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Otto Manthey-Zorn Papers, 1906-1959
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Professor of German. Letters regarding his appointment to the faculty of Amherst College; notes for, and draft of, an uncompleted memoir.
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Biographical Note

The son of German missionary, Manthey-Zorn was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 1879. He graduated from Adelbert College of Western Reserve University in 1901 and received his Ph.D. in 1904 from the University of Leipzig. After teaching at Adelbert College and the University of Illinois, he came to Amherst College in 1906 to teach German. He retired in 1955.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers contain Manthey-Zorn's letters dealing with his appointment on the faculty of Amherst College and the notes for and the draft of an uncompleted memoir of his life and teaching on the German faculty of the College. Of particular importance are his observations on the Meiklejohn presidency at Amherst College. Correspondents include Charles Cole, Robert Frost, Stanley King and George Olds.

This collection is organized into two series:

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History of the Collection

Processing Information
Processed:2003 June
By:Graham Leach-Krouse '05, Student Encoding Assistant
Finding Aid:2003 June
Prepared by:Graham Leach-Krouse '05, Student Encoding Assistant
Edited by:Peter A. Nelson, Assistant Archivist
Prepared for Web:2003
By:Graham Leach-Krouse '05, Student Encoding Assistant

Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List

Series 1, CORRESPONDENCE, 1906-1959, contains letters regarding Amherst College administrative matters, and a composition book containing handwritten transcriptions of letters to Manthey-Zorn from Robert Frost, dating from 1917 to 1947.

General correspondence

Box 1: folder 1
Transcribed correspondence with Robert Frost

Box 1: folder 2
Series 2: WRITINGS, ca.

Series 2, WRITINGS, ca. 1958, contains notes and drafts for a memoir about his childhood, his father, and life at Amherst College.

Memoir notes
ca. 1958

Box 1: folder 3
Partial memoirs - 3 sections on Meikeljohn
ca. 1958

Box 1: folder 4
Partial memoirs - "the parting of Meikeljohn"
ca. 1958

Box 1: folder 5
Partial memoirs - "President Harris' administration"
ca. 1958

Box 1: folder 6
Partial memoirs - pre-Amherst
ca. 1958

Box 1: folder 7
Partial memoirs - 3 chapters: Initiation, Normality, Meiklejohn
ca. 1958

Box 1: folder 8
Assorted papers - fragments and dedication
ca. 1958

Box 1: folder 9

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Amherst College--Faculty.
  • German literature--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--Amherst.
  • Manthey-Zorn, Otto, 1879-1964.
  • Meiklejohn, Alexander, 1872-1964.

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