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Beare, Mary (1897-1985)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0367 MBE
Held at: Institute of Modern Languages
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Full title: Beare, Mary (1897-1985)
Date(s): c 1936-1983
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: 17 boxes
Name of creator(s): Beare | Mary | 1897-1985 | Reader in German, Westfield College
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Mary Beare; born Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, 1897; educated at Queen's University Belfast, (BA 1924, with 1st Class Honours in French and German) and University of Bonn (PhD 1927); Fellow and Director of Studies in Modern Languages, Newnham College Cambridge, 1936-1947; Lecturer in German, University of Cambridge, 1939-1947; Head of Department and Reader in German, Westfield College London, 1947-1964; Vice-Principal of Westfield College, 1948-1951; Visiting Professor, University College, Toronto, 1959-1960
Publications: Die Theorie der Komödie von Gottsched bis Jean Paul, Bonn, Rhenania-Verlag, G.m.b.H., [1927]; The German popular play Atis, and the Venetian opera: a study of the conversion of operas into popular plays, 1675-1722, Cambridge, CUP, (1938); Hans Sachs: selections , Durham Modern Language Series, University of Durham, 1983; articles on Hans Sachs in the Modern Language Review, German Life and Letters, contributions to Chambers and Cassells Encycolopedias


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence and papers of Mary Beare, c 1936-1983, comprising:
Teaching papers, including University of Cambridge Medieval and Modern Languages Tripos examination papers [c 1936-1947]; lecture and seminar notes on Hans Sachs; Reformation drama; Grillparzer, Sebastian Brant, Gryphius and 17th century drama, Luther, drama and satire in the 16th century, propaganda in the age of the Reformation, lyric poetry;
Research notes and papers including notes for and typescript and illustrations of The German Popular Play [c 1938]; article Glimpses of Hamburg between War and Peace, 1946; notes on Hans Sachs, with texts of his plays and poems and typescript and proofs of The Later Dialogues of Hans Sachs; notes on Luther, Grisar, the Faust-Volksbucher, Lessing, Dutch 17th century poetry and Janssen;
Personal papers including copy of curriculum vitae and miscellaneous correspondence.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and German

System of arrangement:


Conditions governing access:

Open. At least 48 hours' notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies may be made, although this is at the discretion of the Librarian and is dependent on the nature of the material.

Finding aids:

Box list attached to on-line catalogue.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed to IGS, 1983

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000 and National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
May 2002

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