The Papers of Walter Arndt, circa 1920 - 2006Manuscript MS-1195

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Title:

The Papers of Walter Arndt, circa 1920 - 2006

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1195

Collection Dates:

circa 1920 - 2006

Size of Collection:

1 box (1.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Walter W. Arndt, translator and poet. (1916-2011). Consist of manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings and research material related to his writings and translations of German and Russian verse, including the manuscript for "The Genius of Wilhelm Busch." Biographical materials such as resumes, passports, certificates and diploma as well as grade reports are also included.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Walter W. Arndt contain manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings and research material related to his writings and translations of German and Russian verse, including the manuscript for "The Genius of Wilhelm Busch." Also included are biographical materials such as résumés, passports, professional certificates and diplomas as well as grade reports.

Biography

Walter Werner Arndt was born on May 4, 1916, in Constantinople, Turkey to parents of German and Polish origin. In 1934 he moved to England to study at Oriel College, Oxford University. After Oxford, Arndt relocated to Warsaw for graduate study where he was able to increase his knowledge of Polish and Russian language. In 1939 he repudiated his German citizenship and volunteered for the Polish Army. After escaping from a German POW camp he spent a year in the Polish underground, forging Nazi documents before he made his way to Istanbul where he was able to study mechanical engineering at Robert College. Between 1942 and 1943, Arndt was active in political, military, and war economic intelligence with the OSS. He emigrated to the United States in 1949 and taught French, German and Russian at Guilford College in North Carolina. In 1956 he received his PhD in Comparative Linguistics and Classics from the University of North Carolina. After Ford Fellowships at the University of Michigan and Harvard, Arndt held successive appointments in linguistics and Slavic languages and literature at the University of North Carolina. In 1966 he was hired by Dartmouth College's Russian department where he became the Sherman Fairchild Professor in the Humanities and chairman of the Russian department. Among his many translations of German and Slavic texts are Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin," the "Anna Akhmatva" anthology, Goethe's "Faust," as well as verses by Lermontov, Pasternak, Heine, Wilhelm Busch, Morgenstern and Rilke. In 1995 Arndt was awarded the Order of Merit from Germany for "helping to bring the German language and literature to the English speaking world." Walter Arndt died on February 15, 2011 at the age of 94.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1920-2006

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Biographical Material: Resumes, passports, certificates and grade reports, 1920s-1990s
  • Folder: 2, Speeches by Walter Arndt, undated
  • Folder: 3, Reviews: Clippings and articles about Walter Arndt's translations, 1989-2006
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence: Regarding "The Genius of Wilhelm Busch" by Walter Arndt, 1978-1997
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence, 1958-1995
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence: To newspapers, 1955-2004
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence: Miscellaneous university and college professors, 1972-1975
  • Folder: 8, Manuscripts: "WB's Graphic Techniques" and "The Butterfly," typescript, undated
  • Folder: 9, Manuscripts: English translations of miscellaneous Russian and German verses, 1980s-1999
  • Folder: 10, Manuscripts: On German history and culture, typescript, in German, undated
  • Folder: 11, Manuscripts: Miscellaneous writings, typescript and printed, undated
  • Folder: 12, Manuscripts: Miscellaneous writings and articles, typescript and printed, undated
  • Folder: 13, Manuscript: "The Akhmatova Phenomenon" by Walter Arndt, typescript, undated
  • Folder: 14, Manuscript: "The Adventured of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bensel, translated by Walter Arndt, typescript and printed photocopy, circa 1921
  • Folder: 15, Manuscript: "The Genius of Wilhelm Busch" by Walter Arndt, typescript, 1982
  • Folder: 16, Research: "The Genius of Wilhelm Busch" by Walter Arndt, "Max and Moritz" translations, clippings, sketches and notes, circa 1980s
  • Folder: 17, Morgenstern - Bilingual Anthology - Prospective for Princeton Univ. Press [photocopy], circa 1990
  • Folder: 18, Photographs, undated

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