Hajo Holborn was born in Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1934. Shortly after coming to America, he became a professor of German history at Yale. Holborn continued to teach there until his death in 1969.
Before he left Germany, Holborn was commissioned by the government to write a history of the constitution of the Weimar Republic. This collection includes the important documents and papers in English and German that Holborn gathered. The papers are divided into two sections: subject files and office files.
The subject files, organized by topic, include the printed pamphlets, books, and documents that Holborn assembled. Most of the material is comprised of books and pamphlets dating from 1919 to 1929. The subject files contain a large number of working papers issued by the Constitutional Assembly; a letter that accompanied the first official draft of the constitution and a memorandum of explanation with extensive comments on the draft; many other stages of the constitution; counter-drafts by interest groups; and petitions from industry, labor organizations, local communities, and others seeking to influence thedecisions of the Assembly. Also included are rare records of the Deutsch Democratic Party; handbills and election pamphlets dealing with the role of women within the party; pamphlets issued by the party discuss- ing issues of the day; and proceedings of some of its meetings. Pamphlets on the Workers' and Soldiers' Councils of 1918-1919 and contemporary reports by and about councils in Bavaria, Berlin, and Hamburg are also contained in the subject files.
The Hajo Holborn Papers is a rich resource for the study of German history, interwar European history, the beginnings of the German Democratic Party, the Revolution of 1918-1919, the Workers' and Soldiers' Councils, and the constitutional foundation of the Weimar Republic.
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