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Carl and Robert Gamer papers

Document | Accession Number: 2013.528.1

This collection is clearly delineated into two parts, each potentially very valuable for future scholarship. The Dr. Carl Gamer papers cover the coursework, research, and writing of his 1940 doctoral dissertation at the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana, “Freedom of Religion in Germany: A Study of Theory and Practice Under the National Socialist Regime, with Special Attention to Free Churches of American and English Origin.” The term "free churches" referred to the non-established churches that historically had been either churches stemming from the Reformation but (in the early 19th century) refused incorporation into the state church, or churches from non-Reformation traditions that were not affected by that incorporation. The so-called free Lutheran and free Reformed churches fell into the first category; the second category includes a broad range of groups, including Mennonites, Baptists, Methodists, Adventists, Moravian Brethren, and Jehovah's Witnesses. The religious groups in the second category were sometimes viewed as "sects" (and the difference between a "free church" and "sect" has never been clearly set in Germany). As Gamer’s dissertation focused on "Free Churches of American and English Origin", this would have referred to Methodist and Baptists, primarily. Subseries 1 consists of his University of Illinois-Chicago class notes for his masters and doctoral coursework. His professors included important figures in the field of political science, including Dr. James Wilford Garner, Dr. Chesney Hill, Dr. Clarence Berdahl, and Dr. John Fairlie. The notes include information taken from lectures on Nazi Germany and on fascism and debates between isolationism and interventionism. Subseries 2 includes material from his research in Germany, including his diaries from October 1938-June 1942. Though he was in Berlin during Kristallnacht, Gamer was in the hospital, though he writes about what his hearing from doctors and nurses. His dissertation drafts, included in subseries 3, includes handwritten notes and corrections. Gamer originally wrote his dissertation under the direction of Dr. James Garner until his death; the dissertation was completed under the direction of Dr. John Fairlie. Subseries 4 consists of miscellaneous collected publications, clippings, notes and correspondence. Subseries 5 consists of his extensive index cards, containing notes on books and publications, of various topics, and of references.

The Dr. Robert Gamer papers cover the research and writing of his 1965 doctoral dissertation at Brown University, entitled, “Consensus: Poland to Pearl Harbor.” Subseries 1 includes draft chapters of his dissertation, including handwritten notes and corrections. Subseries 2 includes an extensive series of index cards, largely consisting of notes on books and references, organized by author and by topic.

The collection also consists of an extensive number of published materials, largely collected by Dr. Carl Gamer and regarding pre-war religious life in Germany, which have been transferred to the USHMM Library and are cataloged with a reference to the archival collection. The published material also includes material collected by Dr. Gamer while in Nazi Germany, 1938-1939.

inclusive:  1921-1965
13 boxes
2 oversize boxes
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dr. Robert Gamer
Record last modified: 2023-05-24 15:37:57
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