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Finding Aid for the Paul Friedländer Papers, 1848-1976 LSC.1551
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
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  • Biography/History
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  • Organization and Arrangement
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  • Title: Paul Friedländer papers
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1551
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 23.0 linear feet 47 boxes.
    Date (inclusive): 1848-1976
    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.
    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.
    General Physical Description note: 47 boxes (23 linear ft.)
    Language of Materials: Materials are in English and German.
    Creator: Friedländer, Paul, 1882-1968

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Paul Friedländer Papers (Collection Number 1551). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.


    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 von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff.
    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 ( née Friedländer).
    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, and offprints.
    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. 2

    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:
    1. Correspondence (Box 1).
    2. Classical manuscripts (Box 2).
    3. Non-classical manuscripts (Boxes 3-4).
    4. Manuscripts of Paul and Charlotte Friedländer (Box 5).
    5. Summaries of scholarship on Plato (Boxes 6-9).
    6. Books by Paul Friedländer (Box 10).
    7. Books and bound offprints by Paul Friedländer (Box 11).
    8. Material for Paul Friedländer's Studien zur antiken Literatur und Kunst (Box 12).
    9. Books and hard-bound periodicals from the library of Paul Friedländer (Boxes 13-14).
    10. Books from the libraries of Paul and Charlotte Friedländer (Box 15).
    11. Offprints and pamphlets from the Friedländer library (Boxes 16-47).

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1470447 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Friedlander, Charlotte O., 1984-
    Friedländer, Charlotte O., 1894- --Archives.
    Friedländer, Paul, 1882-1968--Archives.
    Friedländer, Paul, 1882-1968
    University of California Los Angeles--Dept. of Classics--Faculty--Archives..