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Marie Munk Papers, 1901-1976
13 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 111

Abstract:
Lawyer, judge, and marriage counselor. The Marie Munk papers include correspondence, writings, and memorabilia. The collection documents her work on domestic relations, marriage counseling, juvenile delinquency, and women's rights. Of special interest are manuscripts, written in both English and German, on the position of women before and after World War I; her experiences as a judge in pre-Hitler Germany; and an oral history conducted at Smith College in 1971.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Marie Munk was born in Berlin (then Prussia) on July 4, 1885. She graduated from Kaiserin Augusta Gymnasium and received her Doctor of Laws degree from Heidelberg University in 1911. Having passed the two necessary bar exams in 1920 and 1924, Munk began work with the Prussian Ministry of Justice. In 1925 she became the first woman admitted to practice law in Berlin and was appointed District Court Judge in 1929. Because she was of Jewish descent, by Nazi law she was dismissed in 1933. Munk first visited the United States in 1933 at the invitation of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women as a delegate to the International Congress of Women in Chicago. She returned in 1934, having secured a position at the New York School for Delinquent Girls. In 1943 Munk was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar. She went on to work as a marriage counselor for the Court of Common Pleas in Toledo, Ohio, then settled permanently in Cambridge, Massachusetts i

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Marie Munk papers consist 4 linear feet of correspondence, writings, printed material and memorabilia. There is documentation of Munk's early career in articles from the U.S. and Germany, and in personal and business correspondence. Although there are some letters from her brother (1914-1915), most correspondence dates from 1934. Of particular interest are letters from musicologist Sophie Drinker (1952-66). There are numerous publications by Munk, as well as manuscripts in both German and English, including material on domestic relations, marriage and marriage counseling, juvenile delinquency, and women's rights. Of special interest are manuscripts on the position of women before and after World War I, written for the International Federation of Business and Professional Women; Munk's reminiscences of her experiences as a judge in pre-Hitler Germany (1945); and a proposal by Munk to reunify East and West Berlin (1948).


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Restrictions on use:

The copyright owner of this collection is unknown. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Marie Munk Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Marie Munk Papers were originally bequeathed to the Sophia Smith Collection and the Schlesinger Library. It was determined that the entire collection was more appropriate to the Sophia Smith Collection due to the substantial content on Germany, and the Schlesinger Library transferred their portion of the papers to the SSC in 1979.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 2000.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English and German
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
(1901-1975)
1 linear ft.

This series contains poetry, photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, and official documents. In addition, there is documentation of Munk's early career in articles from the U. S. and Germany, autobiographical sketches, and an oral history conducted at Smith College in 1971.

(1914-1977)
1.5 linear ft.

This series is organized into to subseries: Personal and Business. The bulk of the material is post-1934, following Munk's arrival in the United States. It includes six letters from mucsicologist Sophie Drinker (1952, 1965-66). The only personal correspondence remaining from her life in Germany are World War I letters from her brother, Ernest Munk, to his family (1914-15).

(1915-1964)
1.25 linear ft.

This series consists of numerous publications and manuscripts in both German and English. Topics include domestic relations, marriage and marriage counseling, juvenile delinquency, and women's rights. There is also a manuscript of an unpublished book, "Elements of Love and Marriage" (1950). Of special interest are the manuscripts on the position of women during and after World War I (1940), written for the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, her reminiscences of her experiences as a judge in pre-Hitler Germany (1945), and a proposal for the reunification of Berlin.

(1918-1959)
.5 linear ft.

The series contains printed material and manuscripts pertaining to several subject areas, particularly domestic relations, illegitimacy, juvenile delinquency, psychology, Germany, and Women. Also of interest is a manuscript by Kate Lindenau about women during World War I and the postwar period.

(1931-1974)
.25 linear ft.

This series has in it membership records and printed material related to Munk's organizational affiliations.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL
(1901-1975)


Material relating to the Marie Munk Papers


Box 1: folder 1
Clippings
1924-27, 1936-56, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Biographical information and publication lists
1911-12, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Oral history by Betty Eberhart
1971

Box 1: folder 4
Poem's written for her grandfather Wilhelm Munk's birthday and death
1914-29

Box 1: folder 5
Munk family poems and plays
1914, 1935, n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Memorabilia and unidentified material
1936-76, n.d.

Box 1: folder 7
Photographs
1934-40, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
Official documents



College and university diplomas
1904-23, 1953

Box 1: folder 9
Certificates
1901-22, 1975

Box 1: folder 10
Letters of recommendation
1919-43

Box 1: folder 11
Papers re: admission to Ohio Bar
1944

Box 1: folder 12
Will
1967

Box 1: folder 13
Photocopies of material from scrapbook
1917-47

Box 2: folder 1-2
Scrapbook
1933-47

Box 3
SERIES II. CORRESPONDENCE
(1914-1977)


Personal



Outgoing



A-K
circa 1965-76

Box 4: folder 1
Ackerman, J.
1965-75

Box 4: folder 2
Arner, Charlotte
1970

Box 4: folder 3
Behl, Lula and Wolfgang
1968-70

Box 4: folder 4
Braun, Louise
1972-76

Box 4: folder 5
Drinker, Sophie
1952-66

Box 4: folder 6
Egbers, Marlis and Gerhard
1967-75

Box 4: folder 7
Engelbrecht, Hertha
1967-75

Box 4: folder 8
Fields, Sue
1965-75

Box 4: folder 9
"Friends, Dear"
1945, 1951, 1965-77

Box 4: folder 10
Gans, Helene
1965-76

Box 4: folder 11
Gerson, Tove
1965-76

Box 4: folder 12
Glucksman, Elisabeth
1940, 1965-75, n.d.

Box 4: folder 13
Gottschalk, Julia
1955-69

Box 4: folder 14
Hahn, Beate
1967-70

Box 4: folder 15
Haupt, Gerda
1968-77

Box 4: folder 16
Heim, Julia
1909-10, 1966-74

Box 4: folder 17
von Hentig, Otto
1966-76

Box 4: folder 18
Howalt, Carola
1964-77

Box 4: folder 19
Kuhn, Craig and Sally
1971-74

Box 4: folder 20
L-Z
circa 1962-76

Box 4: folder 21
Leonard, Louisa
1965-76

Box 4: folder 22
Lindenau, Kathelien
1963-77, n.d.

Box 4: folder 23
Mayer, Erna
1968-69

Box 4: folder 24
Mombert, Francois and Margot
1966-75

Box 4: folder 25
Mueller-Munk, Gertrude (sister)
1964-69

Box 4: folder 26
Mueller-Munk, Peter (nephew)
1961-67

Box 4: folder 27
Mueller-Zemmerick, Ingeburg
1968-76

Box 4: folder 28
Reynolds, Elizabeth
1970-76

Box 5: folder 1
Runne, Ursula
1967-75

Box 5: folder 2
Schoenheintz, Maria
1967-69

Box 5: folder 3
Theil, Ursel
1971-75

Box 5: folder 4
Thompson, Lisbet
1955-75

Box 5: folder 5
Yarke, Gerta
1965-74

Box 5: folder 6
Unidentified (Doerchen and Ferdinand)
1966-76

Box 5: folder 7
Unidentified (Doerli)
1965-75

Box 5: folder 8
Unidentified
circa 1963-77

Box 5: folder 9-10
Incoming



A-G
circa 1964-74

Box 6: folder 1
Ackerman, J.
1962-76

Box 6: folder 2
Behl, Lula and Wolfgang
1968-70

Box 6: folder 3
Braun, Louisa
1971-76

Box 6: folder 4
Charlton, Henrietta
1962-67

Box 6: folder 5
Drinker, Sophie
1952-66

Box 6: folder 6
Egbers, Marlis and Gerhard
1970-76

Box 6: folder 7
Fields, Sue
1977-75, n.d.

Box 6: folder 8
Engelbrecht, Hertha
1963-76

Box 6: folder 9
Gans, Helene
1964-72

Box 6: folder 10
Gerson, Tove
1968-76, n.d.

Box 6: folder 11
Glucksman, Elisabeth, circa late
1930s-75

Box 6: folder 12
Gottschalk, Julia
1934-36, circa 1964-69

Box 6: folder 13
H-L
circa 1966-74

Box 6: folder 14
Hahn, Beate
1967-70

Box 6: folder 15
Hammerson, Gerlinde
1974-76

Box 6: folder 16
Haupt, Gerda
1967-76

Box 6: folder 17
Heim, Julia
circa 1964-76

Box 6: folder 18
von Hentig, Otto
1949-76

Box 6: folder 19
Howalt, Carola
1964-76

Box 6: folder 20
Keiser, Hildegard
1968-70

Box 6: folder 21
Kessel, Erna
1963-69

Box 6: folder 22
Kuhn, Craig and Sally
1970-74

Box 6: folder 23
Leonard, Louise
1948, circa 1965-76

Box 6: folder 24
Lindenau, Kathelein
circa 1954-74

Box 6: folder 25
M-Z
circa 1962-74

Box 7: folder 1
Meyer, Erna
1967-69

Box 7: folder 2
Mombert, Francois
circa 1965-76

Box 7: folder 3
Mueller-Munk, Gertrude (sister)
1934, 1957-68

Box 7: folder 4
Mueller-Munk, Peter (nephew)
1960-67

Box 7: folder 5
Mueller-Zemmerick, Ingeberg
1963-77

Box 7: folder 6
Munk, Ernst (brother)
1914-15

Box 7: folder 7
Munk, Paula (mother)
1915, 1933-34

Box 7: folder 8
Platt, Eida
1967-71

Box 7: folder 9
Post, Clarissa
1965-71

Box 7: folder 10
Reynolds, Elizabeth
circa 1969-75

Box 7: folder 11
Runne, Ursula
1970-76

Box 7: folder 12
Thompson, Elizabeth
circa 1950-71

Box 7: folder 13
Yarke, Greta
circa 1950-74

Box 7: folder 14
Zwicker, Marga
1964-75

Box 7: folder 15
Unidentified (Doerli)
circa 1969-75

Box 7: folder 16
Unidentified
n.d.

Box 7: folder 17
Business



A-D
circa 1952-73

Box 8: folder 1
E-H
circa 1965-75

Box 8: folder 2
I-M
1937, 1965-70

Box 8: folder 3
N-R
circa 1968-75

Box 8: folder 4
S-Z
circa 1960-73

Box 8: folder 5
Re: Munk's receipt of restitution from German government
1959-56

Box 8
Re: research on institutions for delinquent girls
1933-34

Box 8: folder 6
SERIES III. WRITINGS
(1915-1964)


Printed



Recht und Rechtverfolgung in Familienrecht: Eine gemeinverstaendliche darstellung fuer Unterricht und Selbststudium nebst repitorium (Verlag von Otto Liebmann, Berlin)


Box 9: folder 1
Miscellaneous
1915-54

Box 9: folder 2-3
Clippings
1924-48

Box 9: folder 4
Notes



Marriage and family
n.d.

Box 9: folder 5-6
Miscellaneous
n.d.

Box 9: folder 7
Manuscripts



"Position of Women During and After the World War," written for the International Federation of Business and Professional Women
1940

Box 10: folder 1
"Reminiscences of a Pioneer Woman Judge in Pre-Hitler Germany: The Rise and Fall of German Feminism" (written early 1940s, before Munk took the Bar Exam in Washington, DC)
1945

Box 10: folder 2
"Can Patriotism Demand the Violent Overthrow of the Government": correspondence, notes and sources
1952

Box 10: folder 3
"Germany in the Past, America in the Present"
n.d.

Box 10: folder 4-5
"The Family in Nazi Germany"
n.d.

Box 10: folder 6
"Personal Rights and Mutual Obligations of Husband and Wife: chapter from "Law and Procedure of Domestic Relations"
n.d.

Box 10: folder 7
Miscellaneous
1931-51, n.d.

Box 10: folder 8
Poetry
n.d.

Box 10: folder 9
Speeches
1912-64

Box 10: folder 10
"Elements of Love and Marriage"



Table of contents and introduction
1950

Box 11: folder 1
Parts I-IV (Chapters 1-34)
n.d.

Box 11: folder 2-6
Fragments, including introduction to a 1952 edition
1952, n.d.

Box 11: folder 7-8
Correspondence
1939-57

Box 11: folder 9
Writings by others
n.d.

Box 11: folder 10
Miscellaneous poems (possibly by Munk)
1937, n.d.

Box 11: folder 11
SERIES IV. SUBJECTS
(1918-1959)


"Proposal for the Reunification of West and East Berlin"
1948

Box 12: folder 1
Domestic Relations (Chicago Municipal Court)
1944

Box 12: folder 2
Illegitimacy


Box 12: folder 3
Juvenile Delinquency



Lancaster School for Girls
1947

Box 12: folder 4
New York State Training School for Girls
1934, 1959

Box 12: folder 5
Lecture material
1939, 1955

Box 12: folder 6
Marriage
1947, 1950

Box 12: folder 7
Marriage counseling
n.d.

Box 12: folder 8
Psychology


Box 12: folder 9
Sweden: women and families
1946-49

Box 12: folder 10
Uniform Divorce Act
1954

Box 12: folder 11
Germany: women (includes manuscript by Kathelein Lindenau about women during World War I and the postwar period)
1925-37

Box 12: folder 12
SERIES V. ORGANIZATIONS
(1931-1974)


American Association of University Women, American Bar Association, German Federation of Business, and Professional Women and International Federation of Business and Professional Women
1931-74

Box 13: folder 1
International Federation of Women Lawyers
1960-74

Box 13: folder 2
League of Women Voters, Massachusetts Bar Association, National Association of Women Lawyers, National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs
1960-75

Box 13: folder 3
National Conference on Family Relations
1941-47

Box 13: folder 4

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Behl, Wofgang, 1918-
  • Drinker, Sophie Hutchinson, 1888-1968
  • Female juvenile delinquents--United States--History--Sources
  • Feminism--Germany--History--20th century--Sources
  • Immigrants--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Jewish women--Germany--History--20th century--Sources
  • Marriage--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Munk, Marie, 1885-1978
  • Women judges--Germany--History--Sources
  • Women lawyers--United States--History--Sources
  • Women--Germany--Social conditions--Sources
  • World War, 1914-1918--Germany--Personal narratives
  • World War, 1914-1918--Germany--Women


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