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Personal Papers of Heinrich Stammler

Call Number: PP 525


The collection contains notes on Slavic literature, various published articles in Slavic languages, multiple Slavic newspapers, as well as correspondence dating from 1969 to 1997 from various countries.


  • Creation: 1969 - 2004


Language of Materials

Bulgarian, Russian, German, English

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 Heinrich Stammler

Heinrich Stammler was born on December 15, 1912 in Jurgan, Germany to Wolfgang and Hildegarde Stammler. He received a classical education at gymnasia in Griefswald and Hanover. Continuing his education in Slavic literatures and languages, he attended the Universities of Griefswold, Munich, and Prague. In 1937, he received a PhD in Slavic on Russian fold poetry at the University of Munich. That same year, he moved to Bulgaria to teach modern forgien languages until 1940, when he worked at the German Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 1942, he was drafted into the German army.

After the war, Stammler taught at a university in Munich. In 1952 he recieved a grant to travel to different American universities until 1953 when he accepted a position at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, teaching German and Russian. Seven years later, he moved to Lawrence to teach at the University of Kansas.

On January 23, 1960, Heinrich married Ursula Hoffman in Chicago. Two years later, in 1962, he became the first chair of the new department of Slavic Languages at the University of Kansas. He crafted a department famous for offerings in Russian and Slavic intellectual thought for which the department is still well known.

Stammler published works in all three branches of the Slavic language family and translated Slavic poems into German. He published articles from 1939 to 2006. His work is thought to have kept the Russian Renaissance alive as he studied the time period 1890 to 1930 and knew many influential Slavic intellectuals.

Heinrich Stammler passed away on November 29, 2006 in Lawrence, Kansas.


5 Linear Feet (6 boxes + 2 oversize boxes)

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of Professor Stammler's notes on Slavic literature, various published articles in Slavic languages, and multiple Slavic newspapers. Correspondence dating from 1969 to 1997 from various countries is also present.

Physical Location

PP 525

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Ursula Stammler, 2012, 2015.

Related Materials

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


Guide to the Heinrich Stammler Collection
Personal papers of Heinrich Stammler
Finding aid prepared by eml, 2013. Finding aid encoded by eml, 2013; revised by mmm, 2017.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Heinrich Stammler, PP 525, 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