German Erasmus Students meet German Alumni

By Library Erasmus interns Tugce Tuerk and Nelly Ullmann.

We, that’s Nelly and Tugce, are German students from the Media University of Stuttgart who are doing an internship for 6 months at the University of Glasgow Library. During our placement, we have been visiting different departments and one of our last steps was to gain experience in the Archives of the Library. Words cannot express how much we have learned in this one week. No seriously, we can’t!

We worked on different tasks but one of our biggest and most interesting was to revise information about the German students who matriculated at the University of Glasgow  from the 18th – 20th Centuries.

Papers of Emmy in Ein Eintrag zu abee, emmy [1891-] im Register Personen und Körperschaften

Papers of Emmy in Ein Eintrag zu abee, emmy [1891-] im Register Personen und Körperschaften

There is not a lot of information about German Students before the time of WWI in the Archive records so we did some research on German websites and resouces and added some data. One of our favourite people was Emmy Abée. She was born in Witten, Germany in 1891 and was the daughter of a teacher. At 20 years old, she moved to Glasgow and started to study English Literature and Language for one year. In our research we found out that she followed in her father’s footsteps and became a teacher in Old-Germany as well.

Here you can see sheets of paper from the year 1934 Emmy had to fill out to be a non-academic female teacher.

Our second task was to correct and translate the existing snippets of information on all the German students who are listed in the International Story site. While working with the snippets we discovered some interesting courses and the first German-born student who graduated in medicine in 1779! His name was Johann Dietrich Philipp Christian Theodor Ebeling: all typical German names combined in one name!

It was a great and interesting experience to work with Archives and to make a journey to the beginnings of the 20th Century, walking through the histories of our German ancestors. If we had more time we could have looked at Tugce’s Turkish fore-bears too!
The staff were very friendly and made us feel welcome. Special thanks to Sam Maddra and Rachael Egan!

Cheers and Auf Wiedersehen!

Categories: Archives and Special Collections, Library

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