Fonds F0456 - Michael H. Kater fonds

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Michael H. Kater fonds

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21.4 m of textual records
85 microfilm reels
ca. 600 negatives
74 slides

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Michael Hans Kater is a distinguished research professor of history at Atkinson College, York University and the author of several books on Nazi Germany. He was born in Zittau, Germany July 4, 1937 and came to Canada as a teenager. He was educated at St.Michael's College H.S; University of Toronto (B.A. 1959, M.A. 1961); University of Munchen and University of Heidelberg (Phd 1966). Professor Kater was first employed as a lecturer at the University of Maryland (1965-1966). He joined York University in 1967 and held the positions of Assistant Professor (1967-1970), Associate Professor (1970-1973), and Professor (1973-1991) before becoming Distinguished Research Professor in 1991. He was also the Jason A. Hannah Visiting Professor of the History of Medicine at McMaster University from 1985-1986. Kater has sat on many committees of the American Historical Association and the editorial boards of various leading historical journals. He is the author of numerous articles and 8 books, such as Das "Ahnenerbe" der SS 1935-1945: Ein Beitrag zur Kulturpolitik des Dritten Reiches (1974); The Nazi Party: A Social Profile of Members and Leaders, 1919-1949 (1983); Doctors Under Hitler (1989); and Different Drummers: Jazz in the Culture of Nazi Germany (1992). In recognition of his scholarly achievements, Kater was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1988) and was awarded its Jason A. Hannah Medal (1991) for his book, Doctors Under Hitler. In addition, he has been awarded the Guggenheim and Canada Council Killam fellowships and the Konrad Adenauer Research Award of the Federal Republic of Germany (1990-1991).

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The fonds mainly consists of research files, photocopies and microfilm reels of archival documents from American and European archives related to Michael Hans Kater's work on Nazi Germany including publications such as his dissertation SS-Ahnenerbe, and books Doctors Under Hitler, Different Drummers: Jazz in the Culture of Nazi Germany, and Weimar: From Enlightenment to the Present; professorial files (such as lecture notes and course evaluations).

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Donated by Michael H. Kater between 1994 and 2019.


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  • English
  • German

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Considerable material in this fonds is written in German.

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For accessions 1995-024, 1998-047, 2000-010, 2000-073, 2002-020 (boxes 001-024), 2003-026, 2004-002 (boxes 001-004), 2006-030, 2007-021 (boxes 001-064), 2008-023, 2009-021, 2010-030, and 2019-020, access is available during the donor's lifetime only after prior authorization by the donor. Requests must be directed to the University Archivist, York University.

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A PDF file listing for all accessions (except 2008-023 and 2019-020) is attached to this description.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1994-022, 1995-024, 1998-047, 2000-010, 2000-073, 2002-020, 2003-026, 2004-002, 2006-030, 2007-021, 2008-023, 2009-021, 2010-030 and 2019-020. Further accruals are expected.

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2002/04/04 Date of creation.
2003/04/09 Date of last revision.
2018/03/23 KCP. Manually migrated to AtoM.
2019/06/16 MM. Added files for 2019-020 and updated fonds-level description.
2022/08/23 J. Grant. Corrected list of accessions and access restriction information. Added PDF file list and language of material information.

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