James C. King papers
Collection Scope and Content
Materials in this collection include books, videotapes, research notes, and correspondence. They range in date from 1837-1961 and were donated to the University Archives in two accessions by James C. King in 1999 and 2002.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Restrictions on Use
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
James C. King earned his B.A. (1949), M.A. (1950), and Ph.D. (1954) from The George Washington University and is Professor Emeritus of German. As a student he was prepared in linguistics by Professor Edward H. Sehrt, who taught at GW from 1925-1953, serving as Professor of German and Chairman of the Germanic Languages and Literature Department.
After teaching French, German, and Latin at the St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, Professor King joined the faculty of GW in 1955. He became Professor Emeritus in 1991. In 1960-1961 he collaborated with Siegfried H. Muller of Adelphi University in establishing and directing the Languages-of-the-World Archives under a contract with the U.S. Office of Education. In 1962 Professor King was appointed deputy member of the Committee on International Exchange of Persons.
He also represented the American Council of Learned Societies in selecting American scholars for lectureships and research opportunities abroad under the Fulbright-Hays Program. In the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Professor King directed research on Old High German language and literature, and the linguistic analysis of modern German.
Professor King belonged to the American Goethe Society, Linguistic Society of America, and the Mediaeval Academy of America. He served as the first president of the D.C. Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (1959-61). From 1964-66 he was president of GW's Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
After retirement, Professor King donated the official two millionth volume to the Gelman Library in 2001. The volume, An Illustrated Atlas; Geographical, Statistical, and Historical, of the United States, and the Adjacent Countries by T.G. Bradford dates from 1838 and shows the individual states, territories, and major cities of the United States, with maps of Canada and the West Indies.
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Language of Materials
Collection includes books, videotapes, research notes, and correspondence of Dr. James King, professor of German. They range in date from 1837-1961.
Organized in three series: Books, St. Gall videotapes, Edward Sehrt materials.
Acquired through donations of James King, in 1999 and 2002.
Books not written by James King have been separated from the collection and cataloged (Special Collections stacks).
- American Association of Teachers of German
- George Washington University
- George Washington University--Alumni and alumnae
- George Washington University. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- German Languages Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Historical maps Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- King, James Cecil
- Maps Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Sehrt, Edward Henry
- Washington (D.C.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the James C. King papers, 1837-1968
- University Archives, Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
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