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MS Ger 185

Lowenthal, Leo. Leo Lowenthal papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Ger 185
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lowenthal, Leo.
Title: Leo Lowenthal papers,
Date(s): 1933-1969.
Quantity: 1 collection (7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Correspondence and other papers of the German sociologist Leo Lowenthal.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*71M-107. Deposited by Leo Lowenthal; received: 1971.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Papers were formerly restricted until 31 December 1998.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Leo Lowenthal Papers (MS Ger 185). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Lowenthal (1900- 1993) was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and was professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley from 1956 to 1968. He was affiliated with the Institut für Sozialforschung for several years. The Institut was founded in Frankfurt in 1923 and was closed by the Nazis in 1933. During the war years it relocated to Columbia University (as the Institute of Social Research) and was reestablished in Frankfurt am Main, in 1949 under the direction of Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno.


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Scope and Contents

Chiefly correspondence between Lowenthal and Adorno, Horkheimer, and Friedrich Pollock, along with correspondence and scattered writings of each of the above. Other persons represented include: Samuel H. Flowerman, Alice H. Maier, Margot von Mendelssohn, and Franz Neumann. Also materials pertaining to the Institute of Social Research, including correspondence about studies at the Institute and its relationship with Columbia University; as well as speeches, position statements, correspondence documenting the reopening of the Institut in Frankfurt in 1949.

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