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[BKARTS] Fwd: [archives list] Important Books from Germany --- Lost or Stolen???

A Forward from the Archives & Archivists List:
Need your help -- Hirschfeld books lost in transit

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Valerie A. Metzler" <vmah@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: February 28, 2007 10:57:40 AM EST
To: wminter Minter <wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Fwd: [archives] Need your help -- Hirschfeld books lost in transit, please read

Dear Archives List -
I just received the email below from Jean-Nickolaus Tretter of the Tretter Archives in Minneapolis; this was the host facility for the first GLBT-ALMS conference last year.

This message has already been posted to several listservs, so please excuse cross postings, however if you wish to pass the message to others, please do so.

Please read and keep an eye out for these missing works. Any information on the whereabouts of any of these books, please contact Jean-Nickolaus Tretter at trett007@xxxxxxx or Tim Johnson at johns976@xxxxxxxx

Maggi Gonsalves
LAGAR newsletter editor

Nick Tretter <trett007@xxxxxxx> wrote:
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 12:03:41 -0600
From: Nick Tretter <trett007@xxxxxxx>
To: Maggi Gonsalves <meg62356@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: A Special Request

Dear Maggi,

I am Jean-Nickolaus Tretter from the Department of Special Collections and Rare Books of the University of Minnesota Libraries. I am writing to you because we have had a rather serious incident involving some World Heritage books that went "missing" during postal delivery from Berlin, Germany to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I would be most appreciative if we could make all the members of LAGAR aware of our plight but I have never seen such a message sent out to LAGAR members before and so did not want to proceed with something that might be inappropriate for the list. I have included the message below that we have sent out to the ABAA Stolen Books List Serve and to the Antiquarian Book Sellers List. If you could possibly help us with this matter I (we) would be most appreciative. Should you have any further questions comments or concerns please feel free to contact me at any time.

Respectfully submitted,

Jean-Nickolaus Tretter
GLBT Collections Specialist
University of Minnesota Libraries

Dear Colleges,

I am writing to you because the Department of Special Collections and Rare Books of the University of Minnesota Libraries recently received a package that was supposed to contain 19 German books mailed from Berlin, Germany and which arrived empty. An inspection by the Department and the postal authorities was unable to determine if the package was ripped open or broke open along the route. We are not sure if the books have been deliberately stolen or are missing. Each book was individually wrapped in white tissue paper and contained a "bookmark" inside the front cover. the bookmarks read:
Dieses Buch stammt
aus dem Nachlass

Li Shiu Tong
(1907 - 1993)

Dem Letzten Freund
und Erben

Die Bücher aus dem
Nachlass wurden
von der Magnus-
Gesellschaft e. V. im
Oktober 2006 mit

These books are considered World Heritage items because they were the personal property of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld and were the books he was able to collect while he was in exile in Nice, France after the burning of the Hirschfeld Library by the Nazis on May 10, 1933. Of the 19 books in the package seven (7of the 19) were more modern books that were gifts to us from the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft e. V. in Berlin.

The titles of the nineteen missing books are as follows:

1. Magnus Hirschfeld: Die Homosexualität des Mannes und des Weibes, 1912
2. Jahrbuch für sexuelle Zwischenstufen 6.1904
3. Magnus Hirschfeld: Die Weltreise eines Sexualforschers, 1933 (mit Schutzumschlag)
4. Magnus Hirschfeld, Andreas Gaspar (Hg.): Sittengeschichte der jüngsten Zeit –
Sittengschichte des Weltkrieges Band, 1930
5. dito, Band 2, 1930
6. Magnus Hirschfeld, Andreas Gaspar (Hg.): Sittengeschichte der jüngsten Zeit –
Sittengeschichte der Nachkriegszeit, Bd. 1, 1931
7. Magnus Hirschfeld, Berndt Götz: Sexualgeschichte der Menschheit, 1929
8. dies.: Das erotische Weltbild, 1929
Magnus Hirschfeld: Sexualpathologie
9. Band 2, 1918
10. Band 3, 1920
Magnus Hirschfeld: Geschlechtskunde
11. Band 4: Bilderteil, 1930
12. Band 5: Register, 1930
Diese Bücher enthielten ein lose beigelegtes Exlibris (siehe Anlage) auf gelblichem Karton
bzw. waren als „additional gift“ (Nr. 1) gekennzeichnet.
Weitere sieben Bände aus dem Dublettenbestand der Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft
wurden nicht einzeln aufgelistet; alle mit einem beigelegten Vermerk: „additional gift“

(13)Magnus Hirschfeld: Von Einst bis Jetzt, ed. by Manfred Herzer and James D. Steakley. 1986
(14 & 15)[Selection from] Jahrbuch für sexuelle Zwischenstufen, vols 1 and 2. ed. by Johann Wolfgang Schmidt. Frankfurt: Qumran 1984
16, 17, 18, & 19 - titles missing at this time.

I will forward the last four titles as soon as I get them. If you have any leads on these missing books please contact Jean-Nickolaus Tretter at trett007@xxxxxxx or Tim Johnson at johns976@xxxxxxx Should you have received any or all of our missing German books I can assure you that we will make arrangements for their return at absolutely no cost to you and with a minimal effort or work on your part. If you have any additional questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact us at any time. Please also feel free to circulate this message as you see fit. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Jean-Nickolaus Tretter

Depart. of Special Collections and Rare Books
University of Minnesota Libraries

-- Nickolaus Jean Tretter GLBT Collections Specialist Special Collections & Rare Books 111 Elmer L. Andersen Library 222-21st Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455 001-612-624-7526 Fax: 001-612-625-5525 www.TretterCollection.org special.lib.umn.edu/rare/tretter.html


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