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At a Glance
This collection is arranged into 7 series.
Scope and Content
Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, printed material, and memorabilia. The cataloged correspondence is with Jacques Barzun, Benedetto Croce, Elena Croce, Wallace Fowlie, Thomas Mann, Salvatore Quasimodo, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and René Wellek. There is manuscript material relating to the Bergel-Hauptman case and a number of Bergel's own essays and reviews. A copy of Bergel's German passport is included, as well as numerous family photographs and miscellaneous printed material. There is a cataloged photograph of Hugo von Hofmannsthal; and a gold Benedetto Croce centennial medal.
Addition: Sylvia Bergel Papers: Correspondence; Manuscripts/writings of others; Subjects/Topical; Documents; Photographs; Printed material.
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
The following boxes are located off-site: 3-7. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lienhard Berger papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Sylvia Bergel, 1988 and Thomas Bergel for the Estate of Sylvia Bergel, 2000.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Bergel, Mrs. Lienhard. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--02/29/88. Accession number--M-88-02-19.
Source of acquisition--Bergel, Mrs. Lienhard. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--2000.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Processed PL 04/21/88.
Revised Christine Lovelace 2004.
2010-01-22 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Lienhard Bergel (1905-1987) was born in Silesia, Germany, and emmigrated to the United States in 1931, where he obtained a position as Instructor in the German Department of the New Jersy College for Women. In 1935 he was refused reappointment because, he claimed, his anti-Nazi views conflicted with those of the Department Head, Johannes Friedrich Hauptmann. The matter was investigated by a special committee of Rutger's University in 1935 and again in 1986. Both panels found the discharge of Bergel justified. Bergel later went on to teach at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (1938-1974). His writings include Cervantes in Germany; Croce, Blake, Goethe; and The Esthetics of Nihilism.
Syliva Allen (nee Cook) Bergel (1906-2000), the wife of Lienhard Bergel taught German and in later years corresponded with those interested in resurrecting the Bergel-Hauptmann affair. Sylvia attended Barnard where she graduated in German. She went on to study German language and literature for two years at the University of Breslau. Sylvia later taught at New Jersey College in New Brunswick New Jersey later Rutgers She met Lienhard Bergel there and they both left after Lienhard was dismissed in 1935. Sylvia taught algebra and German at Kent Place School in Summit from 1936-1938 and then bought herself a camera and took up photography.