The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, and ephemera regarding the lives and work of many German-speaking
emigre artists in Southern California.
One focus of the collection are German Expressionist Theater director Leopold Jessner (1878-1945) and his brother-in-law,
the actor and director Fritz Jessner (1889-1946), both of whom left Germany in the 1930s to escape the Nazi persecution of
Jews. The collection also includes more extensive materials on Walter Wicclair, director William Dieterle, art-director Rudi
Feld, Felix Jackson, the Mann family, Lion Feuchtwanger, and Elow as well as about the Jewish Club of 1933. Furthermore it
contains transcripts of various conferences on exile studies, articles, presentations, interview transcripts, Wim Wenders
screenplays, and data sheets Marta Mierendorff created about various exiled German-speaking artists.
The materials were collected by Marta Mierendorff (b. 1911), who was made Emeritus Research Professor in 1984 at USC.
Marta Mierendorff was born in Charlottenburg (Berlin), Germany in 1911. She received her doctorate in 1949 from Humboldt
University in Berlin. In the 1950s, she turned to study of the sociology of art and co-founded the Institut fuer Kunstsoziologie
in Berlin with Heinrich Tost in 1954.
The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers
on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers
when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish,
quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.