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Paul Honigsheim papers

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-17.150

Scope and Contents

The collection is organized into two series. Series 1, Publications, consists of articles and publications by Paul Honigsheim. Topics include Max Weber, sociology, religion, anthropology. The publications are in German, English and French. In addition, there is a publication about Paul Honigsheim called “From the Rhineland to Michigan the Sociologist and Pedagogue Paul Honigsheim (1885-1963) Migrant and Mediator Between Two Cultures,” by Martha Friedenthal-Haase.

Series 2, Personal Papers, consists of records donated later and include his personal and office files, including many files of correspondence both personal and professional. Correspondence is in German, French, English and Spanish. One folder contains letters from ASTP (Army Specialized Training Program) students to whom Honigsheim taught French and Spanish during their military training at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) during World War II.


  • Creation: 1915 - 1991


Language of Materials Note

Materials are in German, French, English, and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research except where restrictions are noted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Paul Honigsheim was born March 28, 1885 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Honigsheim studied at the universities of Bonn, Berlin, and Heidelberg. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Heidelberg in 1914. During World War I, as an German soldier, he worked as an interpreter in a French and Belgian prison camp. After the war, he held a number of academic positions in Cologne, Germany but resigned his positions for political reasons after the rise of Hitler. From 1933-1936 he was the Director of the Institute of Social Research in Paris. He held faculty positions in Panama and Peru from 1936-1938. Honigsheim arrived at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) in the fall of 1938 to teach Sociology, Anthropology, and Foreign Studies. Honigsheim authored over 200 publications and was a member of many professional organizations. During World War II, he also taught French and Spanish to students on campus for military training. In 1946, he was named Professor of Sociology and remained so until his retirement in 1950. He passed away in 1963.


9.5 Cubic Feet


Organized into two series: 1. Publications. 2. Personal Papers.

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Paul Honigsheim Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
E. Stein
June 2009
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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