Nitze, William Albert, 1876-1957

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Nitze was born on Mar. 20, 1876 in Baltimore, MD; AB (1894) and Ph. D (1899), Johns Hopkins Univ.; studied at European universities, 1896-98; lecturer in romance languages, Columbia Univ., 1899-1903; assoc. professor and professor of romance languages, Amherst, 1903-8; professor, UC Berkeley, 1908-9; became professor and head of the dept. of romance languages and literatures at the Univ. of Chicago in 1909; Pyne professor, Princeton Univ., 1932; professor of French, UCLA, 1942-46; named Chevalier, Legion of Honor (France), 1928; served as president of the Modern Language Assn., 1929-30; trustee of the Newberry Library, 1935-42; editor of Corneille's selected works (with S.L. Galpin, 1907); other publications include The Old French Grail romance Perlesvaus : a study of its principal sources (1902), A history of French literature from the earliest times to the great war (1922), and Arthurian romance and modern poetry and music (c1940); he died on July 5, 1957.

From the description of Papers, 1908-1956. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 41069362

William A. Nitze (1876-1957), Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor of Romance Languages and Literature 1935-1941, came to the University of Chicago as a full professor to become head of the Romance Languages Department in 1901. Prior to his appointment he had been a lecturer at Columbia University (1899-1903), associate professor and professor of Romance Languages at Amherst (1903-1908) and professor of Romance Languages at the University of California (1908-1909). After his retirement from the University of Chicago he taught again at the University of California (1942-1946). At the University of Chicago Professor Nitze took a keen interest in his students as manifested in his articles on the problems and quality of contemporary education and in his papers by the records of his association with La Maison Française. He is most noted, however, as the originator and director of the Arthurian Romances Project, a long-standing project at the University of Chicago to trace the Arthurian legends and the story of the Holy Grail through the various literatures of medieval and post-medieval Europe. At the time of his retirement he was regarded as one of the leading American figures in Romance languages and literature.

From the guide to the Nitze, William A. Papers, 1905-1937, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

Professor of romance languages, University of Chicago, 1909-1941.

From the description of Papers, 1905-1937. (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 52246351

Nitze was chairman of the Pacific Coast Committee for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies. He was a friend of Alma Mahler.

From the description of Correspondence to Alma Mahler, 1949. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155864066

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Nitze was born on March 20, 1876 in Baltimore, Maryland; AB (1894) and Ph.D (1899), Johns Hopkins University; studied at European universities, 1896-98; lecturer in romance languages, Columbia University, 1899-1903; associate professor and professor of romance languages, Amherst, 1903-08; professor, UC Berkeley, 1908-09; became professor and head of the department of romance languages and literatures at the University of Chicago in 1909; Pyne professor, Princeton University, 1932; professor of French, UCLA, 1942-46; named Chevalier, Legion of Honor (France), 1928; served as president of the Modern Language Association, 1929-30; trustee of the Newberry Library, 1935-42; editor of Corneille's selected works (with S.L. Galpin, 1907); other publications include The Old French Grail romance Perlesvaus: a study of its principal sources (1902), A history of French literature from the earliest times to the great war (1922), and Arthurian romance and modern poetry and music (c. 1940); he died on July 5, 1957.

From the guide to the William Albert Nitze Papers, 1908-1956, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.)

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creatorOf Nitze, William Albert, 1876-1957. Papers, 1905-1937. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Edward Kennard Rand correspondence and other papers, 1900-1945. Houghton Library
referencedIn Paepcke, Elizabeth H., 1902-1994. Papers, 1889-1994. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Lovejoy, Arthur O. (Arthur Oncken), 1873-1962. Arthur O. Lovejoy papers, 1872-1963. Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library
referencedIn Erskine Papers, 1909-1950 Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
creatorOf William Albert Nitze Papers, 1908-1956 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
referencedIn Paepcke, Elizabeth H. Papers, 1889-1994 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf Nitze, William Albert, 1876-1957. Correspondence to Alma Mahler, 1949. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Nitze, William Albert, 1876-1957. Papers, 1908-1956. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Nitze, William A. Papers, 1905-1937 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf Erskine, John, 1879-1951. Erskine papers, 1909-1950. Amherst College Library
creatorOf Nitze, William Albert, 1876-1957. Letter, 1943, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Wilder, Thornton. Papers, 1939-1968 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
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