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Extent13 linear feet (18 boxes, 16 volumes, 4 microfilm reels)
Of interest in this collection is Redlich’s vast correspondence with noted German and American economists and other German-American exiles during the 1930s and 1940s. Fritz Redlich’s diaries and the Redlich family photographs taken in Germany from 1889 to 1936 and reflect the lifestyle of an affluent German family before the outbreak of World War II. Bound letters (1914–1920) and military records in subject files document his experience voluntarily fighting In the German army during World War I. A significant amount of this collection is in German with no translations.
Biographical / Historical
In 1943, Fritz Redlich became an economist at the Federal Public Housing Authority in Boston. While continuing his research and writing, he also taught at the University of Massachusetts World War II-era campus at Fort Devens in 1947 and was director of research and statistics for the Housing Board of Massachusetts from 1948 to 1950. In 1950, Arthur H. Cole, Executive Director of the Harvard University Research Center in Entrepreneurial History and the Librarian of Baker Library, Harvard Business School (HBS), invited Redlich to be a senior associate at the Research Center where he stayed until 1958.
Fritz Redlich’s research focused on economic history, but also included military, labor, and social history (such as his study, The German Military Enterpriser and His Workforce, 1964). Redlich used the Kress Collections in Economic History and Philosophy at Baker Library extensively for his research and publications. In addition he offered advice on book purchasing and promoted the Kress Collection. Redlich died on October 21, 1978.
- Redlich, Fritz, 1892-1978. Fritz Redlich Papers, 1891-1981: A Finding Aid
- Natalia Gutierrez-Jones
- March 2018
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