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Personal Papers of Helmut E. Huelsbergen

Call Number: PP 555


Helmut E. Huelsbergen was a German Professor at the University of Kansas from 1958-1994. This collection includes teaching materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings in English and German, German brochures and programs, and other documentation related to Huelsbergen's studies and career.


  • Creation: 1958 - 1994


Language of Materials

Materials in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Helmut E. Huelsbergen

Helnut Ernst Huelsbergen was born 14 February 1929 in KrefeldLinn, Germany, to Anna te Kloot and Ernst Huelsbergen. In 1949 he spent an academic year at Bethel College in Newton, Kansas through an exchange program of the Mennonite Central Committee, and received his doctorate in English from the University of Cologne in 1956.

Huelsbergen was a German Professor at the University of Kansas from 1958-1994; he was also the Chair of the German Department for 10 years. His research interests included German Baroque literature (particularly the poet Andreas Gryphius), German mysticism, and 19th century American neologisms.

In 1964, Hulesbergen set the groundwork for the Summer Language Institute study abroad program for students. This program helped establish a sister-city relationship between the German community of Eutin and Lawrence in 1966. Additionally, he served at one time as director of the Max Kade Center for German-American Studies at KU and as editor of its Yearbook of German-American Studies; this center promotes the study of the language, history, and culture of German-speaking immigrants and their contributions to society in the United States.

In 1962 Huelsbergen married Ursula Arnold. Together they had 3 children: Lorenz, Anselm, and Benjamin. Helmut E. Huelsbergen passed away on January 5, 2017.


11 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Scope and Contents

Approximately half the collection concerns courses taught by Professor Huelsbergen at the University of Kansas. Material in this part of the collection is roughly organized by class, from beginning classes to graduate courses, and may contain quizzes and examination questions, lecture notes, syllabi, and other related materials.

The rest of the material is organized alphabetically by topic and broadly concerns Huelsbergen's career and research interests. It includes newsletters, conference materials, and other documentation from professional organizations with which Huelsbergen was involved; notes, reference material, drafts of articles and chapters, and other documentation from his research and possibly related to courses he taught; correspondence with colleagues; as well as some personal information and some information generally related to the German department at the University of Kansas. The bulk of the collection reflects Huelsbergen's career at KU but also documents his prior experiences.

Physical Location

PP 555

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Anselm M. Huelsbergen, 2013.

Related Materials

Personal Papers of John A. Burzle, PP 547, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Helmut E. Huelsbergen Collection
Personal Papers of Helmut E. Huelsbergen
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Preferred citation
Personal Papers of Helmut E. Huelsbergen, PP 555, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States