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  • Title: Carl Landauer papers
    Date (bulk): 1900-1985
    Collection Number: 90079
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 43 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box, 1 oversize box (18.8 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, printed matter, and sound recordings of interviews relating to economics, world politics, and efforts to aid German Jewish refugees to the United States during the 1930s and World War II.
    Creator: Landauer, Carl, 1891-1983
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1990.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Carl Landauer papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical Note

    1891 Born, Munich, Germany
    1913 Received PhD in Economics from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg University)
    1916-1919 Served as an administrative assistant for the German War Food Administration
    1933 Emigrated to the United States
    1919-1922, 1926-1933 Served as a teaching assistant at Handelshochschule (College of Commerce)
    1915 Served as a research assistant at the Institut für Seeverkehr und Weltwirtschaft (Institute for Marine Commerce and International Economics)
      Served in German Army
    1940 Became an American citizen
    1936 Appointed as professor at the University of California, Berkeley
    1934 Appointed as lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley
    1959 Published European Socialism
      Retired from position at the University of California, Berkeley
    1949-1950 Appointed as guest professor at Freie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin)
    1944 Published Theory of National Economic Planning
    1967 Received an honorary degree from the Universität Hamburg (University of Hamburg)
    1962 Recieved an honorary degree from the University of California, Berkeley
    1959-1960 Awarded Fulbright Scholarship to lecture in Frankfurt and Hamburg
    1983 Died, Oakland, California
    1974 Received the Award for Cultural Achievement from the German Labor Federation
    1969 Published Germany: Illusions and Dilemmas
    1983 Posthumously published Corporate State Ideologies : Historical Roots and Philosophical Origins

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Carl Landauer papers consist of correspondence, writings, and sound recordings of interviews, related to economics, world politics, and Landauer's efforts to aid German Jewish refugees during the 1930s and World War II. The collection is organized into eight sections: Biographical File, Writings, Correspondence, Collected Correspondence, Writings by Others, Photographs, Printed Matter, and Sound Recordings.
    Correspondence makes up the bulk of the collection, and reflects Landauer's professional and personal relationships with colleagues, friends, and family members. This section is arranged into two sub sections: Professional Correspondence and Personal Correspondence, a distinction maintained from Landauer's own arrangement of his papers. The correspondence is further arranged in alphabetical order. Landauer's professional correspondence documents his career as a Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and his collaboration with other contemporary American economists. Also of note is correspondence with various Jewish philanthropic organizations and government agencies related to Landauer's efforts to aid German Jewish refugees seeking to immigrate to the United States and escape persecution in Germany during World War II.
    The Landauer papers also contain extensive documentation of Landauer's family history, childhood, and early career in the form of autobiographical writings, curriculum vitae, sound recordings of oral histories, and correspondence. Of particular interest are collections of correspondence sent from the Eastern front during World War I by Landauer's brother, Fritz Landauer, and his brother-in-law, Arthur Stein.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees
    Jews -- Germany
    International relief
    Germans -- United States
    World politics -- 20th century