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Richard E. Campbell collection

 Collection
Identifier: COU:3984

Scope and Contents

The Richard Campbell Collection contains materials regarding German culture during the 20th century. While the collection contains materials from many different time periods, The majority of the collection's material focuses on Nazi Germany (1933-1945) and Cold War-ear Germany (1945-1991). Materials included in the collection from these two time periods emphasize music, art, theater, film, radio, and propaganda. Additional emphasis is given to the Reichskulturkammer (Nazi Germany's Chamber of Culture), and included within the collection are materials regarding how the Reichskulturkammer dealt with the Nazi "Judenfrage" or "Jewish Question." This includes lists identifying Jews within the German culture industry, their "level" of "Jewishness" (including if they were married to Jews), and details on processes implemented to ultimately remove their influence from Nazi art and culture. Collection materials are seperated into two series of organization. The first consists of produced German cultural material from specific time periods (such as music programs, pamphlets, publications, press releases, and cultural ephemera). Included within this series is a sub-series of tourist pamphlets and museum/historical guides which may have been collected by Campbell during his time in Berlin. The second, entitled Campbell Papers, consists of material Campbell gained largely through his research at the Berlin Document Center (BDC) and includes photocopies of documents, manuscripts, correspondence, and radio transcripts (among other items). This series also contains information Campbell collected for establishing tour guide programs - a point which may offer connections between the two series because it links historical space with modern sites of reflection.

Dates

  • undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Statement

The University Libraries may not own the copyright to all materials in this collection. Researchers are responsible for contacting the copyright holder(s) for this material and obtaining permission to publish or broadcast. The University Libraries will not grant permission to publish or broadcast this material and are not responsible for copyright violations resulting from such use.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Eli Campbell (1932-) spent more than half a century in post WWII and Cold War Germany, where he managed the American Business Center in Leipzig, served as political analyst and travel officer for the U.S. Embassy Berlin and abroad, and cataloged 500,000 Nazi-era documents as Berlin Document Center archivist. He was working for the U.S. government at Checkpoint Charlie in 1961 the night the border was closed. More recently, Campbell has served on the Denver Mizel Museum Advisory Board as the Museum's liaison to the Colorado Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). A classically trained musician and conductor, Richard earned his PhD at Berlin's Free University in Ethnomusicology (Non-Western Music). Campbell’s time in Berlin, along with his background in musicology, led to an accumulation of materials relating to Germany’s cultural heritage during the 20th century.

Extent

6 linear feet : 4 Record Boxes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Richard E. Campbell spent more than half a century in post WWII and Cold War Germany, where he managed the American Business Center in Leipzig, served as political analyst and travel officer for the U.S. Embassy Berlin and abroad, and cataloged 500,000 Nazi-era documents as a Berlin Document Center (BDC) archivist.The Richard E. Campbell collection contains materials detailing twentieth-century German culture, with a specific emphasis on art, music, and theater. Much of the collection deals with the Reichskulturkammer (Nazi Germany's Chamber of Culture) and includes a mix of both copied files detailing how the Reichskulturkammer operated "behind-the-scenes" and also a variety of the very cultural materials produced by the Reichskulturkammer for mass public consumption. Campbell's postwar cultural materials focus on art, music, and radio culture, offering a cross-section of Cold War Germany's cultural output. Tying the collection together are various pamphlets and guides emphasizing the emerging tourism industry in late-twentieth century Germany, of which Campbell participated in through helping arrange tours and instruct tour guides.

Author
Jacob Flaws
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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