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Brodschi (George L.), 1909-1989 Papers, 1928-1982

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Title

Brodschi (George L.), 1909-1989 Papers

Date

1928-1982

Repository

University Archives and Records CenterLouisville, Kentucky 40292

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to researchers

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], George L. Brodschi Papers, 1928-1982, University Archives and Records Center, University of Louisville, Louisville.

Extent

1.25 lin. ft.

Biography/History

George L. Brodschi was born on 11 August, 1909 in Ismail, Bessarabia, Russia. He attended the Academy of the High Commercial and Industrial Studies (State University of Bucharest, Rumania) where he completed his undergraduate degree in economics, statistics, and accounting and graduate work in political science, geography, and international law. He received his Doctorate in Economic Sciences in 1940. In August of 1938, George Brodschi married Natalia Rosca.

George Brodschi worked as an officer in the section of International Compensation for Rumanian State Railways from 1928 to 1931. From 1934 to 1941, he was a financial controller in Control and Budget Inventory, Gas and Electric Corporation, Bucharest, Rumania. George Brodschi and his wife, Natalia fled south to Turkey, and then to Egypt to escape the encroachment of German forces at the outset of World War II. They applied for and were granted British protection and employment. From 1941 to 1944, the Brodschis' worked as radio lecturers for the British Political Warfare Department. At the end of the war in 1944, George Brodschi worked as a control officer of expenditures for the British Colonial Department in Jerusalem. In 1948, he was awarded a research fellowship from the Seagram International Program and came to Louisville, Kentucky. George Brodschi and his wife applied for domicile in the U.S. owing to Communist usurpation of power in Rumania. In 1949, Brodschi was hired as Executive Secretary for the Louisville International Center. When the International Program was transferred to the University of Louisville Brodschi became its Director. He held this position from July, 1949 to July, 1979. On February 1, 1967, George Brodschi was tenured and appointed Professor of Cultural and Educational Exchange. In July, 1979, he retired and assumed the title Professor of Cultural and Educational Exchange Emeritus. George Brodschi died on 24 April, 1989.

George L. Brodschi was awarded the Chevalier of French Legion of Honor on 2 December, 1963. He was one of the elite few Americans to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montpellier, France on 16 March, 1974.

Scope and Content

The George L. Brodschi Papers, 1928-1982, document his academic and professional life. There is a concentration of material dealing with his early life and departure from Rumania and subsequent pursuit of American citizenship but very little information on Brodschi's activities in the 1950's and following his retirement from the International Center at the University of Louisville. The material is arranged in series, i.e. correspondence, literary productions, legal documents, printed material, and photographs and within each series the papers are in chronological order. Included in his papers are some documents pertaining to, or written by his wife, Natalia R. Brodschi.

The correspondence includes letters of general information, 1945-1982. The early letters deal with the their attempt to gain citizenship after fleeing German occupation in World War II, while the later correspondence treats Brodschi's political involvement. There are letters of note from Nelson A. Rockefeller, Senator John Sherman Cooper, Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, and an invitation to the White House. There are also three letters composed by Natalia Brodschi and other miscellaneous correspondence.

The literary material presented in the Brodschi Papers is limited in amount, but offer valuable insights into his personality. There is only one published work in the collection, People and Lands in a Changing World, and reflects Brodschi's interest in geo-politics. There are several literary works that are Biblically oriented and penned by Natalia Brodschi, while other unsigned literary Biblical works have been attributed to her.

Most of legal documents consists of birth certificates, marriage certificates, diplomas, and citizenship documents. Many of the legal documents included in the Brodschi Papers are composed in Rumanian or Russian and effectively inhibit proper recognition as to their true nature or purpose.

Of the printed material located in this collection, the awards garnered by Brodschi standout as most imminent. He took pride in the fact that he was one of a small minority of Americans to receive both the LEGION D'HONNEUR from France and an honorary doctorate from the University of Montpellier, in France. The clippings (1948-1980) document succinctly the person growth of George Brodschi.

Collection Inventory

I - Correspondence
Scope and Content Note:

Series I is divided into three sub-series, the George Brodschi correspondence, the correspondence of Natalia Brodschi and miscellaneous correspondence. Each is chronological. The George Brodschi material shows two distinct periods; one dealing with Brodschi's displacement and life following World War II, and a second folder, political in nature, which includes correspondence from a wide ranging group of political notables, such as Senator John Sherman Cooper, Nelson Rockefeller, Cyrus Vance, and Senator Hubert Humphrey.

1. Correspondence: George Brodschi, 1945-1948
a. from Scout county commissioner, Uganda, 13 April 1945 -
[box: 1]
b. to Ministru Al Propagandei, Rumania triplicate form, 6 February 1946 -
[box: 1]
c. to Domnule Director General, 1 June 1946 -
[box: 1]
d. to Comisia Inter-Aliata, Bucharest, n.d. -
[box: 1]
e. to Inter Allied Commission, Bucharest, n.d. -
[box: 1]
f. to Presedinte al Adunarii Deputatilor, 31 March 1947 -
[box: 1]
g. to Prof. Constantinescu Iasi, 8 April 1947 -
[box: 1]
h. from R. S. Kelly, Director of Audit, 10 January 1948 -
[box: 1]
i. to Tom C. Clark, Attorney General of U.S, 6 July 1948 -
[box: 1]
j. from Rumanian Consul I. Crivelescu two photostatic copies in Rumanian, two in English, 25 September 1948 -
[box: 1]
2. Correspondence: George Brodschi, 1965-1982
a. from the White House, 1 December 1965 -
[box: 1]
b. from Hubert H. Humphrey, 2 September 1966 -
[box: 1]
c. from Muriel Humphrey, 18 November 1967 -
[box: 1]
d. from Louie B. Nunn, 4 June 1968 -
[box: 1]
e. from John Sherman Cooper, 18 December 1969 -
[box: 1]
f. from John Sherman Cooper, 17 December 1970 -
[box: 1]
g. from Prof. Leonard Latkovski, 17 July 1971 -
[box: 1]
h. from Sen. Marlowe W. Cook, 31 July 1972 -
[box: 1]
i. from Nelson A. Rockefeller, 22 January 1974 -
[box: 1]
j. from Cyrus Vance, 3 May 1978 -
[box: 1]
k. from Cyrus Vance, 21 June 1979 -
[box: 1]
l. from Joel Colton, 9 October 1980 -
[box: 1]
m. from Reader's Digest, 16 September 1981 -
[box: 1]
n. from Jane Debenest, French Embassy, 13 August 1982 -
[box: 1]
o. from Arthus Bertrand Company, 30 August 1982 -
[box: 1]
3. Correspondence: Natalia Brodschi, 1946-1947
a. to Miss K.E. Wright, 5 December 1946 -
[box: 1]
b. to Mrs. Kathleen Campion, 28 September 1947 -
[box: 1]
c. to Mrs. Kathleen Campion, 4 November 1947 -
[box: 1]
4. Correspondence: Other, 1948-1981
a. from Argus Tresidder, Dir. of Communications, Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc. in photostatic duplicate, 13 December 1948 -
[box: 1]
b. from E. E. Adcock, District Dir. of Immigration and Naturalization Service to Vice President of U.S, 20 October 1949 -
[box: 1]
c. Invitation to opening of George Brodschi Hall, 30 March 1981 -
[box: 1]
II - Literary Productions
Scope and Content Note:

Series II is arranged chronologically. It includes literary productions composed by both George and Natalia Brodschi, and several anonymous compositions. Works where ambiguity exists have been filed according to probable writer. Some compositions are written in Rumanian and Russian, and their purpose is not clear.

1. Literary productions: George Brodschi
a. Catre Generalii Romani, n.d
[box: 1]
b. Two articles handwritten and composed in Russian, 1944
[box: 1]
c. Two articles typed and composed in Russian, 1944
[box: 1]
d. Peoples and Lands in a Changing World, third edn, 1979
[box: 1]
e. "How By Reading the Reader's Digest, I Became An American Citizen,", n.d
[box: 1]
f. Untitled paper on George Brodschi by an international. exchange student, n.d
[box: 1]
g. Romania, A Romance Island Amid Slavonic Peoples, n.d
[box: 1]
2. Literary productions: Natalia Brodschi
a. "The Bridegroom," Biblical exegesis
[box: 1]
b. "Christian Ambition,", June, 1948
[box: 1]
c. "Palestine," February, 1948
[box: 1]
d. "The Magazine Salesman,", July, 1955
[box: 1]
e. "A Christmas Party,", n.d
[box: 1]
f. "Winter Longing,", 18 February, 1958
[box: 1]
g. "Cavae Germaniam,", n.d
[box: 1]
III - Legal Documents
Scope and Content Note:

The legal documents in Series III are separated into three distinct groups. The first includes documents relevant to George Brodschi, the second those relevant to Natalia Brodschi, and the third are miscellaneous documents. Many of the early ones are written in Rumanian or Russian. Where uncertainty exist, a probable solution is presented and enclosed in brackets. These documents include birth certificates, marriage certificates, displaced persons documents, and naturalization documents; and are arranged chronological.

1. Legal documents: George Brodschi, 1928-1975
1928-1939
a. Ministerul de Interne: Stamped 6 June 1938, 28 November 1928 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
b. Ministerul de Interne: Notarized 1938, 28 November 1928 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
c. Ministerul Agriculturii Si Domeniilor, 13 September 1933 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
d. Parohia Bisericei Catedrale (Birth certificate), 11 April 1934 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
e. Concerns Birth Certificate: Stamped 3 February 1938, 11 April 1934 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
f. Health Certificate, 1936 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
g. Passport: Picture included, 2 August 1935 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
h. Identification Book: Stamped 2 March 1941, contains photograph, 26 july 1937 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
i. [Church Marriage Certificate], 29 August 1938 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
j. [Marriage Certificate], 2 March 1939 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
k. [Church Marriage Certificate], 17 March 1939 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
l. [Certificate of Domicile], 2 October 1939 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
m. [Certificate of Domicile]: Copy, Notarized, 21 October 1939 -
[box: 1, folder: 1]
1940-1975
[box: 1, folder: 2]
n. VISA: Stamped 29 December 1940, photograph included, 16 December 1940 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
o. Immunization card, 9 February 1942 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
p. Identification Card, photograph included, 15 October 1944 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
q. Curriculum Vitae, 17 November 1947 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
r. Ecclesiastical Court of the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem. Language unknown, n.d. -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
s. Declaration of Intention, United States of America, photograph included, 2 April 1952 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
t. Passport, photograph included, 28 August 1973 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
u. Certificate of Naturalization, photograph included, 9 December 1975 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
2. Legal documents: Natalia Brodschi, 1929-1953
a. Diploma, 14 October 1929 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
b. Diploma, 1 April 1934 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
c. [Birth Certificate], 28 June 1935 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
d. Certificate of Nationality, 28 June 1935 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
e. Certificate of Nationality, 12 September 1937 -
(two copies) [box: 1, folder: 2]
f. Academic Records, 12 June 1939 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
g. Certificate from Consiliul Superior Economic, 12 June 1939 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
h. Health Record, Photograph included, 28 November 1939 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
i. Vaccination Record, 3 September 1942 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
j. Declaration of Intention, 2 April 1952 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
k. Certificate of Naturalization from U.S, 22 June 1953 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
3. Other legal document, 1922
a. Identification Book, two photographs included [George Brodschi's father, Ludwig], 2 September 1922 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
IV - Printed Material
Scope and Content Note:

Series IV is arranged chronologically. The printed material is divided into four sub-series. The first contains awards presented to George Brodschi. They cover areas as varied as academia, politics, and community service and include awards from international, national and local institutions. The second comprises newspaper clippings germane to George Brodschi, arranged chronologically. The third sub-series contains programs relevant to the International Center at the University of Louisville. These pertain to the Kentucky World Trade Conference (1951-1980) and the opening of the George Brodschi International Center. The fourth sub-series consists of annual reports from the International Center (1955-78).

1. Awards: George Brodschi
a. Certified Kentucky Colonel, Lawrence W. Wetherby, 25 August 1954 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
b. Appreciation of Service, The Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, 12 December 1960 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
c. Certificate of Appreciation, Ursuline College, 1963 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
d. Certified Kentucky Colonel, Bert Combs, 23 January 1963 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
e. Diplome D'Honneur, Honorary Citizenship of Montpellier, 25 September 1964 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
f. Invitation to participate in White House Conference on International Cooperation, 28 November 1965 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
g. Certified Ambassador of Good Will, The City of Louisville, 17 August 1966 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
h. Award of Commendation, The Civic Committee People to People and the National League of Cities, 12 September 1966 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
i. Honorary Commissioner of Agriculture, Commonwealth of Kentucky, 9 August 1971 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
j. Distinguished Service Award, Midway College, 13 May 1973 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
k. Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Montpellier, 16 March 1974 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
l. Certificate of Appreciation, The Louisville Bicentennial Committee, 29 September 1974 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
m. Certified Kentucky Colonel, Julian Carroll, 2 April 1976 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
n. Certification of George Brodschi as Kentucky Foreign Ambassador, 15 June 1977 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
o. Certificate of Appreciation, Harvey Sloane, 19 July 1977 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
p. Certificate of Merit, Board of Aldermen, Louisville, Kentucky, 30 January 1978 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
q. Legion of Honor, Kiwanis Club, twenty-five years, 9 August 1978 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
r. Certificate of Commemoration, Commonwealth of Kentucky, 27 October 1978 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
s. Letter of Appreciation, Julian Carroll, Governor of Kentucky, 30 October 1978 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
t. Legion of Honor, Kiwanis Club, thirty years, 21 April 1982 -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
u. Certificate of Appreciation, Syracuse University, n.d. -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
v. Certification, People to People Program, n.d. -
[box: 1, folder: 2]
2. Printed Material: Newspaper Clippings, 1948-1980
a, 1948-1954
[box: 1, folder: 2]
b, 1962-1969
[box: 1, folder: 2]
c, 1973-1980
[box: 1, folder: 2]
d. includes four postage stamps and business card, n.d
[box: 1, folder: 2]
3. Printed Material: Programs
a. Kentucky World Trade Conference
[box: 1, folder: 2]
b. Opening of the George Brodschi International Center
[box: 1, folder: 2]
4. Annual Reports: University of Louisville International Center (missing 1976-77), 1955-1978
V - Photographic Material
Scope and Content Note:

Series V is arranged topically. One folder envelopes photographs of George Brodschi, and range from his childhood to his retirement. The second includes pictures of Natalia Brodschi, while a third holds photographs of other individuals, some unidentified. A notable photograph of King Juan Carlos of Spain is included, as well as photographs of international students.

1. Photographic Material: George Brodschi
[box: 1, folder: 2]
2. Photographic Material: Brodschi Family
[box: 1, folder: 2]
3. Photographic Material: Other
[box: 1, folder: 2]

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