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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1241

Papers of Hildegard Nagel, 1864-1997 (inclusive) 1864-1889 (bulk)


Correspondence, writings, and family papers of Hildegard Nagel, editor, translator, and author.


  • 1864-1997
  • Majority of material found within 1864-1889


Language of Materials

Materials in German and English.


1.04 linear feet (2+1/2 file boxes)

The papers of Hildegard Nagel contain correspondence, poems and essays by Nagel, a play by Nagel entitled Call It a Day, and papers and talks written by Nagel for the Analytical Psychology Club of New York. Also included are family papers including a memoir in German by Nagel's maternal grandmother, Friederika Dembitz Brandeis; letters to Louis D. Brandeis from his sister Fanny Brandeis Nagel (Nagel's mother); and German correspondence of Nagel's father, Charles Nagel. Files are arranged with materials received in 1986 listed first in folders 1-16, followed by an alphabetical arrangement of materials received in 2017 (folders 18-33).


The daughter of Charles and Fanny (Brandeis) Nagel, Hildegard Nagel was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Her early years were marked by the death of her brother Alfred and the suicide of her mother, Franny Brandeis Nagel, the sister of Justice Louis D. Brandeis. Her father, a lawyer and Secretary of Commerce and Labor under President Taft, was a founder of the United States Chamber of Commerce, and was active in German relief work following World War I. In 1895 he married Anne Shepley; they had four children.

Following her graduation from Bennett College in Millbrook, New York, Nagel worked with a psychoanalyst at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she met her lifelong friend, Ellen Thayer, a magazine editor. A student of Carl Jung and Gerhard Adler, Nagel spent most of her professional life as a psychiatric social worker in New York City. She was a member of the C.G. Jung Foundation for Analytical Psychology and served as president of the Analytical Psychology Club of New York. An editor, translator, and writer, Nagel helped to disseminate Jungian ideas in this country, publishing a critique of Jung's essay, "Answer to Job," as well as other papers delivered to the Analytical Psychology Club of New York. Nagel died on February 16, 1985, in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 86-M211, 2017-M126

The papers of Hildegard Nagel were given to the Schlesinger Library by Charles Nagel, Jr., Hildegard Nagel's half brother, in October 1986; copies of articles by Hildegard Nagel in the Kristine Mann Library of the Analytical Psychology Club of New York were made at the request of Charles Nagel and given to the Schlesinger Library in August 1986. Additional papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Lea Watson, in June 2017.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: August 1987

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional material added: June 2023

By: Johanna Carll

Materials received in 2017 were added to the finding aid in 2023 and can be found in folders 17-33.

Nagel, Hildegard, 1886-1985. Papers of Hildegard Nagel, 1864-1997 (inclusive), 1864-1889 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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