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HUM 176

Hertzog, Walter Sylvester. Walter Sylvester Hertzog personal archive, 1902-1920 and undated : a draft inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUM 176
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Hertzog, Walter Sylvester.
Title: Walter Sylvester Hertzog personal archive, 1902-1920 and undated
Date(s): 1902-1920 and undated
Quantity: 0.6 cubic feet (1 document box, 1 flat box)
Abstract: Walter Sylvester Hertzog, teacher, radio lecturer, and film producer, was born on March 20, 1881 and received his Harvard AB in 1905. This collection primarily documents Hertzog's undergraduate experience at Harvard College, including social activities, academics, and involvement in religious organizations; the Class Day and commencement activities for the Harvard College Class of 1905 are particularly well represented. The collection also documents Hertzog's continued connection with the University following graduation, including attendance of class reunions and annual meetings of Harvard alumni clubs.

Processing Note:

The collection was processed in 2014. Processing involved a collection survey, housing in appropriate archival folders and boxes, and the creation of this finding aid.
This finding aid was created by Juliana Kuipers in July 2014.

Conditions on Use and Access:

The Walter Sylvester Hertzog personal archive is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

Hertzog, Walter Sylvester. Walter Sylvester Hertzog personal archive, 1902-1920 and undated. HUM 176, Harvard University Archives.

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Biographical note

Walter Sylvester Hertzog, teacher, radio lecturer, and film producer, was born on March 20, 1881, in Shamokin, Pennsylvania to Theodore Burr and Fayetta Von Schminkey Hertzog. Enrolled at Lafayette College from 1900 to 1902, he entered Harvard in September 1902 and received his Harvard AB in 1905. While at Harvard, Hertzog began a project to erect a memorial tablet to Phillips Brooks (AB 1855) in the Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia: serving as secretary to the Phillips Brooks Memorial Tablet Committee, he was present at its unveiling in 1905. He married Sadie Roselle Dinger on April 21, 1906; they had three children. Following graduation, he studied at the Columbia University Graduate School of Political Science, Columbia Law School, Union Theological Seminary, University of California, and the University of Southern California. Hertzog received an honorary LITT.M. from Lafayette College in 1926. He taught Latin, French, modern languages, Greek, and history at a number of schools, including Mount Pleasant Military Academy, Cutler School, Allen-Stevenson School, Newman School, Mercersburg Academy, and Hollywood High School. From 1927 until his retirement in 1947, Hertzog served as director of the American Historical Research Division of the Los Angeles City Schools. He also served as professor of economics at the Arizona State College and at the University of Houston. A collector of rare books and manuscripts, Hertzog donated many items to Harvard University, including his collection of rare books on the early Colonial printing presses in 1925. He was a prolific radio lecturer and also became involved in film production while in California. Hertzog died on November 19, 1967, in Los Angeles.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in six series:

Scope of the Walter Sylvester Hertzog personal archive

This collection primarily documents Hertzog's undergraduate experience at Harvard College, including social activities, academics, and involvement in religious organizations, including the Phillips Brooks Memorial Tablet Committee. Materials include programs, financial records, grades, examinations, menus, and ephemera. The Class Day and commencement activities for the Harvard College Class of 1905 are particularly well represented. The collection also documents Hertzog's continued connection with the University following graduation, including attendance of class reunions and annual meetings of Harvard alumni clubs. A small amount of collected ephemera, such as poems written by classmates or students, is also included, as well as documentation of Hertzog's enrollment at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 June 6.

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