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MS Am 2612

Nellhaus, Gerhard. Gerhard Nellhaus papers on Bertolt Brecht, circa 1920-2000: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b, pf
Call No.: MS Am 2612
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Nellhaus, Gerhard.
Title: Gerhard Nellhaus papers on Bertolt Brecht,
Date(s): 1920-2000.
Date(s): 1944
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (4 boxes, 1 portfolio box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in German and English.
Abstract: Papers of German-American neurologist, scholar, and translator Gerhard Nellhaus, chiefly concerning the plays of German writer Bertolt Brecht.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

1999M-21, 1999M-42, 1999M-62. Gift of Gerhard Nellhaus, Kursana Residenzen, Rabenkopfstrasse 2, 79102 Freiburg, Germany; received: 1999 November 5,2000 February 11, and 2000 June 14.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Most of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.
Item (28) is shelved at Houghton as pf.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Gerhard Nellhaus Papers on Bertolt Brecht, circa 1920-2000 (MS Am 2612). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Brecht's Private Life of the Master Race, translated by Eric Bentley, New Directions Publishing Corp., 1944, was originally included in this collection. It was removed and cataloged separately in HOLLIS as *AC9.N4398.944p.

Biographical / Historical

Pediatric neurologist Gerhard Nellhaus, MD, Harvard AB 1944 (1946), translated Brecht's plays Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti, Im Dickicht der Städte, Mann ist Mann, and Trommeln in der Nacht as well as Brecht's version of Der Hofmeister by J.M.R. Lenz into English for performance by various theatre troupes in the United States. In addition to writing and lecturing on Brecht, he also assisted in stage productions and conducted correspondence with Brecht himself, directors, actors, academics, critics, and fans.


Arranged into the following series

Scope and Contents

Includes Nellhaus' translations of plays, poems, and songs by Brecht into English; working copies of plays in German by Brecht and others; essays on Brecht; correspondence from Brecht to Nellhaus; photographs from American and European stage productions of Brecht's plays; clippings; and playbills.


Most of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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