Janet Hodgson and Anthony Buchanan
Weisert (John Jacob) Papers
University Archives and Records CenterLouisville, Kentucky 40292
Open to researchers
[Identification of item], John Jacob Weisert Papers, 1850- (1929-1983), University Archives and Records Center, University of Louisville, Louisville.
7.25 linear ft.
John Jacob Weisert was born just before World War One and was a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1936 and received his Master of Arts and Ph.D from Columbia University, where is was a Carl Schurz fellow. He served in the United States Army during World War Two, rising through the ranks to become a captain. In 1948, Weisert returned to the University of Louisville as an Assistant Professor of Modern Languages, teaching German and humanities courses. He became the head of the Modern Language department at the University of Louisville in 1963. His academic career also includes teaching at the University of Tennessee, The Pennsylvania State University, and he served as a Carnegie Fellow in General Education at the University of Chicago.
Weisert's research focused on the Germans who settled in Kentucky and Ohio, with special emphasis on the city of Louisville. His main interest was on their contributions to the area's culture. Theater was also an important research area for Weisert. He wrote several books and articles dealing with the theaters of Louisville, beginning in the 1850s. Weisert also wrote extensively on the works of Gerhardt Hauptmann and Friedrich Schiller.
He was a member of the Filson Club and the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio. He was published in the Filson Club History Quarterly, the American German Review, and the Modern Language Journal, among others.
Dr. Weisert died in 1991.
The papers of John Jacob Weisert, 1914-1991, were donated to the University of Louisville Archives and Records Center in 1992 after the death of his wife, Anita B. Weisert.
They occupy 7.25 linear feet and contain materials identified with Dr. Weisert's academic pursuits. Arrangement of the collection is in four series: I. Correspondence, II. Literary productions and manuscripts, III. Reference materials, and IV. Personal and professional papers. Each series begins with a brief description noting contents, subdivisions, and information as to arrangement. The folder titles were taken from Dr. Weisert's original folders. All material has been placed in acid free folders and boxes to aid in preservation.
A box listing ends the inventory, with each folder listed and dates of material included, when they are know.
The first three folders contain general correspondence and communications with area banks concerning financial matters. The remaining folders in this section pertain to Weisert's writings and are arranged in alphabetical order by folder title. In most cases this is a subject or the title of the work. Original manuscript material may be found in some of the folders.
Correspondence re manuscripts, may include manuscript material
Series II, Literary productions and manuscripts, is divided into two sections: examples of Weisert's writings and the writings of others. Each subdivision is filed in alphabetical order by folder title, the titles original with Weisert.
This series includes notes taken by Weisert in doing research for his writings and background material collected by him from other sources. The folder titles are in alphabetical order as Weisert titled the material.
Series IV is divided into three subseries: 1. personal items, 2. professional affiliations, and 3. teaching aids. The personal items are biographical in nature, including his vita and several photographs taken at different stages of his life. Professional affiliations include membership cards and one set of minutes from a 1978 University of Louisville Faculty Senate meeting. Teaching aids reflect his teaching of German literature at the University of Louisville and include class notes, an outline, a suggested reading list and some visual aids.
These folders contain personnel information referring to recruitment and hiring of faculty members for the University of Louisville modern language department during Dr. Weisert's tenure as chairman of the department.
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