berlin, to Hans Cramer, 1949 May 18



Box 6 Folder 3 Alfred Toepfer to Hans Cramer, 1958 Feb 25

Includes copy of letter from Alfred Toepfer to Dr. Helmut Ruge



Box 6 Folder 4 Alfred Toepfer to Dr. Helmut Ruge, Lawyer, 1958 Feb 25

Three copies of the letter


Subseries 2: Files



Box 6 Folder 5 Muthesius, Hermann. "Die Häuser Rümelin in Heilbronn und Cramer in Dahlem." Dekorative Kunst, 1918 Oct 01

Two copies; Note mentions that a copy was sent to the Cramer's lawyer, Helmut Ruge, who handled the family's claims for restitution; water damage in need of conservation



Box 6 Folder 6 Notes on restitution claims and inventory of house contents, 1935 Oct 21-1954 Mar 03



Box 6 Folder 7 Notes attached to file folder regarding entities responsible for claims, 1948 Sep 01



Box 6 Folder 8 Newspaper articles from Aufbau on the topic of restitutions, 1949 Aug 19-1949 Dec 01



Box 6 Folder 9 Notes on meetings with Dr. Helmut Ruge and Mr. Ladewig, Office of Reparations, 1953 Apr 27-1953 Apr 28



Box 6 Folder 10 Claim for the determination of losses due to displacement or war, 1954 Mar 19



Box 6 Folder 11 Bundesrückerstattungsgesetz (Federal Restitution Laws), 1957

Includes some notes on the text



Box 6 Folder 12 Partial Judgement by the District Court of Berlin, 1958 Aug 01



Box 6 Folder 13 Description of house and site



Box 6 Folder 14 Inventory of furniture in the Turnhalle



Box 6 Folder 15 Notes on restitution claims

Series IV: Restoration/Reuse



Box 6 Folder 16 Photographs of Haus Cramer after gas explosion, 1949 Feb

Includes pamphlet on the property



Box 7 Folder 1 Correspondence, Charlotte Cramer-Sachs to Judge Rifkind, 1957 Feb 02

Regarding the possible use of Haus Cramer by American scholars in Berlin; Includes images from articles on Haus Cramer



Box 6 Folder 17 Correspondence, Klaus Curtius, Deutsche Generalkonsul, to Charlotte Cramer-Sachs, 1969 Oct 16

Regarding the preservation of Haus Cramer; includes copy of letter from Klaus Curtius to Rolf Schwedler, Senator für Bau- und Wohnungswesen and an article byJulius Posener on the house



Box 6 Folder 18 Correspondence, Dr. Franz Josef Strauss to Alexander Sachs, 1969 Oct 20

Regarding the preservation of Haus Cramer



Box 6 Folder 19 Correspondence, Dr. Helmut Ruge to Charlotte Cramer-Sachs, 1976 Nov 15-1976 Nov 25

Forwards correspondence with Herr Stoehr, the Senator für Wissenschaft und Kunst, regarding the use of Haus Cramer by Stanford in Berlin



Box 6 Folder 20 Correspondence, Dr. Julius Posener to Charlotte Cramer-Sachs, 1976 Dec 04-1991 Aug 09



Box 6 Folder 21 Posener, Julius, Dr. "Excerpts from Opening Remarks of Speech by Julius Posener on the Occasion of the Hermann Muthesius Exhibit at the Akademie der Kunste, West Berlin", 1977

Two copies



Box 6 Folder 22 Correspondence, Charlotte Cramer-Sachs to Dr. Julius Posener, 1977 Jan 03-1993 Apr 02



Box 6 Folder 23 "Berlin-Dahlem Pacellialle 18-20 Wiederaufbau eines Landhauses von Herman Muthesius", 1977 Mar

Signed by Julius Posener; publication of the Senator für Bau- und Wohnungswesen; includes photocopy



Box 6 Folder 24 Invitation and telegram relating to the inauguration of Stanford University's Program in Berlin, 1978 Jan 06-1978 Jan 16



Box 6 Folder 25 "Stanford-in-Berlin back in business with new program and a new home." Campus Report, 1978 Feb 01



Box 6 Folder 26 "Renovated Berlin villa is dedicated." The Stanford Observer, 1978 Feb



Box 6 Folder 27 Cramer-Sachs, Charlotte. "Erinnerungen an Einen Garten", 1978 Apr 08-1978 Jul 27

Includes a plan of the garden and a letter from the government in Berlin, thanking Charlotte Cramer-Sachs for her help in reconstructing the garden



Box 8 Muthesius. Architettura Monografie, 1981

Inscribed "For Charlotte, with love, P & R, September 1984" P & R refers to Pooh Randall (Lilian né Cramer) and Richard Randall, Jr.



Box 6 Folder 28 Correspondence, Pooh (Lilian) and Richard Randall to Charlotte Cramer-Sachs, 1984 Sep 18

Letter accompanying the Muthesius monograph, given to Charlotte by the Randalls; inserted into the book with a color photograph of the house, marking the section dealing with Haus Cramer



Box 8 Posener, Julius. Fast so alt wie das Jahrhundert, 1990

Inscribed "Für Frau Charlotte Cramer Sachs, in deren Haus ich und der Student verliebt habe, Herzlichst, Julius Posener 30.11.90"



Box 6 Folder 29 Text on the artist Charlo, on the letterhead of Mrs. Alexander Sachs

Found at the back of Julius Posener's Fast so alt wie das Jahrhundert



Box 6 Folder 30 Photographs of Haus Cramer and S-Bahn Station in Dahlem, 1993 Jul



Box 8 Muthesius, Hermann. Style-Architecture and Building-Art: Transformations of Architecture in the Nineteenth Century and its Present Condition, 1994



Box 6 Folder 31 Packet of information on Haus Cramer, 1995 May 08-2001 Nov 15 and undated

Includes multiple descriptions of the house, an excerpt from a book on the restoration of the house, a photo of members of the Stanford program with a portrait of Charlotte Cramer, and some correspondence between Charlotte Cramer-Sachs and Stanford.



Box 6 Folder 32 Correspondence, Dr. Karen Kramer, Director of the Stanford in Berlin Study Center, to Charlotte Cramer-Sachs, 1995 Jul 31-2001 Dec 17

Faxed letter and photocopies, includes articles on the purchase of Haus Cramer by Stanford University and photographs of an event at the house in July of 2001



Box 6 Folder 33 Correspondence, Charlotte Cramer-Sachs to Dr. Karen Kramer, 1998 Jan 15

Includes material on the purchase of Haus Cramer by Stanford



Box 6 Folder 34 Photographs of Haus Cramer and garden, 1999 Oct



Box 6 Folder 35 Report on the reconstruction of Haus Cramer, Jana John and Linda Bollenberg, 2000 Apr 03-2000 Apr 24

Includes correspondence between Charlotte Cramer-Sachs and Jana, John and Linda Bollenberg



Box 6 Folder 36 Correspondence, Bettinna Biedermann to Charlotte Cramer-Sachs, 2004 Feb 04

Regarding inclusion in a book on prominent residents of Dahlem



Box 6 Folder 37 "Berlin-Dahlem Cecilienallee 18-20"

Three copies



Box 6 Folder 38 Photograph of Haus Cramer

Found with bills and receipts



Box 6 Folder 39 Posener, Julius, Dr. "Ein unersetzliches Berliner Haus: Fragen zum anscheinend unaufhaltsamen Abriß unserer Villenvororte." Der Tagesspiegel

Four copies