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MS Ger 91

My life in Germany contest papers, 1940: 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 91
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: My life in Germany contest papers,
Date(s): 1940.
Quantity: 1 collection (12.5 linear feet (25 boxes)
Abstract: Autobiographical essays submitted for a Harvard-sponsored contest by those who lived in Germany in 1933.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

57M-203. Transferred by Professor Sidney B. Fay; received: 1958.


Copyright in all material resides with the writers, and no contributions may be printed in extenso without permission of the writers. In cases where it is impossible to locate the writer, verbatim use of the material will be at the sole responsibility of the user.

Biographical / Historical

Prize competition held in 1940, on theme "My Life in Germany before and after Jan. 30, 1933." Contest was sponsored by Harvard University; judges included faculty members Gordon Allport, Sidney B. Fay, and Edward Y. Hartshorne. Narratives were used for a study on effects of National Socialism on German society and on German people.


For additional information see: Harry Liebersohn and Dorothee Schneider. My life in Germany before and after January 30, 1933: a guide to a manuscript collection at Houghton Library, Harvard University. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2001.


Arranged alphabetically by author except last 11 items.

Scope and Contents

Contains circa 263 autobiographies (mainly in German) submitted in the 1940 competition. Some of the typescripts are accompanied by correspondence and judges' analysis of the entries (in English). Many of the narratives are written by well educated German Jewish men and women of upper class backgrounds living in exile in England, the U.S., and Palestine. Portions of the file-envelopes used by the judges for various annotations are preserved with the contribution. Also includes the printed brochure announcement of the prize competition.
The following symbols are used to describe the material: E= the actual competing entry is present; F= a microfilm copy is present; C= relevant correspondence is present; A= the committee's analysis of the entry is present. The films have been spooled continuously in the order of this list, and are housed in the last box of the collection.

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