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Myra Jessen papers

 Collection
Identifier: BMC-3H-Jessen-Myra

Scope and Contents

The Myra Jessen papers is a collection of the papers of Myra Jessen, Bryn Mawr College class of 1915. The collection, which is undated, consists primarily of research notes on Franz Grillparzer, an Austrian dramatist of the Biedermeier period. The collection includes Jessen's unpublished manuscript on Grillparzer entitled "Lehrhafte Formulieung im Grillparserschen Drama," and correspondence related to her research. Also included are grade books for German courses, exams, student recommendations, and correspondence with students, faculty, and alumnae committees.

The collection is housed in four boxes, all of which contain research notes and a variety of other materials.

The first box contains research notes mostly concerning authors and playwrights (Grillparzer, Shakespeare, Schiller, Sappho), and on various themes such as beauty, youth vs. age, love, avarice, etc. The second box contains correspondence concerning Jessen’s research, faculty matters, publications, and Bryn Mawr; research notes on many of the previously mentioned topics; and Bryn Mawr related materials. The third box contains more research notes, primarily on Grillparzer, and some correspondence concerning BMC class reunions, the German department, and student matters. It also contains two separate boxes of Jessen’s unpublished typescript, “Lehrhafte Formulieung im Grillparserschen Drama.” The fourth box contains the Grillparzer notebook “Sappho 1817” and research notes on said notebook. It also contains a box of handwritten and typed index cards (Grillparzer, etc. bibliography), some with attached notes and folded correspondence.

The focus of this collection is on Franz Grillparzer. Jessen made copious notes, many of which were substantially developed over decades, evidencing her thought process and revisions. This collection is also unique for its inclusion of her unpublished typescript. It would certainly be of use to anyone interested in Grillparzer. The Bryn Mawr materials in the collection provide a focused view of the German department in the early-mid twentieth century. Collection is in German and English.

Dates

  • undated

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Standard Federal Copyright Restrictions Apply

Biographical / Historical

Myra Stephanie Richards was born in 1893 in Saratoga Springs, New York, and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. She attended Bryn Mawr College, graduating in 1915. The same year, she married Professor Karl Detlev Jessen. Her husband died in 1919. She worked as a German and Latin instructor at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, and then as a German Instructor at Bryn Mawr College, where she also pursued her graduate studies in German. She received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr in 1932. In 1952 she was appointed head of the college's German department. She passed away in 1985.

Extent

4 boxes

Language

German

Overview

Myra Stephannie Richards Jessen (1893-1985) graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1915. She worked as a German and Latin instructor at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, and then as a German Instructor at Bryn Mawr College, where she also pursued her graduate studies in German. She received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr in 1932. In 1952 she was appointed head of the college's German department. This collection, which is undated, consists primarily of research notes on Franz Grillparzer, an Austrian dramatist of the Biedermeier period. The collection includes Jessen's unpublished manuscript on Grillparzer entitled "Lehrhafte Formulieung im Grillparserschen Drama," and correspondence related to her research. Also included are grade books for German courses, exams, student recommendations, and correspondence with students, faculty, and alumnae committees.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was given to the College Archives in August 1984 by Ingeborg Jessen Shields.

Related Materials

The College Archives also houses the collections of Karl Jessen, Myra's husband.
Title
Myra Jessen papers
Status
Completed
Author
Cassidy Gruber Baruth
Date
February 19, 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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