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86-M211

Nagel, Hildegard, 1886-1985. Papers of Hildegard Nagel, 1868-1985 (inclusive), 1868-1886 (bulk): A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.
Call No.: 86-M211
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Hildegard Nagel, 1886-1985
Title: Papers of Hildegard Nagel, 1868-1985 (inclusive) 1868-1886 (bulk)
Date(s): 1868-1985
Date(s): 1868-1886
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in German and English.
Abstract: Correspondence, memoir, etc., of Hildegard Nagel, editor, translator, and author.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 86-M211
The papers of Hildegard Nagel were given to the Schlesinger Library by Charles Nagel, Jr., Hildegard Nagel's half brother, in October 1986; copies of articles by Hildegard Nagel in the Kristine Mann Library of the Analytical Psychology Club of New York were made at the request of Charles Nagel and given to the Schlesinger Library in August 1986.

Processing Information:

Preliminary inventory: August 1987
By: Anne Engelhart

Preferred Citation:

Hildegard Nagel Papers, 1868-1985; item description, dates. 86-M211, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

BIOGRAPHY

The daughter of Charles and Fanny (Brandeis) Nagel, Hildegard Nagel was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Her early years were marked by the death of her brother Alfred and the suicide of her mother, Franny Brandeis Nagel, the sister of Justice Louis D. Brandeis. Her father, a lawyer and Secretary of Commerce and Labor under President Taft, was a founder of the United States Chamber of Commerce, and was active in German relief work following World War I. In 1895 he married Anne Shepley; they had four children.
Following her graduation from Bennett College in Millbrook, New York, Nagel worked with a psychoanalyst at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she met her lifelong friend, Ellen Thayer, a magazine editor. A student of Carl Jung and Gerhard Adler, Nagel spent most of her professional life as a psychiatric social worker in New York City. She was a member of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology and served as president of the Analytical Psychology Club of New York. An editor, translator, and writer, Nagel helped to disseminate Jungian ideas in this country, publishing a critique of Jung's essay, "Answer to Job," as well as other papers delivered to the Analytical Psychology Club of New York. Nagel died on February 16, 1985, in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The bulk of this collection centers on family members in Hildegard Nagel's mother's and grandmother's generations; it includes a memoir in German by Friederika (Dembitz) Brandeis (Nagel's maternal grandmother), and letters to Louis D. Brandeis from his sister Fanny Brandeis Nagel. Nagel is represented by some scattered correspondence and by her poems, essays, and a play entitled Call It a Day; also included are papers and talks written for the Analytical Psychology Club of New York.

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Additional Index Terms

Brothers and sisters
Diaries
Drama
German Americans
Germany--Social life and customs
Jewish women--United States
Jews--United States
Poems
Poetry
Psychoanalysts
Psychoanalysts--United States
Saint Louis (Mo.)--Social life and customs
Women psychoanalysts--United States
Adler, Gerhard, 1904-1988
Baldwin, Roger N. (Roger Nash), 1884-1981
Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992
Brandeis, Frederika Dembitz
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941
Jung, C. G. (Carl Gustav), 1875-1961
Nagel, Charles, 1849-1940
Nagel, Fannie Brandeis
Thayer, Ellen

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