Guide to the Monroe E. Deutsch Papers, 1918-1955

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Guide to the Monroe E. Deutsch Papers, 1918-1955

Collection number: BANC MSS C-B 1045

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Monroe E. Deutsch Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1918-1955
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-B 1045
Creator: Deutsch, Monroe E. (Monroe Emanuel), 1879-1955
Extent: Number of containers: 1 portfolio, 2 cartons
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, printed items, notes for speeches and articles, and clippings, of the Vice-President and Provost of the University of California. Some relate to the loyalty oath controversy at the University.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Monroe E. Deutsch Papers, BANC MSS C-B 1045, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

Related Collection

  • Title: Monroe E. Deutsch Papers: Additions, [ca. 1919-1955],
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 74/171 c

Biographical Sketch

Monroe Emanuel Deutsch, professor of classics and Vice-President and provost of the University of California, was born in 1879 of a Jewish family in San Francisco. An excellent student, he graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco, and then worked his way through the University of California, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1902 and his Master's Degree in 1903. He first taught for a year in the Mission High School in San Francisco, and later in the Berkeley High School where he remained until 1907, when he became an assistant in Greek at the University of California and worked for his doctorate. This he received in 1911. He attained full professorship in Latin in 1922.
In 1918 he became the first Dean of Summer Sessions at Los Angeles. He retained this position for three years, and, in the summer 1922, was appointed Dean of the College of Letters and Science at Berkeley by President Barrows. In 1930 he was named Vice-President and Dean of the University, serving in this capacity until his retirement in 1947.
Deutsch, active in many extra-curricular organizations, was president of the Commonwealth Club of California in 1943 and 1944, of the board of trustees of the Rosenberg Foundation, of the San Francisco International Center, of the northern California branch of the American Association for the United Nations, of the Philological Association of the Pacific Coast, of the Classical Association of the Pacific States, of the California Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, of the Berkeley Rotary Club and of the Berkeley Community Chest, and member of the national boards of the Association for the United Nations and the Conference of Christians and Jews. He was decorated Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, Commander of the Chilean Order of Merit, and recipient of the Danish Christian X Medal. In 1929 he was awarded the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal for distinguished service to the City of Berkeley. Deutsch received honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from St. Mary's College, Santa Clara College, Occidental College and Mills College.
He wrote articles dealing with the life of Julius Caesar and Suetonius, edited a collection of the writings of Benjamin Ide Wheeler, and authored "Our Legacy of Religious Freedom" and many public addresses.

Scope and Content

This collection, transferred from Archives in March 1966 and July 1968, contains a few letters from Deutsch, and a small amount of correspondence, relating in part to the loyalty oath at the University of California and to Deutsch's article on Eisenhower's presidency at Columbia University. The bulk of the material consists of copies of Deutsch's speeches and writings, some in typescript and some printed. There is also a folder of clippings, some of them by Deutsch, and some relating to the loyalty oath.

Key to Arrangement

portfolio Portfolio:

Outgoing letters, 1947-1953. Mainly to Remsen Bird.


Incoming letters:

Scope and Content Note

Single letters have been placed in an A-Z Miscellany. Two or more letters were placed in separate folders, arranged alphabetically by author, then chronologically within each folder. A partial list of correspondents may be consulted at the end of the report.
Ctn. 1

Speeches and writings:

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title, A -S
Ctn. 2

Speeches and writings:

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by title, T -Z

Speeches and writings:

Scope and Content Note

Untitled, arranged chronologically, 1918-1955

Speeches and writings:

Scope and Content Note

Untitled, undated


Scope and Content Note

Some by Deutsch, some relating to the loyalty oath at the University of California

Notes for speeches

Partial List of Correspondents


A-Z Miscellany


Aydelotte, Frank, 1880-


Letter, Mar. 18, 1948


Baird, Albert Craig, 1883-


Letter, Dec. 19, 1947


Balmer, Thomas, 1888-


Letter, Jan. 16, 1948


Boyce, Gray Cowan, 1899-


Letter, Oct. 8, 1950


Brace, Richard Munthe, 1915-


Letter, Oct. 7, 1950


Commonwealth Club of California


Letter, Nov. 2, 1951, by Stuart R. Ward


Cowles, John, 1898-


Letter, Jan. 23, 1948


Dodds, John Wendell, 1902-


Letter, Nov. 14, 1947


Gaus, John Merriman, 1894-


Letter, Oct. 4, 1950


Hart, James David, 1911-


Letter, Apr. 25, 1950


Jacobi, Frederick, 1891-


Letter, Nov. 23, 1947


Kantorowicz, Ernst Hartwig, 1895-


Letter, Feb. 13, 1954


Lazaron, Morris Samuel, 1888-


Letter, Aug. 11, 1947


Lehman, Benjamin Harrison, 1889-


Letter, Apr. 24, 1950


Lyon, Elijah Wilson, 1904-


Letter, Nov. 18, 1947


McBride, George McCutcheon, 1876-


Letter, Oct, 24, 1947


McKinnon, Harold R.


Letter, Nov. 24, 1947


Mander, Linden A., 1897-


Letter, Jan. 13, 1948


Martin, Charles Emanuel, 1891-


Letter, Jan. 18, 1948


National Education Association of the United States


Letter, Nov. 6, 1947, by Joy Elmer Morgan, editor of the NEA Journal.


Nason, John William, 1905-


Letter, Nov. 10, 1947


Pullias, Earl Vivon, 1907-


Letter, Nov. 7, 1947


Reader's Digest


Letter, Mar. 26, 1952, by Burt MacBride to Lynn White


Shuster, George Nauman, 1894-


Letter, Nov. 19, 1947


Sisson, Edward Octavius, 1869-


Letter, Dec. 7, 1947


Snavely, Guy Everett, 1881-


Letter, Oct. 29, 1947


Stone, Robert Elwin, 1891-


Letter, Oct. 2, 1950


Tolman, Edward Chace, 1886-1959


Letter, Feb. 14, 1947


Wurster, Catherine (Bauer), 1905-1964 (Mrs. William Wilson Wurster)


Letter, Sept. 24, 1951, to Remsen Bird


Bird, Remsen duBois, 1888-


6 letters, 1951-1958.

Additional Note

Copies only.

MacBride, Burt, 1893-

See Reader's Digest


Morgan, Joy Elmer, 1889-

See National Education Association


Robinson, Edgar Eugene, 1887-


2 letters, 1947-1948


Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927


5 letters, 1919-1922


White, Lynn Townsend, 1907-


2 letters, 1951-1952.

Additional Note

1951 letter written for Mills College. 1952 letter is carbon only, addressed to Reader's Digest, for Albert Bender Fund.