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Grace Van Sweringen Baur papers

Identifier: COU:111

Scope and Contents

The Grace van Sweringen Baur papers are organized into publications, research notes, instructional materials, along with diplomas, her doctoral dissertation, and Andreas Heulster's notebook on Metrik.


  • circa 1893-1930

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Biographical / Historical

Dr. Grace Fleming van Sweringen Baur was born in Virginia, January 13, 1866, but lived most of her younger life in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her B.L. from Cornell in 1893, and a Ph.D. at the University of Berlin in 1904. Dr. Baur came to the University of Colorado as head of the Department of Germanic Languages in 1909, succeeding Miss Mary Rippon, who served from 1881 to 1909. Baur was chair of the German department at CU from 1909 to 1930.

Dr. Baur had taught in the Woman’s College at Constantinople, at the University of Berlin, and at Olivet College in Michigan, among other institutions, before coming to the University of Colorado. She was the first woman to teach English at the University of Berlin, and never had a leave of absence during her twenty-one years at CU. Her research focused on the Old Icelandic and Anglo-Saxon fields. She wrote much for the University of Colorado Studies, for the Scandinavian Review, and several stories for fiction magazines.


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Grace van Sweringen Baur was chair of the German department at CU from 1909 to 1930. After graduating from Cornell University in 1893, she continued with her studies and received her PhD in German in 1904 from the University of Berlin. She came to the University of Colorado in 1909 and headed the German department for 21 years until her death in 1930. The collection includes her diplomas and dissertation, instructional material for the German Society, notes for her manuscripts, and published works on German hero sagas.


This collection is arranged into the following series: Series I: Published Works and Manuscripts Series II: Research Notes and Notebooks Series Series III: Instructional Materials Series Series IV: Diplomas, Dissertation, & Gift

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