Guide to the Werner Warmbrunn Collection
1885-2006

AR 25202

Processed by Yakov Illich Sklar

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Yakov Illich Sklar in January 2011. Description is in English.
2012-May-01 T.R. Mendenhall: condensed into two linear feet, relabeled folders, updated container list accordingly. November 12, 2014  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:Warmbrunn, Werner, 1920-
Title: Werner Warmbrunn Collection
Dates:1885-2006
Abstract: The Werner Warmbrunn Collection documents life and professional activities of Werner Warmbrunn and to a smaller extent, members of his immediate family. The collection consists of correspondence, diaries and memoirs, educational documents, printed materials, and unpublished poetry by David Warmbrunn and Werner Warmbrunn.
Languages: The collection is in German and English.
Quantity: 2 linear feet.
Identification: AR 25202
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Werner Warmbrunn was born on July 3rd, 1920, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His father, Dr. David Warmbrunn was a chemist, who owned a commercial laboratory.

In 1936 the Warmbrunn family moved to Amsterdam, Holland. In Amsterdam, Werner Warmbrunn attended the Barleus gymnasium.

In 1939, his parents left Holland and settled in the United States. Werner Warmbrunn remained in Holland and attended a Quaker agricultural boarding school. In 1941 he came to the United States where he stayed with his sister on a farm near Cornell, Ithaca. He got enrolled at Cornell University in 1941 and earned his BA in 1943.

He taught at a conventional school in New Hampshire and Putney School in Vermont before moving to California, where he earned his Ph.D. in History at Stanford University.

Between 1949 and 1952 Werner Warmbrunn served as a Co-Director at the Peninsula School in Menlo Park, California. From 1952 to 1964 he was a foreign student adviser and director at Bechtel International Student Center, Stanford University.

In 1963, he was invited to Pitzer College by its president, John Atherton. Werner Warmbrunn helped design the academic programs for the new college (Pitzer College, an undergraduate liberal college was founded in 1963) and developed its community.

Werner Warmbrunn is the author of two books: The Dutch Under German Occupation, 1940-1945 and The German Occupation of Belgium 1940-1945.

Werner Warmbrunn retired in 1991. He died in 2009.

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Scope and Content Note

The Werner Warmbrunn Collection documents life and professional activities of Werner Warmbrunn and to a smaller extent, members of his immediate family. The collection consists of correspondence, diaries and memoirs, educational documents, printed materials, and unpublished poetry by David Warmbrunn and Werner Warmbrunn.

Included in the collection are Werner Warmbrunn’s personal correspondence (mostly from the late 1930s); professional correspondence pertaining to his work at Stanford University and Pitzer College; as well as correspondence of his parents, David and Lilly.

However, the core of the collection consists of Werner Warmbrunn’s diaries dating back to the late 1930s that will allow a researcher to better understand Jewish youth in in pre-war Germany and in immigration.

Additionally, there is unpublished poetry by Werner Warmbrunn and David Warmbrunn, printed materials, and photo albums arranged topically by Werner Warmbrunn.

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Arrangement

The collection is divided into two series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

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Access Points

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Werner Warmbrunn Collection; AR 25202; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Series I: Werner Warmbrunn, early 1930s-2005

This series is in German and English.
1.5 linear feet.

Subseries 1: Personal, early 1930s-2005

This series is in German and English.
1 linear foot.
Arrangement:

Scope and Content:

Subseries 1: Personal includes mostly correspondence, diaries, poetry, and memoirs of Werner Warmbrunn materials. Other materials include very few documents, questionnaire, and printed materials.

Most of the correspondence date back to the late 1930s and sheds light on Werner Warmbrunn’s personal developments and changes he underwent during his immigration.

Additionally, there is an abundance of Warmbrunn’s diaries from the late 1930s. However, these are not the original diaries but rather photocopies, sometimes accompanied by translations.

Also, there is poetry and memoirs written by Werner Warmbrunn during different stages of his life.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Correspondenceundated, late 1930s
12Correspondence1937-1938, 1999
  

Hans Rosenthal

 
13Correspondence1939-1959
  

Bruno Randszus

 
14Correspondencelate 1930s-1960
15Correspondence1940
16Correspondence[1950]
17Correspondence1957-1961
  

Bärbel Meier

 
18Correspondence1995-2005
  

Werner Angress

 
19Correspondence[1990s]
  

copies of letters from 1930s

 
110Correspondence2001-2003
111Documents1941-1960s
  

travel, tax, education

 
112Diaryundated
  

visit to Germany in 1956, copies

 
113Dairy2001
  

copies, originals are from 1945, 1955-1960

 
114Dairy2001
  

copies, originals are from 1938-1941

 
115Dairy2001
  

copies, originals are from 1937-1938

 
116Dairy2001
  

copies, originals are from 1935-1936

 
117Dairy2001
  

copies, originals are from 1936-1937

 
118Dairy2001
  

copies, originals are from 1935-1936

 
119Dairy2001
  

copies, originals are from 1935-1936

 
120Dairy2001
  

copies, originals are from 1936-1937

 
121Dairy2001
  

copies, originals are from 1936-1937

 
122Dairy2001
  

copies

 
123Dairy2003
  

copies, originals are form the late 1930

includes English translations

 
124Journals and notes2002-2003
125Memoirs1956, 2003
  

Peninsula School, 1948-1952

 
126Memoirs2000
  

Jewish Identity

 
127Notes1960
  

trip to the Middle East and Asia

 
128Poetry1990s
  

copies, originals are from the 1940s

 
129Poetry and prose1990s
  

copies, originals are from the 1930s

 
130Das Schwarze Fähnlein1930s
131Buch der Jungen1935
132Generation zwischen Furcht und Hoffnung, by W. Angress1985
133Workman's bookundated
  

Camp for boys in Holland

copies

 
134Spurkalender1935-1936
135Schools attended in Germanyundated, 1930s, 1990s
136Books and poetry in my life1997-2005
  

lists

 
137Project Second Wave2002
  

Confidential questionnaire

 

Subseries 2: Professional, 1954-2005

This series is in German and English.
0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Scope and Content:

Subseries 2: Professional documents Werner Warmbrunn’s professional activities as an educator and writer. There are materials documenting Warmbrunn’s work as a foreign student adviser at Stanford University that consist of correspondence and printed materials.

Werner Warmbrunn left Stanford University in 1964 to begin his work for the newly founded Pitzer College. Materials pertaining to Werner Warmbrunn’s involvement with Pitzer College include correspondence, printed materials, and administrative documents.

Other materials in the subseries include a small amount of writings and printed materials.

There are no manuscripts or research materials for the books that he authored.

BoxFolderTitleDate
216Correspondence1954-1956
217Correspondenceearly 1990s
  

students

 
218Writings1954-1956
  

on foreign students

 
219Writings1965-1968
220The Holocaust Encyclopedia1995-1996
  

entries for Encyclopedia

 
221Peninsula School2003
  

recollections

includes printed materials

 
222Exile: Heroes Leave Their Shores, Conference2001
  

notes for lecture

 
223The Dutch Under German Occupation1962-1964
224Pitzer College1963-1970
  

correspondence

 
225Pitzer College1966, 1972, 1990s
  

structure and reorganizing

 
226Pitzer College1970-2002
  

correspondence, printed materials

 
227Pitzer College1978, 1987
  

Warmbrunn's five-year review

 
228Pitzer College1988
  

Pitzer History Project

interview with W. Warmbrunn

 
229Pitzer College2000-2002
  

search for the new President

 
230Pitzer College2003
  

Continuity and change, correspondence

 
231Stanford University1954-1964
  

printed materials

 
232Stanford University1964
  

correspondence

 
233Clippings1963-1999
234NAFSA1960-1997
235NAFSA1962-1964
  

newsletter

 
236Das Philanthropinundated, 2005
  

booklet

 
237Variousundated, 1990s
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Series II: Warmbrunn Family, 1885-2006

This series is in German and English.
0.5 linear feet.
Arrangement:

Topical and alphabetical

Scope and Content:

Series II: Warmbrunn Family includes materials pertaining to various members of the Warmbrunn family and consists of correspondence, educational documents, photographs, printed materials.

Materials pertaining to Werner Warmbrunn’s parents, Lilly and David constitute the bulk of the series. There is correspondence between Lilly and David Warmbrunn and friends and relatives, educational documents and poetry pertaining to David Warmbrunn. Another large portion of the series consists of photo albums. These photo albums consist of good quality photographs arranged topically by Werner Warmbrunn.

BoxFolderTitleDate
138Genealogyundated, 1920, 1990s
BoxFolderTitleDate
21Family histories1995-1996
22Warmbrunn, David1885-1888
  

school report cards

 
23Warmbrunn, David1903
  

Doctoral dissertation

 
24Warmbrunn, Davidundated, 1922-1928
  

correspondence with Michel Frank

 
25Warmbrunn, David and Lilly1908-1918, [1950s]
  

correspondence

 
26Warmbrunn, David and Lilly1930-1931
  

correspondence

 
27Warmbrunn, Davidundated, 1920s
  

poetry

 
28David Warmbrunn Estate1942
29Warmbrunn, Lilly1916-1942
  

correspondence

 
210Warmbrunn, Lilly and Werner1947-1957
  

correspondence

 
211Warmbrunn, Reni1930, 1995-1996
212Gross Bresen Rundbrief1966-1994
  

Curt Bondy, printed materials

 
213Photo album2006
  

copies

 
214Photo album2006
  

copies

 
215Photo album2006
  

copies

 
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