May 4, 2004, 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, (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, (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, (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, (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
August 7, 2015, (addition 5) 0.053 cubic feet; Addition (1976, 2011-2014) contains documents, clippings, and correspondence (mostly in German) related to the publishing and promotion of publications by Gerda Nischan including
Red Sky in the Night,
Briefe an einen Kriegsgefangenen, and
Dieses neue Leben. Also included are autographed copies of her books
Dieses neue Leben (in German) and
Letters to a Prisoner of War (in English). Donor: Gerda Nischan
Gift of Ms. Gerda Nischan
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.
Gerda Nischan Papers (#1000), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Encoded by Lindsay Flood, April 3, 2008
Processing completed January 20, 2017, by Megan Turner.