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Title: Paul Friedländer Papers
Date (inclusive): 1848-1976
Collection number: 1551
Friedländer, Paul, 1882-1968
47 boxes (23 linear ft.)
Abstract: Paul Friedländer (1882-1968) was a professor of classics at UCLA in the 1940s. The collection contains Friedländer's correspondence,
notes, manuscripts, and printed items including materials for his
Studien zur antiken Literatur und Kunst, notes on Plato, books, hard-bound periodicals, offprints and pamphlets from the Friedländer library, and manuscripts of
his wife, Charlotte.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections
for paging information.
Restrictions on Access
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library
Special Collections for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the
creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. Paul Friedländer, 1971- .
Gift of William M. Calder, 1986 & 1995.
Gift of UCLA Department of Classics, 1991-93.
[Identification of item], Paul Friedländer Papers (Collection 1551). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research
UCLA Catalog Record ID
Friedländer was born on March 21, 1882 in Berlin, Germany; degree from Berlin, 1905; became Privat-dozent (1911) then Associate
Professor at University of Berlin (1914); in 1920 he became professor of Classical Philology at Marburg; professor, Halle
University, 1932; forced to resign by the Nazis in 1935, Friedländer was detained in a concentration camp in 1938 before coming
to the U.S.; taught briefly at Johns Hopkins University before coming to UCLA in 1940; became professor of Latin and Greek
in 1945; after four years was retired and made emeritus; he died on December 10, 1968.
Expanded Biographical Note
Paul Friedländer (born, Berlin, March 21, 1882; died, Los Angeles, December 10, 1968) was amongst the most eminent of UCLA's
Professors of Classics.
Friedländer was the son of Maximilian Friedländer, a businessman, and Clara Schidlower. In Germany, his instructors included
some of the principal classical scholars of the time, notably Franz Buecheler, Wilhelm Schulze, Hermann Usener and Ulrich
During World War 1, Friedländer served at the front and became one of the few Jewish officers in the German army. He was awarded
the Iron Cross for heroism and, in 1918, returned to Berlin. During the war, Friedländer had been made Extraordinarius in
the University of Berlin: in 1920, he was appointed full professor (Ordinarius) of Classical Philology at Marburg. Here, he
joined the circle of Rudolf Bultmann, Ernst Robert Curtius, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Martin Heidegger and Leo Spitzer. In the same
year he married Charlotte (
In 1932, Paul Friedländer moved to the University at Halle. Three years later, because he was Jewish, the authorities removed
him from his chair and, in 1938, imprisoned him for six weeks in the concentration camp Sachsenhausen. Bultmann arranged for
his release and, in 1939, Friedländer with his wife and daughter were permitted to emigrate.
In the United States, Friedländer taught briefly at the Johns Hopkins University and, in 1940, at the age of 58, was appointed
to an assistant professorship at UCLA. Five years later, he became full professor at UCLA and, after another four years, retired
and was made emeritus.
1 In 1968, Friedländer died.
In 1973 and 1974, Friedländer's widow disposed of her husband's books and papers. The books included monographs, periodicals,
Friedländer's colleagues at UCLA were given opportunity to acquire books from his library. It was at this time that Herbert
Hoffleit, whose library was later sold through the antiquarian market, obtained books from Friedländer's shelves. For the
rest, most of the periodicals were discarded; the bulk of the collection of offprints was given to the Department of Classics,
UCLA; the correspondence, manuscripts, and some books and offprints were presented to the Gifts department in the University
Research Library, UCLA; and the rest of the library was donated to the University of California, Irvine.
UCLA Gifts offered their holdings to the Department of Special Collections, and these materials were mostly boxed and put
into storage. Possibly at this time, one book was catalogued and introduced into the rare books stacks (
Q. Horati Flacci de arte poetica epistola ad Pisones, s. 1. 1919: PA 6393 E6 1919), whilst at least one other was added to the main stacks. Some miscellaneous manuscripts and
printed materials were placed in the Special Collections general manuscript file. To this file were added such other materials
as afterwards were donated to the Department or chanced to be discovered: e.g., two letters from Friedländer to Carey (donated
by W.M. Calder III in 1986).
1. For Friedländer, see his
Argolica, Diss. inaug. Berlin 1905, p.96; W.M. Calder III in
The Dictionary of North American Classicists ed. Ward W. Briggs Jr., (forthcoming), s.u.
In 1990, these miscellaneous materials were assigned the Collection number 1551 and, in the following year, the original donation
in storage was introduced into this collection. Also in 1991, the Department of Classics, having decided to dispose of their
holdings, donated two large groups of materials to Archives, whence it was transferred to Collection 1551. Much however still
remained in the Classics Department. Some of the other materials were offered to staff, students and visitors. One individual
donated the offprints he had selected. Then, the remainder, together with Five large boxes of manuscripts and offprints, was
transferred to Special Collections.
In May 1992, the Chairman of Classics added an interesting letter to Friedländer from Walther Kranz (July 19, 1950); in August
1992, the original Thomas Mann materials were introduced; and in January 1993, an envelope with two photographs of Walther
Kranz and a note from Paul Lindemann were found and added.
Scope and Content
Collection contains correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and printed items belonging to Paul Friedländer, UCLA professor of
classics. Includes materials for his
Studien zur antiken Literatur und Kunst, notes on Plato, manuscripts of his wife, Charlotte Friedländer, and books, hard-bound periodicals, offprints and pamphlets
from the Friedländer library.
Organization and Arrangement
Arranged in the following series:
- Correspondence (Box 1).
- Classical manuscripts (Box 2).
- Non-classical manuscripts (Boxes 3-4).
- Manuscripts of Paul and Charlotte Friedländer (Box 5).
- Summaries of scholarship on Plato (Boxes 6-9).
- Books by Paul Friedländer (Box 10).
- Books and bound offprints by Paul Friedländer (Box 11).
- Material for Paul Friedländer's
Studien zur antiken Literatur und Kunst (Box 12).
- Books and hard-bound periodicals from the library of Paul Friedländer (Boxes 13-14).
- Books from the libraries of Paul and Charlotte Friedländer (Box 15).
- Offprints and pamphlets from the Friedländer library (Boxes 16-47).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Friedländer, Paul, 1882-1968--Archives.
Friedländer, Paul, 1882-1968--
Studien zur antiken Literatur und Kunst.
Friedländer, Charlotte O., 1894- --Archival resources.
University of California Los Angeles--Dept. of Classics--Faculty--Archival resources.