Guide to the German Nationality Room Committee Collection, 1927-1954 UA.40.09

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
German Nationality Room Committee Collection
Creator
University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program. German Nationality Room Committee..
Collection Number
UA.40.09
Date
1927-1954
Extent
4.0 boxes
Abstract
The German Nationality Room Committee Collection details the planning, funding, and construction of the German Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning. The dates of the documents range from 1927 to 1954, and are in both English and German. The collection contains correspondence, finical statements, newspaper clippings, booklets, minutes, programs, a running memo, photographs and other materials related to the German Nationality Room.

Preferred Citation

German Nationality Room Committee Collection, 1927-1954, UA.40.09, University Archives, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography/History

On March 11, 1927, a group of Germans and German-Americans in Pittsburgh appointed a small committee to plan and fundraise for the German Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning. For political reasons, the committee did no go abroad for funding or architectural advice, unlike many of the other Nationality Room Committees. The German Room was dedicated on December 2, 1938, to 450 guests. At the time, the design of the room’s windows had not been finalized. Fundraising continued, and stained glass windows based on traditional German fairy tales were installed and dedicated on February 7, 1954.

Reinhard Ullrich was the first chairman of the German Nationality Committee, serving as president from 1927 to after the dedication in 1938. The vice chairman of the committee was Henry Meuschke, who helped the committee until his death in 1940. Fritz Ueberle and John Evangelist Loibl were the committee secretaries, and Peter Fischer served as treasurer. The design for the room was drafted by Pittsburgh architect Frank Linder, and the details and construction were carried out under the direction of Gustav Ketterer of Philadephia. The committee also worked with Ruth Crawford Mitchell, the Advisor of the Nationality Rooms for the University of Pittsburgh.

The German Nationality Room is designed in the style of the 16th century German Renaissance, based on the Great Hall of the University of Heidelberg. The entrance bares the crest of the two oldest German Universities (Heidelberg and Leipzig), and the wall panels and window bare the names of famous German poets, musicians, scientists, and philosophers. The ceiling is painted with the crests of different German cities, and the floor is made of oak. The four corners of the room are decorated with characters from German literature. Since 1954, the windows contain stained glass panels that portray characters and events from German fairy tales.

As of 2015, the German Room Committee offers a scholarship for students with a working knowledge of German to study abroad.

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Scope and Content Notes

The German Nationality Room Committee Collection contains documents related to the planning, funding and construction of the German Nationality Room in the Cathedral of Learning. The majority of the records range from 1927 to the dedication of the room in 1938, though there is some material from 1939 to 1941. There are also records documenting the dedication of the fairy tale inspired stained glass windows in 1954. The collection includes the committee’s minutes, member biographies, financial information, newspaper clippings, publicity materials, correspondence between the committee members, architectural correspondence, programs and booklets, and a running memo related to the German Nationality Room and German Nationality Room Committee. The collection also contains photographs on the design of the room and events it hosted, as well as dedication information on the stained glass windows. The material in this collection includes records in both English and German.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, November 2015

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the University Archives by the Nationality Rooms Program Office in 1999.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alexandra Hebda in October 2015.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Nationality Rooms (Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program. German Nationality Room Committee..
  • University of Pittsburgh. Nationality Rooms Program.

Genre(s)

  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Minutes
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Linder, Frank
  • Mitchell, Ruth Crawford, 1890-
  • Ullrich, Reinhard

Subject(s)

  • Classrooms -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • German Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

German Nationality Room Committee Collection, 1927-1954, UA.40.09, University of Pittsburgh Archives

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Collection Inventory

  BoxFolder
Minutes, 1928-1938 11

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Biographies 2

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Financial Statements, 1930-1939 3

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Publicity Material, 1938-1940 4

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Newspaper Clippings, 1929-1954 5

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Running Memo, 1927-1938 6

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Design Review 7

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General Correspondence, 1927-1934 8

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General Correspondence, 1935-1940 9

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Architectural Correspondence, 1927-1938 10

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Grab Inschriften Im Heidelbergrt Berg Friedhof 11

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Louis Marhoefer Award 12

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Presentation Ceremony Program 13

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  Folder
University of Pittsburgh Booklets 14

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Christmas Event Programs, 1942, 1948 15

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  Folder
Nationality Classrooms Book 16

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Presentation on German Classroom Windows 17

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  BoxFolder
Classroom Design Photographs 218

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German Classroom Committee Photograph, 1927-1936 19

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Classroom Photographs, 1938-1954 20

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Classroom Usage Photographs 21

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Dedication of German Classroom Photographs, December 2, 1938 22

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Golden Book Photographs, 1939, 1954 23

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Window Presentation Photographs, February 7, 1954 24

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  Folder
Stained Glass Window Dedication and Thanks, 1954 25

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The Frog Prince Window Thanks, 1954 26

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Red Riding Hood Window Thanks, 1954 27

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Snow White Window Thanks, 1954 28

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Hansel and Gretel Window Thanks, 1954 29

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One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes Window Thanks 1954 30

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Rumpelstilzchen Window Thanks, 1954 31

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Sleeping Beauty Window Thanks, 1954 32

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Snow White and Rose Red Window Thanks, 1954 33

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Cinderella Window Thanks, 1954 34

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  BoxItem
Committee Archives Boxes 31-5

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