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MS Ger 186

Starck, Taylor, 1889-1974. Taylor Starck correspondence, 1934-1958: 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 186
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Starck, Taylor, 1889-1974.
Title: Taylor Starck correspondence,
Date(s): 1934-1958.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Correspondence of Harvard professor of German Taylor Starck with the German novelist Adele Gerhard and her daughter Melitta Gerhard, and also with colleagues and publishers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

70M-130. Gift of Taylor Starck, 32 Bowdoin Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; received: 1970.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Taylor Starck Correspondence, 1934-1958 (MS Ger 186). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Additional letters from Adele and Melitta Gerhard to Taylor Starck, dated from 1938 to 1946, are located in a separate finding aid at: Autograph File, G

Biographical / Historical

Taylor Starck began teaching at Harvard University in 1920 and assumed the Kuno Francke Professorship of German Art and Culture in 1952. His research interests concerned early medieval Germanic language and literature.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Scope and Contents

Consists of 46 letters, mainly correspondence between Starck and the German novelist Adele Gerhard and her daughter Melitta Gerhard, as well as some letters from colleagues and publishers. Correspondence (in German) concerns Adele Gerhard's writings, especially Starck's attempts to help her find a publisher for an English edition of her short story, Die Hand Gottes; his attempts to help German-born Melitta Gerhard secure a teaching position in an American university during the early 1940s; and other personal matters. Letters from publishers are in English.

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