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Lienhard Bergel papers, 1928-1995, 1928-1995

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0105
Bib ID 4078535 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bergel, Lienhard, 1905-1987; Barzun, Jacques, 1907-2012; Croce, Benedetto, 1866-1952; Croce, Elena, 1915-1994; Fowlie, Wallace, 1908-1998; Hofmannsthal, Hugo von, 1874-1929; Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955; Quasimodo, Salvatore, 1901-1968; Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr (Arthur Meier), 1917-2007; Wellek, René; Hauptmann, Johannes Friedrich
Title Lienhard Bergel papers, 1928-1995, 1928-1995
Physical Description 3.5 linear feet (7 boxes)
Language(s) English , Italian , German .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 7 series.

Description

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.

Using the Collection

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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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Lienhard Berger papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

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

Processing Information

Processed PL 04/21/88.

Revised Christine Lovelace 2004.

Revision Description

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.

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History / Biographical Note

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.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence



Box 1 Barzun, Jacques


Box 1 Croce, Benedetto To Lienhard Bergel, 1866-1952


Box 1 Croce, Elena To Lienhard Bergel, 1915-


Box 1 Fowlie, Wallace To Lienhard Bergel


Box 1 Mann, Thomas To Lienhard Bergel, 1875-1955


Box 1 Quasimodo, Salvatore To Lienhard Bergel, 1901-1968


Box 1 Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr. To Lienhard Bergel


Box 1 Wellek, Rene , To Lienhard Bergel

II. Cataloged Manuscripts


Box 1 Bergel, Lienhard, 1905-1987

III. Cataloged Photographs


Box 1 Bergel, Lienhard


Box 1 Croce, Benedetto


Box 1 Hofmannsthal, Hugo von

IV. Arranged Correspondence


Box 1 Bergel , Lienhard To Croce, (photocopies)


Box 1 Bergel , Lienhard To Quasimodo


Box 1 Bergel , Lienhard To various correspondents


Box 1 Letters to Bergel, 1931-1985


Box 1 Postcards to Bergel

V. Arranged Manuscripts


Box 1 Bergel-Hauptmann case


Box 1 Course material


Box 1 Testimonial



Box 2 Bergel manuscripts



Box 3 Bergel manuscripts, and 3 manuscripts, in German, by others


Box 3 Bergel's passport


Box 3 Miscellaneous photographs


Box 3 Miscellaneous printed material and a copy of W.H. Auden's The Enchaged Flood

VI. Memorabilia

In the Vault



Box 4 1. Gold Benedetto Croce centennial medal in presentation case


Box 4 2. Mother-of-pearl barrel-shaped case with hinged top and bottom. 2.5 inches.


Box 4 3. Rectangular bowl with stem and base, leaf pattern on lip. 2 ¼ x 2 x 2 ¼ inches.


Box 4 4 Small base metal bucket, with handle and chain. 4 inches high.


Box 4 5 Small base metal bowl on three legs. 2 inches diameter.


Box 4 6. Clay figure of a goat at rest.

VII. Sylvia Bergel Papers

The correspondence in this series was originally in chronological order but has been arranged by correspondent. Duplicates of correspondence and newspaper clippings were removed.


7.1 Correspondence



Box 5 Correspondence , 1905-1987


Box 5 Bergel, Lienhard Letters to the Editor, 1985


Box 5 Bloustein, Edward, 1925-1989 and Rutgers University, 1985-1989


Box 5 Greenberg, Michael, 1987-1992


Box 5 Horn, Daniel, 1985


Box 5 McCormick, Richard, 1916-, 1987-1988


Box 5 Oshinsky, David, 1944-, 1985-1993


Box 5 Parisi, Peter, 1941-, 1985-1989


Box 5 Silver, Alan, 1914-1988, 1985-1989



Box 6 Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1985


Box 6 Zenchelsky, Seymour, 1987-1995


Box 6 Letters to the Editor, 1985-1995


Box 6 Various correspondence A-B


Box 6 Various correspondence C


Box 6 Various correspondence D-M


Box 6 Various correspondence N-Z


Box 6 Index to correspondence, 1985-1987


7.2 Writings by Others


Box 6 Greenberg, Michael and Zenchelsky, Seymour "Anti-Semitism at Rutgers: the 1920s and 30s", 1993


Box 6 Greenberg, Michael and Zenchelsky, Seymour "The Confrontation with Nazism at Rutgers: Academic Bureaucracy and Moral Failure", 1990


Box 6 Oshinsky, David "Report on the Bergel-Hauptmann Case", 1986


Box 6 American Civil Liberties Union "Reports of Investigators…on Trustees' Investigation into Dismissal of Lienhard Bergel from the German Department at the New Jersey College for Women", August 1935


Box 6 Amercian Association of University Professors "Report on the Bergel Matter", February 1987



Box 7 Special Trustees' Committee Report. "In the Matter of the Investigation of the Charges of Lienhard Bergel", August 1935

[Copied 1985]


Box 7 Bergel, Sylvia Research notes, Compiled 1985


Box 7 Bergel, Syvlia Notes and drafts of correspondence, 1988


Box 7 Bergel, Sylvia Bibliography of Lienhard Bergel's publications, 1989


7.3 Subject/Topical Files


7.3.1 Bergel-Hauptmann case


Box 7 Letters of Hauptmann, Clothier and Corwin 1940-1941, Photocopied 1985


7.3.2. German Academy


Box 7 Translation by Sylvia Bergel, 1985


7.3.3. FBI


Box 7 FBI file on Johannes Hauptmann, Photocopied 1986


7.4 Documents


Box 7 Faculty Questionnaire filled in by Lienhard Bergel, 1967, Photocopy,


Box 7 Lienhard Bergel's teaching certificates, 1930


7.5 Photographs


Box 7 Alan Silver Alan Silver's dog, 1989


7.6 Printed Material


Box 7 Biographies photocopied from various sources


Box 7 Newspaper clippings, 1933-1992