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Abstract:
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. 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.
Extent:
31.5 cubic ft.
Language:
German , English .
Preferred citation:

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

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 the Staudinger Papers).

Background

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 200 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 26 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 Papers are 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

Date Event 1889 August 16 - born at Worms am Rhein, Germany, son of Franz and Auguste (Wenck) Staudinger 1907 Graduated from Altes Gymnasium, Darmstadt 1907/8 Studied literature during the winter semester at the University of Munich 1908 Studied during the spring semester at the University of Heidelberg 1908/1913 Studied economics and sociology from the fall semester of 1908 until the summer semester of 1913 at the University of Heidelberg 1913 Received his doctorate in economics and sociology from the University of Heidelberg, summa cum laude. Doctoral dissertation was Individuum und Gemeinscbaft 1913 December a contract with the publisher Eugen Diedrichs, Jena, to publish his book, Individuum und Gemeinschaft 1913/14 Served as Revisionssekretaer, Sueddeutscher Verband der Konsum ereine 1914 Military service in the German army 1916 May 18 - decorated with the Eiserne Kreuz II. Klasse 10. Kompanie des Infantrie Regiment Markgraf Ludwig Wilhelm (3. Bad) Nr. III 1918 Appointed as Referent in the Kriegsernaehrulngsamt, Berlin. Appointed Regierungsrat, Berlin 1921 Appointed Geheimer Regieru-ngsrat, Reichswirtschafts-Ministerium, Berlin 1922 Appointed Geheimer Regierungsrat and Ministerialrat, Berlin 1919/24 Served 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 Commission 1927 Became Ministerialdirektor in the Preussischen Handelsministerium for Elektrizitaetswirtschaft, Hafen- und Verkehrsangelegenheiten 1927/33 Served as a member of the Reichstag 1929 Served 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 Bergwerkgesellschaft 1931 His book Der Staat als Unternehmer, published by Gersbach und Sohn, Berlin 1932/33 Elected a member of the Reichstag, Sozialdemokratische Partei, Hamburg 1932 Removed by Chancellor Franz von Papen from his positions in government after the fall of the constitutional government 1933 SJune 16 to July 22: held in police custody in Hamburg and prosecuted by the Nazis 1933 August 30 officially discharged from his positions in government 1933 Emigrated to Belgium 1933 Consultant to SOFINA, Brussels SOFINA association from 1933 1939 1934 Studied during the spring semester at the University of Heidelberg 1934 Fall - appointed Professor for Economics at the University in Exile, New School for Social Research, New York 1940 September 26 - became a naturalized citizen: No. 4 776 622 (certificate of naturalization), Southern District of New York, District Court of the U. S. A. 1941/43 Served as Dean of the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York 1943/53 Chairman of the Council for Research, Institute Of World Affairs (Director from 1951-1953) 1944 September 29 - received notification of termination of appointment as "Expert" from the U. S. War Department 1950/51 Served as Dean of the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York 1951/53 Chairman of the Institute of World Affairs 1955/60 Served as Dean of the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York 1959 April 6 - received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the New School of Social Research, New York 1959/64 Editor of the Journal of Social Research, an International Quarterly of Political Social Science, New York, (published by the New School for Social Research) 1960 Elected Professor Emeritus, New School for Social Research, New York 1963 Laying of the ground stone at the Dampfkraftwerk Staudinger, Grosskrotzen- burg, Hanau/Main, Germany 1965 Endowment of a permanent Faculty Chair, Else and Hans Staudinger, New School for Social Research, New York 1965 September 16- Opening ceremonies Dampfkraftwerk Staudinger, Gross krotzenburg, Hanau/Main, Germany 1966 March 1966-death of his wife, Else Staudinger 1966 October 29 married Elizabeth Todd (born April.3, 1903) in St. Joseph, Missouri) 1969 August 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) 1969 October 15 became a duly elected member of the German Society of the City of New York 1980 February 25 died in Manhattan Date Event 1889
August 16 - born at Worms am Rhein, Germany, son of Franz and Auguste (Wenck) Staudinger
1907
Graduated from Altes Gymnasium, Darmstadt
1907/8
Studied literature during the winter semester at the University of Munich
1908
Studied during the spring semester at the University of Heidelberg
1908/1913
Studied economics and sociology from the fall semester of 1908 until the summer semester of 1913 at the University of Heidelberg
1913
Received his doctorate in economics and sociology from the University of Heidelberg, summa cum laude. Doctoral dissertation was Individuum und Gemeinscbaft
1913
December a contract with the publisher Eugen Diedrichs, Jena, to publish his book, Individuum und Gemeinschaft
1913/14
Served as Revisionssekretaer, Sueddeutscher Verband der Konsum ereine
1914
Military service in the German army
1916
May 18 - decorated with the Eiserne Kreuz II. Klasse 10. Kompanie des Infantrie Regiment Markgraf Ludwig Wilhelm (3. Bad) Nr. III
1918
Appointed as Referent in the Kriegsernaehrulngsamt, Berlin. Appointed Regierungsrat, Berlin
1921
Appointed Geheimer Regieru-ngsrat, Reichswirtschafts-Ministerium, Berlin
1922
Appointed Geheimer Regierungsrat and Ministerialrat, Berlin
1919/24
Served 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 Commission
1927
Became Ministerialdirektor in the Preussischen Handelsministerium for Elektrizitaetswirtschaft, Hafen- und Verkehrsangelegenheiten
1927/33
Served as a member of the Reichstag
1929
Served 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 Bergwerkgesellschaft
1931
His book Der Staat als Unternehmer, published by Gersbach und Sohn, Berlin
1932/33
Elected a member of the Reichstag, Sozialdemokratische Partei, Hamburg
1932
Removed by Chancellor Franz von Papen from his positions in government after the fall of the constitutional government
1933
June 16 to July 22: held in police custody in Hamburg and prosecuted by the Nazis
1933
August 30 officially discharged from his positions in government
1933
Emigrated to Belgium
1933
Consultant to SOFINA, Brussels SOFINA association from 1933 1939
1934
Studied during the spring semester at the University of Heidelberg
1934
Fall - appointed Professor for Economics at the University in Exile, New School for Social Research, New York
1940
September 26 - became a naturalized citizen: No. 4 776 622 (certificate of naturalization), Southern District of New York, District Court of the U. S. A.
1941/43
Served as Dean of the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York
1943/53
Chairman of the Council for Research, Institute Of World Affairs (Director from 1951-1953)
1944
September 29 - received notification of termination of appointment as "Expert" from the U. S. War Department
1950/51
Served as Dean of the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York
1951/53
Chairman of the Institute of World Affairs
1955/60
Served as Dean of the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, New York
1959
April 6 - received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the New School of Social Research, New York
1959/64
Editor of the Journal of Social Research, an International Quarterly of Political Social Science, New York, (published by the New School for Social Research)
1960
Elected Professor Emeritus, New School for Social Research, New York
1963
Laying of the ground stone at the Dampfkraftwerk Staudinger, Grosskrotzen- burg, Hanau/Main, Germany
1965
Endowment of a permanent Faculty Chair, Else and Hans Staudinger, New School for Social Research, New York
1965
September 16- Opening ceremonies Dampfkraftwerk Staudinger, Gross krotzenburg, Hanau/Main, Germany
1966
March 1966-death of his wife, Else Staudinger
1966
October 29 married Elizabeth Todd (born April.3, 1903) in St. Joseph, Missouri)
1969
August 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)
1969
October 15 became a duly elected member of the German Society of the City of New York
1980
February 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.
Processing information:

Processed July 22, 1983 by Marion P. Munzer.

Arrangement:

The collection is organized as follows:

  1. Series 1: Biographical materials
  2. Series 2: Correspondence
  3. Series 3: New School
  4. Series 4: Organizations and Associations
  5. Series 5: Writings, speeches, etc.
  6. Series 6: Lectures and notes
  7. Series 7: Subjects: Individuals
  8. Series 8: Teaching and research materials
  9. Series 9: Writings
  10. Series 10: Miscellaneous
Physical location:
The materials are located onsite in the department.

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PREFERRED CITATION:

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

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 the Staudinger Papers).

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