Erich Hula Papers, 1900-1986
- Hula, Erich, 1900-
- A substantial portion of the Erich Hula Papers consists of his writings, both in typescript and published form. This includes his contributions to newspapers and journals as well as extensive notes from his research and for courses taught. The collection also contains correspondence files and biographical documents, and a large collection of reprints (and some typescripts) sent to and collected by Hula of colleagues and other scholars.
- 22 cubic ft.
- English and English German
- Preferred citation:
- Preferred citation for this material is as follows: and Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Erich Hula Papers 1900-1986 (GER-044). M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Erich Hula Papers).
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- Scope and Content:
A substantial portion of the Erich Hula Papers consists of his writings, both in typescript and published form. This includes his contributions to newspapers and journals, dating from the 1920s to 1984, and also contains extensive notes from his research as well as for courses taught primarily at the New School for Social Research. The collection also contains correspondence files and biographical documents, and a large collection of reprints (and some typescripts) sent to and collected by Hula of colleagues and other scholars, including Hans Kelsen, Hans Morgenthau, Leo Gross, Arnold Brecht and Kurt von Fritz.
- Biographical / Historical:
According to Arnold Brecht, a contemporary of Hula at the New School for Social Research, Erich Hula was "one of the most influential colleagues in the administrative and scholarly development of the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, which he joined in 1938 after his arrival as a fugitive from Nazi-occupied Austria". With the exception of a semester at Cornell University (Spring 1953) and a year at the Washington Center of Foreign Policy Research of The Johns Hopkins University (1957/1958), Hula spent his entire teaching career, from 1938 until 1967, at the New School, where he also served continuously from 1942 until retirement on the editorial board of Social Research as well as a two-year term as Dean of the Graduate Faculty from 1948-1950.
Erich Hula was born in Vienna, Austria on May 27, 1900, where he also received his formal education in jurisprudence and political science. Hula studied under Hans Kelsen and was awarded a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Vienna in 1924. Hula was able to continue his studies from 1927 to 1930 in England, France and the United States under a Rockefeller grant. After completion of his studies, Hula was once again taken under the wing of Hans Kelsen and became his assistant (1931-1933) at the Institute of International Law in Cologne, Germany. Hula's admiration for Kelsen and his work can be seen in the large volume of Kelsen materials collected in the Hula Papers, which include correspondence, notes and published materials.
In July of 1933, Hula married Annemarie Sporken, and for he next several years held posts with the Chambers of Labor in both Graz and Vienna, Austria. Shortly after the National Socialist takeover of Austria in 1938, Hula received an offer to join the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, and on March 12, Hula left Austria with his wife and immigrated to the United States via Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Great Britain.
Although Hula produced only one full-length book during his career (a collection of his essays), he wrote numerous essays on a variety of subjects: international law and international institutions, in particular the League of Nations and its successor the United Nations, national self-determination, punitive war and war crimes, as well as essays on the problems of individual countries, including Austria, Germany, Great Britain and many on the Soviet Union.
Erich Hula died in the Bronx, New York, on May 18, 1987.
Chronology of Events: 1900May 27, born in Vienna, Austria.1921-1924Held a position at the Wiener Bankverein.1924Awarded Doctor of Law degree from University of Vienna, Austria.1927-1930Studied in England, France, and the United States under a Rockefeller Grant.1931-1933Assistant (to Hans Kelsen) at the Institute of International Law, Cologne, Germany.1933July 31, marriage to Annemarie Sporken.1934-1937Secretary, Chamber of Labor, Graz, Austria.1937-1938Secretary, Chamber of Labor, Vienna, Austria.1937-1938Member, Austrian Commission for the Codification of Labor Law.1938March 12, left Austria; emigrated to the United States via Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Great Britain.1938-1944Associate Professor of Political Science, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research.1941Co-signer of founding resolution of Austrian Committee.1942Member of the advisory board of the Austrian National Committee and co-signer of proclamation of Military Committee for the Liberation of Austria.1942Became member of editorial board of the quarterly Social Research.1944-1967Professor of Political Science, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research.1945Became U.S. citizen, along with his wife.1945-1948Visiting Professor, Graduate School, Fordham University1948-1950Dean of the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research.1953Spring semester. Visiting Professor, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.1957-1958Research Associate, The Johns Hopkins University, Washington Center of Foreign Policy Research, Washington, D.C.1960December 10, received the Große Goldene Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich.1967Retirement from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research.1976Renewal of Hula's doctoral degree by the University of Vienna.1987May 18, died in Bronx, New York.
- Acquisition information:
All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Erich Hula in February 1978, with additional materials added in 1987.
The collection is organized as follows:
- Processing information:
Processed in 2006 by Sandra Hunt Hawrylchak.
- Political Science
Military and Armed Conflict
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees.
World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities.
International relations--Study and teaching.
- Hula, Erich, 1900-
New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.)
League of Nations