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Otto Manthey-Zorn Papers

Identifier: MA.00126

Scope and Contents

The papers contain Manthey-Zorn's letters dealing with his appointment on the faculty of Amherst College and the notes for and the draft of an uncompleted memoir of his life and teaching on the German faculty of the College. Of particular importance are his observations on the Meiklejohn presidency at Amherst College. Correspondents include Charles Cole, Robert Frost, Stanley King and George Olds.


  • Creation: 1906-1959


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to The Otto Manthey-Zorn Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from The Otto Manthey-Zorn Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

The son of German missionary, Manthey-Zorn was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 1879. He graduated from Adelbert College of Western Reserve University in 1901 and received his Ph.D. in 1904 from the University of Leipzig. After teaching at Adelbert College and the University of Illinois, he came to Amherst College in 1906 to teach German. He retired in 1955.


0.25 Linear feet (1 half archives box)

Language of Materials



Professor of German. Letters regarding his appointment to the faculty of Amherst College; notes for, and draft of, an uncompleted memoir.


This collection is organized into two series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, 1906-1959
  2. Series 2: Writings, circa 1958

Related Materials

Non-Alumni Biographical Files - Manthey-Zorn

Robert Frost Collection

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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
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Amherst MA 01002-5000
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