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Werner Neuse archive

Identifier: C-69

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the written works (most of which are in German) of Middlebury College professor Werner Neuse, as well as various other personal materials including diplomas, clippings, a 1918 daybook, an embroidered birthday greeting, medical documents, correspondence, photographs, typescript drafts and bound books. There are a significant number of holograph manuscript drafts. Collection also includes transcriptions of Werner Neuse's father's diaries by Werner's daughter Helga, completed 2001-2006, including his World War I diary and post-World War II trip. Helga also writes of Werner's 1955 Sabbatical trip, as well as "Papa's performance in Faust."

An oversize scrapbook and diploma are shelved in Bank 3 7 Shelf 66.


  • Creation: circa 1915-1987


Language of Materials

German and English

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish materials, contact: Special Collections & Archives Middlebury College Phone: (802) 443-2387 Email:

Biographical / Historical

Werner Neuse (1899-1986) was a German scholar of the German language. Neuse was born in Iserlohn, Germany. He studied at the Universities of Gieben and Berlin, and received his doctorate from Gieben in 1930. He came to the United States in 1925 to teach at the University of Wisconsin and Hunter College in New York. He was appointed associate professor of German at Middlebury College in 1932, and became full professor in 1940. Neuse was also the assistant director of the German Summer School at Middlebury College, beginning in 1932, one year after joining its faculty. Neuse became director of the German school in 1948 and served that position until his retirement in 1967. Neuse organized the return of the German School to the Middlebury College campus in 1951 (it had previously been held in Bristol, VT).

Neuse was also elected President of the American Association of Teachers of German for three years, First Vice-President of the Modern Language Association for one year, and served as Editor-in-Chief of The German Quarterly for five years. Neuse was awarded the Goethe Medal in Silver by the Goethe Institute in Munich, the Merit Cross First Class and the Grand Cross by the Federal Republic of Germany, and he received an honorary doctorate from Middlebury College.


6 Boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to Middlebury College by a daughter of Werner Neuse.

Processing Information

Collection not fully processed.

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Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States