Series I. Autobiographical Files, 1964, n.d.
This series contains the published version of Artz’s memoir
Memories of Childhood and Youth, 1894-1924 (Oberlin, 1964) as well
as both typescript and manuscript versions. The memoir describes
Artz’s family history and his own life through his early
years as a graduate student at Harvard University.
Series II. Biographical Files, 1894-96, 1927-83, n.d.
The Baby’s Journal contains several entries (1894-96) written by Artz’s
mother about young Frederick. Other files include: honorary degrees (Oberlin
and Carthage) and various certificates (1966, 1970, 1976-79); various press
clippings and photocopies, both Oberlin in-house publications and otherwise,
and obituaries (1927-83); passports and vaccination records (1937-79); two
copies of a will and an inventory of personal belongings and their intended
disposition (in Artz’s hand) (1976, 1977, n.d.).
Series III. Correspondence of Frederick B. Artz, 1917-18, 1927-81,
Four folders: correspondence sent by Artz (1917-18, 1949); correspondence
received by Artz, two folders (1917-18, 1927-81); correspondence received
by Artz regarding
the death of his longtime friend R.H. Stetson (1950-51). Within each folder,
letters generally are chronologically arranged.
Note: correspondence relating to Artz’s scholarly writing is filed in
Series VII and correspondence received on the occasion of the establishment
of the Frederick B. Artz Book Fund is filed with Series V.
Series IV. Journals, c. 1906–23, 1941
This series consists of six journals and one brief outline of
travel taken to Virginia by Artz with his parents. The six journals
reflecting a natural division between adolescent/student travel journals
(c. 1906-12, 1914, c. 1923) and war year journals (1917-20).
Series V. Miscellaneous Materials, 1854-1982, n.d.
This series is divided into two sections: materials relating
to Frederick B. Artz and materials relating to other Artz family
The first section consists of catalogs and exhibition programs
of various shows and concerts arranged by Artz or organized from
records, correspondence, materials relating to the wedding of Priscilla
Stevenson, daughter of Oberlin College President Stevenson, and Richard
materials relating to World War II.
The second section contains papers relating to Artz’s father Elam J.
Artz and his family and death notices for Mary Elizabeth Artz and Florence
Minerva Artz, both of whom died as children in the mid-19th century.
Series VI. Teaching Materials, 1927-62, n.d.
This series, housed in two boxes, contains some of Artz’s lecture notes,
organized alphabetically by class title (1927-61), and several course syllabi
(1960-62). Also of interest is a collection of course evaluations completed
by Artz’s students (1949), and two sets of University Prints for the course "Intellectual History of Europe from St. Augustine to Marx," n.d.
Series VII. Writings and Talks, 1927–81, n.d.
This series is divided into two sub-series.
1) Writings by Frederick B. Artz consists of files for individual
books authored by Artz, arranged alphabetically by book title,
publication and critical/collegial reaction. Other scholarly writings
follow, including book reviews, a play, and eleven chapel talks
given at Oberlin
College (1938-68). Miscellaneous writings span the years 1945-60.
A complete listing
is given in the Frederick B. Artz Papers Inventory.
2) Writings About Frederick B. Artz consists of A Festschrift
for Frederick B. Artz, David H. Pinkney and Theodore Ropp, eds.
Press, 1964; a copy of the book is included).
Note: For “Specimen Days,” excerpts from Artz’s war journals,
see Series IV. Journals.
Series VIII. Photographs, 1876, 1894-1981 [broken], n.d.
This series is housed in two boxes and consists of tintypes,
cyanotypes, albumen prints, black and white and colored photographs,
negatives. They are arranged alphabetically by subject, with
negatives placed first. An additional lot of family and miscellaneous
in 2003 and is housed together in the second box (box 10).
Series IX. Artifacts, 1920, 1924, n.d. (0.02 l.f.)
Consists of two medals awarded to Frederick B. Artz during
his graduate studies at Harvard University [2002/139].
A military patch (rank
unknown) was added
to the collection in 2003. In 2004, a sketch of Artz (1973)
three silhouette portraits (n.d.) of Artz and his father
were added to