Papers of Hermann Georg Fiedler

Scope and Content

The papers of Hermann Georg Fiedler comprising:

  • Fiedler's incoming correspondence (over 200 letters)
  • family papers
  • autobiographical notes, including a journal of principal events in married life, and Fiedler's notes on later life
  • early ephemera concerning Birmingham
  • realia, souvenir medals etc.
  • newspaper cuttings kept by Fiedler relating to personal attacks on him after the war began, 1914-18
  • notes for speeches
  • scrapbook of photos taken whilst on tour in Germany with the Prince of Wales, and further scrapbooks on the activities of the Prince of Wales
  • miscellaneous papers regarding the Honour School of Modern Languages at Oxford
  • records of a foreign language course
  • notes for the Oxford Book of German Verse, and a scrapbook containing reviews of the publication
  • notes on various subjects, including: Old High German texts, the Blickling homilies, Faust II, literary themes, translation and translating, and Tannhauser
  • miscellaneous scrapbooks and ephemera, including material relating to the Oxford University German Literary Society, Anglo-German societies, Goethe, Hanseatic Scholarships, the Shakespeare prize, Prince Lichnowsky's visit to Oxford, and G. Hauptmann.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hermann Georg Fiedler (1862-1945) was a German scholar. In 1890 he was elected Professor of German at Mason College, Birmingham, where he played a significant role in the establishment of the University of Birmingham (1900), and of its School of Modern Languages (1903). The greater part of Fiedler's career was spent in Oxford; he was appointed the first Taylor Professor of German in 1907, a post which he held until his retirement 30 years later. Fiedler was also a tutor to the Prince of Wales between 1912 and 1914, and remained in contact with the Prince all his life. See theDictionary of National Biography for further details.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given to the Library by Miss Herma Fiedler.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

The Library's card catalogue for manuscripts.

Related Material

Miss Fiedler also presented her father's books, some 4000 volumes, to the Library .

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