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BANC MSS 72/157 c  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Clair Hayden Bell Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1905-1965
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 72/157 c
    Creator: Bell, Clair Hayden, 1885-1967
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Correspondence relating to his career as professor of German, University of California, Berkeley, and to his attempts to obtain research materials from post-war Germany; reprints of his writings; reviews by him and of his work; photocopy of materials relating to Georg Hager.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English and German

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Clair Hayden Bell Papers, BANC MSS 72/157 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Clair Hayden Bell's papers were given to the Library by Mrs. Bell on March 14, 1972.

    Biographical Sketch

    Clair Hayden Bell, professor of German at the University of California at Berkeley, was born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1885. He attended the University of California, graduating in 1908 with a major in philosophy and German. He also acquired his M. L. at Berkeley in 1909 in philosophy, and began his teaching career as a teaching assistant in 1909. From 1910 to 1913, he taught in the Los Angeles High School, with the exception of one year, 1911-1912, which he spent as an exchange teacher at the Real Gymnasium at Frankfurtam-Main, Germany. He returned to the University of California as an instructor in 1913, took time out for military service from 1917 to 1919, and acquired his doctorate in 1921. He continued his professorial career in Berkeley until his retirement in 1955.
    Professor Bell's work related in large part to the editing and publishing of medieval German texts of the Minnesänger, particularly the life and works of Georg Hager, and also to the publication of texts for the use of students learning German.

    Scope and Content

    His Papers include correspondence, much of it relating to the acquisition of research materials in post-war Germany, and reflecting the social and economic conditions there; mss of his writings; book reviews by him and about his work; a bibliography of his writings; photocopies of Georg Hager materials; and clippings, mainly relating to or by Bell.