The Archives and Rare Books Library holds the papers of former professor of Germanic Languages and Literature, Hans-Georg Richert. Richert was a dedicated teacher and scholar with research interests in the history of the German language, medieval studies, and 19th century German literature. He taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the German language, German literature, and German culture.
Richert was born in Danzig, Germany (now Gdánsk, Poland) in 1933. He attended Gymnasium Buxtehude and Hamburg University, where he received his Ph.D. in German philology in 1960. He then taught at Uppsala University and Frankfurt University, and served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Humanities before coming to UC in 1971. Richert moved quickly through the ranks at UC, and became a full professor in 1976. He served as the director of graduate students for five years, and he was the resident director of the UC-based National Work-Study Program in Germany. Richert also translated Swedish works into German and published a number of articles and books. Richert’s untimely death in 1987 cut short his scholarly career.
His professional papers in the Archives and Rare Books Library contain material from various classes he taught, research notes, and drafts of articles. The papers also include correspondence about his publications and copies of papers that he presented at conferences. The vast majority of the material is written in German and many of the notes are handwritten. These papers have now been fully processed and a complete finding aid for the collection is located on the Archives and Rare Books website at: http://www.libraries.uc.edu/libraries/arb/archives/collections/documents/richert_hans_george.pdf . Two of his publications are also available in the Archives and Rare Books Library:
Die Elsassische “Legenda Aurea” Bd. 1, Das Normalcorpus… SpecCol Ref BX4654.J35 R44 1982
Wege und Formen der Pasionalüberlieferung. SpecCol C.U. 801.R58 we
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