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Ernest Manheim papers

Call Number: MS 373


Ernest Manheim joined the Sociology Department at the University of Kansas City, Missouri (now the University of Missouri-Kansas City) as a research scholar in 1938 before being appointed as a professor of Sociology at the same institution in 1940. In addition to his career in academia, Manheim was also a composer. This collection reflects his career as both a sociologist and composer, containing publications, manuscripts, research, compositions, and correspondence to and from Manheim, as well as correspondence between others about his work.


  • Creation: 1900 - 2015


Language of Materials

Predominantly in English and German, with some materials in Hungarian, Spanish, and Farsi.

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 Ernest Manheim (1900-2002)

Ernest Manheim (variously known as Ernő and Ernst) was born on January 27, 1900 in Budapest, Hungary. After briefly serving in the Hungarian army, Manheim left the country in 1919 and began his studies at the University of Vienna in 1920. He attended the Kiel University after his time in Vienna before moving on to the University of Leipzig, where he completed his doctorate in sociology in 1928.

With the rise of the Nazi party, Manheim left Germany and his teaching appointment at the University of Leipzig. He moved to London in 1933 and began his second doctorate in anthropology at the University of London, completing his degree in 1937.

After completing his studies at the University of London, Manheim became an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. In 1938, he joined the Sociology Department at the University of Kansas City, Missouri (now the University of Missouri-Kansas City, or UMKC) as a research scholar before becoming a professor in the same department in 1940. He taught at the university until his retirement in 1991.

Manheim received the University of Missouri’s Thomas Jefferson award in 1973 (given to faculty who demonstrate clear distinction in teaching, research, writing, creative activities, and university service), as well as Austria’s highest award for the arts and sciences in 1998.

In addition to his work in academia, Manheim was a composer whose musical compositions were performed in the United States and Europe.

[Information taken from collection materials.]


3.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 1 card file box, 1 oversize box, 7 audiovisual items)

Scope and Contents

The collection ranges in date from 1900 to 2012, 10 years after Manheim’s death in 2002. Much of the collection consists of correspondence, research, manuscripts, and publications from Manheim’s work as a professor of sociology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The collection also contains some of Manheim’s compositions and recordings, as well as reviews and correspondence related to his work as a composer.

While the correspondence in the collection includes letters and cards to and from Manheim, much of the correspondence is between Frank Baron, a professor in the Department of German Studies at the University of Kansas, and numerous scholars throughout Austria, Germany, Hungary, and the United States. This portion of the correspondence discusses Manheim’s professional work and Baron’s plans for various commemorative events and efforts to honor Manheim before and after his death.

Terms and language used in the collection are representative of when the collection was created and have not been replicated in this finding aid.


The collection is arranged into 7 series: Biographical information, Correspondence, Research and notes, Professional output (Subseries: Publications, Presentations, and Music and music-related materials), Honors and accolades, Photographs, and Audiovisual materials.

Original folder titles were used when available; [brackets] indicate folder titles were created or expanded upon by Spencer staff. Files are organized in alphabetical order by folder title with the exception of the oversize materials, which are in the order that their related materials appear in the collection, and selected folders that contain information providing guidance for the rest of the series or subseries they precede. Audiovisual materials have also been separated from the rest of the collection and are described at the end of this finding aid.

With one exception noted in the inventory, photographs have been removed from original boxes and shelved together in a single box. These photographs were isolated and appeared unrelated to anything else surrounding them when processing the collection.

Physical Location

MS 373

Physical Location

MS Qa42

Physical Location

SC AV 42

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer, Max Kade Center for German-American Studies, 2019.

Related Materials

Ernest Manheim papers, K1249, State Historical Society of Missouri.

Separated Materials

Published monographs and serial publications have been cataloged separately and can be found by searching the online catalog.

Ernö, Ernst, Ernest Manheim a film by Christian Reiser. Bewegte Bilder aus dem Leben eines Geschichtsnomaden ein Film von Christian Reiser. Available at Spencer Research Library at SC AV 43.

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Ernest Manheim papers, MS 373, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States