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Gerda Nischan Papers, 1930, 1946-1947, 2004-2013

Manuscript Collection #1000

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Title: Gerda Nischan Papers
Creators: August von Goethe Literaturverlag.
Nischan, Gerda
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: The Gerda Nischan Papers contains letters (1930, 1946-1947), handwritten in German between Otto Baumann and his wife, Barbara Hock, all but one written during the time Baumann was a German soldier in a French prisoner of war camp, 1946-1947, and typescripts in English by Baumann's daughter, Gerda Nischa, including an explanation of the letters, and 7 poems inspired by the letters. In 2010 Gerda Nischan wrote a book based on the letters titled Briefe an einen Kriegsgefangenen and this book is also in these papers.
Extent: 0.074 Cubic feet, 63 items .

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Accessions Information

May 4, 2004, (unprocessed) 49 items, 0.02 cubic feet; Letters (1930, 1946-1947, 2004), handwritten in German between Otto Baumann and his wife, Barbara Hock, all but one written during the time Baumann was a German soldier in a French prisoner of war camp, 1946-1947; and typescripts in English by Baumann's daughter, Gerda Nischan, including an explanation of the letters, 4/23/2004, a translation of the first letter, 9/24/1930; and 7 poems inspired by the letters. Holographs and Typescripts. In English and German language. Donor: Ms. Gerda Nischan

April 22, 2005, (unprocessed addition 1) 7 items, 0.002 cubic feet; Translations and transcriptions (3/28 - 6/7/1946) of letters from a German soldier, Otto Baumann, to his wife, Barbara Baumann, while serving as a prisoner of war in France after World War II; also, photographs of Otto and Barbara Baumann (ca. 1929, 1946). Donor: Ms. Gerda Nischan

April 22, 2009, (unprocessed addition 2) 143 items, 0.75 cubic feet; Papers (ca. 1982-2009) including correspondence form Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives, her curriculum vita, documentation concerning Mrs. Nischan's charitable donations, and correspondence concerning the North Carolina German Studies Seminar and Workshop series. See preliminary inventory. Donor: Gerda Nischan

July 17, 2011, (unprocessed addition 3) 5 items, 0.027 cubic feet; Book (2010) titled Briefe an einen Kriegsgefangenen written by Gerda Nischan based on letters written by her parents while her father Otto Baumann was a German soldier in a French prisoner of war camp after World War II; a photograph of Gerda Nischan at the book fair in Leipzig, Germany (March 2011), where her book was formally presented; and newspaper clippings concerning the reading she gave from her new book in her hometown of Frankenthal, Germany. Donor: Gerda Nischan

May 29, 2013, (unprocessed addition 4) 2 items, 0.025 cubic feet;Addition includes Neue Literatur! Catalogue for 2012 put out by August Von Goethe Literaturverlag which contains information about Gerda Nischan and her 2010 book Briefe an einen Kriegsgefangenen, and a card promoting her upcoming novel Dieses Neue Leben to be published in 2013 by August von Goethe Literaturverlag. Donor: Gerda Nischan

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Copyright and literary property rights are retained by the donor for the book she wrote titled Briefe an einen Kriegsgefangenen. Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Gerda Nischan Papers (#1000), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Ms. Gerda Nischan

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 3, 2008


Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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