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Gert von Gontard Papers

Identifier: MS-MS-ms121

Gert von Gontard’s Papers are part of a larger collection given to Washington University in 1980 by his widow, Hildegard. The collection includes von Gontard’s extensive book collection and is highlighted by his collection of over 1300 books, manuscripts, and memorabilia relating to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Also, present is a file of letters from von Gontard’s colleagues in the literary and arts communities.


  • 1775-1974


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Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

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Biographical Information

Gert von Gontard (1906-1979) was a book collector, patron of the arts, and publisher of the 1930s avant-garde literary and arts magazine Neue Revue, whose strong anti-Nazi policy expressed in cartoons, articles, and poetry, put him on the Nazis’ “death list” in 1933. Forced to flee his native Germany during World War II, he devoted his life to what he described as "the holy mission of art, the overcoming of international prejudice." He became an active member of the community of expatriate German artists and literary figures. He was particularly active in developing theatrical projects and, with the important producer-director Max Reinhardt, co-founded The Workshop, a Los Angeles theatrical academy. Upon moving to New York, von Gontard became an active member of that city’s theatrical community, notably through his efforts at bringing German theatre groups to New York.

Source of Acquisition

Accession number 1575. Gift of the Estate of Gert von Gontard (Hildegard von Gontard), Summer 1981

Accession number 1576. Gift of the Estate of Gert von Gontard (Hildegard von Gontard), Summer 1982

Processing Information

Processed January 1983

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 April 20: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collecting Area

Joel Minor
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495