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Finding aid for the Julius Berstl papers

Finding aid prepared by Emily Hodgkins, 2013 November

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Berstl, Julius, 1883-1975
Title
Julius Berstl papers
Collection no.
0031
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1901-1975
Date [inclusive]
1858-1975
Extent
11.26 Linear feet, 27 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Literary archive of the German emigre author and playwright Julius Berstl (1883-1975). The collection includes typescripts, manuscripts, personal and professional correspondence, personal and biographical documents, theater memorabilia, and a small number of literary journals, both in English and in German. Julius Berstl was born on August 6, 1883 in Bernburg, Germany to a theatrical family. Upon graduation from university, he became the dramaturg, or literary advisor, of the renowned Barnowsky Theaters in Berlin from 1909-1924. From 1924-1936, Berstl worked as dramaturg for the Berlin Gustav Kiepenheuer Theaters. During this period, Berstl wrote two of his most well-known plays: "Chu the Sinner" and "Dover-Calais." But with the rise of Hitler and the increasing restrictions on the creative arts, Berstl emigrated in 1936 to England. In 1943 he became a scriptwriter for the London BBC, for which he wrote over 60 radio dramas. He retired from his work at the BBC in 1951 and moved to New York City, where he began to write novels in earnest. His wife told him that after she died he should move to Santa Barbara; after she passed away in 1964, he kept with her wishes and moved. He lived in Santa Barbara until he passed away in 1975.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Julius Berstl papers, Collection no. 0031, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Julius Berstl was born on August 6, 1883 in Bernburg, Germany to a theatrical family. His father, Norbert Berstl, and his mother, Franziska Schreiner Berstl, were both actors and later directors in the 1870s-1890s. His mother had also come from a theatrical family, and her own mother and father had been actors and directors in German theater during the 1850s and 1860s.

As a child he attended the Kaiser Wilhelm II Realschule in Gottingen and the Oberrealschule in Kassel. It was there that he first began to write poetry, short stories, and plays, often engaging in student-run productions. It was during this period that he first began to seriously explore the world of theater and writing. He studied German and English literature at the Georg August-Universitat in Gottingen until April 1902 and then the Universitat Leipzig from April 1903 until March 1908. Upon graduation, he became the dramaturg, or literary advisor, of the renowned Barnowsky Theaters in Berlin from 1909-1924. Like many others his age, Berstl took leave from his job in the theater from 1916-1918 to fight in the German army during World War I, but returned when the war was over. His brother Willi also fought in World War I, and was a prisoner of war in Great Britain until around 1919. From 1924-1936, Berstl worked as dramaturg for the Berlin Gustav Kiepenheuer Theaters. During this period, Berstl wrote two of his most well-known plays: "Chu the Sinner" and "Dover-Calais." This was an especially productive period in Berstl's career, and both of these major works became popular outside of Germany; "Dover-Calais" was even made into a film.

But with the rise of Hitler and the increasing restrictions on the creative arts, Berstl emigrated in 1936 to England. For a period of time directly following his emigration, he worked on producing an English version of "Dover-Calais," working with popular English children's author Eleanor Farjeon. In 1943 he became a scriptwriter for the London BBC, for which he wrote over 60 radio dramas, mostly with Biblical themes that reappear later in his novels. While in England, Berstl also worked as a German/English translator, writing German versions of plays by authors like Noel Coward, Jean Copard, St. John Ervine, Aimee Stuart, and Archibald Norman Menzies. He retired from his work at the BBC in 1951 and moved to New York City, where he began to write novels in earnest. During this period, he wrote novels based upon the life of St. Paul, an imaginary memoir of Edmund Kean, and an autobiographical tale of his life in the theater. His wife told him that after she died he should move to Santa Barbara; after she passed away in 1964, he kept with her wishes and moved. He lived in Santa Barbara, continuously sending in new manuscripts to publishers and coming up with business ideas, until he too passed away in 1975.

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Scope and Content

The Julius Berstl papers encompass a variety of documents that represent many of the important aspects of Julius Berstl's life in Germany, Britain, and America. The Writing series features primarily typescripts and manuscripts for Berstl's novels and plays, including handwritten edits and notes. Within this series there are also short form of writing by Berstl, including notes on different writing projects, radio scripts, film scenarios, articles, and poems. Lastly, there are also some of Berstl's German translations of plays as well as reviews and publicity for Berstl's novels and plays.

The Correspondence series covers both Julius Berstl's personal and professional life. Personal Correspondence covers letters to and from Julius Berstl that were not specifically related to the business side of writing or theater. His correspondence ranges from fellow writers, to actors and people from the theater, to close friends. Professional Correspondence includes letters to and from Julius Berstl that specifically relate to the business side of writing or theater. His correspondence ranges from publishers, to theaters, to film production companies, and more.

The Personal and Biographical Documents series features documents written about Berstl's life, sometimes in honor of his birthday. There are also a number of documents that Berstl had collected from his own past and from that of his family, including school records and information regarding the theater careers of his parents.

The Theater Memorabilia and Reviews series includes play advertisement posters, clipping and reviews of plays by Berstl, programs from his productions, correspondence on theater related topics, and much more.

Lastly, the Literary Journals series features the few literary journals that Berstl had saved over the years, often because he or a friend of his was mentioned.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2013 November
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donated by Mr. Berstl in 1975.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • British Broadcasting Corporation. -- Correspondence
  • Felix Bloch Erben (Firm). -- Correspondence
  • Georg Marton Verlag (Firm). -- Correspondence

Genre(s)

  • Clippings
  • Cookbooks
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Magazines (periodicals)
  • Manuscripts
  • Scripts
  • Typescripts

Personal Name(s)

  • Berstl, Julius, 1883-1975 -- Archives
  • Busoni, Ferruccio, 1866-1924 -- Correspondence
  • Ewers, Hanns Heinz, 1871-1943 -- Correspondence
  • Farjeon, Eleanor, 1881-1965 -- Correspondence
  • Goudge, Elizabeth, 1900-1984 -- Correspondence
  • Johst, Hanns, 1890-1978 -- Correspondence
  • Mierendorff, Marta -- Correspondence
  • Niese, Hansi, 1875-1934 -- Correspondence
  • Tillich, Paul, 1886-1965 -- Correspondence
  • Von Wolowski, Kurt, 1897-1985 -- Correspondence
  • Walter, Fried -- Correspondence
  • Wicclair, Walter -- Correspondence
  • Wied, Gustav, 1858-1914 -- Correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Authors, German--20th century--Archival resources
  • German literature--Archival resources
  • Theater--Germany--19th century--Archival resources
  • Theater--Germany--20th century--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Writings 1940s-1970s, undated 

Scope and Content

The Writing series includes the many handwritten or typewritten copies of Julius Berstl's plays and novels, particularly later ones, that he had kept. They were all found together in the original boxes, and have been alphabetized. Most of the copies, both typescripts and manuscripts, have handwritten edits added in by Berstl. While very few items in this series are dated, they are predominantly from Berstl's years in America; this places them in the 1950s-1970s. Sometimes there are other items that were originally found with the typescript or manuscript. In those cases, they have been kept together in the same folder. This series also features the typescripts and manuscripts of Berstl's plays, including some of his most famous, like "Dover-Calais" and "Chu the Sinner." These also often have extensive handwritten edits.

Within the Writing series there are also the Short Stories and Anecdotes and well as Other Writings. Within the former, there are a number of shorter forms of writing by Berstl, including notes on different writing projects, radio scripts, film scenarios, articles, and poems. In Other Writings, there are Berstl's German translations of a number of popular plays, as well as other people's writing about Berstl's works, such as reviews and publicity.

 Novels 

Scope and Content

The Novels subseries contains both typescripts and manuscripts of novels that were written by Julius Berstl. There are both carbon copies and originals, and most of them include many editing notes from Berstl, with new passages pasted in and others marked out. Some of the typescripts or manuscripts include the original covers used when Berstl would send the novels to publishers. In English and in German.

Box Folder

 "Adam's Great-Grandfather" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. It has some minor handwritten edits. Full title: "Adam's Great-Grandfather: A Family Portrait from the Stone Age."

1 1

 "Adam's Great-Grandfather" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, original. In English. It has minor handwritten edits. Full title: "Adam's Great-Grandfather: A Family Portrait from the Stone Age." Also includes a short synopsis written by Julius Berstl of "Adam's Great-Grandfather."

1 2

 "Adam's Great-Grandfather" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. It has some minor handwritten edits. Full title: "Adam's Great-Grandfather: A Family Portrait from the Stone Age."

1 3

 "Adam's Urgrossvater" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In German. Handwritten notes and annotations have been added, along with new passages that have been taped or pasted in. Full title: "Adam's Urgrossvater: Familienportrait aus der Steinzeit."

1 6

 "Adam's Urgrossvater" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. It has minor handwritten edits. Full title: "Adam's Urgrossvater: Familienportrait aus der Steinzeit."

1 5

 "Adam's Urgrossvater" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. Handwritten edits and annotations have been added, and new passages have been taped or pasted in. The original typescript cover is also in the folder. Full title: "Adam's Urgrossvater: Familienportrait aus der Steinzeit."

1 7

 "Anthony und Hummel-Dummel" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are a few handwritten edits. Full title: "Anthony und Hummel-Dummel: eine Geschichte fur Kinder von 8 bis 80 Jahren."

1 8

 "Anthony und Hummel-Dummel" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are a few handwritten edits. Full title: "Anthony und Hummel-Dummel: eine Geschichte fur Kinder von 8 bis 80 Jahren."

2 1

 "Bread Before Cake" 1972 July 19 

Scope and Content

Manuscript, handwritten double sided. In English. It has many handwritten edits and the corresponding typescript page numbers have also been written in.

2 9

 "Bread Before Cake" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are a few handwritten edits. A note with pages to edit is attached to the title page.

2 10

 "Bread Before Cake" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In English. There are a few handwritten edits and annotations with new passages pasted in.

3 1

 "Bread Before Cake" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In English. It has some minor handwritten edits, with some sentences marked out through the editing process.

3 2

 "Bread Before Cake" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In English. It has some minor handwritten edits.

3 3

 "Briefe an einen Toten" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. It has some minor handwritten edits.

3 4

 "Erst Brot, Dann Kuchen" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In German. Many handwritten notes and edits have been added in red ink, and many sentences and passages have been marked out as part of the editing process. Also in this folder is the original typescript cover.

5 2

 "Erst Brot, Dann Kuchen" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In German. Many handwritten notes and edits have been added in blue ink, and many sentences and passages have been marked out as part of the editing process. Also in this folder is the original typescript cover.

5 3

 "Erst Brot, Dann Kuchen" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minimal handwritten edits.

5 4

 "Erst Brot, Dann Kuchen" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In German. There are very minimal handwritten edits. Also in this folder is a novel outline for "Bread Before Cake" (German: "Erst Brot, Dann Kuchen") written in English.

5 5

 "Der Heilige Zahn" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minor handwritten edits.

6 6

 "Der Heilige Zahn" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are some handwritten edits and some sentences have been marked out as part of the editing process.

6 7

 "Der Heilige Zahn" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, original. In German. There are handwritten edits and passages added in or marked out as part of the editing process.

6 8

 "Der Heilige Zahn" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minor handwritten edits.

6 9

 "Irrgarten der Liebe" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are handwritten edits, passages that have been pasted in as additions, and other parts have been marked out as part of the editing process.

8 3

 "Irrgarten der Liebe" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minor handwritten edits and passages pasted in as part of the editing process.

8 4

 "Irrgarten der Liebe" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minor handwritten edits.

8 5

 "Irrgarten der Liebe" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minor handwritten edits.

8 6

 "Kaiser-Allee" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are extensive handwritten edits, as well as the addition of passages through pasting them in, and the elimination of others by marking them out. This typescript is on a couple different types of paper, and the page numbers have been written in by Berstl.

9 1

 "Labyrinth of Love" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, in English. There are extensive handwritten edits.

9 2

 "Labyrinth of Love" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are many handwritten edits.

9 3

 "Labyrinth of Love" 1964 October 20 

Scope and Content

Manuscript, double sided. In English. There are many handwritten edits and notes, and the corresponding typescript page numbers have also been written in.

9 4

 "A Pinch of Gold Dust" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are very few handwritten edits. Also in the folder is the original typescript cover.

10 9

 "A Pinch of Gold Dust" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are minor handwritten edits. Also in the folder is the original typescript cover.

11 1

 "Eine Prise Gold" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, in German. There are minor handwritten edits.

10 11

 "River without Banks" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are extensive handwritten edits throughout the typescript.

11 2

 "River without Banks" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are minor handwritten edits. Also in the folder is the original typescript cover.

11 3

 "River without Banks" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, in English. This typescript was found incomplete, with only pages 37-200 included. This goes from chapter 4 until the end of the novel. There are minor handwritten edits.

11 4

 "River without Banks" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are minor handwritten edits. This typescript shows the original title of "River without Banks" as the main title: "A Battling for Rome." "River without Banks" is listed as an alternate title but was later used. Also in this folder is the original typescript cover.

11 5

 "River without Banks" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are extensive handwritten edits throughout the typescript, and the corresponding edited typescript's page numbers have been added in. There are notes added in throughout, and there are also notes attached to the front of the typescript.

11 6

 "A Roman Courtesan" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, original. In English. There are very minor handwritten edits. Also in this folder is the original typescript cover.

11 7

 "A Roman Courtesan" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are very few handwritten edits.

12 1

 "The Sacred Tooth" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are minor handwritten edits.

12 2

 "The Sacred Tooth" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, in English. There are minor handwritten edits.

12 3

 "Strom Ohne Ufer" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minor handwritten edits.

12 5

 "Strom Ohne Ufer" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, in German. There are many handwritten edits and modified page numbers have been written in. Also in this folder is the original typescript cover.

12 6

 "Strom Ohne Ufer" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are very few handwritten edits.

12 7

 "Strom Ohne Ufer" and "Unsterblichkeit" undated 

Scope and Content

Two typescripts, in German, found together. "Strom Ohne Ufer" has some minor handwritten edits. "Unsterblichkeit" is numbered pages 46-60, and is heavily edited and annotated, with many passages pasted in or marked out.

13 1

 "Strom Ohne Ufer" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are a number of handwritten edits, and the page numbers have been handwritten in by Berstl over the originals. Also in this folder is the original typescript cover.

13 2

 "Strom Ohne Ufer" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minor handwritten edits and some passages have been pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process. Also in this folder is the original typescript cover.

13 3

 "Strom Ohne Ufer" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are extensive handwritten edits and notes, and many passages have been pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process. The corresponding edited typescript page numbers have been written in, and the page numbers of this typescript have been handwritten in. An alternate title has been written in by Berstl as well: "Alarich."

13 4

 "Tolstoi und Sonja" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are extensive handwritten edits, and many passages have been pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process. Also in this folder is the original typescript cover.

14 2

 "Tolstoi und Sonja" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are many handwritten edits, with a number of passages pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process.

14 3

 "Tolstoi und Sonja" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are extensive handwritten edits, with many passages pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process.

14 4

 "Tolstoi und Sonja" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are many handwritten edits, with a number of passages that were pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process. Also in this folder is the original typescript cover.

14 5

 "Tolstoy and Sonya" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are minor handwritten edits, and some passages have been either pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process.

14 6

 "Tolstoy and Sonya" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are many handwritten edits, and a number of passages have been pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process.

15 1

 "Tolstoy and Sonya" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are many handwritten edits, and a number of passages have been pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process. Also in this folder is the original manuscript, in English, for "Tolstoy and Sonya." It was found with the typescript, and features extensive editing, and the corresponding typescript pages have been written in.

15 2

 "Tolstoy and Sonya" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are minor handwritten edits, and a couple passage have been either pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process. Some notes are attached to the front of the typescript.

15 3

 "Der Grosse Kean" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, in German. There are minimal handwritten edits. Included is the bibliography for "Der Grosse Kean." Also in the folder is the original typescript cover.

16 4

 "Der Grosse Kean" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, in German. There are minimal handwritten edits. Included is the bibliography for "Der Grosse Kean." Also in the folder is the original typescript cover.

16 5

 "A Pinch of Gold Dust" with proposal and rejection letter for "River without Banks" undated 

Scope and Content

One typescript and a book proposal, both in English, found together. "A Pinch of Gold Dust" is a carbon copy typescript and has little to no edits on it. The book proposal is for "River without Banks" also known as "A Battling for Rome." Attached to the proposal is a rejection letter found with it from Morrow and Company Publishing. Also in the folder is an original typescript cover.

16 3

 Plays 

Scope and Content

The Plays subseries contains both typescripts and manuscripts of plays that were written by Julius Berstl. There are both carbon copies and originals, and most of them include many editing notes from Berstl, with new passages pasted in and others marked out. Some of the typescripts or manuscripts include the original covers used when Berstl would send the plays to publishers. In English and in German.

Box Folder

 "Begin from the Beginning" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. Many handwritten notes and edits have been added in, and a number of sentences have been marked out as part of the editing process. Full title: "Begin from the Beginning: The Tragicomedy of the Opportunistic Politician. A Prologue and Six Scenes."

2 2

 "Begin from the Beginning" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In English. There are two copies of this play that were found together in this same folder. Many handwritten notes and edits have been added in, and a number of sentences have been marked out as part of the editing process. Full title: "Begin from the Beginning: The Tragicomedy of the Opportunistic Politician. A Prologue and Six Scenes."

2 3

 "Begin from the Beginning" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. Many handwritten notes and edits have been added, and some sentences have been marked out as part of the editing process. Full title: "Begin from the Beginning: The Tragicomedy of the Opportunistic Politician. A Prologue and Six Scenes."

2 4

 "Begin from the Beginning" 1971 September 21-1971 October 19 

Scope and Content

Manuscript. In English. Double sided, with many edits and corrections written in. The numbers of the corresponding typescript pages have also been added.

2 5

 "Das Blut Singt" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, bound. In German. The original story was written by Max Catto in English, and Julius Berstl translated it to produce "Das Blut Singt."

2 8

 "Chu the Sinner" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript and typescript carbon copy. In English. There are two copies of "Chu the Sinner" that were found together in this folder. Each copy also has its own typescript cover. They have minor handwritten edits. There are a few separate editing notes attached to the title page of the second copy. Full title: "Chu the Sinner: A Chinese Comedy Drama in a Prologue and Five Scenes."

3 5

 "Chu the Sinner" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript and typescript carbon copy. In English. There are two copies of "Chu the Sinner" that were found together in this folder. Each copy also has its own typescript cover. They have minor handwritten edits. Full title: "Chu the Sinner: A Chinese Comedy Drama in a Prologue and Five Scenes."

3 6

 "Chu the Sinner" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are a couple added passages. Full title: "Chu the Sinner: A Romantic Comedy on a Chinese Theme in a Prologue and Five Scenes."

3 7

 "Chu the Sinner" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. It has minor handwritten edits. Also in the folder is the original typescript cover. Full title: "Chu the Sinner: A Chinese Comedy Drama in a Prologue and Five Scenes."

4 1

 "Chu the Sinner" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. Full title: "Chu the Sinner: A Romantic Comedy on a Chinese Theme in a Prologue and Five Scenes." English translation acknowledgement on the title page is to Christopher Tree.

4 2

 "The Devil Never Sleeps" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In English. This is the play version of "The Devil Never Sleeps." It has some minor handwritten edits. Also in the folder is the original handwritten manuscript for "The Devil Never Sleeps" in English and some accompanying notes. The manuscript also has some minor handwritten edits.

4 3

 "The Devil Never Sleeps" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In English. This is the play version of "The Devil Never Sleeps." It has some minor handwritten edits. The title page says that this typescript is a rough translation into English from German.

4 4

 "The Devil Never Sleeps" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. This is the play version of "The Devil Never Sleeps." It has some minor handwritten edits.

4 5

 "Dover-Calais" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. It has very minimal handwritten edits. Also in the folder is the original typescript cover. This copy does not have a cover/title page.

4 6

 "Dover-Calais" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript and typescript carbon copy. In German. There are two copies of "Dover-Calais" that were found together in this folder. They have minor handwritten edits.

4 7

 "Dover-Calais" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. It has minor handwritten edits.

4 8

 "Dover-Calais" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript and typescript carbon copy. In English. In this folder there are two copies of "Dover-Calais" that were found together. On both copies there are minor handwritten edits, typewritten edits, and passages that have been pasted or taped in. The English translation credit is given to British author Eleanor Farjeon.

4 9

 "Dover-Calais" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In German. There are very minimal handwritten edits.

4 10

 "Dover-Calais" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript carbon copies. In German. In this folder there are five carbon copies of "Dover-Calais" that were found together. For these copies, there are very minimal handwritten and typewritten edits.

5 1

 "Feenhaende" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In German. It has minor handwritten and typewritten edits. Also included in this folder is the original typescript cover. Alternate titles for "Feenhaende" are listed on the title page, including "Hahn im Korb" and "Postlagernd N.N. 100."

6 1

 "Feenhaende" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are very minimal handwritten and typewritten edits. Alternate titles for "Feenhaende" are listed on the title page, including "Hahn im Korb," "Postlagernd N.N. 100," and "...Sie Flechten und Weben."

6 2

 "Eine Frau mit Vielen Gesichtern" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In German. There are many handwritten edits in blue ink, as well as new passages pasted or taped into the typescript.

6 3

 "Die Graefin Lavalette" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minor handwritten edits, and some sentences have been marked out as part of the editing process.

6 4

 "Hier Bin Ich, Hier Bleib Ich," "An Idyll with Ominous Undertones," and "The River Sod" undated 

Scope and Content

Two manuscripts and two typescripts found together. "Hier Bin Ich, Hier Bleib Ich," in German, bound typescript, double sided carbon copy. "An Idyll with Ominous Undertones," in English, manuscript, double sided. "Idyll mit Ominoesen Undertonen," in German, original typescript, with minor handwritten edits. "The River Sod," in English, double sided manuscript with additional handwritten edits in red.

7 1

 "Mendelssohn and Malibran" undated 

Scope and Content

Two typescripts, both carbon copies found together. "Mendelssohn and Malibran," in English, has little to no edits. "Mendelssohn und Malibran," in German, has minor handwritten edits.

9 6

 "Mendelssohn and Malibran" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are minor handwritten edits. Alternate title: "On Wings of Song." Also in the folder is the original typescript cover.

9 7

 "Die Nachtigall und der Pudel" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are very few handwritten edits. Also in the folder is the original typescript cover.

10 3

 "Die Nachtigall und der Pudel" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are little to no handwritten edits.

10 4

 "Die Nachtigall und der Pudel" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are little to no handwritten edits.

10 5

 "Die Nachtigall und der Pudel" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are little to no handwritten edits.

10 6

 "Napi" undated 

Scope and Content

Two bound typescripts, carbon copies found together. In German. There are little to no handwritten edits.

10 7

 "Napi" undated 

Scope and Content

Two bound typescripts, carbon copies found together. In German. There are little to no handwritten edits.

10 8

 "Pinke and Co." undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are little to no handwritten edits.

10 10

 "Scribbys Suppen Sind die Besten" undated 

Scope and Content

Manuscript, double sided, in German. Also in the folder is a printed copy of "Scribbys Suppen Sind die Besten," published by Felix Bloch Erben found with the manuscript.

12 4

 "Der Teufel in Berlin" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minor handwritten edits, but numerous notes have been added in amongst the pages of the typescript, and a few are attached to the front. Also in this folder is the original typescript cover.

13 5

 "Der Teufel Schlaft Nie" undated 

Scope and Content

Three typescripts, all carbon copies found together. In German. There are minor handwritten edits on each copy.

13 6

 "Der Teufel Schlaft Nie" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minor handwritten edits.

13 7

 "Der Teufel Schlaft Nie" Play and Novel undated 

Scope and Content

Two typescripts, in German found together. "Der Teufel Schlaft Nie" the play, has minor handwritten edits. "Der Teufel Schlaft Nie" the novel, has extensive editing and many passages have been pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process. The page numbers have also been handwritten in over the originals.

14 1

 "Venus' Flytrap" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, in English. There are many handwritten edits.

15 4

 "Die Venusfliegenfalle" undated 

Scope and Content

Four typescripts, in German, found together. Each copy has a number of handwritten edits. Also found in this folder is each copy's typescript cover.

15 5

 "Von Vorn Anfangen" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are extensive handwritten edits, with many passages either pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process.

15 6

 "Voyage to a Rosy Future" 1973 July 3 

Scope and Content

Original manuscript, in English, single sided. There are many edits handwritten in both blue and red ink. Corresponding typescript page numbers have also been handwritten in.

15 7

 "A Woman of Many Faces" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, in English. There are some handwritten edits.

15 9

 "The Widow of Ephesus" with notes undated 

Scope and Content

Seven typescripts, found together with notes. "The Widow of Ephesus," in English, three copies. "Die Witwe von Ephesus," in German, four copies. Also in this folder are the notes written on separate paper concerning this story.

15 8

 Short Stories and Anecdotes 1940s-1970s 

Scope and Content

In addition to writing novels and plays, Julius Berstl also wrote a number of short stories and anecdotes, which are collected in this subseries. Topics range widely, and some were published and some were not. Also included in this section are Berstl's notes on different writing projects, radio scripts, film scenarios, articles, and poems. In English and in German.

Processing Information note

Folders 21.7, 21.8, and 21.9 were originally found together then split into 3 separate folders.

Box Folder

 [Articles, poems, short stories, and anecdotes by Julius Berstl published in newspapers] undated 

Scope and Content

Found together with 21.8 and 21.9. Clippings of articles, poems, short stories, anecdotes, and other submissions from newspapers, all written by Julius Berstl.

21 7

 [Articles, poems, short stories, and anecdotes by Julius Berstl published in newspapers] undated 

Scope and Content

Found together with 21.7 and 21.9. Clippings of articles, poems, short stories, anecdotes, and other submissions from newspapers, all written by Julius Berstl.

21 8

 [Articles, poems, short stories, and anecdotes by Julius Berstl published in newspapers] undated 

Scope and Content

Found together with 21.7 and 21.8. Clippings of articles, poems, short stories, anecdotes, and other submissions from newspapers, all written by Julius Berstl.

21 9

 [Short typescripts by Julius Berstl] undated 

Scope and Content

Short typewritten synopsis by Julius Berstl of his novel "A Roman Courtesan," with very minor handwritten edits. Short typewritten outline by Julius Berstl of his novel "Bread Before Cake," with minor handwritten edits. Short radio play by Julius Berstl called "Der Widerspenstige Prophet." Short typescript for "Amerikanerinnen," by Julius Berstl, with very minor handwritten edits.

21 10

 [Film scenarios, manuscripts, short stories, and summaries by Julius Berstl] undated 

Scope and Content

Synopsis of a film scenario adapted from "This is Edmund Kean," adaption by Julius Berstl, with a number of handwritten and typewritten edits. One copy with a cover page, one copy without. Synopsis of Julius Berstl's play "Mendelssohn und Malibran," with very minor handwritten edits. Synopsis of Julius Berstl's novel "Das Bild im Spiegel." Synopsis of Julius Berstl's play "Dover-Calais." Complete manuscript for Julius Berstl's "Die Witwe von Ephesus," found with these synopses, 11 Jan. 1951. Synopsis of Julius Berstl's "Die Reise nach Schoeneberg."

21 11

 [Short stories and anecdotes by Julius Berstl] undated 

Scope and Content

Two copies of the complete typescript for Julius Berstl's "Die Witwe von Ephesus," found with the other material in this folder. "Amerikanische Jugend von Heute," by Julius Berstl, with minor handwritten edits. Synopsis of "Der Grosse Kean," by Julius Berstl, with minor handwritten edits. "Der Mensch," a poem by Julius Berstl. "Katakomben in Palermo," by Julius Berstl. "Die Fromme Luege," by Julius Berstl. "A White Lie," by Julius Berstl. Synopsis of "Die Fahrt ins Rosenrote," a novel by Julus Berstl. Synopsis of "A Roman Courtesan," a novel by Julius Berstl. "Strandbummler," by Julius Berstl. Many other poems and short stories by Julius Berstl.

21 12

 [Short stories and anecdotes by Julius Berstl with clippings of published work] undated 

Scope and Content

Clippings of published poems, including "Dein Auge," "Deine Hand," and "Die Nahmaschine." "The Tryst," a short story by Julius Berstl, 6 copies. "The Story of Tiong-Lo," a short story by Julius Berstl, 4 copies. "Immortality," a short story by Julius Berstl, 5 copies. "The Faithful Wife," a short story by Julius Berstl, 4 copies. "Mozarts Heimgang," a short story by Julius Berstl. "Ringelnatz-Anekdoten," by Julius Berstl. Many other short stories and anecdotes by Julius Berstl.

21 13

 [Manuscript and typescript entitled "Dissertation"] undated 

Scope and Content

Manuscript, handwritten by Julius Berstl, entitled, "Dissertation." Typescript, without title, but with the same text as the manuscript.

21 14

 [Notebook with assorted notes and writing] undated 

Scope and Content

Small ruled notebook, with "Exercise Book" printed on the cover. It is written in starting in both the front and back. There are additional scraps of paper with notes on them found inside the notebook. An extra piece of blue notepaper with writing entitled "Einscheibung" with heavy annotations and edits, was also found with the notebook and is in the same folder.

21 15

 [Radio scripts and short stories] undated 

Scope and Content

Radio scripts (Hoerspiels) by Julius Berstl, including: "Der Prozess William Penn," 3 copies. "Ein Junger Mann Ohne Zukunft," based on Oscar Wilde's "Der Mustermillionaer." "Die Sphinx Ohne Geheimnis."

Typescripts of Short Stories by Julius Berstl, including: "Die Fromme Luege." "Augustine and the Malefactor," 2 copies, with German "Augustin und der Uebeltaeter," 2 copies. "The River-God," 3 copies, with German "Der Flussgott," 3 copies. "Death of Romanescu the Tenor," 4 copies, with German "Tod des Tenors Romanescu," 4 copies. "Mister Shepperton." "A White Lie." "Anno '73: Tornado Verwuestet Berlinner Boerse," 2 copies. "Katakomben in Palermo."

20 1

 [Radio scripts and short stories] undated 

Scope and Content

Radio scripts by Julius Berstl, including: "Der Widerspenstige Prophet," 2 copies. "Das Kindeln in der Krippe." "Der Prophet Jona." "Der Zwoelf-Pfund Blick/Sein Grosser Tag," Julius Berstl's translation of "The Twelve-Pound Look" by J.M. Barrie. "The Trial of William Penn."

Typescripts of Short Stories by Julius Berstl, including: "Mister Shepperton." "Nazi-Jargon." "Der Flussgott," pages from its publication in Westermanns Monatshefte.

Assorted other notes and writing: List of quotations for Berstl's "Why Do You Hunt Me?" Film synopsis with two possible titles, "Peter im Pech" or "Der Pechvogel." Short novel, "The Devil Never Sleeps." Film synopsis with two possible titles, "Farewell of Youth" or "Indian Summer," based on Berstl's novel "Die Fahrt ins Rosenrote," 2 copies. Film synopsis with two possible titles,"Idol of a World" or "Darling of the Gods," 2 copies. "Der Liebling einer Welt," a synopsis for a musical film by Stefan Marlow.

20 2

 [Short stories] undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript for Julius Berstl's short story, "Als Vermaehlte Empfehlen Sich..." 2 copies. Typescript for Julius Berstl's short story, "Der Eichhoernchen-Jaeger."

25 2

 [Short typescripts, notes, and research for writing] undated 

Scope and Content

Photocopy of the ninth chapter (entitled, "Wiedertaufer au Munster: Blick auf die Wiedertaufer im Allgemeinen) of a book about the Reformation. List of reviews for "Plimplamplauz." List of reviews for "Die Fahrt ins Rosenrote." Other lists of reviews. A biographical sketch for Berstl.

Typescripts of Short Stories by Julius Berstl, including: "Chinesische Legenden." "Der Witwer." "Kieselok," 2 copies. Many other short stories.

Radio scripts by Julius Berstl, including: "Die Goettinger Sieben." "Der Prozess William Penn."

25 3

 [Short stories, poems, and anecdotes with notes] undated 

Scope and Content

Handwritten notes from Julius Berstl.

Typewritten short stories and anecdotes by Julius Berstl, including: "Das Alter," an anecdote. "Die Schmetterlings-Koenigin," a fairy tale. "Ein Fruhstuck fur Acht Francs." "Mir und Mich." "Held bleibe Held." "Das Herz des Eroberers." Many other short stories and anecdotes.

25 4

 [Notes and a typescript for "Der Bettler Salomo," with other writings] undated 

Scope and Content

Handwritten notes and typescript for "Der Bettler Salomo." Other assorted handwritten notes for Julius Berstl's writing. A couple pages of sheet music. Untitled manuscript with original manuscript cover.

25 5

 [Notes and research for writing] undated 

Scope and Content

List of books to read. Assorted short notes. Hand drawn maps of Biblical places by Julius Berstl. List of Bible quotations with Berstl's own notes.

25 6

 "Bilanz" 1974 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In German. It has some minor handwritten edits. The title page and second page (which lists other works by Julius Berstl) have their English translations written in. Also in the folder are handwritten notes on "Bilanz" ("Balance Sheet") in English as well as a number of copies of the preface, typewritten and in English. Full title: (German) "Bilanz: Gedanken und Erinnerungen," (English) "Balance Sheet: Thoughts, Viewpoints, and Recollections."

2 6

 "Bilanz" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In German. There are four copies of "Bilanz" that had been found together in this folder. They are heavily annotated with many handwritten notes, marked out passages, and new sections pasted in. There are also handwritten notes for the typescript on scraps of paper. Full title: "Bilanz: Gendanken und Erinnerungen."

2 7

 "Die Grosse und die Kleine Welt" with other anecdotes and clippings undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript with newspaper clippings and notes. In German. The beginnings of the typescript for "Die Grosse und die Kleine Welt" (a collection of anecdotes) are together in this folder along with other anecdotes published by Julius Berstl and other newspaper clippings and notes that were all found together. Also in this folder is the original typescript cover. There are many handwritten notes on the typescript and newspaper clippings alike.

6 5

 "Marietta: Das Intelektuelle Huhn" and "Marietta: the Highbrow Hen" undated 

Scope and Content

Two typescripts found together. "Marietta: Das Intelektuelle Huhn," in German, has minor handwritten notes. The English version of the same story, "Marietta: the Highbrow Hen," has extensive notes attached to the front of the typescript and also minor handwritten edits throughout. Also in the folder is the original typescript cover for the English version.

9 5

 "Hornissl" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There are minor handwritten edits.

7 2

 "Hornissl" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, 2 carbon copies found together. In German.

7 3

 "Hornissl" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. There is extensive editing, with handwritten notes, added passages pasted in, and other passages marked out as part of the editing process. Also in folder is the original manuscript cover.

7 4

 "Hornissl" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, one original copy and two carbon copies. In English. There are many handwritten edits on each copy, especially on the original.

7 5

 "Hornissl" with newspaper clippings used for reference and research undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In English. There are very minor handwritten edits. Also in the folder are a group of newspaper clippings found with the typescript that Berstl used for research and reference when writing "Hornissl."

7 6

 "Hornissl" 1971 May 1 

Scope and Content

One typescript, in German, and one manuscript, in English, found together. The manuscript is double sided and has extensive editing added in red. The manuscript is dated 1971 May 1. The typescript is a carbon copy and has significant editing, including handwritten edits, added passages pasted in, and other passages marked out as part of the editing process.

8 1

 "Ein Menschenleben" undated 

Scope and Content

Two typescripts found together, in German. There are very minimal edits.

10 1

 "Nach Achtzig" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript. In German. There are a few handwritten edits. There are also passages that have been either pasted in or marked out as part of the editing process.

10 2

 Other Writings 

Scope and Content

The Other Writings subseries includes documents that do not fit into the novels, plays, or short stories and anecdotes series. This subseries contains some of the translation work done by Berstl, including German translations of plays by Noel Coward, Jean Copard, and Archibald Norman Menzies, amongst others. In addition, this subseries features reviews and articles that other people wrote about Berstl's writing, particularly his novels. Also included is the publicity for his different works. In English and in German.

Box Folder

 "Adam's Great-Grandfather" Synopsis and Alternate Endings undated 

Scope and Content

Typewritten synopsis of "Adam's Great-Grandfather" in English. Typewritten, carbon copies of alternate endings for "Adam's Great-Grandfather" in German ("Adam's Urgrossvater").

1 4

 "The Prisoners of God" typescript cover undated 

Scope and Content

The typescript cover for "The Prisoners of God" was found alone. It has a typed list of reviews for "The Sun's Bright Child" pasted on the inside.

10 12

 "Blau Donau" and "Die Pfarrersfrau" undated 

Scope and Content

Two typescripts, both in German, found together. "Die Pfarrersfrau" is a translation to German from a play by St. John Ervine. There are very few handwritten edits. "Blau Donau" is a translation to German from Aimee Stuart's comedy "Jeannie." There are some handwritten edits, with some passages marked out as part of the editing process.

16 1

 "Die Glueckliche Insel" and "Vogel Strauss" undated 

Scope and Content

Two typescripts, carbon copies, found together. Both in German. "Die Glueckliches Insel" is a translation to German from Noel Coward's "This Happy Breed." "Vogel Strauss" is a translation to German from a play by Archibald Norman Menzies. There are little to no edits on either copy. Also in the folder is an original typescript cover.

16 2

 "Ich Komme Wieder!" undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript, carbon copy. In German. This is a translation done by Berstl of the original play written by Jean Copard. There are some minor handwritten edits.

8 2

 [Reviews, articles, and notes on Julius Berstl's published works and related memorabilia, especially concerning "Kean"] 1946-1964 

Scope and Content

Short article about "Die Gefangenen Gottes," a novel by Julius Berstl, from 1949. Typed collection of reviews for Berstl's "Kean: The Imaginary Memoirs of a Famous Actor." Another typed collection of reviews for Berstl's "Kean," with multiple copies. Newspaper clippings of reviews for "Kean," 1946, 1961-1962. Dust jacket for "Kean." Other memorabilia related to "Kean."

21 1

 [Article, reviews, and Staats-Theater Schwerin program] undated 

Scope and Content

Found together as is. Short article from a newspaper, titled "Uber ein Buch gebeugt" and subtitled "Berlin 1930," about Julius Berstl. Program for the Mecklenburgisches Staats-Theater Schwerin for 1931 October 16-31. Collection of short reviews for Julius Berstl novels typed onto a single page.

21 2

 [Dust jacket and notes for "The Sun's Bright Child" by Julius Berstl] undated 

Scope and Content

Dust jacket for "The Sun's Bright Child: The imaginary Memoirs of Edmund Kean." Collection of short typewritten and handwritten notes for "The Sun's Bright Child," with the line and page numbers the note is replacing.

21 3

 [Publicity, reviews, and clippings for "Paulus von Tarsus" by Julius Berstl] 1965-1966 

Scope and Content

Newspaper clippings of the reviews published about "Paulus von Tarsus." Letter from Albert Mueller-Deham, 1966 March 13. Many additional reviews and memorabilia related to "Paulus von Tarsus."

21 4

 [Notes, reviews, and publicity concerning Julius Berstl's "Paulus von Tarsus"] 1965-1970 

Scope and Content

Newspaper clippings of reviews for Julius Berstl's "Paulus von Tarsus." The July 1966 issue of the Kirchliches Monatsblatt with mentions of Julius Berstl and "Paulus von Tarsus on pages 220-221. Other reviews and memorabilia concerning "Paulus von Tarsus."

21 5

 [Notes, reviews, and publicity for "Odyssee eines Theatermannes" and reviews for "Berlin Schlesiger Bahnhof"] 1963-1964 

Scope and Content

Newspaper clippings of reviews for Julius Berstl's "Berlin Schlesiger Bahnhof," 1963-1964. Newspaper clippings of reviews for Julius Berstl's "Odyssee eines Theatermannes," 1963-1964. Transcription of a radio program concerning "Theater in Books," 1964 March 19. Other reviews and memorabilia concerning "Odyssee eines Theatermannes" and "Berlin Schlesiger Bahnhof."

21 6

 [Reviews, articles, notes, and related memorabilia for Julius Berstl's published works] undated 

Scope and Content

Found together with 20.4. Newspaper clippings concerning Julius Berstl and his works. List of reviews for "Kean," 2 copies. List of reviews for "The Tentmaker," many copies. List of reviews for "The Cross and the Eagle." Excerpt from "The Tentmaker," from chapter 13: "The Synagogue of the Nazarenes." Portion of a typescript only entitled, "Epilogue." Other reviews, etc.

20 3

 [Reviews, articles, notes, and related memorabilia for Julius Berstl's published works] undated 

Scope and Content

Found together with 20.3. Newspaper clippings concerning Julius Berstl and his works. List of reviews for "The Cross and the Eagle." List of reviews for "The Tentmaker," 2 copies. List of quotations. Dust jackets for "The Tentmaker." Other reviews, etc.

20 4

 [Reviews and publicity, newspaper clippings concerning Julius Berstl's plays] undated 

Scope and Content

List of reviews for "Amazone," a novel by Julius Berstl; 2 copies. List of reviews for "Plimplomplimps," German "Plimplamplauz," 2 copies. List of reviews for "The Tentmaker," 2 copies. List of reviews for "Berlin Schlesischer Bahnhof." List of reviews for "Kean" (British title: "The Sun's Bright Child), 4 copies. Many other lists of reviews for a number of other titles.

Newspaper clippings concerning Berstl's published works.

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Series 2:  Correspondence 1901-1975 

Scope and Content

Julius Berstl's correspondence has been divided up into Personal and Professional. The Personal Correspondence series includes letters to and from close friends, actors and actresses, people he knew from the theater, and fellow writers. While the letters sometimes discuss more professional topics, they have been placed under Personal because of their informal nature and because Berstl often knew these people personally. Personal Correspondence includes all topics and themes outside of the business side of Berstl's writing. The letters range from 1901-1975 and include picture postcards, both typewritten and handwritten notes, and discussions about writing, theater, and many more things.

The Professional Correspondence series contains letters that pertain to the business side of writing and theater; these are often typewritten, form based letters from publishers and theaters concerning Berstl's work. There are a great number of rejection letters from all the major publishers and theaters in both America and Germany, all of which Berstl had kept in a different box. These letters range from 1943-1975.

Every folder in both of these series has its own Scope and Contents note that gives an idea of all or at least a majority of the correspondence found within it, with individual dates and the key correspondents.

 Personal Correspondence 1901-1975 

Processing Information note

In Box 18, folders 1-38 originally were all in a scrapbook, separated as they are now between different pages. Folders 39-52 were originally found in folders, separated as they are now. In both cases, the original groupings and separations of documents has been kept but just transferred to folders.

Some correspondence is also found in the Personal and Biographical Documents section, Box 23, Folders 1-5.

Scope and Content

The Personal Correspondence subseries contains letters to and from Julius Berstl that were not specifically related to the business side of writing or theater. His correspondence ranges from fellow writers, to actors and people from the theater, to close friends. The letters range in date from 1901 to the end of Berstl's life in 1975. Just as there is a wide scope of dates, there is also a number of different topics included in Berstl's personal correspondence; they include picture postcards from friends talking about travel, letters to other authors discussing writing, and many more.

These letters were mostly found together originally; a small number of other personal letters have been classified under Personal and Biographical Documents or Theater Memorabilia due to their different original location or theme. Individual folder-level Scope and Contents notes list the majority of letters found in each folder along with their dates and the people involved.

Box Folder

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1907 May 31-1937 November 3 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Kenneth Horne(?), 1937 November 3. Letters from Edward Knoblock, 1936 June 13 and 1937 February 2. Letter from Rodney Ashland(?). Letter from Peter Blackmore. Letter from Berstl to unknown, 1907 May 31. Letter from Gerald Bullett, 1939 May 20. Letters from R. Vasari, handwritten, 1925. Letter from Yolande Donlan, 1941 March 24. Letter from Elizabeth Goudge. Letter from Francis King(?), handwritten, 1951 July 20. Letter from the University Press Oxford, 1942 May 21. Empty envelope addressed to Berstl, postmarked 1947 April 18. Other correspondence.

18 1

 [Correspondence with Eleanor Farjeon] 1938 January 8-1939 October 13 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. In this folder is the correspondence between Julius Berstl and Eleanor Farjeon concerning the English translation of Berstl's Dover-Calais that they were working on together. The correspondence goes from 1938 January 8 until 1939 October 13. It includes letters from Farjeon as well as carbon copies of Berstl's responses.

18 2

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1931 October 30-1939 April 17 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Picture postcard from Kurt Bortfeldt(?), undated. Postcard to Berstl from unknown, postmarked 1931 October 30. Letter to Berstl, handwritten, from unknown, 1939 April 17.

18 3

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] undated 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Picture postcard from [Ralph] Benatzky(?), 1932 October 8. Postcard from Dr. Hans Gal, 1926 May 31. Letters from Dr. Robert Katscher, 1933. Letter from Ernst Kiener(?), 1932 May 26. Letter from Mark Lothar, 1931 January 20. Letter from Fried Walter, 1932 April 10.

18 4

 [Letter to Berstl from the Prasident des Reichstags] 1930 April 18 

Scope and Content

Letter to Julius Berstl from "Der Prasident des Reichstags," on 1930 April 18.

18 5

 [Letters to Mrs. Berstl] 1935 November 20-1937 October 7 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter to Mrs. Berstl from unknown, 1935 November 20. Letter to Mrs. Berstl from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Department of Fine Art, 1937 October 7.

18 6

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1905 April 2-1930 August 30 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter to Herr Gustav Kiepenheuer from Ferruccio Busoni, 1920 May 22. Letter to Herr Gustav Kiepenheuer from Benni Busoni, undated. Picture to Herr Gustav Kiepenheuer from Ferruccio Busoni, 1920 May 11. Note on a business card from Gertrud Eysoldt, 1910 October 8. Letter to Gertrud Eysoldt from unknown, 1905 April 2. Letter to Berstl from Svend Gade, 1930 August 30. Letter from Gertrud Eysoldt, 1905 April 3. Other correspondence.

18 7

 [Letter to Berstl from Hansi Niese] 1922 December 18 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter to Berstl from Hausi Niese, a popular Austrian actress, 1922 December 18.

18 8

 [Letter to "Jule" (Julius Berstl?)] 1932 March 8 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter addressed to "Jule," probably Julius Berstl, from Lisl(?), 1932 March 8.

18 9

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1908 July 1-1910 April 23 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Postcards from unknown, 1908-1910. Letter from Frida Soyaux-Schanz, 1910 April 23. Note from Dr. Albert Segel, 1908 November 17(?). Letter from Leo Sternberg, undated.

18 10

 [Postcard to Berstl from Alfred Richard Meyer] 1919 November 18 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Picture postcard from Alfred Richard Meyer, 1919 November 18.

18 11

 [Letter addressed to "Herr Doktor" (Julius Berstl)] 1922 May 6 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter addressed to "Herr Doktor," probably Julius Berstl, from unknown, 1922 May 6.

18 12

 [Small booklet of poems and correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1901 October 29-1911 August 31 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Small booklet of poems, handwritten; probably Julius Berstl's poetry. There are notes in the margins about many of the poems. Postcard from Gustav Falke, 1902 May 31. Postcard from "Ad. Ey.(?)", 1908 May 8. Letters from Gustav Falke, 1901 October 29 and November 11(?). Letter from Leo Heller, 1911 August 31.

18 13

 [Letters from Dr. Carl Busse and unknown] 1908-1921 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters from Dr. Carl Busse, 1908-1911. Letter from unknown, dated 1921.

18 14

 [Letters to Berstl from Ludwig Winder] 1912-1925 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters from Ludwig Winder, 1912-1925.

18 15

 [Letter to "Herr Direktion" (Julius Berstl)] 1910 October 16 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter addressed to "sehr geehrte Direktion," probably Julius Berstl, from unknown, 1910 October 16.

18 16

 [Postcards to Berstl from Stefan Zwieg and unknown] 1908 December 28-1938 April 20 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Postcard to Berstl from Stefan Zwieg, novelist, 1938 April 20. Postcard to Berstl from Josef P(?), 1908 December 28.

18 17

 [Letter from unknown] 1922 October 14 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter, probably to Berstl, from unknown (A.G. Beidre?), 1922 October 14.

18 18

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, friends] 1916 March 22-1930 May 21 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Postcard from unknown (E.M. Lichnowsky?), 1930 June 21. Incomplete postcard addressed to unknown (Fraulein Lichnowsky?), 1916 March 22.

18 19

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1905 March 21-1925 September 26 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter to Berstl from unknown, 1905 March 21. Letter to Berstl from Rudolf Herzog, 1910 March 29. Picture postcard to Berstl from "Krell(?)," 1925 September 26.

18 20

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1910 March 8-1921 December 7 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Picture postcard to Berstl from unknown, 1910 March 8. Postcard to Berstl from "Flake," 1921 December 7.

18 21

 [Correspondence with Ottomar Enking] 1910 February 21-1912 May 24 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters and Postcards to Berstl from Ottomar Enking, 1910-1912.

18 22

 [Postcards to Berstl from Hanns Heinz Ewers] 1910 August 3-1923 May 10 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Picture postcards to Berstl from around the world from Hanns Heinz Ewers, 1910-1923.

18 23

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1909 October 18-1922 August 12 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Gisela Bergen(?), 1919. Letter to unknown from Franz Adam Beyerlein, 1909 October 18. Letters to Berstl from Franz Adam Beyerlein, 1922 July 9-1922 August 12.

18 24

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1930 May 1 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Postcard, probably to Berstl, from unknown, 1930 May 1.

18 25

 [Correspondence with Gustav Wied] 1910 March 3-1913 April 15 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters and picture postcard from Gustav Wied, 1910-1912. Picture postcard with sketch of Gustav Wied's grave (titled "Gustav Wieds Grab") with no writing or a postmark; the sketch is signed "Roeskilde 15 June 1915."

18 26

 [Letter to Berstl from Siegfried Trebitsch] 1930 April 16 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter to Berstl from Siegfried Trebitsch, 1930 April 16.

18 27

 [Letter to "Direktion des Lessing Theaters" (Julius Berstl)] 1922 April 8 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter to "Direktion des Lessing Theaters," probably Julius Berstl, from unknown, 1922 April 8.

18 28

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1923 January 28 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Postcard to Julius Berstl, from unknown, 1923 January 28.

18 29

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] undated 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Postcard from Max Liebermann(?), 1930 May 6. Letter from unknown, 1913 August 6. Letter from unknown, 1929 June 13.

18 30

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1930 April 15-1930 July 1 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter to Berstl from unknown, 1930 July 1. Letter to Berstl from unknown, 1930 April 15.

18 31

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1913 May 6-1930 June 20 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters to Berstl from unknown, 1913 May 6-7. Letter to Berstl from unknown, 1930 June 20.

18 32

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1932 September 11-1932 September 28 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters to Berstl from unknown (they are both signed with the same mark, which looks like a cursive "L"), 1932 September 11 and 28.

18 33

 [Letters to Berstl from Georg Hirschfeld] 1912 January 10-1930 April 12 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters to Berstl from Georg Hirschfeld, 1912 January 10-1930 April 12.

18 34

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1933 June 7 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Walter Hasenclever, undated. Letter from (Hanns Johst?), 1933 June 7.

18 35

 [Letters to "Herr Director" (Julius Berstl)] 1915 May 3-1915 May 7 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters to "Herr Director," probably Julius Berstl, from unknown, 1915 May 3-7.

18 36

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1923 April 18-1924 January 15 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters from Alfred Brust, 1923 September 13-1924 January 15. Letter on Oesterheld & Co. Verlag letterhead, to Berstl, from unknown, 1923 April 18.

18 37

 [Correspondence with playwrights, actors, and friends] 1927 February 25-1929 April 27 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters from unknown (F. Brunduav?), 1927 February 25-1929 April 27.

18 38

 [Correspondence with and concerning Rev. A.J. Muste of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and John Haynes Holmes of the Community Church of New York] 1952 April 1-1952 June 18 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is. Pamphlet entitled, "That Men May Live: Statement of Purpose of the Fellowship of Reconciliation" Letters from Berstl to Rev. A.J. Muste, handwritten drafts. Letters from A.J. Muste, National Secretary for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1952 April 1-1952 June 18. Letter from John Haynes Holmes, Minister Emeritus of the Community Church of New York, 1952 April 11. Letter to Rev. A.J. Muste from W.E. Garrison of the University of Houston, 1952 April 14. Typed page of biographical notes on Rev. A.J. Muste.

18 39

 [Correspondence with Henry Endress of the Lutheran Laymen's Movement for Stewardship] 1952 April 30-1955 November 16 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is. Letters from Berstl to Henry Endress, handwritten and typewritten drafts. Letters from Henry Endress, Stewardship Secretary for the United Lutheran Church and Executive Director of the Lutheran Laymen's Movement for Stewardship, 1952 April 30-1955 November 16.

18 40

 [Correspondence with Paul Tillich] undated 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is. Letters from Paul Tillich, two are dated as 1952 March 15 and 1955 August 11, but the other two are undated. Biographical article written in honor of Tillich's death in 1965.

18 41

 [Letters to Berstl from Hella Klingner] 1968 November 22-1972 August 6 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is. Letters from Hella Klingner, 1968 November 22-1972 August 6.

18 42

 [Letters to Berstl from Jutz and Beryl Weltman] 1964 February 22-1971 January 21 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is. Letters from Jutz Weltman. After Jutz became ill and had a stroke, his wife Beryl would write to Berstl and keep him updated, even after Jutz's death. Attached to two letters are photos of the family. 1964 February 22-1971 January 21.

18 43

 [Letter to Berstl from Dr. Kurt Pinthus] 1969 May 31 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is. Letter from Prof. Dr. Kurt Pinthus, 1969 May 31.

18 44

 [Correspondence between the Berstls and Drs. Ruth and Harry Bawkin] 1945 January 18-1951 July 2 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is. Letters to Julius and Liese Berstl from Dr. Ruth M. Bawkin and Dr. Harry Bawkin. A letter from 1945 January 18 discusses what the world might be like when World War II ends. The correspondence lasted from 1945 January 18-1951 July 2.

18 45

 [Correspondence concerning the purchase of shell necklaces from the Philippines] 1972 January 1-1973 April 27 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is. Letters from Philmop Industrial Exports, Philippines, 1973 January 12. Letters from the National Export Trading Corporation, Philippines, 1973 January 22-1973 April 27. Letters from Berstl to the National Export Trading Corporation, Philippines, 1972 January 1-1973 February 27. Letter from the Philippines Consulate General Office of the Foreign Trade Promotion Representative, 1972 December 27.

18 46

 [Letter from friends Walter and Inge (Walter Wicclair and Marta Mierendorff) found with flyer for B'nai B'rith Lodge] 1973 June 25-1974 June 20 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is. Letter from friends Walter and Inge, in part concerning Berstl's donation of his papers to USC. On the back is a handwritten draft of Berstl's response, 1973 June 25. Flyer for Israel Lodge No. 1793, B'Nai B'Rith of Los Angeles, California. It mentions Walter Wicclair and Marta Mierendorff, possibly the "Walter and Inge" of the letter. 1974 June 20.

18 47

 [Correspondence with friends and other professionals] 1964 June 5-1972 January 14 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is. Letter from Heinz Elsberg, 1967 November 13. Letter from Curt Wolowski on the back of a photocopy of his short biography, 1972 January 14. Postcard from Curt Wolowski, 1971 March 24. Letter from William W. Melnitz, Theater Department, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1971 January 21. Death announcement of Edward E. Seldis, 1970 December. Letter from Theodore H. Thiesing concerning Berstl's wife's death and his will, 1966 February 14. Letters from A.J. Roberts, 1966 December 12-1971 December 16. Letter from John E. Wengraf, 1964 September 20. Letter from Paul A. Gomperz, 1966 March 31. Letter from Oldga Sondern, 1971 July 29. Letters from Fabian Kelly, 1966 December 10-1969 January 2. Letters from Dr. Julius Katz, 1964 June 5-1964 October 20. A number of letters from unknown people.

18 48

 [Letters to Berstl from Walther R. Volbach] 1970 September 24-1972 December 27 

Scope and Content

Found together as is. Letters from Walther R. Volbach, 1970 September 24-1972 December 27.

18 49

 [Letters from friends Walter and Inge (Walter Wicclair and Marta Mierendorff)] 1968 October 2-1974 June 11 

Scope and Content

Found together as is. Letters from Berstl's friends Walter and Inge (Walter Wicclair and Marta Mierendorff), 1968 October 2-1974 June 11.

18 50

 [Letters to Berstl from Clarissa Grave and Helen Zorn] 1966 January 4-1971 September 5 

Scope and Content

Letters from Helen F. Zorn, 1966 January 4-1966 March 22. Letters from Clarissa Graves, 1966 April 19-1971 September 5.

18 51

 [Letter from the United States Department of the Interior concerning Berstl's questions about a recent oil spill] undated 

Scope and Content

Letter from the United States Department of the Interior, concerning Berstl's questions about a recent oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel, undated.

18 52

 Professional Correspondence 1943-1975 

Processing Information note

In Box 17, folders 1-16 originally were all in a scrapbook. Folders 17-19 were originally all found in a box together. In both cases, the original groupings and separations of documents has been kept but just transferred to folders.

Scope and Content

The Professional Correspondence subseries contains letters to and from Julius Berstl that specifically relate to the business side of writing or theater. His correspondence ranges from publishers, to theaters, to film production companies, and more. The letters range in date from 1943 to the end of Berstl's life in 1975. A majority of the letters within the Profession Correspondence series relate to publishing. Berstl kept a box filled with rejection letters from publishers and theater companies that he received during the last few years of his life (1950s-1970s), which has been transferred to folders.

These letters were mostly found together originally; a small number of other professional letters have been classified under Personal and Biographical Documents or Theater Memorabilia due to their different original location or theme. Individual folder level Scope and Contents notes list the majority of letters found in each folder along with their dates and the people involved.

Box Folder

 [Leave from the BBC; correspondence with publishers; writing on Hitler's birthday 1943] 1943 April 21-1955 September 29 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Georg Fraser of the George Marton Verlag, 1947 September 18. Letter from Berstl to George Marton, 1951 July 29. Letters from Richert of George Marton Verlag, 1951 July 25 and 31. Letter from Th. Hanno Zeiz of George Marton Plays, 1946 August 29. Letter from Strassegg-Verlag, 1955 September 29. Short writing by Berstl concerning Hitler's birthday, 1943 April 21. Documents concerning Berstl's employment at and leave from the British Broadcasting Corporation, 1950-1951.

17 1

 [Correspondence with publishers] 1952 August 8-1956 March 13 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Konopka of the Buhnenverlag Ahn & Simrock concerning "Mrs. Cheney's Ende," 1954 January 22. Letter from Ansgar Forlag, 1952 August 8. Letter from Artemis Verlags-Aktiengesellshaft, 1956 March 13. Letter from Manfred George of the Aufbau Reconstruction, 1954 February 8.

17 2

 [Correspondence with publishers] 1948 August 12-1954 October 6 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Hans Wolffer of Die Komodie, 1953 April 28. Letter from Lothar Blanvalet Verlag, 1954 October 6. Letter from Albert Bessler of the Schiller-Theater, 1954 March 4. Letter from Die Buhne der Stadt Bochum, 1949 August 12. Letter from Bremer Nachrichten, 1951 June 1. Letters from Curtis Brown, Ltd., 1952-1954. Postcard from Gustav Kiepenheuer of Kiepenheuer Buhnenvertrieb, 1950 November 7. Other correspondence.

17 3

 [Correspondence with publishers, theaters, and Dr. Henry Cadbury] 1950-1956 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Correspondence with Dr. Henry J. Cadbury of Harvard Univ., 1952. Letter from Stadttheater Chur, 1950 April 24. Letter from M. L. Connell, Jr. of the Circle in the Square, 1954 January 11. Letter from Jean Dalrymple of The City Center of Music and Drama, NY, 1955 December 20. Letters from Concordia Publishing House, 1955-1956.

17 4

 [Correspondence with publishers, theaters, and Walt Disney Company] 1950 April 26-1956 September 21 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Dr. Greuel of the Verlag Kurt Desch Munchen, 1956 May 24. Letter from the Deutsche Buch-Gemeinschaft, 1953 June 16. Letter from the Deutsche Hausbucherei, 1951 May 7. Letter from the Deutsche Rundschau, 1950 April 26. Letter from Joachim Schilling of the Deutsche Illustrierte, 1953 November 6. Letter from the Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt GMBH, 1956 June 18. Letter from the Walt Disney Company, 1954 March 11. Letters from William Doerflinger of E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1955-1956.

17 5

 [Correspondence with theater, Professor Werner Egk(?)] 1950 September 30, 1954 September 10 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Berstl to Prof. Werner Egk(?), 1950 September 30. Letter from Reuter of Die Buhnen der Stadt Essen, 1954 September 10.

17 6

 [Correspondence with publishers, film production companies, theaters] 1951 January 16-1956 April 20 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letterhead scrap for Alan Jackson of the Paramount Pictures Corporation. Letters from William Hubben, editor of the Friends Intelligencer. Letter from Douglas Sirk of the Universal Pictures Company, Inc., 1951 December 4. Letter from actor/director Jose Ferrer of Jose Ferrer Productions, 1952 April 18. Letter from Elizabeth Frank-Mittler, 1953 March 22. Letter from Olin H. Clark, Eastern Story Editor for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, 1954 January 20. Letter from Eric Pommer of Eric Pommer Films, Inc., 1954 August 9. Letter from Hans Franke, 1955 September 19. Letter from John Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, Inc. Publishers, 1956 April 20. Other correspondence.

17 7

 [Correspondence with publishers and theaters] 1951 January 11-1956 July 3 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Bernard Privat of Editions Bernard Grasset, 1951 January 16. Letter from S. Grieg Gran of the Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 1952 June 9. Letter from Carl Dahlhaus of the Deutsches Theater, 1953 April 28. Other correspondence.

17 8

 [Correspondence with publishers and theaters] 1949 June 18-1955 December 15 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Arthur Hellmer, 1950 April 13. Letters from the Thalia-Theater Hamburg, 1951 May 25 and September 11. Letter from Sophia Lange, secretary to Lillian Hellman, 1952 January 10. Letter from Kurt Hellmer, 1952 November 15. Other correspondence.

17 9

 [Correspondence with publishers, theaters, and others] 1947 July 11-1956 September 5 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters from the Osterreichischer Buhnenverlag Kaiser & Co., 1947-1955. Letter from Berstl to the Osterreichischer Buhnenverlag Kaiser & Co., 1947 August 9. Letter to Herr Kantorowitz from the Sommertheater Winterthur with P.S. to Berstl, 1950 June 12. Letter from Benno Mascher of the Kreuz-Verlag, 1951 February 26. Letter from Otto Kurth, 1951 September 9. Letter from Gerhard Ludtke of the Wolfgang Kruger Verlag, 1954 January 11. Letter from Ninon Tallon Karlweis, 1956 March 12. Other correspondence.

17 11

 [Correspondence with publishers and theaters] 1949 January 5-1956 September 26 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters from the Reclam-Verlag, 1949-1956. Letter from Gunnel Friberg of Radiotjanst, 1951 January 13. Letter from John Selby, Editor-in-chief; Theodore Amussen, VP; and Marguerite Reese, Editor's Assistant, of Rinehart & Company, Inc., Publishers, 1952-1956. Letter from The Reader's Digest, 1954 February 5. Letter from Philip Barry, Jr. Associate Producer at the American Broadcasting Company, 1955 June 3. Letter from Albert Erskine, Editor of Random House Inc., 1956 June 26. Letter from Heinrich Fischer of Der Bayerische Rundfunk, 1956 September 26. Other correspondence.

17 12

 [Correspondence with publishers, theaters, and others, including actor Walter Sleazak and the U.S. Dept. of State] 1950 August 21-1956 June 14 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Hans Franke, 1951 February 21. Letter from Hanns Neumann of the Rutten & Loening Verlag, 1951 March 3. Letter from the Eugen Salzer Verlag, handwritten, 1951 June 29. Letter from John S. lamont of Rinehart & Company, Inc., Publishers, 1951 August 27. Letter from John Albert, Chief of the German Broadcasting Division of the U.S. Department of State, 1952 May 9. Letter from Florence Britton of CBS Television, 1953 December 28. Letter from actor Walter Slezak, handwritten, 1955 November 28. Other correspondence.

17 13

 [Correspondence with publishers, theaters, and others] 1949 October 10-1956 March 29 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letter from Horst Wagner, 1952 February 20. Letters from Fried Walter, handwritten, 1952. Letter from Berstl to Fried Walter, 1952 February 23. Letter from Dr. Boekhoff of the Georg Westermann Verlag Monatshefte, 1950 October 7. Letter from Ulrich Brecht of the Intendantur des Hessischen Staatstheaters, 1954 January 26. Letter from Berstl to Curt von Wolowski, 1952 August 22. Letters from the Theater am Central, 1952. Other correspondence.

17 14

 [Correspondence with publishers and theaters] 1947 January 11-1956 August 17 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters from Georg Fraser, Dr. Oelbermann, and Michel Lucas of the Georg Marton Verlag, 1947-1952. Letter from Berstl to the Georg Marton Verlag, 1947 September 5. Letter from Rudolf Friedrich of the Munchner Illustrierte, 1951 July 9. Letter from Gerda Andrew, 1951 November 23. Letter from Werner Bergold of the Munchener Kammerspiele, 1952-1954. Letter from Rita Reil of the International Press Alliance Corporation, 1953 November 12. Letters from H. Torrey Walker of Muhlenberg Press and the United Lutheran Publication House, 1954-1955. Letter from Hanns Merck, 1956 August 17. Other correspondence.

17 15

 [Correspondence with publishers and theaters] 1949 October 7-1956 September 18 

Scope and Content

Found grouped together as is in a scrapbook. Letters from the George Marton Verlag, 1949-1956. Letter from Edward Kuhn, Jr., Editor of the McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1956 September 18. Letter from Friedrich Broger of the Stadtische Buhnen Nurnberg-Furth, 1951 July 27. Other correspondence.

17 16

 [Correspondence with publishers, studios, theaters, and others, part 1 of 3] 1958 January 17-1974 August 7 

Scope and Content

Found together with 17.18 and 17.19 in a separate box. Predominantly rejection letters from publishers/theaters. Letter from Heinz Berkhan, handwritten. Letter from Wilhelm Sternfeld of the Deutsche Akademie fur Sprache und Dichtung, 1966 February 11. Letter from Heinz Elsberg, 1966 March 5. Many other series of correspondence.

17 17

 [Correspondence with publishers, studios, theaters, and others, including Marta Mierendorff, part 2 of 3] 1960 May 6-1975 April 23 

Scope and Content

Found together with 17.17 and 17.19 in a separate box. Predominantly rejection letters from publishers theaters. Letters from Mrs. Clarissa Graves, handwritten, 1966-1968. Letters from Dr. Marta Mierendorff and Walter Wicclair, 1971-1974. Many others series of correspondence.

17 18

 [Correspondence with publishers, studios, theaters, and others, part 3 of 3] 1953 December 5-1975 February 6 

Scope and Content

Found together with 17.17 and 17.18 in a separate box. Predominantly rejection letters from publishers/theaters. Letters from Wilhelm Sternfeld, 1966-1968. Letters from Wilhelm Lukas Kristl, 1970. Letters from Curt von Wolowski, 1968-1969. Many other series of correspondence.

17 19

 [Correspondence concerning Julius Berstl's book, "The Tentmaker"] 1951-1964 

Scope and Content

Most of this correspondence is to and from Julius Berstl concerning the accuracy of "The Tentmaker" and the reviews he had received. There are also letters to and from readers. Postcard from Heinrich Kipp, 1954 February 21. Letter from Willi Junemann, 1958 September 7. Letter from Else Noe, signed "Queen of the Forest, Else Noe," 1953 August 11. Letter from Berstl to The London Times Literary Supplement, 1951 September 19. Letter from Margarete Lindau-Schulz, 1953 May 14. Letter from James V. Barrett concerning his recent reading of "Kean," 1964 June 26. Letters from Greville T.S. Stevens, dated "Shakespeare's Birthday, 1964" and 1964 May 14. Letters from Erica Anderson, 1955 January 3 and 1956 March 1. Letters from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 1955 June 27 and November 16. Letter from Ernest F. Manfred, 1953 September 22. Correspondence between Mrs. Evelyn Cullen and Julius Berstl. Correspondence between Kathleen Marchand and Julius Berstl. Correspondence between Mary V. Gondek and Julius Berstl. Many other letters.

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Series 3:  Personal and Biographical Documents 1858-1973, undated 

Scope and Content

The Personal and Biographical Documents series features a wide range of documents. The biographical portion includes predominantly documents that relate to Berstl's life as a whole, including report cards, photograph albums, journals, and other notes. He collected articles, notes, and other information concerning his 70th, 75th, 80th, and 90th birthdays; they often feature a wealth of basic biographical facts.

Also included are documents that he had collected personally, which range from newspaper clippings he had collected, to recipe books, to his contracts when working in the theater. He has many documents concerning the Schreiner family; Franziska Schreiner was Julius Berstl's mother. Franziska and her mother and father all worked in the theater from the mid to late 1800s in Germany.

Within the Personal Documents series are a number of theater history related documents. The theater materials kept in Personal Documents are those that he likely inherited from a family member, whereas those in the Theater Memorabilia series are mostly documents that he had collected himself during his work in the theater. This is a general rule; sometimes materials were placed to keep them in the original placement or context.

These documents range in date from around 1858-1973.

Box Folder

 [Julius Berstl's report cards and diplomas] 1899 March 8-1908 October 16 

Scope and Content

Julius Berstl's diploma from the Kaiser Wilhelm II Realschule zu Gottingen, 1899 March 8. Julius Berstl's diploma from the Oberrealschule zu Kassel, 1902 February 27. Certificate from the Georg August-Universitat zu Gottingen, 1902 April 17. Julius Berstl's diploma from the Georg August-Universitat zu Gottingen, 1903 March 14. Julius Berstl's certificate of graduation, 1903 April. Julius Berstl's diploma from the Universitat Leipzig, 1908 October 16. Julius Berstl's certificate of graduation, 1908 April.

24 1

 [Notes, articles, and information regarding Julius Berstl's 70th and 75th birthdays] 1953, 1958 

Scope and Content

All of the contents of this folder is regarding Julius Berstl's 70th and 75th birthdays. Concerning his 70th birthday: Letter from Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, 1953 August 3. Letter from Paul Thiess, 1953 July 4. Telegram from Felix Bloch Erben, 1953 August 5. Letter from Dr. Lutz Weltmann, 1953 July 28. Articles by or about Julius Berstl published in newspapers, 1953 August. Picture postcard from Lilli Schleier, 1953 July 26. Postcard from Arthur Hellmer, 1953 August 7. Other notes. Concerning his 75th birthday: Telegram from Reclamverlag Stuttgart, 1958 August 6. Letter from Fran V. Liebucht(?), 1958 August 3. Articles by or about Julius Berstl published in newspapers, 1958 July, August, and September. Postcard from Oskar Heise, 1958 September 22. Other notes.

24 2

 [Notes, articles, and information regarding Julius Berstl's 80th birthday] 1963 

Scope and Content

All of the contents of this folder is regarding Julius Berstl's 80th birthday: Letter from the Schiller-Theater, 1963 August. Articles by or about Julius Berstl published in newspapers, 1963 June, July, and August. Letter and card from Edward and Edith Seldis(?), 1963 July 30. Telegram from Lotte Ehlers, 1963 August 6. Picture postcard from Dr. Kurt Pinthus. Letter from a reader, A.E. Barber, 1963 September 24. Letter from Ludwig Beulke, 1963 August 30. Many other notes, articles, and letters.

24 3

 [Notes, articles, and information regarding Julius Berstl's 90th birthday] 1973 

Scope and Content

All of the contents of this folder is regarding Julius Berstl's 90th birthday. Articles written by or about Julius Berstl published in newspapers, 1973 August. Letter from Ulrich Pflugstert, 1974 February 17. Letter from Christel Laatsch, 1973 August 10. Letters from Birgit Schmitz, 1973 August 22-1973 September 5. Letter from Ernest F. Manfred, 1973 August 19. Letter from Helen F. Zorn, 1973 August 8. Letter from Hella Klingner, 1973 August 6. Note from Walter Wicclair and Marta Mierendorff, 1973. Letters from Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Boetticher, of the Georg August-Universitat, 1973 July 4. Many other notes, articles, and letters.

24 4

 [Biographical and bibliographical information about Julius Berstl] 1952-1968 

Scope and Content

Article about Julius Berstl by Dr. Marta Mierendorff with accompanying bibliography, 1966. Article about Julius Berstl by Walther G. Oschilewski with accompanying bibliography, 1968. Inventory of the Julius Berstl collection as donated to the University of Southern California. Julius Berstl's bibliography, including novels, plays, translations, books about theater, and anthologies. Julius Berstl's Lebenslauf, 1952.

24 5

 [Photographs and two handwritten volumes on graphology] undated 

Scope and Content

Small envelope with photographs, originally found with volumes on graphology. They are 3 pictures of Julius Berstl as a young, middle-aged, and old man. Two notebooks filled with lessons and information on graphology. Typed copies of Act 3, Scene 90-105 of "Endlich ein Kaeufer!"

24 6

 [Julius Berstl's journal] 1897 May 27-1907 October 28 

Scope and Content

Julius Berstl's journal, begun on 1897 May 27. Found in between the pages of the journal, were: Program for "Der Circus Busch" in Hannover, 1897 July 25. Newspaper clipping for the "Erstes Abonnements-Concert," 1900 October 18. Newspaper clipping for the "Zweites Abonnements-Concert," 1900 November 23. Newspaper clipping for the "Drittes Abonnements-Concert," 1900 December 12. Advertisement poster for "Eugen Onegin," a play at the Konigliche Schauspiele, 1900 December 7. Pages with notes on them that had been torn out of this journal or others.

24 7

 [Julius Berstl's gradebooks and book of poems] 1896 April-1908 May 

Scope and Content

Gradebook for the Kaiser Wilhelm II. Realschule zu Gottingen, from Easter 1896 until Christmas 1898. Gradebook for the Ober-Realschule zu Kassel, 1899 June 1-1900 December 22. Gradebook for the Ober-Realschule zu Kassel, 1901 March 30-1901 December 23. Course and grade book for the Universitat Leipzig, 1903 May 11-1908 May 8. Book of poems by Julius Berstl, 1901 December 6-1904 November 28.

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 [Letters to Julius Berstl from Hans Rothe] 1966 February 4-1973 November 23 

Scope and Content

Letters to Julius Berstl from Hans Rothe, 1966 February 4-1973 November 23.

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 [Letters to Julius Berstl from (?) Vischer] undated 

Scope and Content

This folder was found as is between the pages of a scrapbook. Letters to Julius Berstl from (?) Vischer, undated.

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 [Contracts for Julius Berstl] 1924 October 20-1931 November 19 

Scope and Content

This folder was found as is between the pages of a scrapbook. Theater contracts for Julius Berstl, 1924 October 20-1931 November 19.

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 [Correspondence between Julius Berstl and Georg Kaiser] 1937 February 19-1938 February 14 

Scope and Content

This folder was found as is between the pages of a scrapbook. Picture postcard from Georg Kaiser, 1937 June 3. Letters to Julius Berstl from Georg Kaiser, mostly undated, an early letter says 1928 October 15, a later letter says 1937 May 25. Letter from Felix Bloch Erben to Georg Kaiser, 1937 December 18. Carbon copies of letters from Julius Berstl to Georg Kaiser, 1937 February 19-1938 February 14.

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 [Letters to Julius Berstl] 1904 January 8-1932 March 14 

Scope and Content

This folder was found as is between the pages of a scrapbook. Letter to Julius Berstl from Kathe Dorsch, 1932 March 14. Letter to Julius Berstl from Emil Jannings, 1930 August 20. Letter to Julius Berstl from Marcell Salzer, 1907 August 23. Letter to Julius Berstl from Borries, Freiherr von Munchhausen, 1904 January 8. Letter to Julius Berstl from Rudolf Hans Bartsch, 1914 May 2. Letters to Julius Berstl from Carl Zuckmayer, 1930 May 24-1930 June 28. Letter to Julius Berstl from Franz Werfel, 1924 March 23. Letter to Julius Berstl from Felix Salten, 1930 April 17. Many other letters from others.

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 [World War II era newspaper clippings concerning the concentration camps, Nuremberg, and more] circa 1945 

Scope and Content

The articles are from English newspapers and from around 1945. The clippings are mostly about the concentration camps, Nuremberg, and generally the state of Germany after World War II.

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 [Notes, articles, and information regarding Julius Berstl's 85th birthday] 1968 

Scope and Content

Photographs of where Julius Berstl was born. Letter with photographs and original envelope from Erika Thomas, 1968 September 8. Articles by or about Julius Berstl published in newspapers, 1968 August. Advertisements for Julius Berstl's "Odyssee eines Theatermannes." Postcard and letter from Marta Mierendorff and Walter Wicclair, signed "Inge and Walter," 1968 October 17 and 1968 September 5 respectively. Letter and typescript of an article from Eckhard Schulz, 1968 September 18. Letter from Ruth Bawkin and a draft of Berstl's response. Letter from Heinz Birker, 1968 July 6. Birthday telegrams from Curt von Wolowski, Marta Mierendorff and Walter Wicclair. Birthday cards from Norbert Berstl (Julius' son) and others. Letter from Ernst Brueck, 1968 July 28. Letter and card from Edward and Edith Seldis(?), 1963 July 30. Telegram from Lotte Ehlers, 1963 August 6. Picture postcard from Dr. Kurt Pinthus. Letter from a reader, A.E. Barber, 1963 September 24. Letter from Ludwig Beulke, 1963 August 30. Many other notes, articles, and letters.

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 [Letters and other writing concerning Julius Berstl's life and work] 1966-1973 

Scope and Content

Short anecdote by Julius Berstl, "Report of Facts," 1973 June 29. Copies of a short biography concerning Berstl on his 90th birthday. Biographical list of Berstl's life events. Correspondence with Professor Dr. Guenther Patzig, 1968 July 20-1973 May 22. April 1966 issue of "Was Gibt's in Berlin," article about Walter Wicclair on pages 8-9. May 1966 issue of "Was Gibt's in Berlin," article about Berstl on page 31. July/August 1968 issue of "Volks Buhnen-Spiegel," missing the page with the article on Berstl (page 17). Script for a talk Berstl gave on his life and experiences, heavy handwritten edits. Pages from the Feb. 1973 issue of Deutsches Arzteblatt. Other biographical and personal documents.

23 8

 [List of some of Julius Berstl's published works] undated 

Scope and Content

List of a number of Julius Berstl's works, including some poems, novels, memoirs, and plays. Not a complete list of his published works.

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 [Manuscript notes for a story written by Julius Berstl] undated 

Scope and Content

Handwritten notes on many pages of folded, loose-leaf paper. These notes are in folder 26.1 and continue into 26.2.

26 1

 [Manuscript notes for a story written by Julius Berstl] undated 

Scope and Content

Handwritten notes on many pages of folded, loose-leaf paper. These notes start in folder 26.1 and continue into 26.2. This folder also contains an easel's stand stenographer's notebook, filled with notes for another story.

26 2

 [Newspaper recipe clippings and small recipe books, a bookmark] 1960s-1970s 

Scope and Content

There are a number of clippings from the newspaper of recipe ideas, particularly for meat loaf. There is a small book of recipes that highlights appetizers and beverages, as well as a small recipe book published by Campbell's telling how to cook with soup. There is also a recipe in Berstl's handwriting, called "Irish Stew a la Berstl." Also in this folder is a bookmark from the Bielefeld Public Library (Oeffentliche Bibliothek Bielefeld), 1920.

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 [Book of poems by Julius Berstl] 1907 December 18-1949 March 3 

Scope and Content

Notebook filled with poems written by Julius Berstl, from 1907 December 18-1934 February 27. Other pieces of scrap paper found in the notebook with more poems, 1920 April 13-1949 March 3. A couple of poems are written on the back of his German translation schedules for the BBC, and another poem is written on the back of a bank statement.

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 [Notebook filled with information on the Schreiner Family] circa 1858-1877 

Scope and Content

Everything was found in a journal cover labeled, "August Schreiner." Franziska Schreiner was Julius Berstl's mother. Theater poster advertisement for "Der Verlorne Sohn," 1875 November 26. Theater program for the Aktien-Theaters in Zurich, for the 1863-1864 season, the Schreiners are listed. Theater program for the Aktien-Theaters in Zurich, from 1862 October 1-1863 March 27, the Schreiners are listed. Ledger for profits made from a theater production, 1863 January 29. Theater poster advertisement for "Maria Stuart," 1858 November 16, featuring the Schreiners. Program for the "Grosses Concert" of the Krieger-Verein Darmstadt, featuring Franziska Schreiner. Theater poster advertisement for "Das Barfussele," featuring Miss Schreiner, 1875 May 10. Theater program for the Hof-Theater-Ensemble, featuring Miss Schreiner, 1877. Theater poster advertisement for "Deborah, or: Christ and the Jews," featuring Miss Schreiner, undated. Theater poster advertisement for "Der Leiermann und sein Pflegekind," featuring Miss Schreiner, 1874 December 15. Theater poster advertisement for "Die Pasquillanten," featuring Herr Schreiner, 1861 November 15. Theater poster advertisement for "Der Veilchenfresser," featuring Miss Schreiner, 1877 June 15. Theater poster advertisement for "Kabale und Liebe," featuring Alfred Berstl and Franziska Schreiner, 1877 August 22. Small journal with many different types of handwriting, with two entries that say "from the encyclopedia." One page says August 1801.

Newspaper clippings, including: Marriage and birth announcements, including for Friedrich August Carl and Amalie Schreiner, both actors. Burial announcement, including for August Schreiner, aged 32 years and 6 months; handwritten date is 1869. Short biography for the Schreiners.

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 [Notebook entitled "Repertoir Schreiner"] 1867 

Scope and Content

Franziska Schreiner (the daughter of August Schreiner) was Julius Berstl's mother. Notebook labeled, "Repertoir Schreiner," with the inside cover signed "Ihren Tochter, F. (Franziska?) Schreiner." This notebook catalogs all the roles and plays that this particular Schreiner (possibly August) was in, 1857-1864.

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 [Handwritten cookbook] 1920, undated 

Scope and Content

Cookbook with all the recipes written in by hand; sections include Suppen, Fische, Fleischspeisen, Braten, Saucen, Gemuse, Kartoffelspeisen, Salate, Mehl- und Eierspeisen, Gelees- und Gefrorenes, Eingemachtes, Pasteten, Backwerk, Getranke, and Verschiedenes. Also in this folder is a bookmark from the Bielefeld Public Library, "Oeffentliche Bibliothek Bielefeld," 1920 April(?) 16.

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 [Picture postcards] undated 

Scope and Content

These picture postcards are in folder 27.1 and continue into 27.2. They come from a number of different places, and most of them have not been written on. They include: A set from Lake Placid, New York, Saratoga Springs, Southern California, Germany, Italy, and many other places.

27 1

 [Picture postcards] undated 

Scope and Content

These picture postcards start in folder 27.1 and continue into 27.2. They come from a number of different places, and most of them have not been written on. They include: A set from Rome, Italy, Southern California, New York, and postcards featuring famous works of art and more.

27 2

 [Photo album] undated 

Scope and Content

Photo album, featuring pictures from Naples, Capri, Vesuvius, Palermo, Pompeii, Sorrento, and Rome.

27 3

 [Photo album] undated 

Scope and Content

Photo album featuring family photographs, mostly of a child (likely Julius and Liesl Berstl's son Norbert) with a couple including Julius himself and one that possibly shows Liesl.

27 4

 [Photo album] 1912 

Scope and Content

Photo album featuring unlabeled photographs of summer 1912, with many landscapes of mountains and photos with unknown people.

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Series 4:  Theater Memorabilia and Reviews 1906-1960, undated 

Scope and Content

The Theater Memorabilia and Reviews series features documents that Julius Berstl kept from his time working in the theater in Germany and America. Documents within this section include play advertisement posters, clipping and reviews of plays by Berstl, programs from his productions, correspondence on theater related topics, and much more. These documents range in date from the 1890s to the 1950s.

Within the Personal Documents series are also a number of theater history related documents. The theater materials kept in Personal Documents are those that he likely inherited from a family member, whereas those in the Theater Memorabilia series are mostly documents that he had collected himself during his work in the theater. This is a general rule; sometimes materials were placed to keep them in the original placement or context.

Box Folder

 [Clippings, reviews, and related memorabilia for Julius Berstl's German plays and earlier published writing] 1907-1933, undated 

Scope and Content

Theater program, "Der Vereinigung von Freunden des Deutschen Theaters Barcelona, Der Kothurn," Spielzeit 1933-1934. Theater program, "Neues Theater," date unknown. Clippings of Julius Berstl's published writing. Handwritten writing notes. Pieces of writing by other authors. Literary section of the Berliner Tageblatt from 15 June 1930. "Der Zeitgeist" of the Berliner Tageblatt, from 23 Sept. 1907. Theater program, "Zwischenakt, Theater i.d. Koniggratzer Strasse Komodienhaus," Jan./Feb. 1927.

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 [Clippings, reviews, and related memorabilia for Julius Berstl's German plays and earlier published writing] 1906-1929 

Scope and Content

"Der Zeitgeist," of the Berliner Tageblatt, 20 Aug. 1906. Berliner Tageblatt (und Handels-Zeitung), 14 Oct. 1906. Article about Marionette Theater, with mention of a performance of "Chu the Sinner" with marionettes. Theater program, "Bielefelder Stadttheater," 5-9 Feb. 1907. Theater program, "Sachsische Staatstheater Schauspielhaus," 23 Dec. 1926. Theater program, "Sachsische Staatstheater Schauspielhaus," 1 Oct. 1925. "Westermanns Monatshefte," just the cover and Berstl's "Schmiere," from Sept. 1923-Aug. 1924, 3 copies. "Westermanns Monatshefte," just the cover and a poem by Berstl, from Sept. 1912-Aug. 1913. Theater program, "Neues Theater," undated. "Hainbund," the weekly of the Gottinger Tageblatt, 1926. Advertisements for "Die Madchenjahre einer Konigin." "Der Welt Spiegel," an illustrated newspaper, 29 Sept. 1929. Newspaper clippings concerning Berstl or his writing.

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 [Theater posters] 1907 August-November 

Scope and Content

Poster for the Stadt-Theater Jena with two plays by Julius Berstl, 28 Nov. 1907. Poster for the Sommer-Theater Hildesheim, a play by Julius Berstl, 30 Aug. 1907.

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 [Correspondence between Julius Berstl and the company Felix Bloch Erben] 1946-1956 

Scope and Content

Correspondence between Julius Berstl and the publishing company, Felix Bloch Erben, 9 June 1946 - 21 July 1956.

22 4

 [Programs, reviews, and information about "Napi" and "Chu the Sinner"] 1931-1960 

Scope and Content

Theater program, Longacre Theatre, featuring Berstl's "Napi," 11 March 1931. Theater program, Embassy Theatre, featuring "Chu the Sinner," 26 Oct. 1937. Newspaper clippings concerning "Napi." Other official papers concerning the production and finances of "Napi" and "Chu the Sinner." First page of a typescript for "Irrgarten der Liebe" found with the other theater memorabilia, with the note "Begun 9 Dec. 1960."

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 [Documents concerning copyrights, contracts, and other legal agreements regarding Julius Berstl's plays] 1916-1945 

Scope and Content

Letters from Rudolf Mosse Buchverlag, 12 May 1920 - 5 June 1923. Letter from Kronen-Bucher, 25 May 1916. Letter from Georg Martin Verlag, 9 April 1929. A number of calculations and percentages concerning Julius Berstl. Library of Congress Certificate of Copyright Registration, 31 Jan. 1933. Contracts for Julius Berstl, 15 May 1922 - 16 Nov. 1945. Other papers and correspondence with publishers.

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 [Manuscripts and notes, information regarding Berstl's plays] 1913-1936 

Scope and Content

Manuscripts and notes for Berstl's plays, handwritten. Correspondence concerning the theater and other matters, from Julius Berstl's mother, Jan.-June 1918. Letters from Wilhelm (Willi) Berstl, a prisoner of war held by the British, to Julius Berstl, concerning the theater and theater-related matters, 16 Dec. 1918 - 12 Oct. 1919. Other letters from unknown writers.

Newspapers with articles discussing Norbert Berstl, Julius' father: Front page of the Bielefelder General-Anzeiger, 10 Nov. 1913. Front page of the Westsalische Zeitung, of the Bielefelder Tageblatt, 10 Nov. 1913. Another unknown page with an article about Norbert Berstl.

Information about and records of where certain plays of Julius Berstl and others were performed: "Der Lasterhafte Herr Tschu," "Penelope,"Kuckucks" (by Helmuth Vischering), "Hier Bin Ich, Hier Bleib Ich," and "Der Flussgott." List of authors for the Gustav Kiepenheuer Buhnenvertriebs, 15 May 1936. Lists of plays for the Gustav Kiepenheuer Buhnenvertriebs, 15 May 1936. An "Urlaubsschein" for (?) Berstl, 19 Nov. 1918. Julius Berstl's business card and a picture postcard with his photo on it, Aug. 1932. Brief article about Julius Berstl's 50th birthday, 6 Aug. 1933.

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 [Correspondence between Berstl and the Reichsschrifttumskammer] 1935-1936 

Scope and Content

Correspondence between Berstl and the office of the Reichsschrifttumskammer, 21 Mar. 1935 - 8 May 1936. Also in this folder is a letter from Felix Bloch Erben, 29 May 1936.

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 [Theater-related memorabilia and newspaper clippings, typescripts, and correspondence with actress Elisabeth Bergner] 1920s-1940s 

Scope and Content

Newspaper clippings and pages concerning theater, 8 Oct. 1925-14 Dec. 1946. 40th Anniversary theater program for the Gottinger Stadttheater, 1890-1930. Page from the Deutsche Buhnen-Genossenschaft, official paper of "Der Genossenschaft Detscher Buhnen-Angehoriger," 31 Mar. 1889. Telegram from Liesel (Berstl, his wife), 1926. Transcript of interview with Berstl. Pages from a film magazine (Illustrierter Film-Kurier) featuring the film "Wie Wieder Liebe," which was based upon Julius Berstl's play "Dover-Calais," 1931. Typescript for "The Widow of Ephesus" in Italian (La Vedova di Efeso) and in German (Die Witwe von Ephesus) with heavy handwritten editing. Typescript for "Der Welsche Kavalier," a one-act play by Julius Berstl. Other theater-related memorabilia.

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Series 5:  Literary Journals 0102-1968 

Scope and Content

The Literary Journals series includes a few issues of assorted literary journals that Julius Berstl had kept. They are all German language journals. Also in this series are a few travel maps that Berstl had put with the journals. The dates of the journals range from 1903-1968.

Box Folder

 "Die Buhnengenossenschaft," April 1968; "Welt und Wort," April 1967 1967 April-1968 April 

Scope and Content

These journals were found together. "Die Buhnengenossenschaft" is number 4, from April 1968. The article concerning Julius Berstl is on pages 126-127. The cover story is "Welterfolge der modernen Oper." "Welt und Wort" is number 4, from April 1967. The article concerning Julius Berstl is on page 143.

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 "Westermann," January 1968; "Die Schaubuhne," 6 June 1907; "Dichten und Trachten," 1966 1907-1968 

Scope and Content

These journals were found together. "Westermann" is number 1, from January 1968. There are two copies of "Die Schaubuhne" from 1907 June 6. Julius Berstl's play "Die Witwe von Ephesus" is on pages 571-584. "Dichten und Trachten" is number 2 from 1966, featuring writing from Bertolt Brecht, T.S. Eliot, Hans Christoph Buch, and others.

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 Travel maps; "Das Magazin fur Litteratur," 2 May 1903; "Welt und Wort," March 1967, November 1968, December 1968 1903-1968 

Scope and Content

The journals and the maps were found together. There are three pull out travel maps in color. One is of the world from the Vacation Travel Club, one is of Germany from an ad for the German Counselor Offices, and the other is of the British Isles. "Das Magazin fur Litteratur" is from 1903 May 2. "Welt und Wort" has three different issues in this folder. In Number 11, November 1968, Berstl underlined an entry on page 382. In Number 3, March 1967, Berstl underlined three entries on page 107 and marked an entry on page 97, all with corresponding marks in the table of contents. In Number 12, December 1968, Berstl underlined an entry on page 427 and 428 each.

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 "Westermanns Monatshefte," January and February 1926 1926 January-February 

Scope and Content

These journals were found together. There are two issues of "Westermanns Monatshefte." January 1926 features a story by Julius Berstl on pages 536-542 entitled, "Wodjanka." February 1926 features a story written by Julius Berstl on pages 593-612 entitled "Die Fahrt ins Rosenrote" (Part I).

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 "Westermanns Monatshefte," March and April 1926; "Hessenland," 16 May 1902 1902-1926 

Scope and Content

These journals were found together. There are two issues of "Westermanns Monatshefte." March 1926 features a story by Julius Berstl on pages 1-18 entitled "Die Fahrt ins Rosenrote" (Part II). April 1926 features a story written by Julius Berstl on pages 117-135 entitled "Die Fahrt ins Rosenrote" (Part III). "Hessenland" is from 16 May 1902, and features a piece of poetry by Julius Berstl on page 135.

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