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Elfriede Regina and Georg Nicolaus Knauer correspondence with Harold F. Cherniss

Scope and Contents

The Elfriede Regina and Georg Nicolaus Knauer with Harold F. Cherniss correspondence with Harold Cherniss consists of seven cards and letters, most of them handwritten, from Harold Cherniss to either Elfriede (Kezia) Regina Overhoff Knauer only or to both her and her husband, Georg Nicolaus (Nico) Knauer. The contents of the correspondence suggest a shared interest in their respective individual professional work and a warm personal relationship between the three parties, as well as Cherniss' wife Ruth.


  • Creation: 1980-1984 and undated


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Biographical / Historical

Elfriede (Kezia) Regina Overhoff Knauer (1926-2010) was a German-born scholar with wide-ranging interests including classical studies, art history, archaeology, and East Asian studies. She earned her Ph.D. in 1951 from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, and married Georg Nicolaus (Nico) Knauer that same year. The Knauers emigrated to the United States in 1975. Kezia held museum posts in Germany and the United States. She died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Georg Nicolaus (Nico) Knauer (1926-2018) was a German-born classical philologist. In 1952, he earned a Ph.D. from Hamburg University, which was followed by various academic appointments, including on the Faculty of the Freie Universität Berlin. He spent the 1973/1974 academic year as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Historical Studies. After emigrating to the United States in 1975, Knauer held a Faculty position with the University of Pennsylvania.

Harold Fredrik Cherniss (1904-1987) was a scholar of Greek and Roman philosophy. He was born in Missouri and studied at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as other institutions. His Ph.D. in Greek, Latin, and Sanskrit was awarded to him by Berkeley in 1929. Before joining the Faculty of the School of Humanistic Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1948, Cherniss was on the faculties of Berkeley, Cornell, and Johns Hopkins. Cherniss continued his association with the Institute into his retirement, when he became Professor Emeritus. He died in Princeton, New Jersey.


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Custodial History

A letter with the materials dated May 8, 2000, from Kezia Knauer to Glen Bowersock with the Faculty of the Institute's School of Historical Studies asks that this and another collection of correspondence be given to the Institute's archives. Further notations and correspondence with the materials show that the collections were then given to IAS Librarian Marcia Tucker.

Processing Information

Upon receipt, archivists rehoused materials into acid-free containers for long-term storage and preservation.

Guide to the Elfriede Regina and Georg Nicolaus Knauer correspondence with Harold F. Cherniss
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Revision Statements

  • 2022-01-10: Caitlin Rizzo revised this finding aid to comply with DACS standards.