Weisert (John Jacob) Papers, 1850-(1929-1983).

Descriptive Summary

Title
Weisert (John Jacob) Papers, 1850-(1929-1983).
Creator
Weisert, John Jacob, 1914-1991
Extent
7.25 linear ft.
Finding Aid Author
Janet Hodgson and Anthony Buchanan
Repository
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John Jacob Weisert was born just before World War One and was a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1936 and received his Master of Arts and Ph.D from Columbia University, where is was a Carl Schurz fellow. He served in the United States Army during World War Two, rising through the ranks to become a captain. In 1948, Weisert returned to the University of Louisville as an Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, teaching German and humanities courses. He became the head of the Modern Language department at the University of Louisville in 1963. His academic career also includes teaching at the University of Tennessee, The Pennsylvania State University, and he served as a Carnegie Fellow in General Education at the University of Chicago.
Weisert's research focused on the Germans who settled in Kentucky and Ohio, with special emphasis on the city of Louisville. His main interest was on their contributions to the area's culture. Theater was also an important research area for Weisert. He wrote several books and articles dealing with the theaters of Louisville, beginning in the 1850s. Weisert also wrote extensively on the works of Gerhardt Hauptmann and Friedrich Schiller.
He was a member of the Filson Club and the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio. He was published in the Filson Club History Quarterly, the American German Review, and the Modern Language Journal, among others.
Dr. Weisert died in 1991.
Scope and Content
The papers of John Jacob Weisert, 1914-1991, were donated to the University of Louisville Archives and Records Center in 1992 after the death of his wife, Anita B. Weisert.
They occupy 7.25 linear feet and contain materials identified with Dr. Weisert's academic pursuits. Arrangement of the collection is in four series: I. Correspondence, II. Literary productions and manuscripts, III. Reference materials, and IV. Personal and professional papers. Each series begins with a brief description noting contents, subdivisions, and information as to arrangement. The folder titles were taken from Dr. Weisert's original folders. All material has been placed in acid free folders and boxes to aid in preservation.
A box listing ends the inventory, with each folder listed and dates of material included, when they are know.

Contents of the Collection

I Correspondence

The first three folders contain general correspondence and communications with area banks concerning financial matters. The remaining folders in this section pertain to Weisert's writings and are arranged in alphabetical order by folder title. In most cases this is a subject or the title of the work. Original manuscript material may be found in some of the folders.

1-1 General Correspondence; 1932, 1952, 1973-1980, 1983

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1-2 Provident National Bank, PNC Financial Corp.; 1983

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1-3 United Kentucky Bank, Liberty National Bank; 1983

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Correspondence re manuscripts, may include manuscript material
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1-4 Brenner; 1963

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1-5 Browne's Duck; 1958

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1-6 J. E. and J. R. Browne; 1961

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1-7 J. Ross Browne; 1957-1962

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1-8 (Browne) Drafts

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1-9 The Christmas Wish; 1955

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1-10 The Colony at Laurel County; 1956

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1-11 Countess Mary Anne Russell; 1972

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1-12 Cullman; 1962

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1-13 The Curtain Rose; 1959-61

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1-14 The Dream in Gerhart Hauptmann; 1948

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1-15 The Early Theater in Lexington and Louisville; 1958

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1-16 Flying Duck; 1966

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1-17 William E. Foley

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1-18 G. Hauptmann (Biographical); 1969

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1-19 A Large and Fashionable Audience; 1956

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1-20 Last Night at the Macauley's; 1960

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1-21 Der Lichtfreund; 1955

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1-22 Mozart Hall, 1851-56; 1963

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1-23 Schiller in Louisville; 1959

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1-24 (Shaw in Germany, I) GBS/Bayreuth; 1983

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1-25 (Shaw in Germany, II) Weintraub/GBS; 1982

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1-26 P.A. Shelley; 1968

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1-27 Stierlin, Grawemeyer; 1977

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1-28 Stowe, C. E. and H. B.; 1958

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II Literary productions/Manuscripts

Series II, Literary productions and manuscripts, is divided into two sections: examples of Weisert's writings and the writings of others. Each subdivision is filed in alphabetical order by folder title, the titles original with Weisert.

Manuscripts by Weissert

1-29 "Atlantis I, II, III" Newspaper clipping, loose pages handwritten page, draft

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1-30 (Re Austria after WWI), handwritten pages

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1-31 Bibliography on notecards

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1-32 Book Reviews; 1949-

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1-33 The Can Can Comes to Kentucky, mss

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2-1 Chronicle of the Germans, translation (typed pages), chpt. 1-3

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2-2 Same, chpt. 4-6

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2-3 Same, chpt. 7-10

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2-4 Same, chpt. 11-14

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2-5 "Critical Reception of Gerhart Hauptmann's `The Sunken Bell' of the American Stage," reprinted from Monatshefte; April-May 1951

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2-6 The Curtain Rose; 1958

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2-7 "The Dream in Gerhart Hauptmann/typed pages--Index

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2-8 "Dr. Anthony Hunn, Medical Friend of the People" The German-American Review; 1957

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2-9a "Eduard Muhl's `Lichtfreund' " The German-American Review; 1956

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2-9b The English Journal; College Edition, March 1937 translations and other writings by Weisert

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2-10 "Foreign Languages as Mental Discipline: A Survey" The German Quarterly; March 1939/also contains The German Quarterly; March 1941

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2-11 "Germans and the Southern Labor Shortage; 1865-66" The German-American Review; 1964

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2-12 Typed draft--Chapters 26-28 of Germans in Cincinnati

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2-13 (Germans in Kentucky and Louisville)--typed mss

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2-14 Same, miscellaneous draft, typed

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2-15 Same, pgs. 2-94, revised

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2-16 (Germans in Kentucky and Louisville)--"German Club Life-Fourth Section"/typescript

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2-17 Typed draft--Germans in Ohio MSS

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2-18 "Graf von Gleichen", reprinted from Monatshefte; December 1948

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2-19 "John Ross Browne's Great Steam Duck", reprinted from The Huntington Library Quarterly; May 1959

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2-20 A Large and Fashionable Audience; 1955

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2-21 Last Night at Macauley's; 1950

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2-22 "Lewis N. Dembitz and `Onkel Tom's Hutte' " American-German Review; 1953

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2-23 "Louisville's Theatrical Purveyor to Hoi Polloi", mss; 1984

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2-24 Miscellaneous

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2-25 Mozart Hall, 1851-1866 2c

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2-26 "Rathe Revels at Louisville"-Handwritten

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2-27 Same

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2-28 "Rathe Revels at Louisville--Drafts

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2-29 Same

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3-1 "Rathe Revels at Louisville"--Final copy

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3-2 Same

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3-3 Same

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3-4 "A Serener Mind;" 1931

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3-5 "Strike", typed manuscript

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3-6 "Survey of Dream Interpretation", typed draft

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3-7 Same

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3-8 Same

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3-9 Same, chapters 1-4

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3-10 Same, chapters 5-

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3-11 "Survey of Dream Interpretation", galleys

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3-12 "A `Trinkspruch' from Louisville'e Bohemia" American-German Review; 1952

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3-13 "Two Recent Variations on the Orestes Theme" reprinted from The Modern Language Journal; May 1951

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3-14 "A Tunnel for Southern Trade", reprint; 1955

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3-15 "A Wagner Pilgrim, G.B.S. in Germany", article

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3-16 "A Young American Visits von Humbold" The German-American Review; 1962

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3-17 Miscellaneous manuscripts

a) Is the Frankfurter Alleggemeine Zeitung Comparable to the New York Times?

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b) Is Democracy Alive and Well in West Germany?,

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c) Energy and Environment

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d) Is the Spirit of Schiller Living in Germany?

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e) proposal for the study of German conservation of energy policies

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3-18 Unidentified typed manuscript (re theater presentations)

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3-19 Outline for new manuscript; n.d.

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Manuscripts by others

3-20 America through the eyes of German Immigrant Painters

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3-21 Blutenlese deutscher Gedichte

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3-22 Datos Historicos

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3-23 Typed, handwritten pages, and book--Deutsches Haus

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3-24 Documenta V as a Reflection of Contemporary German

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3-25 Mrs. Drake: Typed, handwritten, copied pages, and clippings--Mrs. Drake

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3-26 Falk, Valther: Bookmaking in Sweden; 1949

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3-27 Paul Fechters Geburtstagstirch

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3-28 The Filson Club History Quarterly--July 1957

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3-29 The Germanic Review: 1945-1958

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3-30a Bound mss.--Gerhardt Hauptmann Das Bunte Buch Gedichte

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3-30b Hauptmann, Gerhart: Gallahad

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3-31 Goethe von Gerhart Hauptmann

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Manuscripts about Hauptmann

3-32 Guthke, Karl S.: Gerhart Hauptmann und der Nihilismus

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3-33 Heuser, Frederick W.J. Reprints

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"Hauptmann and Novalis"

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"Gerhart Hauptmann's Die Tochter Der Kathedrale"

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"Biographic and Autobiographic Elements in Gerhart Hauptmann's `Einsame Menschen' "

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"Hauptmann's `Germanen und Romer' "

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3-34 Gerhardt Hauptmann die Finsternisse/Requiem, with an essay by Walter A. Reichart

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3-35 Reichart, Von Walter: Grundbegriffe Dramatischen Schaften Gerhart Hauptmanns

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3-36 Weiss, Hans G: "Die Schwesterm vom Hohenhaus"

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3-37 Gerhart Hauptmann Exhibit, pamphlet

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3-38 Die Haustrau

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4-1 Heinrich Heine's Sommtliche Werke; 1889

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4-2 Das Hinterlied

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4-3 Jugenpost--November 1956

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4-4 L'oeuvre Lyrique de Rudolf G. Binding

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4-5 Miller, Rev. Peter: "A Unique Manuscript"; 1912

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4-6 Monatshefte fur Deutschen Unterricht; 1941-1949

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4-7 Same; 1950-1957

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4-8 Monatspost--March 1959-May 1961

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4-9 Theodor Muller, booklet

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4-10 Oak Leaves, yearbook of Oakwood Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio; 1929 and 1930

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4-11 Pamphlet--Old Louisville

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4-12 Opernfuhrer/Textbuch der Testbucher; n.d.

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4-13 "Pennsylvania German Prints, Drawings, and Paintings: A Selection from Winterthur Collections" by Frank H. Sommer; 1965

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4-14 Philobiblon

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4-15 Shelley, Philip Allison: reprints

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4-16 South Atlantic Bulletin--May 1972

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4-17 Book, handwritten pages--Specimens of German Handwriting

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4-18 Mss.--"Travels of a German-American Newspaper Man"

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4-19 Oscar Wilde: La Panneau, a poem

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4-20 Elinore Wylie, Poems

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III Reference Materials/Miscellaneous

This series includes notes taken by Weisert in doing research for his writings and background material collected by him from other sources. The folder titles are in alphabetical order as Weisert titled the material.

4-21 Anzeiger, notes from articles 1852-55

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4-22 Anzerger/Handwritten pages--in German

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4-23 (Anzeiger) typed, handwritten pages

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4-24 Articles/clipped mostly from New Yorker magazine

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4-25 "Bells", newspaper clippings

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4-26 John R. Broderius, clippings re

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4-27 Christmas--notes, newspaper clippings

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4-28 Notebook--The Curse of Beauty MSS NOTES

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4-29 "Deutsch fur Auslander"/booklet

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5-1 "Deutsch Theater, 7 Jan 1852-1 Jan 1858"--handwritten notes

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5-2 "Deutsch Theater, 1 Jan 1853-31 Dec 1853"--handwritten notes

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5-3 (Deutsch Theater) "1 Jan 1 to 12 Dec 1854"--handwritten notes

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5-4 "1855 Deut. Theatre"--handwritten notes

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5-5 "English Theater, 1 Jan 1850"--handwritten notes

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5-6 "English Theater, 1851"--handwritten notes

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5-7 "English Theater, 1852"--handwritten notes

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5-8 (English Theater) "Journal, 1853"--handwritten notes

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5-9 Booklet--Reineke Fuchs REF

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5-10 "Goethe Bicentennial and Music Festival, 1949"/program

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5-11 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe/exhibition program

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5-12 "Goethe in Song" program

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Professional Affiliations

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6-4 UofL Faculty Senate, Minutes, 1978

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6-5 Membership Card--Filson Club PER AND PRO

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6-6 Programs--M.L.A. and other meetings

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Teaching aids

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6-7 Homberger and Ebelke: "PATTERN DRILLS to accompany FOUNDATION COURSE IN GERMAN"; n.d.

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6-8 Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, typed notes with additions

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6-9 "Key for Specimens of German Script"

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6-10 An Outline-History of German Literature

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6-11 Suggested reading list

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6-12 (Teaching notes)--handwritten notes, typed pages, and newspaper clippings

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6-13 "Scandanavian & Ibsen"/teaching notes and newspaper clippings

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6-14 (Visual aid) magazine clippings, mounted

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IV: Personal and Profession

Series IV is divided into three subseries: 1. personal items, 2. professional affiliations, and 3. teaching aids. The personal items are biographical in nature, including his vita and several photographs taken at different stages of his life. Professional affiliations include membership cards and one set of minutes from a 1978 University of Louisville Faculty Senate meeting. Teaching aids reflect his teaching of German literature at the University of Louisville and include class notes, an outline, a suggested reading list and some visual aids.
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Series V: Administration and Correspondence, Modern Language Department, University of Louisville (1963 - 1971) RESTRICTED ACCESS

These folders contain personnel information referring to recruitment and hiring of faculty members for the University of Louisville modern language department during Dr. Weisert's tenure as chairman of the department.
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