The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Gerson, Tove Gertrud Müller. Papers
Repository: Harvard University. Radcliffe Institute. Schlesinger Library
Collection Description (Extant): Biographical material, speeches, correspondence, etc., of Tove Gertrud Mueller Gerson, teacher, physical therapist, YWCA administrator, and activist for peace and civil rights.
Series I, Personal and biographical (#1-27), includes autobiographies written for college applications, six audiotapes on which TGG discusses her life with a German radio interviewer (in German) and an American friend, Lenore M. Dickinson (in English), immigration papers, considerable material relating to her education, some financial records, writings, and photographs.
The audiotapes and related notes afford very personal insights into TGG's family, childhood, the gymnastics school, anti-Semitism and what was known about concentration camps, and her experiences in Germany before she emigrated. She also talks about her reaction to the treatment of African Americans in the U.S., the Gersons, friends and social life, her speeches about Nazi Germany, her politics, how she is coping with her blindness, and why she returned to Germany.
Access Copy Note: Some of the recordings are in German.
Digital Status: No
Extent: 2+1/2 file boxes, 1 folio folder, 2 folio+ folders, 1 oversize folder, 8 photograph folders, 7 audiotapes
Finding Aid URL: http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/deepLink?_collection=oasis&uniqueId=sch00594
Language: English and German
Interviewees: Tove Gertrud Mueller Gerson
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African Americans--Relations with Jews
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Judaism
Discrimination in employment
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Urban League
Young Women's Christian Association of the U.S.A.