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Finding Aid for the Fernand Baldensperger papers, 1904-1945
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Fernand Baldensperger papers
    Date (inclusive): 1904-1945
    Collection number: 603
    Creator: Baldensperger, Fernand, 1871-1958
    Extent: 6 boxes (3 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Fernand Baldensperger (1871-1958) was a literary scholar, author (under the pseudonym Fernand Baldenne), and professor who contributed greatly to the field of Comparative Literature. In addition to teaching at the Universities of Nancy (1884-1900), Lyon (1900-1910), and Paris (1910-1935) in France, he taught at Columbia University (1917-1919), the University of Strasbourg (1919-1923), Harvard University (1935-1940), and the University of California-Los Angeles (1940-1945). Baldensperger cofounded the Revue de littérature comparée, and he wrote numerous scholarly texts on Goethe, Balzac, Alfred de Vigny, and various French and comparative literary topics. The collection consists of scholarly and World War II-related print and manuscript materials, as well as correspondence. Scholarly materials include printed texts by Baldensperger and others (often annotated and/or with inscriptions), typed drafts of Baldensperger's texts, extensive manuscript research notes, and a presumably unpublished typed manuscript. War-related materials include government documents from Giessen, Germany and a variety of printed pamphlets. Correspondence relates to both scholarly and personal matters.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish
    Repository: 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 the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. 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

    Unknown.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Whitney Braun in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2009.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Fernand Baldensperger papers (Collection 603). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230350 

    Biography

    Fernand Baldensperger (1871-1958) was an eminent literary scholar, author, and professor of Comparative Literature. He was born in Vosges, France, and for most of his career he taught at the University of Nancy (1884-1900), the University of Lyon (1900-1910), and the University of Paris (1910-1935). During his time at the University of Paris, he also served as a visiting professor at Columbia University (1917-1919), and he taught at the University of Strasbourg (1919-1923). From 1935-1940 Baldensperger was professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, where he was chairperson of the department, and from 1940-1945 he taught at the University of California-Los Angeles. Baldensperger contributed greatly to the field of comparative literary studies and cofounded the Revue de littérature comparée in 1921. His works include Goethe en France: étude de littérature comparée (1904), Le mouvement des idées dans l'émigration française, 1789-1815 (1924), L'avant-guerre dans la littérature française, 1900-1914 (1919), Orientations étrangères chez Honoré de Balzac (1927), La littérature française entre les deux guerres, 1919-1939 (1941), and La critique et l'histoire littéraires en France, au dix-neuvième et au début du vingtième siècles (1945). In addition, Baldensperger wrote and published literary texts under the pseudonym Fernand Baldenne.

    Scope and Content

    The collection is divided into four parts: official documents from Giessen (Germany), printed materials, correspondence, and research materials. The documents from Giessen are comprised of official marriage applications, marriage loan applications, and health authority documents under the Nazi government. (They range in date from 1936 to 1942, though most items are from 1942.) The documents include names of applicants and requests for information from other cities as well.
    Printed materials in the collection include Fernand Baldensperger's annotated copy of Gustave Lanson's Manuel bibliographique de la littérature française moderne, 1500-1900 (published 1911), as well as numerous literary pamphlets and essays (mostly reprints from journals) and political pamphlets and essays (mostly concerning World War II). The majority of the pamphlets were published during the first half of the 1940s, and many pamphlets contain inscriptions from the authors to Baldensperger. In addition, the collection contains two typed manuscripts (with corrections) of Baldensperger's La critique et l'histoire littéraires en France, au dix-neuvième et au début du vingtième siècles, as well as an additional (and probably unpublished) manuscript. Also included are various print materials from the early 1940s related to scholarly conferences and societies.
    The correspondence, primarily from the first half of the 1940s, pertains to both scholarly and personal matters, and it includes letters regarding the Institute of World Affairs (1940, 1941) and the publication of Baldensperger's La critique et l'histoire littéraires en France, au dix-neuvième et au début du vingtième siècles.
    Research materials include typed and manuscript timelines of literary history, corrections and additions to Baldensperger's works, and manuscript notes (occasionally with printed and typed articles) pertaining to his published works, works-in-progress, and a wide variety of literary subjects (various European literatures, Goethe, Balzac, Stendhal, Whitman, philosophy, poetry, etc.).

    Organization and Arrangement

    • Box 1 contains Giessen, Germany official documents.
    • Boxes 2 and 3 contain printed materials. Box 2 includes Fernand Baldensperger's annotated copy of Gustave Lanson's Manuel bibliographique de la littérature française moderne, 1500-1900, as well as numerous literary pamphlets. Box 3 includes political pamphlets (mostly concerning France and World War II), more literary pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and conference materials. In both boxes 2 and 3, multiple pamphlets by the same author are grouped together, and the smaller pamphlets are in folders. Box 3 also includes Baldensperger's two typed manuscripts (of varying lengths) for La critique et l'histoire littéraires en France, au dix-neuvième et au début du vingtième siècles.
    • Box 4 contains a typed manuscript of a presumably unpublished work, Fernand Baldensperger's correspondence (with multiple letters from the same author grouped together), and research materials (mainly typed and manuscript literary history timelines).
    • Boxes 5 and 6 contain research materials. Many of the materials had been originally grouped together (according to subject) by folding papers together. This grouping, where apparent, has been maintained in the collection, with the groups indicated both by folders and dividers within folders.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Baldensperger, Fernand, 1871-1958--Archives.
    Literary historians--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Manuscripts for publication.