Gustave O. Arlt papers

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Title: Gustave O. Arlt papers
Collection number: 1825
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 5.2 linear ft. (13 document boxes)
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1960-1979
Date (inclusive): 1913-1986
Abstract: Gustave O. Arlt served as a professor of Germanic Languages and Dean of the Graduate Division at UCLA prior to becoming the founding president of the Council of Graduate Schools. Even after his retirement in 1970, Arlt continued to be active in the development of graduate education, as well as in a number of committees and organizations. This collection contains items from his personal and professional life including manuscripts of his speeches, professional correspondence, and photos.
Language of Materials: Materials are primarily in English, some materials in German.
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.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gustav O. Arlt Papers (Collection 1825). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7575808 

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Acquired from American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, in August, 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Mary Priest in 2014 in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Jillian Cuellar. Processing of this collection was generously supported by the Constantine and Perina Panunzio Endowment for University Archives.

Biography/History

Gustave O. Arlt was born in Lock Haven Pennsylvania on May 17, 1895 to German emigrant parents. As a child, Arlt was extensively educated in classics studies by his father which helped to shape some of his future career interests including Germanic languages, folklore, literature, and translations. Arlt was working on his graduate education in Chicago when WWI broke out, leading Arlt to serve in the United States Army as a First Sergeant in the 302nd Battalion, Tank Corps from 1913-1923. After the war, Arlt returned to his studies and received a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago in 1931.
Arlt was working as an associate professor at Indiana University when he was asked to join UCLA’s German Department in 1935. While at UCLA, Arlt held positions as Chairman of the Germanic Languages Department, Chairman of the Foreign Language Group, Associate Dean (1950-1957) and Dean of the Graduate Division (1958-1962). During his time at UCLA, Arlt also helped to build the German studies holdings in Powell Library, was instrumental in establishing the Department of Theater Arts, and served in various committees and societies including the Historical Society of Southern California, the Modern Language Association, California Folklore Society, and California’s Literary Centennial, among others.
In 1962 Arlt left UCLA and moved to Washington, D.C. to become the founding president of the Council of Graduate Schools. In this role, Arlt worked with numerous schools to develop and structure graduate programs across the country. Working with the African-American Institute and the Council of Graduate Schools, Arlt was key in establishing the AFGRAD Fellowship program in 1962. While in Washington, Arlt also helped shape the beginnings of the National Endowment for the Humanities and was appointed as a member in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Although Arlt retired from his role as president of the Council of Graduate Schools in 1970, he continued to be active in graduate studies throughout his life, giving speeches, publishing papers, and heading committees. Arlt was awarded the UCLA Service Award for his exceptional contributions to UCLA in early 1986. Gustave O. Arlt died on September 18, 1986 at age 91.

Scope and Content

Items in this collection, created between 1913 and 1986, serve to document the professional and personal life of Dr. Gustave O. Arlt. Professional materials make up the bulk of the collection and are arranged alphabetically by subject. The professional items primarily relate to Arlt’s development of graduate education across the United States and in Africa. Items include manuscripts of Arlt’s speeches delivered between 1962 and 1974, his correspondence and trip planning relating to the AFGRAD program, ephemera and minutes from operations of the Council of Graduate Schools operations, and materials from Arlt’s involvement with Folklore groups. The professional materials also include photos from Los Angeles' annual birthday celebration in the 1950s, the California Literary Centennial in 1950. Materials revealing glimpses of Arlt’s personal life are also part of this collection, including family photos and correspondence relating to birthdays, retirement, and awards.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection has been arranged in the following series:
  • Series 1: Professional Career, 1935-1986
  • Series 2: Personal Life, 1913-1986
This collection has been arranged in two series, separating Arlt’s personal and professional life. Within each series, items have been organized to the folder level and are arranged alphabetically by subject. Where applicable, items are organized chronologically within a subject. Much of the original order within the files has been maintained and most of the original file names were preserved.

Related Material


Container List

 

Series 1: Professional Career. Bulk, 1960-1975. 1935-1986.

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

This series contains materials relating to Arlt’s professional career, including manuscripts of speeches (1962-1974), professional correspondence, and materials related to the various councils and societies that Arlt was a part of, including AFGRAD (bulk:1970s), the Council of Graduate Schools, and the GRE board. The series also includes manuscripts of published papers and translations by Arlt, as well as photographs of professional events, including the Literary Centennial, of which Arlt was the chairman. The majority of the items relate to Arlt’s development of graduate school education across the country including at the University of Connecticut, and Western Illinois University.

Organization and Arrangement

Items have been organized to the folder level and are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 1, Folder 1

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD) (1 of 2). 1974-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 2

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD) (2 of 2). 1969-1972.

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 3

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD)- Operation Search. 1975.

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 4

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD)- Operation Search Report. 1975.

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 5

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD) Draft Report. 1973.

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 6

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD) General Correspondence. 1967-1987 .

Language of Material: English
Box 1, Folder 7

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD) Trip to Africa Proposals. 1967-1968.

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 1

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD) Annual Report (1 of 4). 1976-1977.

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 2

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD) Annual Report (2 of 4). 1975-1976.

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 3

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD) Annual Report (3 of 4). 1974-1975.

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 4

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD) Annual Report (4 of 4). 1970-1971.

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 5

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD) Trip to Africa (1 of 2). 1974.

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 6

African Graduate Fellowship Project (AFGRAD) Trip to Africa (2 of 2). 1971.

Box 2, Folder 7

African-American Institute Annual Reports. 1975, 1984 .

Language of Material: English
Box 2, Folder 8

Artiana Draft.

Box 3, Folder 1

Atomic Energy Commission. 1966.

Language of Material: English
Box 3, Folder 2

Beecroft Committee. 1934-1964.

Language of Material: English
Box 3, Folder 3

Biographical Sketch. 1961.

Language of Material: English
Box 3, Folder 4

Birkbeck College Conference. 1967.

Language of Material: English
Box 3, Folder 5

California Literary Centennial (1 of 2). 1950.

Language of Material: English
Box 3, Folder 6

California Literary Centennial (2 of 2). 1950.

Language of Material: English
Box 3, Folder 7

Council of Graduate Schools: Programs (1 of 2). 1961-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 3, Folder 8

Council of Graduate Schools: Programs (2 of 2). 1961-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 4, Folder 1

Council of Graduate Schools: 25th Anniversary. 1985.

Language of Material: English
Box 4, Folder 2

Council of Graduate Schools: Minutes. 1962-1972.

Language of Material: English
Box 4, Folder 3

Council of Graduate Schools Meetings. 1967-1970.

Language of Material: English
Box 4, Folder 4

A Directory of Graduate Deans at United States Universities. 1872-1965.

Language of Material: English
Box 4, Folder 5

Doctor of Arts Programs. 1970-1971.

Language of Material: English
Box 4, Folder 6

Encyclopedia of Educational Research. 1966, 1969.

Language of Material: English
Box 4, Folder 7

Folklore (1of 2). 1950-1954.

Language of Material: English
Box 4, Folder 8

Folklore (2 of 2). 1955-1962.

Language of Material: English
Box 5, Folder 1

The Graduate Journal. 1970-1971.

Language of Material: English
Box 5, Folder 2

Graduate Records Examinations (GRE) Board Meeting. 1970.

Language of Material: English
Box 5, Folder 3

Graduate Records Examination (GRE) Board. 1970-1971.

Language of Material: English
Box 5, Folder 4

Letters of Recommendation (1 of 2). 1965-1968.

Language of Material: English
Box 5, Folder 5

Letters of Recommendation (2 of 2). 1969-1972.

Language of Material: English
Box 5, Folder 6

Mirrorman Typed Manuscript. 1944.

Language of Material: English
Box 5, Folder 7

National Committee on the Emeriti. 1970-1985.

Language of Material: English
Box 6, Folder 1

National Humanities Foundation: Senate Hearings. 1965, 1967.

Language of Material: English
Box 6, Folder 2

New Jersey Project. 1970.

Language of Material: English
Box 6, Folder 3

National Scientific Corporation. 1969-1972.

Language of Material: English
Box 6, Folder 4

Padua Institute. 1970-1971.

Language of Material: English
Box 6, Folder 5

Pennsylvania State University. 1971-1972.

Language of Material: English
Box 7, Folder 1

Professional Correspondence: Various. 1970-1972.

Language of Material: English
Box 7, Folder 2

Professional Correspondence: Various, Retirement. 1969-1970.

Language of Material: English
Box 7, Folder 3

Professional Correspondence: Various, President of Council of Graduate Schools. 1961-1962.

Language of Material: English
Box 7, Folder 4

Professional Correspondence: Various, Publication. 1967-1971.

Language of Material: English
Box 7, Folder 5

Professional Photos. 1944-1966.

Language of Material: English
Box 7, Folder 6

Publications. 1935-1970.

Language of Material: English
Box 7, Folder 7

Speeches (1 of 4). 1971-1974.

Language of Material: English
Box 8, Folder 1

Speeches (2 of 4). 1968-1970.

Language of Material: English
Box 8, Folder 2

Speeches (3 of 4). 1965-1967.

Language of Material: English
Box 8, Folder 3

Speeches (4 of 4). 1962-1964.

Language of Material: English
Box 8, Folder 4

South Africa. 1978-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 8, Folder 5

Television Appearance. 1967-1970.

Language of Material: English
Box 8, Folder 6

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Art Council. 1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 8, Folder 7

University of Connecticut: Correspondence. 1970-1972.

Language of Material: English
Box 9, Folder 1

University of Connecticut: Proposal. 1971.

Language of Material: English
Box 9, Folder 2

University of South Florida. 1974.

Language of Material: English
Box 9, Folder 3

University of Ontario. 1966-1970.

Language of Material: English
Box 9, Folder 4

Western Association of Graduate Schools. 1970-1971.

Language of Material: English
Box 9, Folder 5

Western Illinois University. 1971.

Language of Material: English
Box 12, Folder 5

Graduate Education Today and Tomorrow, book dedicated to Gustave Arlt. 1972.

Language of Material: English
Box 12, Folder 4

In These Times, book which Arlt contributed "Purifying the Pierian Spring". 1971.

Language of Material: English
Box 12, Folder 6

Humaniora, book edited by Arlt. 1960.

Language of Material: English
Box 13, Folder 1

Dean of Graduate Deans Oral History Manuscript. 1978.

Language of Material: English
 

Series 2: Personal Life. Bulk, 1970-1979. 1913-1986.

Language of Material: English

Scope and Content

This series contains a range of materials concerning Arlt’s personal life including photos, personal correspondence, awards, address books, and a manuscript of Arlt’s oral history interview by UCLA in 1975. Among the personal photos is a WWI photo album containing small photographs with handwritten descriptions. There are also several other larger photos from Arlt’s military service in the collection.

Organization and Arrangement

Items have been organized to the folder level and are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 9, Folder 6

Address Book - German. Undated .

Language of Material: German
Box 9, Folder 7

Address Books (1 of 2). 1971.

Language of Material: English
Box 9, Folder 8

Address Books (2 of 2). Undated .

Language of Material: English
Box 10, Folder 1

Awards and Certificates. 1962-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 10, Folder 2

Passport and Nigerian Trip Diary. 1971, 1974.

Language of Material: English
Box 10, Folder 3

Personal Correspondence: Anderson. 1977-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 10, Folder 4

Personal Correspondence: Block. 1975-1987.

Language of Material: English
Box 10, Folder 5

Personal Correspondence: Carter. 1977-1987.

Language of Material: English
Box 10, Folder 6

Personal Correspondence: Coakley. 1966-1985.

Language of Material: English
Box 10, Folder 7

Personal Correspondence: Diehl. 1979-1987.

Language of Material: English
Box 10, Folder 8

Personal Correspondence: Dietze. 1975-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 11, Folder 1

Personal Correspondence: Hart. 1977-1985.

Language of Material: English
Box 11, Folder 2

Personal Correspondence: Johnson. 1976-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 11, Folder 3

Personal Correspondence: Pallmann. 1979-1983.

Language of Material: English
Box 11, Folder 4

Personal Correspondence: Sigmund. 1943, 1976-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 11, Folder 5

Personal Correspondence: Weaver. 1977-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 11, Folder 6

Personal Correspondence: Various (1 of 3). 1985-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 11, Folder 7

Personal Correspondence: Various (2 of 3). 1974-1984.

Language of Material: English
Box 11, Folder 8

Personal Correspondence: Various (3 of 3). 1960-1974.

Language of Material: English
Box 12, Folder 1

Personal Ephemera. 1973-1986.

Language of Material: English
Box 12, Folder 2

Personal Photos. 1912-1970.

Language of Material: English
Box 12, Folder 3

Poetry Book. 1876.

Language of Material: English
Box 13, Folder 2

World War I Photo Scrapbook. 1913-1917.