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.5 linear feet (1 box)
Correspondence of African Spir and Hélène Spir Claparède include prominent correspondents: J.G. (Joseph Gabriel) Findel, Elisabeth Förster-Nietzsche, William Ernest Hocking, A. (Auguste) Penjon, and Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy. Topics discussed include African Spir's philosophical ideas, the publishing of his works, his influence on the thought of philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, and philosophy and world peace.
Materials are in German, French, and English.
Biographical / Historical
Spir's daughter, Hélène Spir Claparède, is sometimes cited as Hélène Claparède-Spir. Her husband was Swiss psychologist and educator, Edouard Claparède (1873-1940). They had two children, a daughter, Eliane Claparède, and a son, Jean Louis Claparède (1901-1937). Jean Louis Claparède was an active proponent of the international peace movement. He died of a heart attack at age 35.
- I. Correspondence
- II. Compositions by African Spir
- III. Compositions by Hélène Spir Claparède
- IV. Compositions by Jean Louis Claparède
- V. Family miscellany
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers assembled by Hélène Spir Claparède and sent to Harvard philosophy professor William Ernest Hocking as gift to the Harvard University Library. For additional acquisition information, see correspondence between William Ernest Hocking and Hélène Spir Claparède in the papers of William Ernest Hocking item (1192) also at the Houghton Library.
- Claparède family. Claparède-Spir family papers: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
- EAD ID
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