Frederick Henry Wilkens collection
- Wilkens, Frederick Henry, 1865-1939 (Person)
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Collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
10.53 Cubic Feet (17 letter size document boxes, 8 legal size document boxes, 1 custom box (20 x 13.5 x 2 inches))
With the help of Johns Hopkins professor of philology, Basil L. Gildersleeve, he became an associate professor in German philology at Wisconsin University (1893-1896). He returned to Hopkins as a fellow by courtesy (1896-1900) before teaching at Union College and Cornell University. In 1904, he was appointed to a position at New York University where he was eventually promoted to professor of German Philology. Professor Wilkens was an active member of the Modern Language Association, and he wrote many reviews of books published in German for Modern Language Notes, a magazine issued by Johns Hopkins on philology. Professor Wilkens made frequent trips to Germany for his ongoing research, and he died in Berlin, August 1, 1939, a few weeks before Germany attacked Poland.
Scope and Contents
Also in the collection are photostats of the research notes of German philologist, Eduard Sievers (1850-1932). Both Sievers and Wilkens were graduates of the University of Leipzig; both held academic positions and concentrated their research in the fields of phonetics and linguistics. Wilkens acquired the copies from the University Library in Leipzig after the death of Sievers.
Most of the material in the collection was the basis for Wilken's published volumes and journal articles: Zum hochalemanischen Konsonantismus der althochdeutschen Zeit, (Leipzig: G. Fock, 1891). "The Manuscript, orthography, and dialect of the Hildenbrandslied," Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, (Baltimore 1897) 12:226-250.
Early influence of German Literature in America, (New York: MacMillan, 1900).
"G.H.C. Egestorff's first stay in England and his translation of Klopstok's Messiah," Americana Germanica, (New York 1902) 4: 292-298. "The Source of Kleist's Review: Uber den Zustand der Schwartzen im America," Modern Language Notes (1931), 46: 111-118. "Obituary of Eduard Sievers," Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, (1932) 47: 607-608.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- College teachers
- Comparative literature
- Comparative literature--English and German
- Frisian philology
- German language
- German language--Old High German
- German literature
- German literature--Middle High German
- German philology
- Kloster St. Gallen
- Sievers, Eduard, 1850-1932
- United States
- Wilkens, Frederick Henry, 1865-1939
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The Sheridan Libraries
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