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Inventory of the Erich Knapp papers
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  • Title: Erich Knapp papers
    Date (inclusive): 1905-2005
    Collection Number: 2000C32
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: German
    Physical Description: 116 manuscript boxes, 9 oversize boxes (58.4 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, financial records, press releases, bulletins, newsletters, serial issues, clippings, other printed matter, and photographs, relating to West German foreign policy, political conditions in West Germany and reunified Germany, political aspects of Islam, and promotion of world peace through Islam.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Knapp, Erich.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Erich Knapp papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    1932, April 13: Born, Heppenheim, Germany
    1950-1952: Member of Bund Deutscher Jugend
    1952: Graduated from high school
    1954-1955: Attended University of Kansas on a Fullbright Scholarship
    1955-1957: Studied political science, sociology, and history at Hamburg and Frankfurt Universities
    1957-1958: Worked as a journalist at Frankfurter Neue Presse
    1961-1963: Worked at IBM Deutschland in Sindelfingen
    1963-1974: Served as Press Attaché in the West German Foreign Ministry (Auswärtiges Amt), posted at Bonn, Germany, and subsequently at N’Djamena, Chad; Lagos, Nigeria; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Cairo, Egypt
    1980-1981: Served on executive committee of the German Green Party (Die Grünen)
    2006: Died

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection documents the political career of Erich Knapp through correspondence, writings, financial records, press releases, bulletins, newsletters, serial issues, clippings, other printed matter, and photographs, relating to West German foreign policy, political conditions in West Germany and reunified Germany, political aspects of Islam, and promotion of world peace through Islam.
    The collection contains records primarily related to Die Grünen, the Sozialdemokratische Partei, the German Foreign Ministry (Auswärtiges Amt), as well as a number of other German political organizations. Another main focus of the collection is on Knapp’s advocacy of Muslim communities both in Germany and internationally. He belonged to several organizations that sought to promote religious tolerance and political equality for Muslims, including Tauhid Stiftung, Preussischer Nationalkongress, and Project Musa.
    The collection is divided into twenty five series based on form and subject according to Knapp’s involvement in various organizations and political parties. The Correspondence series consists of Knapp’s personal and professional communications with individuals, government agencies, and religious organizations. The Printed Matter series consists primarily of newsletters, journals, magazines, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings related to German politics and culture as well as various religious themes. The Auswärtiges Amt series consists of correspondence and printed matter related to Knapp’s career in the German Foreign Ministry.
    There are several series devoted to various members of Knapp’s immediate family, including his mother and father, Philipp Knapp and Luise Knapp respectively, and his wife, Ellen Knapp. A Biographical File consists of Knapp’s personal identification materials and newspaper clippings related to Heppenheim, Germany, Knapp’s place of birth.
    The Writings series consists of drafts of essays and books on topics related to politics and religion, as well as handwritten notes on various subjects.
    The Photographs and Negatives series consists of photographs, negatives, and photo albums containing images documenting Knapp’s family vacations and political activities.
    A handful of series relate to Knapp’s involvement in various German political parties and organizations, including the Aktionprogramm der Sozialistischen Welteuropäischen Partei, the Bund Deutscher Jugend, the Christian Democratic Union of Germany/Christian Socialist Union of Bavaria, the Deutsche Gruppe der Liberalen Weltunion, Die Grünen, Reichsbanner Schwarz-Rot-Gold/Bund Aktiver Demokraten, and various groups advocating for Rheinland Independence.
    Lastly a group of series document Knapp’s involvement with various religious organizations, including the Pressischer Nationalkongress, the Tauhid Stiftung, and Project Musa.
    Whenever possible, the original folder titles given by the creator have been maintained. Within individual folders, materials have been kept in their original order as accumulated by the creator. Consequently, there is a great diversity in the forms of materials within individual folders; for example, correspondence files often contain newspaper clippings, pamphlets, or other items.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bund Deutscher Jugend.
    Freie Demokratische Partei.
    Germany (West) Auswärtiges Amt.
    Grünen (Political party)
    Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands.
    Germany (West)--Foreign relations.
    Germany (West)--Politics and government.
    Germany--Politics and government--1990-
    Islam and world politics.