Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Max Freund Academic Papers, circa 1930-1980 UA 205



source Wilson, Joe
creator Freund, Max
Title: Max Freund academic papers, c.1930-1982
Dates: circa 1930-1980
Abstract: Max Freund was Professor of German and Head of the German Department at Rice and active in the German-American Societies of Houston. This collection consists of course preparation materials for various German subjects he taught, such as Philology, Phonetics, and Literature. Much of the material is in German and came unidentified as to content. It has been rough sorted but left in the order it was received. The second part of the collection is from the Rice German Honor Society -- Delta Phi Alpha. These papers include correspondence, membership information, financial records, minutes, governmental material and other items relating to the Society.
Identification: UA 205
Quantity: 1.25 Cubic Feet2 boxes
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Sketch

Dr (Friedrich Ernst) Max Freund was born at Hainichen in the former kingdom of Saxony on February 27, 1879. He received his education and training in Leipzig. In 1903 he was appointed to the chair of the modern languages at Queen's College at Belfast. When World War I began in the summer of 1914 he was assigned to military service in Germany and stationed in the Eastern front. He was professor of modern English at the universities of geissen and Marburg in Germany from 1915-1925. In 1925 he accepted the position of Professor of German and Head of the German department at Rice. Together with his wife, Anna Regina Keck Freund, he founded the Goethe-Vereien and was active in the German-American Societies of Houston. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1933. He retired in 1947 and in his retirement he completed his translation and critical edition of Gustav Dresel's Houston Journal, and had conferred on him the Officer's Cross First Class of the Order of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany. Dr. Freund died aged 101 on June 16, 1980.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of course preparation materials for various German subjects Freund taught at Rice, such as Philology, Phonetics, and Literature. Much of the material is in German and came unidentified as to content. It has been rough sorted but left in the order it was received. The second part of the collection is from the Rice German Honor Society -- Delta Phi Alpha. These papers include correspondence, membership information, financial records, minutes, governmental material and other items relating to the Society.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Max Freund Academic papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.


Index Terms

German literature -- 18th century
Wilson, Joe

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Max Freund Academic Papers, circa 1930-1980, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition

Donated by Joe Wilson via John Boles; 1/30/03


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Academic Papers ca. 1930

Box Folder
1 1 German Philology
2 German Phonetics
3 Classical German Literature (in English); Later German Literature
4 Unlabeled Material – possibly Literature (Klopstock, Lessing, Goethe, Geothes Faust, Schiller)
5 Unlabeled Material – possibly “History of German Literature from Its Beginnings to the Present Day”
6 Unlabeled Material (1st of 3 folders) - possibly German Romanticism (Shakespeare, Brentano, Brothers Grimm, Heine, Schurz)
7 Unlabeled Material (2nd of 3 folders) - possibly German Romanticism (Storm, Hauptmann, Mann, Johst)
8 Unlabeled Material (3rd of 3 folders) - possibly German Romanticism (Remarque, Johst)



Series II: Publications

Box Folder
1 9 Die Moralischen Erzahlungen Marmontels by Dr. Phil. Max Freund
10 The Professional Career of Max Freund, M.A., Ph.D. prepared by Development Office, Rice University



Series III: Delta Phi Alpha Papers 1956-1971

Box Folder
2 1 Banquet – Correspondence 1961-70
2 Banquet – Notices 1962-67
3 Banquet – Prospectus 1967, 1969
4 Banquet – Reservations and Lists of Members 1961-70
5 Banquet – Speeches 1961-69, n.d.
6 Book Prize 1962-69
7 Bulletin – 1956-57
8 Chapter, Establishing – Correspondence 1949
9 Chapter Letter 1949, 1951
10 Citations 1957-61
11 Citations – Correspondence 1957-61
12 Correspondence and News Clippings 1929-70
13 Government Material – Constitution, By-laws, Charter, Rice Institute Constitution, Statement
14 Insignia Orders 1951, 1963-64, 1967
15 Max Freund Prize 1961-67
16 Members – Transcript Lists 1967-70
17 Membership – Certificates 1950-70
18 Membership – Correspondence 1952-70
19 Membership – Lists 1949-69
20 Membership - Pledge
21 Minutes 1950-69
22 Minutes - Annual Report and Activity Report 1949-69
23 Newsletter 1951-70
24 Photograph 1959-60
25 Scholarship 1970-71



Series IV: Delta Phi Alpha Financial 1945-1982

Box Folder
2 26 Bank Statements, 1965-69
27 Bank Statements, 1970-82
28 Check Stubs 1966-69
29 Miscellaneous 1951-81
30 Treasurer’s Report 1949-55