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HOLLIS 12512521

John Masterman collection of Ruhleben British Civilian internment camp documents, 1914-1919

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Historical & Special Collections
Call No.: HOLLIS 12512521
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: J.C. (John Cecil) Masterman
Title: John masterman collection of Ruhleben British Civilian internment camp documents
Date(s): 1914 - 1919.
Quantity: 1 collection (Approximately 1 linear foot; 4 containers)
Quantity: Extent is approximate.
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Ruhleben Concentration Camp material donated by John Masterman. Material includes lecture notes he used for teaching, camp publications, a scrapbook, photographs and portrait sketch.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Donated by John Masterman in March, 1974.

Processing Information:

Processed by Ed Moloy in March 2010
Processing note:
The material found in this collection was originally part of the Ruhleben (Concentration Camp) Records, a collection consisting of two separate acquisitions. The first was a 1932 purchase from Maurice L. Ettinghausen in 1932. The second, in 1974, was in the form of a donation from John Masterman. The two collections were processed in 1988 as though they were a single collection. Though the material is similar for both acquisitions, each was created by a different individual, and they should have been treated as separate and unique collections. With this in mind a decision was made in 2010 to reprocess Ruhleben and create two collections: the Maurice L.Ettinghausen collection of Ruhleben civilian internment camp papers (HOLLIS 601715) and the John Masterman collection of Ruhleben civilian internment camp papers.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Existence and Location of Copies:

The John Masterman collection of Ruhleben British Civilian internment camp documents have been digitized. The manuscript materials may be viewed here. Photographs from folder 4-8 to 4-11 and mixed material may be found in Harvard's VIA database using the keyword, "Masterman."

Historical/Biographical Information



Scope and Contents

This collection represents material collected by John Masterman during his incarceration at the Ruhleben Gefangenenlager, a German civilian prisoner-of-war camp in operation during World War I. Material includes lecture notes for classes he taught at the camp, copies of camp publications, photographs, a portrait sketch of an internee .
The collection also includes a scrapbook of British newspaper clippings kept by his mother. The subject of the articles relate to British internees held during the war.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

World War, 1914-1918 - Prisoners and prisons, German.
Prisoner of war -- Germany
John Masterman
Ruhleben British Civilian Internment Camp.
Ruhleben Gefangenenlager.
Ruhleben (Concentration Camp)