Auswahl Deutscher Gedichte für Deutsche in Amerika. Lincoln, NE: Press Publishing Company, . 126 pp.
Inscribed by Henry Geiger; includes handwritten table of contents and a handwritten poem signed “H.G.” Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Bürger und Bauer = Citizen and Farmer. Minneapolis, MN. 1903-1908.
Four bound volumes: vol. 1, no. 1-vol. 1, no. 12 (January-December 1903); vol. 2, no. 1-vol. 2, no. 12 (January-December 1904); vol. 3, no. 1-vol. 3, no. 12 (January-December 1905); vol. 5, no. 1-vol. 5, no. 12 (January 1907-January 1908). Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
[Craik, Dinah Maria Mulock.] John Halifax. Eine Geschichte aus dem Leben. Rundschau Bibliothek, Band 1. Chicago: Louis Lange Jr. & Co., 1891. 492 pp.
Translation of John Halifax, Gentleman; inscribed Carl Gerlach. An 18th-century British melodrama portraying the rags-to-riches tale of an honest, ethical man. Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Cueppers, Josef Adam. Leibeigen. Herold Bibliothek, 1. Milwaukee, WI: Herold, 1903. 114 pp., ill.
Set in the village of Rodenbach in Saxony, this novel describes the aftereffects of the French Revolution as farmers revolt against serfdom. Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Hertzog, J. B. Auswahl poetischer und prosaischer Dialoge zur Belehrung und Unterhaltung für Schule und Haus. 2nd ed. Philadelphia and Leipzig: Schäfer und Koradi, 1868. 110 pp.
Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Horn, W. O. von. Gesammelte Erzählungen. Vol. 2. Amerikanische Original Ausgabe. Philadelphia: Schäfer und Koradi, 1866. 328 pp., ill.
W. O. Horn is a pseudonym for Philipp Friedrich Wilhelm Oertel, a German-American author. Contents: Die Geschichte des armen Scheerenschleifersjungen — Prinz Lieschen. Eine Geschichte für Mädchen, die hoch hinaus wollen — Das Heinzelmännchen — Von Einem, der erst ein treuer Diener war, und dann ein braver Herr wurde — Unverhofft kommt oft — Was Einer fertig bringen kann, wenn er will — Eine Geschichte, wie sie leider oft passirt — Der Siebente — Der Welt Lauf — Zwei harte Steine mahlen selten reine — Wie eine Frau ihren Mann einmal kurirt hat — Treue Hand geht durchs ganze Land — Der kam mitlauter Hoffnung herunter — Das Mädchen von Sasbach — Es ist Nichts so sein gesponnen, es kommt doch an das Licht der Sonnen. Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Kappe, Ernst. Kleine Weltgeschichte. Durchgesehen und fortgeführt bis auf die neueste Zeit. Neue amerikanische Ausgabe. Ein Lesebuch fürs Volk und seine Jugend. Milwaukee, Wis.: Brumder, 1904. 270 pp.
Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Machwürth, H. Liebet einander: Eine Erzählung. Columbus, Ohio: Lutheran Book Concern, n.d. 48 pp.
A story about a relationship between Christian and Jewish youth. Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Oehlschläger, J. C. English German and German English Pocket-Dictionary, with a Pronunciation of the English Part in German Characters and German Sounds = Englisch-Deutsches und Deutsch-Englisches Taschen-Wörterbuch, nebst Angabe der englischen Aussprache mit deutschen Buchstaben und deutschen Tonen. 19th ed. Philadelphia: Kohler, 1865. ix, 406, 307 pp.
Inscribed “C. Reichenbecher” Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Unpartheyisches Gesang-Buch, enthaltend geistreiche Lieder und Psalmen, zum allgemeinen Gebrauch des wahren Gottesdienstes. Auf Begehren der Brüderschaft der Mennonisten Gemeinen, aus vielen Liederbüchern gesammelt. Dritte verbesserte Auflage. Lancaster, Pa.: Johann Bär, 1820. 79, 472, 18 pp.
Zagel, Hermann H. Zagels Allerlei: Eine Serie von Plaudereien. St. Louis, Mo.: Louis Lange, 1930. 148 pp., ill.
Contents: “Wie die Post ins Pfarrhaus an der Piqua Road kam,” “Wie der Fritz zu seinem Hunde kam,” “Ich hatt’ einen Kameraden,” “Die Perser und die Frau,” “Wie Onkel Otto in Gefahr geriet, seinen Frieden zu verlieren, ihn jedoch zurückeroberte,” “Eine Fahrt in die alte Buschheimat,” “Eine Wintergeschichte,” “Der Kirchendiener,” “Der Bube und sein Hund,” “Wie der Kandidat ins Amt reiste und wer mit ihm fuhr. Ein Stücklein Autobiographie,” “Die Rache ist mein; ich will vergelten, spricht der Herr,” and “Erik.” Second copy donated by David M. Gosdeck.
Aust, Gerrit, and others. The Port of Hamburg and the Hanseatic League: A Tour through the History of Hamburg and the Hanse in the Company of the Guides of History of this North Sea port, beginning in the 12th century.
“With the commencement of German emigration around 1830 a new and profitable business started for the Hamburg shipping magnates…as over five million people emigrated from throughout central and eastern Europe.” Donated by Alexandra Jacob, Nov. 2003.
“Book Reviews. Edited by Timothy J. Holian.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 37, 2002, pp. 157-81.
Includes reviews of Ideology, Mimesis, Fantasy: Charles Sealsfield, Friedrich Gerstäcker, Karl May, and Other German Novelists of America – Jeffrey L. Sammons; Documents of Protest and Compassion: The Poetry of Walter Bauer – Angelika Arend; Charles Sealsfield: Dokumente zur Rezeptionsgeschichte, Teil 1: Die zeitgenössische Rezeption in Europa – edited by Primus-Heinz Kucher; Hidden Worlds. Revisiting the Mennonite Migrants of the 1870s – Royden Loewen; Die Auswanderung aus dem Herzogtum Braunschweig im Kräftespiel staatlicher Einflussnahme und öffentlicher Resonanz 1720-1897 – Cornelia Pohlmann; German? American? Literature?: New Directions in German-American Studies – edited by Winfried Fluck and Werner Sollors; A German Tale: A Girl Surviving Hitler’s Legacy – Erika V. Shearin Karres; Heroes from the Attic: A Gripping Story of Triumph – Herman I. Neumann; Aufsteig und Niedergang des deutschen Turnens in den USA – Annette R. Hofmann; Language and Language Use of the Amish and Mennonite Groups of Swiss-German Origin: An Annotated Bibliography – Werner Enninger et al.; No Such Country: Essays Toward Home – Elmar Lueth; Kulturelle Repräsentationen des Holocaust in Deutschland und den Vereinigten Staaten – edited by Klaus L. Berghahn, Jürgen Fohrmann, and Helmut J. Schneider; and Dictionary of German Names – Hans Bahlow.
Brandt, Edward R. “Geography & History Corner: Prussia from Belgium to Russian Lithuania.” Germanic Genealogy Journal, vol. 6, no. 3, Fall 2003, pp. 20-22, ill.
Examines the acquisition of territories by Prussia during three major periods: before 1815, 1815, and 1866.
Brinkmann, Tobias. “‘We Are Brothers! Let Us Separate’: Jewish Immigrants in Chicago between Gemeinde and Network Community before 1880.” German-Jewish Identities in America. Edited by Christof Mauch and Joseph Salmons Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 2003, pp. 40-63.
Analyzes “both the centrifugal and centripetal forces that influenced Jewish community building in the city of Chicago” during the period of intense immigration after the 1840s. The author contends that “in the American context the forces of assimilation often led to the transformation of Jewish community rather than its disintegration.”
Brochure for Research and Travel, Dr. Grams. .
Brochure for Oldenburg-based cultural heritage and research organization operated by Dr. Wolfgang Grams. The organization can arrange group travel with customized itineraries and conduct archival research in Germany. Donated by Dr. Wolfgram Grams.
Busch, Wilhelm. Max een Moritz: Eene Jungesjeschijcht enn sewen Schowanacke = Max und Moritz: Eine Bubengeschichte in sieben Streichen. Eene Äwasatung emm mennischen Plautdietsch von Thiessens Johaun. A translation into Mennonite Low German by Jack Thiessen. Neckarsteinach, Germany: Edition Tintenfass, 2003. 62 pp., ill.
Donated by Jack Thiessen.
Dillinger, Johannes. “Town Meeting Republics: Early Modern Communities in New England and Germany.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 37, 2002, pp. 25-39.
Outlines and compares the “political representation of rural communities in early modern New England and Germany,” introduces “a new definition of communalism,” and describes “elements of rural political thought that informed both colonial New England and pre-revolutionary Germany.”
Edwards, Lois. “Starting Points for Germanic Genealogy: New York Immigrants–Ellis Island or Castle Garden?” Germanic Genealogy Journal, vol. 6, no. 3, Fall 2003, pp. 16-17.
Ehlers, Wilhelm. “Bremen als Auswandererhafen.” Jahrbuch des Norddeutschen Lloyd, 1922-1923, pp. 110-157, ill.
Norddeutscher Lloyd Bremen; photocopy donated by Victor Greene, 2003.
Discusses reasons for emigration, the earliest German emigrants, contracts between emigrants and ship owners, conditions on the ships, and many other aspects of emigration from Bremen.
Eichhoff, Jürgen. “Madison, Wisconsin: Historische Gebäude und Stätten, die auf deutsche Einwanderer zurückgehen.” 5 pp., ill.
Photocopy. Traces the influence of German-speaking immigrants upon the city of Madison, Wisconsin. Includes a map with a walking tour of eleven historical buildings and places. In German.
Erdman, Harley. “German Jews and American Show Business: A Reconsideration.” German-Jewish Identities in America. Edited by Christof Mauch and Joseph Salmons Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 2003, pp. 106-16.
Contends that, “due to the achievements of German Jews, the structure of a modern American show business was already in place by the turn of the century,” and argues that “the rise of this show business was not a ‘New York story’ but one that involved a mediation between New York and the rest of the nation—with German Jews uniquely positioned to serve as mediators.”
Feingold, Henry L. “German Jews and the American-Jewish Synthesis.” German-Jewish Identities in America. Edited by Christof Mauch and Joseph Salmons Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 2003, pp. 8-20.
Examines whether “the modalities and strategies developed by German Jewry in America in the nineteenth century are still viable in America today and for post-Holocaust Jewish life in general.”
First Publication of the Declaration of Independence in a Foreign Language. [New York: German Information Center, n.d.].
Facsimile of a German translation of the Declaration of Independence, which appeared in the July 9, 1776 issue of Henrich Miller’s Pennsylvanischer Staatsbote.
Hart, Mitchell B. “Franz Boas as German, American, and Jew.” German-Jewish Identities in America. Edited by Christof Mauch and Joseph Salmons Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 2003, pp. 88-105.
“Undoubtedly, there is a connection between Boas’s German and Jewish background, status as an immigrant, and commitment to an anthropology that allowed for the strong influence of environmental factors on anatomical ones; that is, that sought to undermine a biological or racial determinism and replace it with an explanatory framework focused on culture.” However, “in order to be taken as scientific, Boas’s work had to appear value-neutral and de-politicized.. It was only such an impersonal narrative..that had the greatest chance of proving effective and bringing about the sorts of political and social changes that would ultimately benefit Jews and other minorities in America.”
Hecht, Hans. “Drei Jahrhunderte deutscher überseeischer Auswanderung.” Jahrbuch des Norddeutschen Lloyd, 1925, pp. 65-93.
Photocopy donated by Victor Greene.
Heritage Map: A Travel and Research Companion. Emigration, Historic Sites, Travel, Tourist Information. Covers Bremen, Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven, Oldenburg, Delmenhorst and Some Provinces of Hanover. Oldenburg, Germany: Research & Travel, Dr. Grams, 2003.
Also includes information on former emigrant agencies, museums and exhibits on emigration, migration patterns, biographical portraits, and interesting stories and facts. Donated by Dr. Wolfgang Grams.
Hoehnle, Peter. “A Short History of the Amana Society, 1714-2002.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 37, 2002, pp. 13-23.
“Nestled in the wooded valley of the Iowa River in east central Iowa, the seven villages that comprise the Amana Colonies retain ample evidence of the work of the sturdy German Pietists who settled and constructed the villages a century and a half ago. Refugees from religious persecution in the German states of the early nineteenth century, the founders of Amana were the descendants of an eighteenth century religious movement first known as the Community of True Inspiration (Wahre Inspirations Gemeinde).”
Holzapfel, Otto. “Lieder deutscher Auswanderer.” Bremisches Jahrbuch, vol. 54, 1976, pp. 13-20.
German emigration songs. Donated by Victor Greene.
Hötzsch, Otto. Die Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika. Monographien zur Weltgeschichte, vol. 20. Edited by Eduard Heyck. Bielefeld und Leipzig: Velhagen & Klasing, 1904. 180 pp., ill.
Introduction includes “Deutschland und die nordamerikanische Republic,” pp. 1-6. Donated by Victor Greene.
Hoyt, Dolores, and Giles R. Hoyt. “Annual Bibliography of German-Americana: Articles, Books, Selected Media, and Dissertations.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 37, 2002, pp. 183-232.
Hummel, Richard L., and Rudi Prusok. “German-American Target Shooting Societies in Nineteenth-Century Illinois.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 37, 2002, pp. 115-23.
Examines shooting societies (Schützenverein) established by German-speaking immigrants in Illinois, with suggestions for future research.
Jarosinski, Eric. “‘Der unrealistische Genosse’: Heinrich Bartel and Milwaukee Socialism.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 37, 2002, pp. 125-33.
Profiles Austrian immigrant Heinrich Bartel, who “arrived in Milwaukee in 1911 as a published poet and composer, experienced journalist and seasoned radical.”
Johnson, Anita Locy. “The German Free School.” The Journal (German-Texan Heritage Society), vol. 24, no. 3, Fall 2003, pp. 212-27, ill.
Discusses the history of the German Free School in Austin, Texas, which was established in 1858. Includes a listing of trustees and teachers 1858-1883, as well as an incomplete listing of students found on a handwritten document.
“Immigrant Stories: Part 2.” Germanic Genealogy Journal, vol. 6, no. 3, Fall 2003, pp. 11-15, ill.
Brief stories submitted by Germanic Genealogy Society members. Includes an index of surnames and localities.
Katrizky, Linda. “Johann Gottfried Seume’s Expedition with the Hessians to America, 1781-83.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 37, 2002, pp. 41-61.
Recounts the experiences of the German author Seume, who was born into the rural poor and pressed into the Hessian Army to fight in Canada.
Kirchheimer, Manfred. “German Jew or Jewish German?: Post Immigration Questions.” German-Jewish Identities in America. Edited by Christof Mauch and Joseph Salmons Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 2003, pp. 154-62.
“This article is adapted from the introduction to Gloria DeVidas Kirchheimer and Manfred Kirchheimer, We Were So Beloved: Autobiography of a German Jewish Community (Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997).”
Personal recollection of the experience of a German Jewish family who immigrated to the United States after Hitler’s rise to power.
Kovach, Thomas. “German Jews and Ostjuden in the American South: Alfred Uhry’s Last Night of Ballyhoo.” German-Jewish Identities in America. Edited by Christof Mauch and Joseph Salmons Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 2003, pp. 117-32.
Uhry’s play portrays a wealthy and assimiliated German-Jewish family in Atlanta, Georgia, at the time when Hitler is invading Poland. This article considers the broader historical context of the Jewish community in Atlanta during this period and then examines the play in-depth with a focus on the attitude of the play’s German Jewish family toward Ostjuden.
Labriola, Patrick. “German Intellectual History and American Romanticism: Spirit, Nature Philosophy, and the Occult.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 37, 2002, pp. 79-90.
Examines the connections between the literary, philosophical, and theological writings associated with German intellectual history and the works of such American writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Edgar Allan Poe.
“Local Culture: Interdisciplinary Project Explores Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies before 1939.” German-Canadian Studies Newsletter, vol. 6, no. 1, Aug. 2003, pp. 1-2.
The “Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies Project,” funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, will collect accounts of personal experiences from individuals who lived on the prairies in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta before 1939. Researchers are interested in learning about daily life, local customs and traditions, social activities, and pastimes.
Lutz, Brian, trans. English Translation of Die Altlutherische Auswanderung um die Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts [by] Wilhelm Iwan, herausgegeben vom Johann Hess-Institut, Breslau, 1943: Old Lutheran Emigration of the Mid-19th Century from Eastern Germany (Mainly Pomerania and Lower Silesia) to Australia, Canada, and the United States. Mequon WI: Freistadt Historical Society, Trinity Lutheran Church of Freistadt, 2002. 3 vols. (332, 237,  pp.), maps.
Iwan’s research, originally published in 1943, documents the emigration of thousands of “Old Lutherans” from Prussia between 1835 and 1854. Examines reasons for emigration, the denial and then permission of emigration requests, the “Great Emigration of 1839,” the “record year” of emigration in 1843, the pastors who led emigration, disputes and divisions in America, and families that were divided by emigration. Compelled primarily by religious reasons, these Pomeranians, Silesians, Saxons, Brandenburgers, and others settled in such Wisconsin areas as Freistadt, Cedarburg, Kirchhayn, Lebanon, and Milwaukee. Includes a list of emigrants by surname, showing the year of emigration, the village of origin, the destination, the ages of family members, and the wife’s maiden name.
Mauch, Christof, and Joseph Salmons, eds. German-Jewish Identities in America. Studies of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies. Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 2003. xii, 171 pp.
Contents: “German Jews and the American-Jewish Synthesis,” by Henry Feingold — “‘Give to the Poor! Yourself You’ll Bless!’ Jewish Charities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1850-1914,” by Anke Ortlepp — “‘We Are Brothers! Let Us Separate’: Jewish Immigrants in Chicago between Gemeinde and Network Community before 1880,” by Tobias Brinkmann — “Shaping the American Jewish Community: The Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, 1843-1914,” by Cornelia Wilhelm — “Franz Boas as German, American, and Jew,” by Mitchell b. Hart — “German Jews and American Show Business: A Reconsideration,” by Harley Erdman — “German Jews and Ostjuden in the American South: Alfred Uhry’s Last Night of Ballyhoo,” by Thomas Kovach — “‘I Always Thought I Was a German, It Was Hitler Who Taught Me I Was a Jew’: National-Socialist Persecution, Identity, and the German Language,” by Monika S. Schmid — “German Jew or Jewish German?: Post-Immigration Questions,” by Manfred Kirchheimer. Explores varied German-Jewish identities in America from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines. Essays examine such varied topics as the relationship between German and Eastern European Jews in America, the development of the B’nai B’rith, nineteenth-century Jewish community-building in Chicago, German Jews’ role in the building of modern American show business, and the correlation between date of emigration and language loss among Jewish emigrants fleeing to America from Nazi Germany. Although most of the contributors are historians, there are also chapters from a linguist, theater and literature professors, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Mielke, Andreas. “The Decision of Henrich Häger to Emigrate.” Beyond Germanna, vol. 15, no. 5, Sept. 2003, pp. 899-901.
Traces through letters and other documents how Pastor Johann Henrich Häger, accompanied by his wife and two daughters, came to emigrate from Oberfischbach to America around 1713. His son, Johann friedrich, was already living in New York by 1712.
Muehl, Siegmar. “German Emigration to North America, 1817-18: The Gagern-Fürstenwärther Mission and Report.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 37, 2002, pp. 63-77.
“In the year 1817, a young German aristocrat, Moritz von Fürstenwärther, arrived in the United States to…. report on the fate of the many German emigrants arriving in America at that time.” His report reveals a sometimes unflattering picture of the United States during its formative period, and it illuminates the hardships and difficult conditions faced by many German emigrants both during their journeys and upon their arrival in America.
Ortlepp, Anke. “‘Give to the Poor! Yourself You’ll Bless!’ Jewish Charities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1850-1914.” German-Jewish Identities in America. Edited by Christof Mauch and Joseph Salmons Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 2003, pp. 21-39.
Explores how the history of the organizations that united to form the Federated Jewish Charities, “and that of the umbrella group under which they eventually united, reflects the problems and processes of forging a community among Jewish Milwaukee’s disparate ethnic and social groups.”
Pelak, Linda Hesse. “The General Slocum Disaster: The ‘Titanic’ of New York City’s German Community.” Germanic Genealogy Journal, vol. 6, no. 3, Fall 2003, pp. 5-6, ill.
“On June 15, 1904, the members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, one of the German churches in the Kleindeutschland [Little Germany] area of Manhattan, chartered an excursion ferry, the General Slocum.” A fire aboard the ship resulted in the loss of 1,021 people, seventy-five percent of those onboard.
[Photocopies of title pages for books from a church library.]
Copies of title pages from some eighty books held in the Sunday school library at the Westfield German Methodist Episcopal Church in Sauk County, Wisconsin. The books were published in the German language by publishers in the United States, and nearly none of the titles are in the collection of the Max Kade Institute.
Donated by Ross Walker.
Pickle, Linda Schelbitzki. “Gender and Self-Representation in the Letters of Nineteenth Century Rural German-Speakers.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 37, 2002, pp. 91-114.
Examines how gender roles may have influenced the ways in which immigrants represented themselves in letters written to their homeland. In general, men who were successful in their new lives tended to write of their success “in a manner that may seem overbearing to us today,” while women were “sensitive to the ways in which they would be ‘read’ by the recipients of their letters,” and they sought to maintain positive contact with their families in Germany.
Prinz, Harvey L. “Davenport’s First Public German School: 150th Anniversary, 1853-2003–Die Freie Deutsche Schule (German Free School).” Infoblatt, vol. 8, no. 4, Autumn 2003, pp. 5-10, ill.
Prinz, Merle E. “The Contributions of Carl Schurz, 1829-1906: A Radical, a Fugitive, and a German-American Leader. Part 7, Schurz, Slavery, and Politics.” Infoblatt, vol. 8, no. 4, Autumn 2003, pp. 15-19, ill.
[Receipt for the Germania-Kalender, 1900].
A receipt for two paperbound copies of the 1900 issue of the Germania-Kalender, published by the Germania company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The receipt is signed Ph. Saxmann on Jan. 6th, 1900. The charge for the paperbound copy is 25 cents, 30 cents for the hardbound copy.
Replica of Reisepass from the Freye und Hanse-Stadt Hamburg.
Intended for use by individuals on cultural heritage tours of Germany, this replica is not filled out. The original is in the Stadtarchiv Cuxhaven. Donated by Dr. Wolfgram Grams.
Replica of Reisepass from the Königreich Hannover.
Intended for use by individuals on cultural heritage tours of Germany, this replica is not filled out. Donated by Dr. Wolfgram Grams.
Scheibler, Samuel. “Fröhliche Weihnachten = Merry Christmas.” Perspektiven (Goethe House of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.), vol. 3, no. 1, Winter 2003-2004, pp. 1, 4-7, ill.
Examines aspects of German heritage apparent in Wisconsin during the Christmas season, including the Christmas tree, Advent wreaths, the Feast of St. Barbara, Santa Claus, and the celebration of the Three Wise Men.
Schmid, Monika S. “‘I Always Thought I Was a German, It Was Hitler Who Taught Me I Was a Jew’: National-Socialist Persecution, Identity, and the German Language.” German-Jewish Identities in America. Edited by Christof Mauch and Joseph Salmons Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 2003, pp. 133-53.
Explores the consequences Nazi persecution had upon the maintenance and attrition of the German language among a group of German-Jewish refugees.
Stern, Guy. “Carl Schurz in Michigan.” Yearbook of German-American Studies, vol. 37, 2002, pp. 1-11.
Utilizing materials from the morgue of the Detroit Wochenpost, four letters by Schurz preserved at the Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan, and the papers of Udo Brachvogel located at the New York Public Library, Stern reconstructs the “intense and crisis-ridden” years 1866-1867 during which Carl Schurz resided in Detroit, Michigan.
Tolzmann, Don Heinrich. “The Germanic Museum, 1903-2003.” Society for German-American Studies Newsletter, vol. 24, no. 3, Sept. 2003, pp. 1-4, ill.
Relates the life of Kuno Francke (1855-1930), Professor of the History of German Culture at Harvard, and his role in establishing the Germanic Museum, today called the Busch-Reisinger Museum, in Boston.
Ward, Robert E. “Cleveland’s Germans in Historical Perspective, Part IV.” German-American Journal, vol. 52, no. 5, Sept./Oct. 2003, pp. 13.
“What Was on the Mind of Your German-American Ancestor?” Der Blumenbaum, vol. 21, no. 2, Oct./Nov./Dec. 2003, pp. 71.
Lists topics of debates and lectures presented at the Davenport (Iowa) Turngemeinde from 1857 to 1915. Among the topics: “Status of women,” Mar. 1, 1857; “Is water or beer preferable for the health of human beings?” Dec. 1867; “The abolition of capital punishment,” Nov. 1873; Debate: “German instruction in public schools,” Apr. 1874; “The attitude of immigrants toward the immigration problem,” Apr. 25, 1898; “Antisemitism of the present and race hatred in history,” Sept. 28, 1899; and “Geman-American Poets,” Oct. 23, 1900.
Wilhelm, Cornelia. “Shaping the American Jewish Community: The Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, 1843-1914.” German-Jewish Identities in America. Edited by Christof Mauch and Joseph Salmons Madison, WI: Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, 2003, pp. 64-87.
Examines the “exclusively Jewish fraternal order, the Independent Order of B’nai B’rith, which was fully independent from congregational and rabbinical authority, [and which] was to serve to promote a truly Jewish, yet modern, secular and respectable religious lifestyle among American Jews.”
“Winner of First GCS Essay Prize: UW Graduate Robyn Dyck Goes On to Harvard.” German-Canadian Studies Newsletter, vol. 6, no. 1, Aug. 2003, pp. 2, 4.
The first winner of the German-Canadian Studies Essay wrote an essay entitled “Speculative Endeavor: Possible Causes for the Emergence of Plautdietsch in Written Form.” The essay explores why the Low German spoken by Mennonites became a literary language only in the 20th century.
Zamzow, DuWayne. “Letters from the Field: Friedrich Krenz, Civil War Woes, 1864. Fourth in a Series.” Dat Pommersche Blatt, no. 38, Oct. 2003, pp. 12, 17, ill.
Krenz emigrated from Pomerania in 1854 and bought a farm in the Town of Berlin, Wisconsin. He was drafted into the Union Army on September 22, 1864, serving in the Third Regiment of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. This letter was dated January 21, 1865, while he was in Alabama. He refers to the discomfort and illness the soldiers had to endure. The letters were translated by Esther (Krenz) Bloch.
Asbach, John, and Katharina Asbach. [Letters]. .
Includes scanned images of Civil War letters from John (Johann) Asbach to his parents and siblings; photocopies and translations of these letters are found in FH Hasselman at the end of the entry for Asbach, John William. John Asbach served with Company M, 3rd Iowa Calvary, and was killed October 25, 1864. The letters reflect a mixture a German and English words. Also included are a letter from Veronica Asbach to her daughter Kathrina McNelly in Andover, Missouri (dated Feb. 10, 1887); a 29-page handwritten book titled Andachts-Uebungen der monatlichen Versammlung (prayers for the monthly gathering); a deed for John and Veronica Asbach’s farm in Iowa; a page from a family Bible; two fragments of writing exercises in English; and a map showing the course of the Rhine river. [Thanks to Alexandra Jacobs for identifying documents in this collection.]
Giffey, Neil. The Giffey, Kathmann, Kaschube, Weishoff Families and Related Lines in Germany and America, 1710-2003. Dodgeville, WI: [the author], 2003.  pp., ill.
Documents six generations of the Giffey line back to 1710, and includes the surnames Giffey, Lampe, Niebel, Gehrke, Kathmann, Mack, Iverson, Brinkerhoff, Kaschube, Schwandt, Draves, Dilts, Davies, Sullivan, Pangburn, Meeder, Kluczinski, and Lockwood. The family has connections to Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Washington counties in Wisconsin. Donated by Neil Giffey.
Kahlfuss. [Marriage contract]. 1726.  pp.
A marriage contract dated July 23, 1726, for Johann Daniel Kahlfuss and Annen Dorotheen Allerkamps, handwritten in high German with some Latin. The contract discusses land holdings, future children, and arrangements in the case of an unexpected death.
[Autograph book for Mary Justena Miller]. [1882-1916]. 1 compact disc.
MKI collection owns only digital format of autograph book. Images of 28 pages of autographs. Most autographs are in English, with three in German. Names include: Vogel, Davison, Miller, Remus, Steinback, Klatt, Riedner, Bourk, Uecker, and Klecker. Locations include: Columbus, Wisconsin; Austin, Minnesota; Jackson, Minnesota; Waterloo, Wisconsin; and Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Original autograph book lent for scanning by Sue Lendborg.
Esch, A. J. Erstes deutsches Lesebuch für amerikanische Schulen. Cleveland, Ohio: Lauer & Mattill, 1890. 89 pp., ill.
Exercises for learning to read German as well as for learning to write the old German script. From the Preface: “It is hoped that this series will receive a friendly welcome at the hands of teachers and pupils, and become an effectual aid in teaching German in our American schools.” Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Keller, I. Bilder aus der Deutschen Litteratur. Rev. ed. New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: American Book Company, 1895. 359 pp.
Inscribed Roman [?] W. Lindemann, 1914-1915, New Ulm, Minn. Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Rathmann, Julius, Carl HIllenkamp, and Eberhard Dallmer, eds. Fibel und erstes Lesebuch. New German Readers, Book 1. Boston: Atkinson, Mentzer & Co., 1910. 156 pp., ill.
Second copy donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Schmidhofer, Martin. Zweites Lesebuch für amerikanische Schulen. Heath’s Modern Language Series. Boston: Heath, ©1914. iii, 200 pp., ill.
Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Sealsfield, Charles. Die Prärie am Jacinto. New York: Holt, 1905. iv, 131 pp.
This story is set during the Texan war of independence against Mexico, and includes striking depictions of nature and early conditions on America’s southwestern frontier. Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
Weick, W. H., and C. Grebner. Deutsches fünftes Lesebuch für amerikanische Schulen. Eclectic Series, Fifth Reader. New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: American Book Company, 1887. 352 pp.
Donated by David M. Gosdeck, New Ulm, MN.
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