Scope and Contents
The collection is organized first by the initial donation, then subsequent accession(s).
The initial donation contains correspondence (1956-1962) organized into three sections: outgoing letters; incoming letters from James. H. Breasted; and incoming letters from Immanuel Velikovsky.
Accession 91.111M/Up 515: includes correspondence of Walter Federn and Ernst Federn, a biography of Walter Federn prepared by Ernst Federn, obituaries of Walter Federn, and a Doctorate certificate (in Latin). This accession is filed in the same box as the initial donation.
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Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
From a young age, Walter Federn (1910-1967) wanted to become an Egyptologist. He received his Ph.D from the University of Vienna in 1934. Federn was able to read and translate over twelve languages. After 1950, he turned to history of science and medicine, and became a research assistant at Mount Sinai hospital.
1 linear feet (1 container)
Language of Materials
Walter Federn (1910-1967) was an Egyptologist who received his Ph.D at the University of Vienna and who was interested in the history of science and medicine. The collection (1956-1968) contains correspondence, including incoming letters from James. H. Breasted, and Immanuel Velikovsky, and also a short biography of Walter Federn.
Materials within this collection are arranged first by initial accession(s) that were processed together as a whole and then by subsequent accession(s). This organization reflects the fact that the collection had been processed at one point in time and then more materials were acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them into a whole at this point in time, given the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.
Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.
Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.
1 clamshell box.
Collection processed by staff, and Tanya Parlet, 2013.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
This collection may have received a basic level of processing including some organization and rehousing. The initial accession(s) were processed and arranged as a whole and are reflected in the series arrangement. Subsequent accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each subsequent accession is described separately.
Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.
- Breasted, James Henry, 1865-1935
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Doctoral degrees Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Egyptologists Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Federn, Walter, 1910-1967
- Historians -- United States -- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Obituaries Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Guide to the Walter Federn Papers
- Complete Description
- Tanya Parlet
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).