John Masterman collection of Ruhleben British Civilian internment camp documents
Ruhleben Concentration Camp material donated by John Masterman. Material includes lecture notes he used for teaching, camp publications, a scrapbook, photographs and portrait sketch.
- 1914 - 1919.
Extent is approximate.
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Extent1 collection (Approximately 1 linear foot; 4 containers)
This collection represents material collected by John Masterman during his incarceration at the Ruhleben Gefangenenlager, a German civilian prisoner-of-war camp in operation during World War I. Material includes lecture notes for classes he taught at the camp, copies of camp publications, photographs, a portrait sketch of an internee .
The collection also includes a scrapbook of British newspaper clippings kept by his mother. The subject of the articles relate to British internees held during the war.
- January 12, 1891 Born, Kingston Hill, Surrey
- 1913 Travels to Germany for study
- Summer/Fall 1914 Student at Freiburg University
- November 6, 1914 Incarcerated in Ruhleben
- August 3, 1918 Attempts escape from Ruhleben. Captured within 24 hours
- December, 1918 Released from Ruhleben
- June 6, 1977 Died in Oxford
- January 12, 1891
- Born, Kingston Hill, Surrey
- Travels to Germany for study
- Summer/Fall 1914
- Student at Freiburg University
- November6, 1914
- Incarcerated in Ruhleben
- August 3, 1918
- Attempts escape from Ruhleben. Captured within 24 hours
- December, 1918
- Released from Ruhleben
- June 6, 1977
- Died in Oxford
Historical & Special Collections
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by John Masterman in March, 1974.
Existence and Location of Copies
Processed by Ed Moloy in March 2010
The material found in this collection was originally part of the Ruhleben (Concentration Camp) Records, a collection consisting of two separate acquisitions. The first was a 1932 purchase from Maurice L. Ettinghausen in 1932. The second, in 1974, was in the form of a donation from John Masterman. The two collections were processed in 1988 as though they were a single collection. Though the material is similar for both acquisitions, each was created by a different individual, and they should have been treated as separate and unique collections. With this in mind a decision was made in 2010 to reprocess Ruhleben and create two collections: the Maurice L.Ettinghausen collection of Ruhleben civilian internment camp papers (HOLLIS 990006017150203941) and the John Masterman collection of Ruhleben civilian internment camp papers.
- John Masterman collection of Ruhleben British Civilian internment camp documents, 1914-1919
- Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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