Ernst Kantorowicz Collection, 1908-1982
 
AR 7216 / MF 561

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kantorowicz, Ernst Hartwig, 1895-1963
Title: Ernst Kantorowicz Collection
Dates:1908-1982
Abstract: Correspondence on various topics, including emigration to the United States and Cuba; relocation in academic jobs; denazification and conditions in Germany after the war; and Kantorowicz's scholarship. In addition to family members, correspondents include Ernst Curtius, Ludwig Edelstein, Bernhard Flexner, Felix Frankfurter, Sidney Hook, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Ernst Kitzinger, Theodor Ernst Mommsen, John Ulric Nef, Kurt Riezler, Hans Rothfels, Fritz Saxl, Percy Ernst Schramm, Edward Sproul, Gerd Tellenbach, Paul Tillich, Edward Tolman, Helen Waddell, Earl Warren, and Stanley Weigert.Unpublished manuscripts, and offprints of articles and reviews by Kantorowicz, largely on medieval cultural history; a brief biography of him by Ralph Giesey.Manuscripts, correspondence, legal briefs, clippings, and other material on the loyalty-oath controversy; material on Kantorowicz's tenure at the University of Frankfurt, and on his dismissal.Manuscripts, correspondence, and other papers of family members; an art history essay by Gertrude Kantorowicz and a pamphlet of poetry from Theresienstadt; genealogies; and a manuscript on Simon Kaliphari of Posen; manuscript by Kaete Ledermann, A Memorial of Angi ("Esther") Kantorowicz, c. 1904-1944, 1954, including transcript compiled by Guenther Roth.Photos of Kantorowicz and of family members.Papers of Richard Kandt (1867-1918), an African explorer and, from 1908-1914, administrator of Ruanda: poems, letters, maps, and obituaries.Addenda: Original lectures by Kantorowicz. Photocopies for reader service.The following individuals and families are mentioned in this collection: Curtius, Ernst R.; Edelstein, Ludwig; Flexner, Bernhard; Frankfurter, Felix; Giesey, Ralph; Hook, Sidney; Hutchins, Robert Maynard; Kaliphari family; Kaliphari, Simon; Kandt, Richard; Kandt, Richard; Kantorowicz, Angela (Angi, Esther); Kantorowicz, Gertrude; Kitzinger, Ernst; Ledermann, Kaete; Lieeschuetz, Hans; Mommsen, Theodor; Nef, John Ulric; Riezler, Kurt; Rothfels, Hans; Saxl, Fritz; Schramm, Percy Ernst; Sproul, Edward; Tellenbach, Gerd; Tillich, Paul; Tolman, Edward; Waddell, Helen; Warren, Earl; Weigert, Stanley.
Languages: The collection is in German and English.
Quantity: 5.5 linear feet; 3.25 linear feet (photocopies of lectures)
Identification: AR 7216 / MF 561
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Born in Posen (now Poznan, Poland) on May 5, 1895, Kantorowicz was a historian, who specialized in the Middle Ages. After serving in World War I, he fought with the Freikorps against the Poles in Posen, and against the Spartacist uprising in 1919. He received his doctorate at Heidelberg in 1921, and began teaching at Frankfurt am Main in 1930, receiving a chair in 1932. He was a member of the Stefan George Kreis, and is best known for his biography of Emperor Frederick II. He took a leave of absence to protest the antisemitic regulations instituted after the Nazis came to power, and was dismissed in 1934. He emigrated to Great Britain in 1938 and to the United States in 1939, where he taught at the University of California, Berkeley. He left as a result of the loyalty-oath controversy in 1951, and then served as professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton until his death on September 9, 1963.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence on various topics, including emigration to the United States and Cuba; relocation in academic jobs; denazification and conditions in Germany after the war; and Kantorowicz's scholarship. In addition to family members, correspondents include Ernst Curtius, Ludwig Edelstein, Bernhard Flexner, Felix Frankfurter, Sidney Hook, Robert Maynard Hutchins, Ernst Kitzinger, Theodor Ernst Mommsen, John Ulric Nef, Kurt Riezler, Hans Rothfels, Fritz Saxl, Percy Ernst Schramm, Edward Sproul, Gerd Tellenbach, Paul Tillich, Edward Tolman, Helen Waddell, Earl Warren, and Stanley Weigert.

Unpublished manuscripts, and offprints of articles and reviews by Kantorowicz, largely on medieval cultural history; a brief biography of him by Ralph Giesey.

Manuscripts, correspondence, legal briefs, clippings, and other material on the loyalty-oath controversy; material on Kantorowicz's tenure at the University of Frankfurt, and on his dismissal.

Manuscripts, correspondence, and other papers of family members; an art history essay by Gertrude Kantorowicz and a pamphlet of poetry from Theresienstadt; genealogies; and a manuscript on Simon Kaliphari of Posen; manuscript by Kaete Ledermann, A Memorial of Angi ("Esther") Kantorowicz, c. 1904-1944, 1954, including transcript compiled by Guenther Roth.

Photos of Kantorowicz and of family members.

Papers of Richard Kandt (1867-1918), an African explorer and, from 1908-1914, administrator of Ruanda: poems, letters, maps, and obituaries.

Addenda: Original lectures by Kantorowicz. Photocopies for reader service.

The following individuals and families are mentioned in this collection: Curtius, Ernst R.; Edelstein, Ludwig; Flexner, Bernhard; Frankfurter, Felix; Giesey, Ralph; Hook, Sidney; Hutchins, Robert Maynard; Kaliphari family; Kaliphari, Simon; Kandt, Richard; Kandt, Richard; Kantorowicz, Angela (Angi, Esther); Kantorowicz, Gertrude; Kitzinger, Ernst; Ledermann, Kaete; Lieeschuetz, Hans; Mommsen, Theodor; Nef, John Ulric; Riezler, Kurt; Rothfels, Hans; Saxl, Fritz; Schramm, Percy Ernst; Sproul, Edward; Tellenbach, Gerd; Tillich, Paul; Tolman, Edward; Waddell, Helen; Warren, Earl; Weigert, Stanley.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 6 boxes.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Collection is microfilmed; use MF 561.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Copyright is with Ariane Phillips.

Lectures are not to be published, but can be quoted.

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Access Points

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Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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Microfilm

Collection is available on 9 reels of microfilm (MF 561).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Ernst Kantorowicz Collection; AR 7216 / MF 561; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Container List

 

Box I, undated, 1921-1964

66 folders
BoxFolderTitleDate
II/1/1Essay on Ernst Kantorowicz by R. Gieseyundated
II/1/2Curriculum Vitaeundated
II/1/3Italian Drivers Licenseundated
II/1/4'Mein Lebensbild' by Salomon Kaliphariundated
II/1/5University of Frankfurt/ Main - 'Einschreibeliste'1933-1934
II/1/6Ernst Kantorowicz Library in Germanyundated
II/1/7England - includes letters ref. to emigration from Germany1938
II/1/8Bibliography of publicationsundated
II/1/9Lecture Themesundated
II/1/10Lists of E.K. acquaintances and Address bookundated
II/1/11Last will of E.K.1962
II/1/12Photos - removed to photofileundated
II/1/13Tapes on Kantorowiczundated
II/1/14Statements, Correspondence, News clippings ref. to Oath Controversy1949-1951
II/1/15University of CA (Berkeley) transcript for tenure, 18 pp.January 10, 1952
II/1/16Pamphlets describing oath and controversyundated
II/1/17Pamphlet 'The Fundamental Issue' by E.K.; documents and notes by E.K.undated
II/1/18Pamphlet on court case involving signing of loyalty oath1951-1952
II/1/19Pamphlet on security vs. freedom1950
II/1/20Miscellaneous Material - offprintsundated
II/1/21A memorial of Angi Kantorowiczundated
II/2/1Manuscript "Synthronos" - English, 33 pp.undated
II/2/2Charles the Bald & the Natales Caesarum" - English, 34 pp.undated
II/2/3"Roma and the Coal" - 2 versions Englishundated
II/2/4"Coronation Scenarios - Eastern and Western - Epiphany & coronation" - English, 60 pp.undated
II/2/5Roman coins and Christian Rites" - 2 copies, English - 24 pp. and 34 pp.undated
II/2/6"Grenzen, Moeglichkeiten und Aufgaben der Darstellung mittelalterlicher Geschichte" - German, 33 pp. and related offprintsundated
II/2/7"Das geheime Deutschland" - German, 22 pp.undated
II/2/8"Wandel des Zeitgefuehls" - 2 versions German, 35 pp.undated
II/2/9"Was ist Adel ?" - German, 29 pp.undated
II/2/10"Zum Ottonenbild im Aachener Evangeliar" - German, 21 pp. and 1 photoundated
II/2/11"The Idea of Permanency in the thirteenth Century" - English, 2 versions, 26 and 35 pp.undated
II/2/12"Humanities and History" - English, 5 pp.undated
II/2/13"The Dukes of Burgundy & the Italian Renaissance" - English, 27 pp.undated
II/3/1Review of Antonio de Stefano "L'idea imperiale di Federico II" (1927), in Historische Zeitschrift CXL (1929), 449-5501929
II/3/2Review of Eleanor Shipley Duckett "Anglo-Saxon Saints and Scholars" (1947), in Classical Philology, XLIII (1948), 265-2661948
II/3/3Review of Reto R. Bezzola "Les origines et la formation de la litterature courtoise en occident: 500-1200" (1944), in Comparative Literature (1949), 84-871949
II/3/3aReview of Leonardo Olschki "The Myth of Felt" (1949), in Romance Philology (1951), 281-2841951
II/3/4Review of Eudes de Deuil "La Croisade de Louis VII." ed. Henry Waquet (1949), in Romance Philology (1952), 321-3221952
II/3/5Review of "Martini episcopi Bracarensis opera omnia" ed. Claude W. Barlow (Papers & Monographs of the American Academy in Rome, XII, 1950), in American Journal of Archeology (1952), 229-2301952
II/3/6Review of Johan Huizinga "Geschichte und Kultur - Gesammelte Aufsaetze" ed. Kurt Koester (1954), in American Historical Review (1955), 853-8551955
II/3/7Review of Charles Till Davis "Dante and the Idea of Rome" (1957), in Speculum (1959), 103-1091959
II/3/8Review of Walter Ullmann "Principles of Government an Politics in the Middle Ages" (1961), in Speculum (1964), 344-3511964
II/3/9Dissertation "Das Wesen der muslimischen Handwerkerverbaende", Heidelberg, 104 pp.1921
II/3/10Clippings and notes for "Kaiser Friedrich der Zweite"undated
II/3/11Offprints and clippings "Mythenschau", in Historische Zeitschrift CXLI 1930, 457-4711930
II/3/12"Deutsches Papsttum", in 'Vom Schicksal des deutsches Geistes'undated
II/3/13"Petrus de Vinea in England", in Mitteilungen des Oesterreichischen Instituts fuer Geschichtsforschung, LI (1937), 43-881937
II/3/14Offprint and clippings "Die Wiederkehr gelehrter Anachorese im Mittelalter", 13 pp.1937
II/3/15"The Este Portrait by Roger van der Weyden", in Journal of the Warburg and Courtald Institutes III (1939-1940) 165-1801939-1940
II/3/16"A Norman Finale of the Exultet and the Rite of Sarum", in Harvard Theological Review, XXXIV (1941), 129-1431941
II/3/17"Plato in the Middle Ages", in The Philosophical Review LI (1942), 313-323 and reviews of other works on Plato1942
II/3/18"Ivories and Litanies", Journal of the Warburg and Courtland Institutes, V (1942), 56-811942
II/3/19"Anonymi 'Aurea Gemma'", in Medievalia et Humanistica, I (1943), 41-571943
II/3/20"An 'Autobiography' of Guido Faba" in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, I (1943), 253-2801943
II/3/21"A Diplomatic Mission of Francis Accursius and his oration before Pope Nicholas III", in English Historical Reviewundated
II/3/22"The problem of Medieval World Unity", in American Historical Association, Annual Report for 1942, III (1944), 31-37 - E.K.'s copy annotatedundated
II/3/23"The King's Advent and the Enigmatic Panels in the Doors of Santa Sabina" in Art Bulletin XXVI (1944), 207-2311944
II/3/24"Laudes Regiae: A study in Liturgical Acclamations and Medieval Ruler Worship", in University of California Publications in History, XXXIII, Berkeley and L.A.: University of California Press, 1946, 292 pp. (1st of 3 Folders)1946
II/3/25"Laudes Regiae" (2nd of 3 Folders)undated
II/3/26"Laudes Regiae" (3rd of 3 Folders)undated
II/3/27"Notes on the Christus vincit Legend on Coins. Berkeley an L.A.: University of California Press, 1946. Reprint of Chapter 1 (pp.1-12) and Appendix (pp. 222-230)undated
II/3/28"How the pre-Hitler German Universities were run", in 'Adresses on the Problem of Administrative Overhead' (Western College Association)1945
II/3/29"The Quinity of Winchester" in Art Bulletin XXIV (1947), 73-851947
II/3/30"Christus-Fiscus", in Synopsis: Festgabe fuer Alfred Weber (Heidelberg 1948), 223-2351948
II/3/31Introduction to Luis Weckmann - Las Bulas Alejandrinas de 1493 y la Teoria Politica del Papado Medieval (Mexico City 1949), 7-111949
II/3/32The Fundamental Issue - Documents and Marginal Notes on the University of California Loyalty Oath, 40 pp.1950
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Box II, undated, 1949-1964

33 folders
BoxFolderTitleDate
IIII/4/1"Pro patria mori in Medieval Thought", in American Historical Review, LVI (1951), 472-4921951
IIII/4/2"Dante's 'Two Suns'", in Semitic and Oriental Studies (1951), 472-4921951
IIII/4/3"Der Gastfreund", in Albrecht Bernstorff zum Gedaechtnis, photocopyundated
IIII/4/4"Kaiser Friedrich II und das Koenigsbild des Hellenismus", in Varia Variorum: Festgabe fuer Karl Rheinhardt (Muenster-Koeln 1952), 163-1931952
IIII/4/5"Deus per naturam, deus per gratiam: A Note on Medieval Political Theology", in Harvard Theological Review, XLV (1952), 253-2771952
IIII/4/6Greek article in American Journal of Archeology, LVII (1953), 65-701953
IIII/4/7"Inalienability: A Note on Canonical Practice and the English Coronation Oath in the Thirteenth Century" in Speculum, XXIX (1954), 488-5021954
IIII/4/8"Mysteries of State: An Absolutist Concept and its Late Medieval Origins", in Harvard Theological Review, XLVIII (1955), 65-91 and Spanish Translation1955
IIII/4/9"Invocatio Nominis Imperatoris: On vv. 21-25 of Cielo d'Alcamo's Contrasto", in Bolletino del Centro di Studi filologici e linguistici Siciliani, III (1955), 35-501955
IIII/4/10"Late Classical and Medieval Studies in Honor of Albert Mathias Friend Jr.", ed. Kurt Weitzmann et al. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1955 and "The Carolingian King in the Bible of San Paola fuori le mura", in Late Classical and Mediaeval Studies, 287-300undated, 1955
IIII/4/11"The Babtism of the Apostles", in Dumbarton Oaks Papers, IX-X (1956), 204-2511956
IIII/4/12"Feudalism in the Byzantine Empire", in Feudalism in History (1956), 151-1661956
IIII/4/13"Zu den Rechtsgrundlagen der Kaisersage", in Deutsches Archiv, XIII (1957), 115-1501957
IIII/4/14"The Prologue to Fleta and the School of Petrus de Vinea", in Speculum XXXII (1957), 231-2491957
IIII/4/15"The Transformations of Apolline Ethics", in Charites: Studien zur Altertumswissenschaft (Festschrift Ernst Langlotz), Bonn 1957, 265-2741957
IIII/4/16Reviews of "The King's Two Bodies: A Study in Medieval Political Theology". Princeton University Press, 1957. 568 pp.1957
IIII/4/17"The Archer in the Ruthwell Cross", in Art Bulletin, XLII (1960), 57-591960
IIII/4/18"On the Golden Marriage Belt and the Marriage Rings of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection", in Dumbarton Oaks Papers, XIV (1960), 2-161960
IIII/4/19"Kingship under the Impact of Scientific Jurisprudence", in Twelfth-Century Europe and the Foundations of Modern Society (1961), 89-1111961
IIII/4/20"The Sovereignty of the Artist: A Note on Legal Maxims and Renaissance Theories of Art", in De Artibus Opuscula XL: Essays in Honor of Erwin Panofsky (New York 1961), 267-2791961
IIII/4/21"Gods in Uniform", in Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society CV (1961), 368-3931961
IIII/4/22"Puer exoriens: On the Hypapante in the Mosaics of S. Maria Maggiore", in Perennitas (1963), 118-1351963
IIII/4/23"Oriens Augusti - Lever du Roi", in Dumbarton Oaks Papers, XVII (1963), 119-1771963
IIII/4/24"Constantinus Strator: Marginalien zum Constitutum Constantini", in Mullus: Festschrift Theodor Klauser (Jahrbuch fuer Antike und Christentum, 1964), 181-1891964
IIII/5/1Description of correspondence of Gertrude, Clara and Angie Kantorowicz, a manuscript by Kaete Ledermann on Angie Kantorowicz, correspondence on attempts to emigrate from Germany in 1941, and a detailed "Who's Who" of all names appearing in correspondence.undated
IIII/5/2Published manuscript by Gertrude Kantorowicz, "Ueber den Maerchenstil der Malerei und die Sienische Kunst des Quattrocento," poetry from Thereseinstadt, xeroxes of photos of Gertrude Kantorowiczundated
IIII/5/3Correspondence of EHK with other historians and Felix Frankfurter (1934-1939) on possible jobs outside of Germany; Curriculum vitae, passport applications, ship ticketsundated
IIII/5/4Correspondence, genealogical tables and a manuscript on EHK's family and ancestryundated
IIII/5/5EHK material concerning the Nazi seizure of power in 1933, on the 1933 boycott, and on the Nazi takeover at the University of Frankfurtundated
IIII/6/1Drafts, letters, memos, and articles pertaining to the Loyalty Oath Issue1949-1950
IIII/6/2"Group for Academic Freedom" materials relating to the Loyalty Oath Issueundated
IIII/6/3Correspondence of EHK concerning the Loyalty Oath1949-1951
IIII/6/4Legal Papers and correspondence dealing with the Loyalty Oath Action, and the subsequent compensation suit.1950-1955
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Box III, undated, 1918-1991

14 folders
BoxFolderTitleDate
IIIIII/6/5Miscellaneous clippings, notes, and pamphlets concerning the loyalty oath and compensation issues.undated
IIIIII/7/1Guide to dates of the loyalty oath controversy (1949-1953), drafts of loyalty oath statements by EHK and others, materials related to the Academic Senate of the University of California at Berkeleyundated
IIIIII/7/2Correspondence and miscellaneous material related to EHK's first jobs in the USA, correspondence with other universities, Committee on Social Thought, 1940-1945, correspondence concerning job offers and lectures, 1950-19511940-1945, 1950-1951
IIIIII/7/3Materials related to the National Refugee Service, correspondence concerning post-war Germany; includes a recommendation letter for Dr. Schramm from 1947, saying he was always an anti-Nazi and capable of teaching in post-war Germanyundated, 1947
IIIIII/7/4EHK's Correspondence at Princeton1951-1963
IIIIII/7/5Miscellaneous materials including review by EHK, list of his publications, reprint of article on EHK, obituaries of EHK, condolence letters including one from Olga Schnitzlerundated
IIIIII/7/6Miscellaneous materials including reprints of articles by EHK, honorary degree from Lawrence University with related correspondence, and other academic honors and certificatesundated
IIIIII/7/7Addenda: Passports and Travel Documents, 1930s, and correspondence with publishers, 1953-19631930s, 1953-1963
IIIIII/8/1Papers of and About Richard Kandt, EHK's cousin and an African explorer. Most material from 19181918
IIIIII/8/2Lectures on German History, in English, by EHK. For the academic year, 1943-1944, as part of the Army Special Training Program.1943-1944
IIIIII/8/3Information on Ernst Kantorowicz's Classes and Academic Careerundated
IIIIII/8/4Article, "L'erudition - et apres? Les historien allemands avant et apres 1945" by Peter Schoettler. From "Geneses", September 1991.September 1991
IIIIII/9/1Lectures for Course, "Medieval Institutions"1939-1941
IIIIII/9/2Lectures for Course, "Medieval Institutions II"1942
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Box IV, 1939-1949

7 folders
BoxFolderTitleDate
IVIV/9/3Lectures for Course, "Medieval England"1948
IVIV/9/4Lectures for Course, "The Normans in European History"1939
IVIV/9/5Lectures for Course, "Byzantium"1947
IVIV/9/6Lectures for Course, "Italian History"1943-1944
IVIV/9/7Lectures for Course, "English Constitutional History"1944-1947
IVIV/9/8Lectures for Course, "English Constitutional History II"1945-1948
IVIV/9/9Lectures for Course, "English Constitutional History"1949
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Box V, undated, 1942-1949

5 folders
BoxFolderTitleDate
VV/9/10Lectures for Course, "English Constitutional History II"1948-1949
VV/9/11Lectures for Course, "The 13th Century"1948
VV/9/12Lectures for Course, "The Ages of Transition, 13th-14th Centuries"1942
VV/9/13Lectures for Course, "The Renaissance"1945-1948
VV/9/14Lectures for Course, "Medieval England II," ("Medieval England I" missing), date unknownundated
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Box VI, 1940-1954

3 folders
Arrangement:

Chronological

BoxFolderTitleDate
VIVI/9/15Lectures for Course, "Medieval Foundations of Humanism and Renaissance"1940
VIVI/9/16Lectures for Course, "The Reformation"1946-1947
VIVI/9/17Humanities Lectures at Princeton University, 1953-1954; Schedule and two complete lectures, "Feudalism and Popular Sovereignty," and "Kingship of Freedom and Man in the Works of Dante."1953-1954
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