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Adele Gerhard Papers

M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives

Inclusive Date: 1938-1956

Gerhard, Adele, 1868-1956

0.33 cubic ft.

English

Cologne-born novelist who wrote,,,,, and. Emigrated to the US in 1938 before returning to Germany in 1955.

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Collection Details

Processed in 2007 June 12 by Sandra Hunt Hawrylchak.

The materials are located onsite in the department.

Adele Gerhard was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1868 where she spent her childhood and adolescent years. She married Stephan Gerhard in 1889 and moved to Berlin, where her involvement in social work brought her in contact with some of the outstanding women figures of her day, Susan B. Anthony, Beatrice Webb and others.

After the birth of her children (Melitta in 1891 and Dietrich in 1896), Adele turned her hand to creative writing. Her first short story was published in 1894 and her full-length work, Mutterschaft und geistige Arbeit, was published in 1901. Her works reflect the times in which she lived, the social movements of the 1890s, womens rights, the youth movement in Germany, and the changes brought about by war and its aftermath. Adele Gerhard followed her children to America in 1938 at the age of 60 after having briefly visited in 1937. She lived most of the time with her daughter, Melitta, became an American citizen, and continued to write in her native German. She returned to Germany in 1955 and died in her native city of Cologne one year later on May 10, 1956.



The Adele Gerhard Papers consist of 0.33 cubic feet of materials, 1938-1956, and include hand-corrected typescripts of three unpublished novels written by Gerhard during her years in the U.S. (Ga, Unter den Gestirnen and Wahrer der Leuchte) and four novellas, as well as photocopies or clippings of essays and one serialized novella (Ulmenfrucht). Also included in the collection are clippings about Adele Gerhard and reviews of her works.

The collection has no series.

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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Adele Gerhard Papers, 1938-1956. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Gerhard Papers).

Collection Subjects & Formats

File: Correspondence between Melitta Gerhard and Dr. John M. Spalek re: Adele Gerhard materials. 3 L.. Also listing of Adele Gerhard Papers at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach.

Inclusive Date: 1980

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 1

File: Photocopy of a document honoring Adele Gerhard on her 80th birthday

Inclusive Date: 1948

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 2

File: Unpublished manuscript: "Ga." Typescript of unpub. Novel, Part I. 29p.; Part II. 52p.

Inclusive Date: 1933-1934

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 3

File: Unpublished manuscript: "Unter den Gestirnen." Typescript of unpub. novel. Photocopy. 73p.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 4

File: Unpublished manuscript: "Wahrer der Leuchte." Typescript of unpub. novel. Part I. 30p.; Part II. 22p.; Part III. 20p.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 5

File: Unpublished manuscript: "Das Kind. Stephan Gerhard zu Ehren." Novelle. Typescript. 18p.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 6

File: Unpublished manuscript: "Spuren im Schnee." Novella. Typescript. 23p.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 7

File: Unpublished manuscript: "Der Wassermann." Novella. Typescript. 21p.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 8

File: Unpublished manuscript: "Wurzelweibchen." Novella. Typescript. 34p.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 9

File: Publication: Der Pestkirchhof. Section from a book, pp. 603-626.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 10

File: Publication: Schicksalslied. Section from a book, pp. 342-358.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 11

File: Publication: Ulmenfrucht. Novella serialization, Neue Freie Presse, 1935. Clippings and photocopies.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 12

File: Publication: Photocopies of published essays. 7 items.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 13

File: Photocopies of catalog cards from the Adele Gerhard Collection at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach, Germany.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 14

File: Lexicon entries.

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 15

File: Clippings of articles about Adele Gerhard (originals at Deutsches Literaturarchiv).

Inclusive Date: Undated

Box: 1 (Adele Gerhard Papers)

Folder: 16