Findind Aid to the Clair Hayden Bell Papers, 1905-1965

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Finding Aid to the Clair Hayden Bell Papers, 1905-1965

Collection number: BANC MSS 72/157 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Date Completed:
ca. 1972
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© 1996 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Clair Hayden Bell Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1905-1965
Collection Number: BANC MSS 72/157 c
Creator: Bell, Clair Hayden, 1885-1967
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence relating to his career as professor of German, University of California, Berkeley, and to his attempts to obtain research materials from post-war Germany; reprints of his writings; reviews by him and of his work; photocopy of materials relating to Georg Hager.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English and German

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Clair Hayden Bell Papers, BANC MSS 72/157 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Clair Hayden Bell's papers were given to the Library by Mrs. Bell on March 14, 1972.

Biographical Sketch

Clair Hayden Bell, professor of German at the University of California at Berkeley, was born in Lafayette, Indiana in 1885. He attended the University of California, graduating in 1908 with a major in philosophy and German. He also acquired his M. L. at Berkeley in 1909 in philosophy, and began his teaching career as a teaching assistant in 1909. From 1910 to 1913, he taught in the Los Angeles High School, with the exception of one year, 1911-1912, which he spent as an exchange teacher at the Real Gymnasium at Frankfurtam-Main, Germany. He returned to the University of California as an instructor in 1913, took time out for military service from 1917 to 1919, and acquired his doctorate in 1921. He continued his professorial career in Berkeley until his retirement in 1955.
Professor Bell's work related in large part to the editing and publishing of medieval German texts of the Minnesänger, particularly the life and works of Georg Hager, and also to the publication of texts for the use of students learning German.

Scope and Content

His Papers include correspondence, much of it relating to the acquisition of research materials in post-war Germany, and reflecting the social and economic conditions there; mss of his writings; book reviews by him and about his work; a bibliography of his writings; photocopies of Georg Hager materials; and clippings, mainly relating to or by Bell.

Key to Arrangement

Box 1



Outgoing letters

Scope and Content Note


Arranged chronologically, 1905-1964

Incoming letters

Scope and Content Note


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. A partial list of correspondents follows the key.
Box 2

Writings by C. H. Bell

Scope and Content Note


Arranged alphabetically by title. For a more complete file of his writings, please consult University Archives.

Reviews of works by Bell




Photocopy of two versions of the Comoedie von Crocodil and related Georg Hager material


Clippings, mainly relating to or by Bell


Miscellaneous personalia, 1918-1963


Material concerning the publication of Bell's Salman and Morolf.




Typed manuscript (ribbon and carbon copies)

Partial List of Correspondents


Adams, Bertram Martin, 1879-1953


Letter, Jan. 29, 1947


Alexander, R. T.


Letter, Mar. 9, 1948

Additional Note

Written while a member of the Office of Military Government for Germany

American Council of Learned Societies. Pacific Committee for the Humanities.


2 letters, 1947, by Hugh G. Dick


Assmann, Karl, 1890-

See Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek


Barthell, Russell W.


2 letters, 1948

Additional Note

Written while administrative assistant to the President, re possibilities for research in Germany. Carbon copies sent to Bell.

Basel. Universität. Bibliothek


4 letters, 1946-1947, by Max Burckhardt


Berlin. Deutsche Staatsbibliothek


3 letters, 1940-1948


Bischoff, Johannes


15 letters, 1946-1948

Additional Note

Written while archivist, Erlangen, Germany. Some re life in post-war Germany.

Bock, Friedrich, 1886-

See Nuremberg, Stadtbibliothek


Braun, Walter


4 letters, 1950-1951

Additional Note

Written while archivist, Memmingen, Germany.

Brechler, Otto


7 letters, 1947-1948

Additional Note

Re post-war Vienna.

Brewer, Edward Vere, 1887-

See California. University, Berkeley. Department of German


California. University. President


3 letters, 1940-1955

Additional Note

Include letters from Robert Gordon Sproul

California. University. Press


4 letters, 1922-1954

Additional Note

1922 letter by Oliver M. Washburn

California. University, Berkeley. Chancellor


Letter, June 21, 1955, by Clark Kerr


California. University, Berkeley. Dept. of German


Letter, Oct. 31, 1947, by Edward V. Brewer. Copy.


Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation, Inc.


Letter, Nov. 14, 1946, by Howard Elkinton


Coenen, Frederic Edward

See Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures


Cooper, William Alpha, 1868-


Letter, June 1, 1928


Dick, Hugh Gilchrist, 1909-

See American Council of Learned Societies. Pacific Committee for the Humanities.


Dresden. Sächsische Landesbibliothek


Letter, May 26, 1948, by Karl Assmann


Frick, Heinrich, 1893-

See Marburg, Germany. Universität


Gayley, Charles Mills, 1858-1932


Note, 1922?


Germany. Minister der geistlichen und Unterrichts-Angelegen-heiten


Letter, May 17, 1913


Göttingen. Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitäts-Bibliothek


Letter, Feb. 2, 1950, by E. Will


Götze, Alfred [August Woldemar], 1876-1946


Postcard, Oct. 31, 1936


Gürsching Heinrich


11 letters, 1947-1952

Additional Note

Written while archivist in Nuremberg. One letter is incomplete. Copies of his reviews of Bell's Georg Hager also included.

Hagboldt, Peter Harmann, 1886-


2 letters, 1940


Hager, Ernst


Letter, Oct. 9, 1940

Additional Note

Re Hager family genealogy

Hannemann, Kurt


4 letters, 1948


Harrassowitz, Hans


Letter, Mar. 13, 1947


Hinz, Stella M.


2 letters, 1937


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


Letter, Mar. 13, 1947, by Henry Allen Moe


Kartzke, Georg


2 letters, 1947-1948


Keil, Günther, 1890-


Letter, June 30, 1947


Kerr, Clark, 1911-

See California. University, Berkeley. Chancellor


Koester, Leonard, 1904-


2 letters, 1947


Lokke, Carl Ludwig, 1897-


3 letters, 1944-1954


Marburg, Germany. Universität


2 letters, 1948

Additional Note

Letter of Feb. 2 by Heinrich Frick; letter, Feb. 12, is a copy, with translation.

Martin, Thomas Powderly, 1887-

See U.S. Library of Congress


Mediaeval Academy of America


4 letters, 1946, by Charles R. D. Miller


Miller, Charles R. D.

See Mediaeval Academy of America


Moe, Henry Allen, 1894-

See John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


Morgan, Bayard Quincy, 1883-


3 letters, 1947-1948


Morley, Sylvanus Griswold, 1878-


Letter, May 24, 1951


Müller, Georg


Letter, Nov. 3, 1948


Nagel, Bert


Letter, July 28, 1952


Noble, George Bernard, 1892-

See U.S. Dept. of State


Noyes, George Rapall, 1873-1952


2 letters, 1947-1951


Nuremberg, Germany. Landeskirchliches Archiv


2 letters, 1947, by Dr. Siman


Nuremberg, Germany. Germanisches Nationalmuseum


Letter, Sept. 21, 1948, by Dr. Rothenfelder


Nuremberg, Germany. Staatsarchiv


4 letters, 1948, by Fridolin Solleder


Nuremberg, Germany. Stadtsbibliothek


2 letters, 1947, by Friedrich Bock


Reinsch, Frank Herman, 1885-


Letter, May 12, 1928


Ruf, Paul


3 letters, 1947-1949

Additional Note

1947 letter is a copy, with translation. Archivist, Munich Staatsbibliothek.

Schilling, Hugo Karl, 1861-1931


Letter, Dec. 15, 1921


Selmer, Carl, 1896-


2 letters, 1947-1948

Additional Note

1948 letter written on behalf of the Modern Language Association.

Senn, Alfred, 1899-


Letter, Mar. 14, 1947


Solleder, Fridolin, 1886-

See Nuremberg, Germany. Staatsarchiv


Spaulding, Ernest Wilder, 1899-

See U.S. Dept. of State


Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-1975

See California. University. President.


Starck, Taylor, 1889-


2 letters, 1945-1947


Steiner, John P.


6 letters, 1948

Additional Note

Written from the Office of Military Government in Germany, re microfilming of manuscripts from various depositories.

Strübing, Eduard


20 letters, 1940-1949

Additional Note

Librarian in Weimar. Comments on post-war Germany.

Studies in the Germanic Languages and Literatures


Letter, Mar. 31, 1964, by F. E. Coenen


Stuttgarter Verlagskontor GMB H


5 letters, 1964, by Hermann Maier


Taylor, Archer, 1890-


Letter, n.d.


U.S. Dept. of State


5 letters, 1940-1947, by E. Wilder Spaulding and G. Bernard Noble


U. S. Library of Congress


Letter, Oct. 9. 1940, by Thomas P. Martin


Vail, Curtis Churchill Doughty, 1903-


Letter, Mar. 24, 1947


Wahrhaftig, Matt


Letter, [1947]


Walter, Max, 1857-1935


Letter, Ju1y 27, 1912

Additional Note

Letter of recommendation for Bell's teaching work at the Frankfurt Musterschule. Two copies, one in longhand, the other typed, both signed.

Walz, John Albrecht, 1871-


Letter, May 9, 1947


Washburn, Oliver Miles

See California. University. Press


Werner, Friedrich


9 letters, 1947-1948

Additional Note

Re post-war Germany.

Wolff, Ludwig, 1892-


2 letters, 1949-1952