Levison Papers

Scope and Content

The papers consist primarily of correspondence, two unpublished lectures, notes, book reviews, and material relating to the history of Levison's family, and the family of his wife, Elsa Freundlich.

Administrative / Biographical History

From 1899 until 1920 Wilhelm Levison was on the staff of the Monumenta Germaniae Historica. From 1903 he taught at the University of Bonn, from 1920 to 1935 as Ordinarius für mittelalterliche und neuere Geshichte und geschichtliche Hilfswissenschaften. In 1938 Levison, who was Jewish and who had received an honorary Durham D. Litt. in 1931, was offered an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Durham. He moved from Bonn to Durham in 1939, and lived and worked there until his death.


Not yet fully sorted and arranged, but roughly grouped by topic.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Received with Professor Levison's library, which he left to the University of Durham, with the proviso that the University of Bonn might claim from it works lost from certain Bonn libraries as the result of war damage.

Other Finding Aids

The papers are still unlisted. They have been sorted roughly, as labelled on the boxes.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Sub-Librarian, Special Collections (e-mail PG.Library@durham.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. The Library will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Colgrave, Bertram, Professor Wilhelm Levison, Transactions of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland, 10 pt 2 (1948), 137-141  Hübinger, P.E., Wilhelm Levison, 1876-1947 in Bonner Gelehrte: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Wissenschaften in Bonn (Bonn, 1968), vol. [6], pp. 311-332  Levison, Elsa, ed., Wilhelm Levison 1876-1947: a bibliography (Oxford, 1948)