Findind Aid to the Clair Hayden Bell Papers, 1905-1965

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Finding Aid to the Clair Hayden Bell Papers, 1905-1965

Collection number: BANC MSS 72/157 c

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Clair Hayden Bell Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1905-1965
Collection Number: BANC MSS 72/157 c
Creator: Bell, Clair Hayden, 1885-1967
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
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 relating to his career as professor of German, University of California, Berkeley, and to his attempts to obtain research materials from post-war Germany; reprints of his writings; reviews by him and of his work; photocopy of materials relating to Georg Hager.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English and German

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Clair Hayden Bell Papers, BANC MSS 72/157 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Clair Hayden Bell's papers were given to the Library by Mrs. Bell on March 14, 1972.

Biographical Sketch

Clair Hayden Bell, professor of German at the University of California at Berkeley, was born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1885. He attended the University of California, graduating in 1908 with a major in philosophy and German. He also acquired his M. L. at Berkeley in 1909 in philosophy, and began his teaching career as a teaching assistant in 1909. From 1910 to 1913, he taught in the Los Angeles High School, with the exception of one year, 1911-1912, which he spent as an exchange teacher at the Real Gymnasium at Frankfurtam-Main, Germany. He returned to the University of California as an instructor in 1913, took time out for military service from 1917 to 1919, and acquired his doctorate in 1921. He continued his professorial career in Berkeley until his retirement in 1955.
Professor Bell's work related in large part to the editing and publishing of medieval German texts of the Minnesänger, particularly the life and works of Georg Hager, and also to the publication of texts for the use of students learning German.

Scope and Content

His Papers include correspondence, much of it relating to the acquisition of research materials in post-war Germany, and reflecting the social and economic conditions there; mss of his writings; book reviews by him and about his work; a bibliography of his writings; photocopies of Georg Hager materials; and clippings, mainly relating to or by Bell.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1

Correspondence

 

Outgoing letters

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically, 1905-1964
 

Incoming letters

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. A partial list of correspondents follows the key.
Box 2

Writings by C. H. Bell

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title. For a more complete file of his writings, please consult University Archives.
 

Reviews of works by Bell

 

Bibliography

 

Photocopy of two versions of the Comoedie von Crocodil and related Georg Hager material

 

Clippings, mainly relating to or by Bell

 

Miscellaneous personalia, 1918-1963

 

Material concerning the publication of Bell's Salman and Morolf.

 

Correspondence

 

Typed manuscript (ribbon and carbon copies)

Partial List of Correspondents

 

Adams, Bertram Martin, 1879-1953

 

Letter, Jan. 29, 1947

 

Alexander, R. T.

 

Letter, Mar. 9, 1948

Additional Note

Written while a member of the Office of Military Government for Germany
 

American Council of Learned Societies. Pacific Committee for the Humanities.

 

2 letters, 1947, by Hugh G. Dick

 

Assmann, Karl, 1890-

See Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek

 

Barthell, Russell W.

 

2 letters, 1948

Additional Note

Written while administrative assistant to the President, re possibilities for research in Germany. Carbon copies sent to Bell.
 

Basel. Universität. Bibliothek

 

4 letters, 1946-1947, by Max Burckhardt

 

Berlin. Deutsche Staatsbibliothek

 

3 letters, 1940-1948

 

Bischoff, Johannes

 

15 letters, 1946-1948

Additional Note

Written while archivist, Erlangen, Germany. Some re life in post-war Germany.
 

Bock, Friedrich, 1886-

See Nuremberg, Stadtbibliothek

 

Braun, Walter

 

4 letters, 1950-1951

Additional Note

Written while archivist, Memmingen, Germany.
 

Brechler, Otto

 

7 letters, 1947-1948

Additional Note

Re post-war Vienna.
 

Brewer, Edward Vere, 1887-

See California. University, Berkeley. Department of German

 

California. University. President

 

3 letters, 1940-1955

Additional Note

Include letters from Robert Gordon Sproul
 

California. University. Press

 

4 letters, 1922-1954

Additional Note

1922 letter by Oliver M. Washburn
 

California. University, Berkeley. Chancellor

 

Letter, June 21, 1955, by Clark Kerr

 

California. University, Berkeley. Dept. of German

 

Letter, Oct. 31, 1947, by Edward V. Brewer. Copy.

 

Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation, Inc.

 

Letter, Nov. 14, 1946, by Howard Elkinton

 

Coenen, Frederic Edward

See Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures

 

Cooper, William Alpha, 1868-

 

Letter, June 1, 1928

 

Dick, Hugh Gilchrist, 1909-

See American Council of Learned Societies. Pacific Committee for the Humanities.

 

Dresden. Sächsische Landesbibliothek

 

Letter, May 26, 1948, by Karl Assmann

 

Frick, Heinrich, 1893-

See Marburg, Germany. Universität

 

Gayley, Charles Mills, 1858-1932

 

Note, 1922?

 

Germany. Minister der geistlichen und Unterrichts-Angelegen-heiten

 

Letter, May 17, 1913

 

Göttingen. Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitäts-Bibliothek

 

Letter, Feb. 2, 1950, by E. Will

 

Götze, Alfred [August Woldemar], 1876-1946

 

Postcard, Oct. 31, 1936

 

Gürsching Heinrich

 

11 letters, 1947-1952

Additional Note

Written while archivist in Nuremberg. One letter is incomplete. Copies of his reviews of Bell's Georg Hager also included.
 

Hagboldt, Peter Harmann, 1886-

 

2 letters, 1940

 

Hager, Ernst

 

Letter, Oct. 9, 1940

Additional Note

Re Hager family genealogy
 

Hannemann, Kurt

 

4 letters, 1948

 

Harrassowitz, Hans

 

Letter, Mar. 13, 1947

 

Hinz, Stella M.

 

2 letters, 1937

 

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

 

Letter, Mar. 13, 1947, by Henry Allen Moe

 

Kartzke, Georg

 

2 letters, 1947-1948

 

Keil, Günther, 1890-

 

Letter, June 30, 1947

 

Kerr, Clark, 1911-

See California. University, Berkeley. Chancellor

 

Koester, Leonard, 1904-

 

2 letters, 1947

 

Lokke, Carl Ludwig, 1897-

 

3 letters, 1944-1954

 

Marburg, Germany. Universität

 

2 letters, 1948

Additional Note

Letter of Feb. 2 by Heinrich Frick; letter, Feb. 12, is a copy, with translation.
 

Martin, Thomas Powderly, 1887-

See U.S. Library of Congress

 

Mediaeval Academy of America

 

4 letters, 1946, by Charles R. D. Miller

 

Miller, Charles R. D.

See Mediaeval Academy of America

 

Moe, Henry Allen, 1894-

See John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

 

Morgan, Bayard Quincy, 1883-

 

3 letters, 1947-1948

 

Morley, Sylvanus Griswold, 1878-

 

Letter, May 24, 1951

 

Müller, Georg

 

Letter, Nov. 3, 1948

 

Nagel, Bert

 

Letter, July 28, 1952

 

Noble, George Bernard, 1892-

See U.S. Dept. of State

 

Noyes, George Rapall, 1873-1952

 

2 letters, 1947-1951

 

Nuremberg, Germany. Landeskirchliches Archiv

 

2 letters, 1947, by Dr. Siman

 

Nuremberg, Germany. Germanisches Nationalmuseum

 

Letter, Sept. 21, 1948, by Dr. Rothenfelder

 

Nuremberg, Germany. Staatsarchiv

 

4 letters, 1948, by Fridolin Solleder

 

Nuremberg, Germany. Stadtsbibliothek

 

2 letters, 1947, by Friedrich Bock

 

Reinsch, Frank Herman, 1885-

 

Letter, May 12, 1928

 

Ruf, Paul

 

3 letters, 1947-1949

Additional Note

1947 letter is a copy, with translation. Archivist, Munich Staatsbibliothek.
 

Schilling, Hugo Karl, 1861-1931

 

Letter, Dec. 15, 1921

 

Selmer, Carl, 1896-

 

2 letters, 1947-1948

Additional Note

1948 letter written on behalf of the Modern Language Association.
 

Senn, Alfred, 1899-

 

Letter, Mar. 14, 1947

 

Solleder, Fridolin, 1886-

See Nuremberg, Germany. Staatsarchiv

 

Spaulding, Ernest Wilder, 1899-

See U.S. Dept. of State

 

Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-1975

See California. University. President.

 

Starck, Taylor, 1889-

 

2 letters, 1945-1947

 

Steiner, John P.

 

6 letters, 1948

Additional Note

Written from the Office of Military Government in Germany, re microfilming of manuscripts from various depositories.
 

Strübing, Eduard

 

20 letters, 1940-1949

Additional Note

Librarian in Weimar. Comments on post-war Germany.
 

Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures

 

Letter, Mar. 31, 1964, by F. E. Coenen

 

Stuttgarter Verlagskontor GMB H

 

5 letters, 1964, by Hermann Maier

 

Taylor, Archer, 1890-

 

Letter, n.d.

 

U.S. Dept. of State

 

5 letters, 1940-1947, by E. Wilder Spaulding and G. Bernard Noble

 

U. S. Library of Congress

 

Letter, Oct. 9. 1940, by Thomas P. Martin

 

Vail, Curtis Churchill Doughty, 1903-

 

Letter, Mar. 24, 1947

 

Wahrhaftig, Matt

 

Letter, [1947]

 

Walter, Max, 1857-1935

 

Letter, Ju1y 27, 1912

Additional Note

Letter of recommendation for Bell's teaching work at the Frankfurt Musterschule. Two copies, one in longhand, the other typed, both signed.
 

Walz, John Albrecht, 1871-

 

Letter, May 9, 1947

 

Washburn, Oliver Miles

See California. University. Press

 

Werner, Friedrich

 

9 letters, 1947-1948

Additional Note

Re post-war Germany.
 

Wolff, Ludwig, 1892-

 

2 letters, 1949-1952