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Anna Rechnitzer Papers

Identifier: MC-008

Scope and Contents

This manuscript collection includes personal, academic, professional, and legal documents regarding Dr. Anna Rechnitzer, a German professor at Wheaton from 1946 to 1963. The collection includes personal letters in German covering 1925-1950. It contains a family tree drawn by hand that is accompanied by description of family genealogy in German as well as documents and correspondence in German regarding family business and property, covering 1946-1959. The special collection includes documents regarding Professor Rechnitzer's education, including primary school and the Lyceum for girls (Madehenlyzeum fur Beamtentochter), her certificate, her gradebook, course and teaching certificates, copies of her Ph.D. dissertation on Belgian author Camille Demonnier in both German and in French, her University of Vienna diploma, her 1950 post-doctoral dissertation titled "Gli Umili nelle di Emilio de Marchi," and a work titled "Chapel Talk: Thomas Mann" with research notes from 1955.

The collection contains documents related to Anna Rechnitzer's career, including a 1946 yearbook called "The Rarebit" from Oldfields School in Glencoe, Maryland where Professor Rechnitzer was a member of the faculty. It also contains notebooks and various coursework from Professor Rechnitzer's time at the Ecole Francaise de Middlebury dated July-August 1946. They contain French and Greek grammar notes and as well as music and lyrics. Other professional documents include It also contains professional information, such as Professional Rechnitzer's resume, recommendations, and curriculum vitae (1952-53). The collection also contains coursework for French, Spanish, Latin, Hungarian, and German classes, such as blank and completed student exams.

The Anna Rechnitzer collection also includes financial documents, such as Anna Rechnitzer's tax returns and salary contracts. Miscellaneous documents, such as a map, informal notes, and the article from the Wheaton Quarterly in memory of the professor are also included in the collection.


  • 1906-1963


Access Restrictions

No restrictions. Open for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors, or their descendants, of items in these papers as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Anna Rechnitzer was born 24 March 1900 in Vienna, Austria to a Viennese merchant family. She passed her girls' Lyceum final examinations with honors in 1913 and received a teaching diploma for French and German in 1918. She attended Akademisches Gymnasium humanist college in Vienna until 1920 and then attended the University of Vienna, graduating in 1926 with a Ph.D. in Romance languages after having written her thesis on Camille Lemonnier, a Belgian author.

Professor Rechnitzer spent 1926-1932 in France and Italy and then taught at a private school in Vienna. She taught at Oldfields School and L'Ecole Francaise de Middlebury prior to teaching language at Wheaton in 1946 where she stayed until her death in 1963.


2.9 Cubic Feet (29 folders)

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Immediate Aquisition Information

Found in Collection. Acquisition information not available for this collection. Collection inputted into database in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by: Shannon Ryan W'10, July 2009

Encoded using Archivist Toolkit: Hanna Juergens, October 2012

Encoding edited by: Megan Wheaton-Book, Assistant Archivist, September 2014

Inventory of the Ann Rechnitzer Papers
Shannon Ryan W'10
July 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections Repository

Wheaton College
26 East Main Street
Norton Massachusetts 02766