Papers of Otto Siepmann (1861-1947), teacher of modern languages

Scope and Content

The collection contains 7 items:

6 bound volumes containing MS letters in German from Otto Siepmann to his son Harry, 1902-1913. The letters were written mainly during Harry's time at school and at Oxford University.

File of papers including printed testimonials of Otto Siepmann, 1887-1890, and MS lecture notes on subjects such as 'The Teaching of language to Young Children' and 'Elementary Education' and 'Individualism in Education'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Otto Siepmann (1861-1947) was a teacher of modern languages. Originally from Cologne he moved to Britain, taking a language teaching post at Westgate-on-sea, Kent before an appointment at Inverness College in April 1888. Siepmann moved in 1890 to Clifton College, Bristol and subsequently became the founding head of modern languages there, acquiring a significant reputation for his teaching methods. He married Grace Florence Baker (1858–1937) in 1889 and the couple had three daughters and three sons.


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Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The volumes and papers were given to Professor Nicola Mclelland for her research by a member of the Siepmann family (Otto's grandson, Harry Siepmann). They subsequently came to Manuscripts and Special Collections as part of the collection of Language Learning Textbooks donated by Professor Mclelland in August 2015. This collection reflects the importance of textbooks to cultural studies and has a strong emphasis on German language teaching. The Otto Siepmann volumes and related papers were extracted from the collection of printed books to be retained as a manuscript collection.

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Language Learning Textbooks Special Collection (LLT)