M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives


Finding Aid for the
PAPERS, 1938-1956


For reference queries contact Grenander Department Reference staff or (518)-437-3935

Finding Aid Compiled by
Sandra Hunt Hawrylchak
June 12, 2007


M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives 
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York 
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935

VOLUME: .33 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript collection were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Melitta Gerhard, the daughter of Adele Gerhard, in August 1980.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


Biographical Sketch

Chronology of Events

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder List:

Adele Gerhard Papers
Biographical Note

Adele Gerhard was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1868 where she spent her childhood and adolescent years. She married Stephan Gerhard in 1889 and moved to Berlin, where her involvement in social work brought her in contact with some of the outstanding women figures of her day, Susan B. Anthony, Beatrice Webb and others.

After the birth of her children (Melitta in 1891 and Dietrich in 1896), Adele turned her hand to creative writing. Her first short story was published in 1894 and her full-length work, Mutterschaft und geistige Arbeit, was published in 1901. Her works reflect the times in which she lived, the social movements of the 1890’s, women’s rights, the youth movement in Germany, and the changes brought about by war and its aftermath. Adele Gerhard followed her children to America in 1938 at the age of 60 after having briefly visited in 1937. She lived most of the time with her daughter, Melitta, became an American citizen, and continued to write in her native German. She returned to Germany in 1955 and died in her native city of Cologne one year later on May 10, 1956.

Adele Gerhard Papers
Chronology of Events

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1868Born Adele de Jonge on June 8 in Cologne, Germany to Adolph (1821-1898) and Caroline Hesse de Jonge (1825-1891).
1889Married Stephan Gerhard, moved to Berlin.
1891Birth of daughter, Melitta.
1896Birth of son, Dietrich on Nov. 7.
1936Death of husband, Stephan Gerhard.
1937 Visit to United States.
1938Immigrated to the United States.
1955Returned to Germany.
1956Died in Cologne, Germany on May 10.

Adele Gerhard Papers
Scope and Content Note

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The Adele Gerhard Papers consist of 0.33 cubic feet of materials, 1938-1956, and include hand-corrected typescripts of three unpublished novels written by Gerhard during her years in the U.S. (Gäa, Unter den Gestirnen and Wahrer der Leuchte) and four novellas, as well as photocopies or clippings of essays and one serialized novella (Ulmenfrucht). Also included in the collection are clippings about Adele Gerhard and reviews of her works.

Adele Gerhard Papers
Box and Folder List

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Box 1

1. Correspondence between Melitta Gerhard and Dr. John M. Spalek re: Adele Gerhard materials. 3 L., 1980. Also listing of Adele Gerhard Papers at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach.
2. Photocopy of a document honoring Adele Gerhard on her 80th birthday, 1948.

Manuscripts of unpublished novels and novellas:

3. “Gäa.” Typescript of unpub. novel, 1943/1944. Part I. 29p.; Part II. 52p.
4. “Unter den Gestirnen.” Typescript of unpub. novel. Photocopy. 73p.
5. “Wahrer der Leuchte.” Typescript of unpub. novel. Part I. 30p.; Part II. 22p.; Part III. 20p.
6. “Das Kind. Stephan Gerhard zu Ehren.” Novelle. Typescript. 18p.
7. “Spuren im Schnee.” Novella. Typescript. 23p.
8. “Der Wassermann.” Novella. Typescript. 21p.
9. “Wurzelweibchen.” Novella. Typescript. 34p.


10. “Der Pestkirchhof.” Section from a book, pp. 603-626.
11. “Schicksalslied.” Section from a book, pp. 342-358.
12. “Ulmenfrucht.” Novella serialization, Neue Freie Presse, 1935. Clippings and photocopies.
13. Photocopies of published essays. 7 items.

Secondary literature:

14. Photocopies of catalog cards from the Adele Gerhard Collection at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach, Germany.
15. Lexicon entries.
16. Clippings of articles about Adele Gerhard (originals at Deutsches Literaturarchiv).

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