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Max H. Kele papers

By Andrew Pellatt

Collection Overview

Title: Max H. Kele papers

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 1077

Creator: Kele, Max H.

Extent: 16.0 Boxes

Arrangement: This collection consists of 16 boxes, four are 1 cubic foot and the other twelve are 0.5 linear feet.

Date Acquired: 08/01/2001

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of documents relating to the life of Max H. Kele.  These documents deal with his undergraduate and graduate studies, his career as a professor of history, and his academic research.  In addition to written documents there are also slides, microfilm, and videos that relate to his academic work, primarily used as teaching aids.  This collection portrays many aspects of academia, including research, teaching, and bureaucracy.  The collection illustrates how the study of history changed from the time Max H. Kele got his PhD at Tulane University in the 1960s through the early 1990s when he retired. Additionally, Kele worked with the National Endowment for the Humanities and his correspondence gives insight into NEH developmental grants. His research notes offer an in-depth analysis of the rise of the Nazi party in both Germany and Austria.

Biographical Note

Max H. Kele was born on August 3, 1936.  He served in the United States military from 1954-1957 as a member of the Atomic Energy Commision.  Max Kele obtained a B.A. at North Texas State University in 1964, an M.A. at Tulane University in 1964, and a Ph.D at Tulane University in 1969.  His graduate work focused on modern European history, specifically German history, and his Ph.D dissertation was titled Nazis and Workers: National Socialist Appeals to German Labor.  Max H. Kele worked as an assistant professor of history at the University of Florida from 1965-1975.  Next he worked as the Director of Humanities and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University from 1975-1978.  For the remainder of his career, Max H. Kele worked as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a Professor of History at Bradley University.  During his career, he published two books and many articles.  He also worked as a panelist for proposal review at the National Endowment for the humanities.  In his personal life Max H. Kele was married and had two daughters.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to public.  No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection.  Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Acquisition Source: Myrna Kele

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: Max H. Kele collection, Manuscripts Collection 1077, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118

Processing Information: Finding aid information entered in Archon by Andrew Pellatt in 2013.


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1: Slides, Microfilm, and Video
Slides, microfilms, and video pertaining to Max H. Kele's research.  Slide trays include: Treaty of Versailles, Races of Europe, and History of NSDAP.  Microfilms include: Deutsche Arbeiter-Presse, Factionalism in NSDAP, Gregor Strasser and organization of NSDAP, Der Angriff, Economy and Social Program of National Socialist Movement, and unlabelled microfilms from the national archives.  VHS on Buchenwald.
Box 2: Slides, Microfilm, Tapes, Film
Slides, microfilms, tapes, film, and pictures relevant to the research of Max H. Kele.  Slides show German cities after WWII.  Microfilm includes: A socialism for the German Middle Class, Folkish Observer, NSDAP in 1920s, NSDAP Volkisch Movement, Bundesarchiv, pamphlets and books from Nazi Period, and Berliner Arbeiter Zeitung.  Films include: WWI, and German Sciences.  Tapes of multiple academic lectures on topics pertaining to WWII.  Pictures relevant to Dr. Kele's work.
Box 3: File Container
File container containing notes on the rise of the Austrian Nazi Party in the 1920s.
Box 4: List of Sources
Inventory list of sources and notes on the rise of the Nazi Party.
Box 5: Academic Correspondence
Folder 1: Academic Correspondence, 1970s
Max Kele's academic correspondence from the 1970s.
Folder 2: Academic Correspondence, 1990s
Max Kele's academic correspondence from the 1990s.
Folder 3: Academic Correspondence, 1990-1996
Max Kele's academic correspondence from 1990-1996.
Folder 4: Grant Proposals
Grant proposals written by Max Kele, dealing with his research in German WWII history and the history of the Third Reich.
Folder 5: MLS Program
Academic correspondence relating to Max Kele's involvement in the MLS Program at Bradley University.
Folder 6: Articles
Articles and papers read and edited by Max Kele
Folder 7: Correspondence with Presses
Max Kele's correspondence with various presses concerning the publication of his doctoral dissertation.
Folder 8: Academic Journals
Max Kele's correspondence with academic journals concerning his scholarship.
Folder 9: Dissertation Reader
Academic correspondence relating to Max Kele's role as a reader for a student's dissertation at the University of Florida in the 1970s.
Folder 10: German Correspondence
Max Kele's academic correspondence in German and on German news.
Folder 11: Hirsch-Duncker Unions
Academic correspondence between Max Kele and Dr. Brantz, from Appalachian State University, concerning the Hirsch-Duncker Unions in the Weimer Republic from 1918-1933.
Box 6: Correspondence: Jobs
Folder 1: Jobs
Correspondence relating to jobs applied for by Max Kele and jobs for which he was considered.
Folder 2: Jobs 2
Second folder of correspondence relating to jobs either applied to or offered to Max Kele.
Folder 3: Promotions
Correspondence relating to promotions either applied to, or offered to Max Kele.
Folder 4: CIA
Correspondence relating to Max Kele's application for employment at the United States Central Intelligence Agency.
Folder 5: President of Willamette University
Correspondence relating to the Max Kele's candidacy for the presidency of Willamette University in 1980.
Folder 6: Reviewed Job Applications
Job applications reviewed by Max Kele in his capacity as the director of humanities at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Bradley University.
Box 7: Correspondence: National Endowment for the Humanities
Folder 1: NEH Correspondence: West Virginia University
Max Kele's correspondence from his position as a consultant for West Virginia University's grant proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Folder 2: NEH Correspondence: Indiana University - Kokomo
Max Kele's correspondence as a consultant for a NEH grant proposal by Indiana University-Kokomo, from 1981-1982.
Folder 3: NEH Correspondence: Pacific Northwest Labor College
Max Kele's correspondence as a consultant for a NEH grant proposal at Pacific Northwest Labor College.
Folder 4: NEH correspondence: University of Toledo
Max Kele's correspondence as a consultant for a NEH grant proposal at the University of Toledo.
Folder 5: NEH Correspondence: SUNY College at Cortland
Max Kele's correspondence as a consultant for the NEH at SUNY College at Cortland.
Folder 6: NEH Correspondence: University of Florida
Max Kele's correspondence from his work as a consultant for an NEH development grant at the University of Florida.
Folder 7: NEH Correspondence: UNC Asheville
Max Kele's correspondence from his work as a consultant for an NEH development grant at the University of North Carolina Asheville.
Folder 8: Final Performance Report
A final performance report by Max H. Kele for the integration of Freshman Composition and Western Civilization at Bradley University.
Box 8: Personal Items and Schoolwork
Folder 1: References and Curriculum Vitae
Multiple editions of Max Kele's CV, as well as lists of personal references for applications.
Folder 2: Academic Documents
Documents pertaining to job-description changes for Max Kele at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Folder 3: School Record
Max Kele's college transcript from North Texas State University.
Folder 4: Personal Documents
Various personal documents pertaining to Max Kele, including newspaper articles, honorary degrees, pamphlets, and school records.
Item 5: Dissertation
A draft of Max Kele's doctoral dissertation titled Nazis and Workers: National Socialist Appeals to German Labor.
Folder 6: Reviews
Reviews of the published edition of Max Kele's doctoral dissertation titled Nazis and Workers: National Socialist Appeals to German Labor.
Folder 7: The European Environment
A manual for use by history students from Max Kele's graduate program at Tulane University.
Folder 8: Russian History
School materials and learning aids for a course on Russian history taken by Max Kele.
Folder 9: 20th Century Europe
Notes on 20th Century Europe taken by Max Kele as a graduate student at Tulane University.
Folder 10: Pictures
Personal photos of Max H. Kele.
Box 9: Schoolwork: A-P
A collection of schoolwork completed by Max H. Kele, organized alphabetically according to topic.
Folder 1: European History
Schoolwork and notes by Max H. Kele relating to various topics in European History.  This work was completed while he was a graduate student at Tulane University.
Folder 2: B
Schoolwork completed by Max H. Kele on topics starting with B.
Folder 3: C
Schoolwork completed by Max H. Kele on topics starting with C.
Folder 4: D
Schoolwork completed by Max H. Kele on topics starting with D.
Folder 5: E
Schoolwork completed by Max H. Kele on topics starting with E.
Folder 6: F
Schoolwork completed by Max H. Kele on topics starting with F.
Folder 7: G
Schoolwork completed by Max H. Kele on topics starting with G.
Folder 8: H
Schoolwork completed by Max H. Kele on topics starting with H.
Folder 9: K
Schoolwork completed by Max Kele on topics starting with K.
Folder 10: L
Schoolwork and notes by Max H. Kele on topics starting with L.
Folder 11: M
Schoolwork completed by Max H. Kele on topics starting with M.
Folder 12: O
Report on "Operation Abolition," a Bay Area Student Committee for the Abolition of the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Folder 13: P
Notes by Max H. Kele on topics starting with P.
Box 10: Schoolwork: R-Z
Max H. Kele's schoolwork organized alphabetically according to topic.
Folder 1: R
Schoolwork by Max H. Kele on topics starting with R.
Folder 2: S
Schoolwork by Max H. Kele on topics starting with S.
Folder 3: T
Schoolwork by Max H. Kele on topics starting with T.
Folder 4: U
Schoolwork by Max H. Kele on topics starting with U.
Folder 5: W
Schoolwork by Max H. Kele on topics starting with W.
Folder 6: Y
Schoolwork by Max H. Kele on topics starting with Y.
Folder 7: Ph.D Reading Lists
Qualifying examinations and reading lists for Max H. Kele's Ph.D program at Tulane University.
Folder 8: Graduate Papers
Graduate papers graded by Max H. Kele during his doctoral degree.
Box 11: Research Notes: Rise of the NSDAP
Folder 1: Factors Attributing to Rise of NSDAP
Notes by Max H. Kele on the factors of the Weimer Republic that attributed to the rise of the National Socialist German Workers Party, NSDAP, in the 1920s and early 1930s.
Folder 2: Economics
Notes by Max H. Kele on the economy of the Weimer Republic and the economic issues that attributed to the rise of the NSDAP.  Also contain notes on early NSDAP party views and economic policy.
Folder 3: Weimer Economics, NSDAP Economic Theory, and NSDAP Party Meetings
Max H. Kele's notes on the economics of the Weimer Republic and how these policies were targeted by NSDAP economic rhetoric.  Contains notes detailing early party meetings and the proposed economic plans of the NSDAP in the 1920s.
Folder 4: NSDAP Policy, 1920s
Max H. Kele's notes on the policy advocated by the Nazi party in the 1920s.
Folder 5: Conclusion
The conclusion to Max H. Kele's notes on the rise of the NSDAP.  Notes focus on the rise in popularity of the Nazi party, especially the rise in political power as more party members gained seats in the Reichstag during the early 1930s, allowing them to consolidate power.
Box 12: Research Notes 2
Folder 1: Annotated Articles
Research articles annotated by Max H. Kele, primarily focusing on the rise of the NSDAP.
Folder 2: German Articles
German papers annotated by Max H. Kele, along with notes on the articles.
Folder 3: German Nazi Party
Max H. Kele's research notes on the German Nazi Party.
Folder 4: German Pamphlets
German pamphlets on the rise of the Nazi Party and prominent figures in the Third Reich.
Folder 5: German Currency
German currency from the 1920s.
Folder 6: Nazi Party, 1920s
Max H. Kele's research notes on the Nazi Party in the 1920s.
Folder 7: Nazi Party, 1930s
Max H. Kele's research notes on the Nazi Party in the 1930s.
Folder 8: Gastarbeiter
Max H. Kele's notes on Gastarbeiter, the guest workers who entered Western Germany in the 1960s and 1970s.
Box 13: The Holocaust
Folder 1: Lessons and Legacies
Max H. Kele's notes and documents from Lessons and Legacies II: Teaching the Holocaust.  This was a conference on teaching the Holocaust put on by the Department of History at Northwestern University and the Holocaust Educational Foundation in 1992.
Folder 2: International Conference on the Holocaust
Max H. Kele's notes from the International Conferenceon the Holocaust in 1995, where he was a guest speaker.
Folder 3: Teaching the Holocaust
Correspondence, syllabi, and pamphlets on teaching the Holocaust.
Folder 4: Teaching Aids
Teaching materials and aids for courses taught by Max H. Kele about the Holocaust.
Folder 5: Remembering the Holocaust
Correspondence, documents, and a speech concerned on the commemoration and rememberance of the Holocaust.
Folder 6: Miscellaneous Holocaust
Miscellaneous items on the Holocaust.
Box 14: Courses Taught: Before the 20th Century
Folder 1: Teaching Notes
Miscellaneous teaching notes from Max H. Kele.
Folder 2: Ancient Civilizations
Notes and teaching materials from Max H. Kele's course on Ancient Civilizations.
Folder 3: Civ. 111
Teaching notes and materials from Max H. Kele's Civ 111 course.
Folder 4: Classical Civilization
Teaching notes and teaching materials from Max H. Kele's course on Greek Politics and Philosophy, and his course on Roman Politics, Society, and Law.
Folder 5: Medieval Daily Life
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on Medieval Daily Life.
Folder 6: New Monarchies
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on New Monarchies.
Folder 7: Reformation
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on the Reformation.
Folder 8: Age of Power
Teaching Aids and teaching materials from Max H. Kele's course on the Age of Power.
Folder 9: Atlantic Revolution
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on the Atlantic Revolution.
Folder 10: Age of Uncertainty
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on the Age of Uncertainty.
Folder 11: France
Notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's courses on the Enlightenment, the French Revoluiton, and French Intellectual History.
Folder 12: Enlightenment
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on the Enlightenment.
Folder 13: Romanticism
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on Romanticism.
Folder 14: Industrial Revolution
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on the Industrial Revolution.
Folder 15: 19th Century Ideologies
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on Nineteenth Century Ideologies.
Folder 16: Germany, 1800-1890
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on Germany from 1800-1890.
Folder 17: 19th Century Europe
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on Nineteenth Century Europe.
Box 15: Courses Taught: 20th Century
Folder 1: 20th Century Ideologies
Teaching aids and teaching materials from Max H. Kele's course on 20th Century Ideologies.
Folder 2: World War One
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on the First World War.
Folder 3: European Diplomacy, 1920s
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on European Diplomacy following WWI, in the 1920s.
Folder 4: Weimer Republic: Culture and Politics Before Hitler
Teaching notes and teaching aids for Max H. Kele's course on the Weimer Repulic.  This course focused on the culture and politics of the Weimer Republic prior to the rise of Nazism.
Folder 5: Outbreak of World War II
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on the outbreak of the Second World War.
Folder 6: World War II
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on the Second World War.
Folder 7: Third Reich
Teaching notes and teaching aids from Max H. Kele's course on the Third Reich.
Folder 8: Arts and Cultue in 20th Century Europe
Teaching notes and teaching materials from Max H. Kele's courses on Arts and Culture in 20th Century Europe and the Postwar Era.
Folder 9: History 329
Papers from Max H. Kele's course, His 329, on the NSDAP.
Folder 10: Modern Germany
Teaching notes and teaching materials from Max H. Kele's course on modern Germany.
Folder 11: International Business
Teaching materials for Max H. Kele's course on international business.
Folder 12: Comparative Reviews
Sample comparative reviews from Max H. Kele's History 529 course.
Envelope 13: Teaching Aids
Envelope of teaching aids compiled by Max H. Kele, primarlily pertaining to Germany and Nazi history.
Box 16: Exams
Folder 1: Western Civilization
Exams given by Max H. Kele for his Western Civilization course.
Folder 2: Western Civilization 2
Exams from Max H. Kele's courses on Western Civilization.
Folder 3: Medieval Daily Life
Exams and questions from Max H. Kele's course on medieval daily life.
Folder 4: 19th Century Ideologies
Exams from Max H. Kele's course on 19th Century Ideologies.
Folder 5: 19th and 20th Century
Exams from Max H. Kele's courses on the 19th and 20th century.
Folder 6: MLS 610
Exams from Max H. Kele's MLS 610 course.
Folder 7: European and German History
Exams given by Max H. Kele on European history and German history.