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COLLECTION Identifier: 86-M211

Papers of Hildegard Nagel, 1868-1985 (inclusive) 1868-1886 (bulk)


Correspondence, memoir, etc., of Hildegard Nagel, editor, translator, and author.


  • 1868-1985
  • Majority of material found within 1868-1886

Language of Materials

Materials in German and English.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)
The bulk of this collection centers on family members in Hildegard Nagel's mother's and grandmother's generations; it includes a memoir in German by Friederika (Dembitz) Brandeis (Nagel's maternal grandmother), and letters to Louis D. Brandeis from his sister Fanny Brandeis Nagel. Nagel is represented by some scattered correspondence and by her poems, essays, and a play entitled Call It a Day; also included are papers and talks written for the Analytical Psychology Club of New York.


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

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.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory: August 1987

By: Anne Engelhart
Link to catalog
Nagel, Hildegard, 1886-1985. Papers of Hildegard Nagel, 1868-1985 (inclusive), 1868-1886 (bulk): A Finding Aid
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