Hans Staudinger Papers, 1928-1980
- Staudinger was a Social Democratic Party member of the Reichstag until his removal by the Nazis in 1933; he was professor of economics at the University in Exile from 1934 and dean of the graduate faculty of the New School for Social Research at various times between 1941 and 1960.
- 31.5 cubic ft.
- German , English .
- Preferred citation:
- Preferred citation for this material is as follows: and Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Hans Staudinger Papers, 1928-1980. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).
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- Scope and Content:
The papers of Hans Staudinger reflect his professional, political, and cultural activities in Germany and the United States. His teaching materials concentrate on economics and sociology and are world-wide in scope. Materials are in English or German, with the correspondence and lecture notes pertaining to the New School for Social Research being predominantly in English.
The Collection contains articles, books, diplomas, passports, photographs, scrapbooks, Festscrifen, and memorabilia of Hans Staudinger and members of his family. It also contains correspondence; handwritten and typed drafts of lecture notes, speeches, and addresses; teaching and research materials; and publications by Hans Staudinger and members of the New School for Social Research. The concentration of material is in the period of 1940 through 1960, with early biographical material dating from 1907 and some items dating through 1980.
Included in the Collection are records of the activities of Dr. Else Staudinger (first wife of Dr. Hans Staudinger) on behalf of the American Council for Emigrés in the Professions, Inc.
The correspondence and other items relating to the Staudinger family are of interest because of the importance of the individuals involved. Dr. Staudinger's father, Dr. Franz Staudinger, was a philosopher and sociologist, a consumer activist, served as a Lutheran pastor and university professor, and wrote on ethics, philosophy, and religion. His sister, Louise Federn-Staudinger, was a renowned sculpturist. His brother, Dr. Hermann Staudinger, considered to be the founder of molecular chemistry, was a university professor who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1953, was noted for his inspirational teaching, and was the author of over 500 books and papers in the field of organic chemistry. His, nephew, Dr. Hansjürgen Staudinger, was a professor of physiological chemistry and Director of the Biochemical Department at the University of Giessen.
Other correspondence (with over two hundred individuals and organizations) covers Staudinger's many interests and activities: university education, aid to exiles, Deutsche Theater, public utilities, assistance to colleagues and students in publishing their writings, arrangements for publishing his own works. Of special interest might be the correspondence and records pertaining to foreign scholars and other professionals rescued from the Nazis; the activities of the American Council for Emigrés in the Professions, Inc., and the Rockefeller Foundation in their behalf; and the correspondence on the efforts to resettle these individuals in the United States. There are materials which relate to the professional activities of Dr. Hans Staudinger as a member of the various ministries in Berlin between the years of 1918 to 1932, and also which deal with his extensive efforts to bring about an expanded cultural exchange between Germany and the United States after the end of the Second World War.
Holdings relative to the New School deal with its inception under Alvin Johnson, historical items from the observances of the School's 25th and 40th anniversaries, the work of the Rockefeller Foundation in aiding exiles, and copies of publications by twenty-six members.
Typescripts of Staudinger's articles, speeches, books, and book reviews are held in the manuscript section of the Collection, together with many of his publications. (Published works can be found in the book section by using the card catalog.).
The bulk of the Collection consists of lecture and research materials, Topics with large amounts of materials are: Ecology, Economics, Education, Electricity, Energy, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, German Business and Government, Common Market, Industry and Labor, Inflation, Leisure Time, Money, Peace, Philosophy, Politics, Population Growth, Psychology, Religion, Socialism, Sociology. These research materials include pamphlets, clippings, and some correspondence with individuals who were experts in the specific field.
The Hans Staudinger Collection is of interest to researchers in the fields of economics, sociology, educational history and theory (especially on the university level), history of German-speaking exiles. Researchers in the fields of science might want to examine the correspondence and publications of Dr. Hermann Staudinger, his wife, Dr. Magda Staudinger, and his son, Dr. Hans Jürgen Staudinger.
- Biographical / Historical:
Biographical information was gathered from the private papers of Dr. Staudinger.
Chronology 1889August 16 - born at Worms am Rhein, Germany, son of Franz and Auguste (Wenck) Staudinger1907Graduated from Altes Gymnasium, Darmstadt1907/8Studied literature during the winter semester at the University of Munich1908Studied during the spring semester at the University of Heidelberg1908/1913Studied economics and sociology from the fall semester of 1908 until the summer semester of 1913 at the University of Heidelberg1913Received his doctorate in economics and sociology from the University of Heidelberg, summa cum laude. Doctoral dissertation was Individuum und Gemeinscbaft1913December a contract with the publisher Eugen Diedrichs, Jena, to publish his book, Individuum und Gemeinschaft1913/14Served as Revisionssekretaer, Sueddeutscher Verband der Konsum ereine1914Military service in the German army1916May 18 - decorated with the Eiserne Kreuz II. Klasse 10. Kompanie des Infantrie Regiment Markgraf Ludwig Wilhelm (3. Bad) Nr. III1918Appointed as Referent in the Kriegsernaehrulngsamt, Berlin. Appointed Regierungsrat, Berlin1921Appointed Geheimer Regieru-ngsrat, Reichswirtschafts-Ministerium, Berlin1922Appointed Geheimer Regierungsrat and Ministerialrat, Berlin 1919/24Served as personal adjudant to the Reichswirtschafts-Ministers Robert Schmidt, Scholz, Neuhaus, von Raumer, Koeth and Hamm; served as Referent for the Reichswirtschaftsrat and.the Deutsche Enquete Commission1927Became Ministerialdirektor in the Preussischen Handelsministerium for Elektrizitaetswirtschaft, Hafen- und Verkehrsangelegenheiten1927/33Served as a member of the Reichstag1929Served as Staatssekretaer in the Preussischen Handelsministerium, as Aufsichtsrat-Vorsitzender of the Harbors Duisburg and Stettin, of the Preussen Elektra, of the Preusaag, and of the Vereinigten Elektrizitaets - und Bergwerkgesellschaft1931His book Der Staat als Unternehmer, published by Gersbach und Sohn, Berlin1932/33Elected a member of the Reichstag, Sozialdemokratische Partei, Hamburg1932Removed by Chancellor Franz von Papen from his positions in government after the fall of the constitutional government 1933SJune 16 to July 22: held in police custody in Hamburg and prosecuted by the Nazis1933August 30 officially discharged from his positions in government1933Emigrated to Belgium1933Consultant to SOFINA, Brussels SOFINA association from 1933 19391934Studied during the spring semester at the University of Heidelberg1934Fall - appointed Professor for Economics at the University in Exile, New School for Social Research, New York1940September 26 - became a naturalized citizen: No. 4 776 622 (certificate of naturalization), Southern District of New York, District Court of the U. S. A.1941/43Served as Dean of the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York1943/53Chairman of the Council for Research, Institute Of World Affairs (Director from 1951-1953)1944September 29 - received notification of termination of appointment as "Expert" from the U. S. War Department1950/51Served as Dean of the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York1951/53Chairman of the Institute of World Affairs1955/60Served as Dean of the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York1959April 6 - received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the New School of Social Research, New York1959/64Editor of the Journal of Social Research, an International Quarterly of Political Social Science, New York, (published by the New School for Social Research)1960Elected Professor Emeritus, New School for Social Research, New York1963Laying of the ground stone at the Dampfkraftwerk Staudinger, Grosskrotzen- burg, Hanau/Main, Germany1965Endowment of a permanent Faculty Chair, Else and Hans Staudinger, New School for Social Research, New York1965September 16- Opening ceremonies Dampfkraftwerk Staudinger, Gross krotzenburg, Hanau/Main, Germany1966March 1966-death of his wife, Else Staudinger1966October 29 married Elizabeth Todd (born April.3, 1903) in St. Joseph, Missouri)1969August 24 received the Cross of Merit with Star from the Federal Republic of West-Germany (was informed of this by the German Counsul Dr. Klaus Curtius)1969October 15 became a duly elected member of the German Society of the City of New York1980February 25 died in Manhattan
- Acquisition information:
All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Elizabeth Todd Staudinger (Mrs. Hans Staudinger) in 1980.
The collection is organized as follows:
Series arrangement statement: SUNY will complete.
- Processing information:
Processed in 1983 July 22 by Marion P. Munzer (July 1983).
World War, 1939-1945 -- Refugees.
Economics -- Study and teaching.
- Staudinger, Hans, 1889-1980.
Kracauer, Siegfried, 1889-1966.
Lederer, Emil, 1882-1939.
Lowe, Adolph, 1893-
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
Staudinger, Franz, 1849-1921.
Brecht, Arnold, 1884-1977.
Heilbroner, Robert L.
Heinemann, Gustav Walter, 1899-1976.
Heuss, Theodor, 1884-1963.
American Council for Emigres in the Professions.