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Joachim Schumacher Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1996-0016

Scope and Content

The Joachim Schumacher Papers span most of his adult life, from his years in Germany to his death in 1982. Covering a wide range of topics, the collections houses Schumacher's research on philosophy and art history, and materials relating to his years at Westover School. Consisting of books, correspondence, clippings, and manuscripts, the collection includes sources in both German and English. The German language sources include newspaper clippings from Germany after Hitler came to power, along with Schumacher's own research notes.

Dates

  • 1922-1982

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Biography

Joachim Schumacher was born in Berlin in 1904, and later obtained a Master's and Ph.D. degree from the University of Heidelberg. With the rise of Hitler, Schumacher left Germany for Switzerland in 1932, where he met and married his wife Sylvia, a concert pianist and teacher of piano. They left Switzerland for France in 1936 and came to the United States in 1937. Also in 1937, Schumacher published his most famous work, The Fear of Chaos, which warned that the rise of fascism would lead to world war.

From 1940 until his death in 1982, Schumacher and his family were residents of Woodbury, Connecticut. He taught at the Westover School (Middlebury, Connecticut) from 1940 until his retirement in 1977. A scholar in multiple areas, Schumacher published books and articles on topics relating to philosophy and art history. He also worked with philosopher Ernst Bloch, who shared his Marxist world view. Unlike Bloch, however, Schumacher became jaded with Stalin and the Soviet Union, which he viewed as a tragic turn in the history of socialism.

A beloved teacher and scholar, Joachim Schumacher died in 1982.

Extent

7.8 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

German

Abstract

The collection contains Schumacher's research on philosophy and art history, and materials relating to his years at Westover School. Consisting of books, correspondence, clippings, and manuscripts, the collection includes sources in both German and English.

Provenance and Acquisition

Unknown.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to various aspects of Connecticut history. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

General note

Published Works:

Missing Title

  1. Die Angst For Dem Chaos, Gegenangriff durch Geschichte zugleich Verteidigung der Demokratie,d. Christentums, d. Muts des individuellen, Mannes und anderer, missachteter Ideale, Paris:Editions Asra, 1937.
  2. Leonardo Da Vinci: Maker und Forscher in Anarchischer Gesellschaft (Leonardo Da Vinci: a Painter and Scientist in an Anarchic Society), Berlin:Verlag Klaus Wagenbach, 1974.
  3. Leicht 'Gen Morgen Unterwegs: Eine Philosophische Reise (Travelling Light on the Way to the Dawn: A Philosophic Journey), Munich:Rogner & Bernhard, 1979.
Title
Joachim Schumacher Papers
Status
Published
Author
Archives & Special Collections staff
Date
2011 June
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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