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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of the Collection
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Discarded Materials
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard Sheirich Papers
    Dates: 1955-2009
    Collection number: PC.0020
    Creator: Sheirich, Richard, 1927-2011
    Extent: 10 Linear Feet (9 record cartons, 2 document boxes, 1 half-size document box)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, CA 91711.
    Abstract: This collection contains course materials, departmental correspondence and planning documents, and grant proposals belonging to Pomona College professor, Richard M. Sheirich.
    Physical Location: Please consult repository.
    Language of Material: Languages represented in collection: English, German.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to the Archives

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard Sheirich Papers (PC-0020). Pomona College Archives, Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Perdita Sheirich, 2012, 2014.


    Additions to the collection are not anticipated.

    Processing Information

    Processed and arranged by Jamie Weber.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Richard M. Sheirich was born in 1927 in Erie, Pennsylvania and attended local schools through high school. As his parents felt 16 was too young to go to college, he spent an extra year at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, graduating in 1945. He attended Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, for part of his freshman year before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. After a year's service at Williamsburg, Virginia, Sheirich was discharged and returned to Colgate to complete his undergraduate degree in 1949.
    He earned a master's degree in German from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in German from Harvard University in 1965. He also held a DAAD Fellowship at Universität Hamburg in 1957-58. After teaching at Colgate and UC Berkeley, he joined the Pomona faculty in 1965, and for 31 years taught courses in German language, literature and culture ranging from early tribal migrations to the Cold War and reunification. He also conducted research on Viennese poet, novelist, and playwright Richard Beer-Hofmann, producing a number of articles as well as an edition of Beer-Hofmann's correspondence, Der Briefwechsel mit Paula, 1896-1937. Most summers, Professor Sheirich spent time in Vienna, doing research.
    In the 1990s, Sheirich led a major grant-funded project, "German Across the Curriculum," to better integrate the study of German into non-language courses in the humanities and social sciences. The goal of the project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, was to improve foreign-language skills and to promote, among both faculty and students, a greater understanding of the complexities inherent in a foreign culture and of the relationship between language and other disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

    Scope and Content of the Collection

    This collection contains materials belonging to Pomona College professor, Richard M. Sherich, for courses in German language, literature, and culture. Additional materials include those related to the "German Across the Curriculum" program and departmental correspondence and planning documents from Sheirich's involvement in the Modern Languages Department, study abroad program, Radio Oldenborg, and various other committees and programs. Grant proposals, annual reports, sabbatical reports, and correspondence with colleagues and students are also included.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following two series:
    • Series 1: Course Materials, 1969-1993 and undated
    • Series 2: Administrative Materials, 1955-2009 and undated

    Discarded Materials

    Audio cassettes of recordings:
    Hitler's speech to the Reichstag, 1 September 1939; Faust: Der Tragodie, Erster Teil (Faust: The Tragedy, First Part); Walther von der Vogelweide, poems 1-14; Deutschland im Zweiten Weltkrieg 1941 Attack on Russia (Germany in the Second World War, Attack on Russia in 1941); Fruhe Zeugnisse Deutscher Dichtung Zauberspruche, Hildebrandslied in Alt Hoch Deutsch (German seal spells "Hildebrand's Song" in Old High German); Mark Hussey's "Third Reich"

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subject Terms

    Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
    Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.) -- Faculty
    Education Curricula
    German language
    German language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers
    Sheirich, Richard, 1927-2011
    Universities and colleges--Departments

    Genre and Form of Materials

    Outlines and syllabi