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Rodney C. Loehr Collection on West Germany

Identifier: GTM-130718

Scope and Contents

The Rodney C. Loehr Collection on West Germany contains printed periodicals, mostly dating to the years just after World War II collected by Rodney C. Loehr, an American historian who worked for the U.S. Army in Germany during and immediately after World War II. The materials document life in West Germany. Particular detail is given to Berlin. Some of the items were produced by the U.S. High Commission for Germany. The collection includes a long run of “Information Bulletin: Magazine of U.S. Military Government in Germany” (1945-1953), published by the Office of the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany.


  • 1944 - 1961
  • Majority of material found within 1946 - 1953


Language of Materials

Some documents are in English, and some documents are in German.

Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

Rodney C. Loehr (1907-2005) was a noted historian for the U.S. Army Joint Chiefs of Staff and longtime professor at the University of Minnesota. He was born on November 16, 1907 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Early on, Loehr served with the Minnesota National Guard. He earned three degrees in History at the University of Minnesota: BA in 1930, MA in 1931, and PhD in 1938. In 1936, Loehr married Nancy Scammon, who worked as a librarian.

Rodney C. Loehr was a historical officer for the U.S. Army Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 1943 through May 1945. He also worked in Germany as a historian for the U.S. Office of the High Commissioner for Germany from 1950 to 1953.

Loehr taught for decades at the University of Minnesota, retiring in 1975. He is also known for suggesting the 37th parallel as the dividing line between South Korea and North Korea.

Rodney C. Loehr died on October 15, 2005 at the age of 97.

[Source: "Minneapolis Star Tribune" obituary of Rodney C. Loehr dated October 16, 2005]


2 Cubic Feet (2 boxes and 1 oversized folder)

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Arranged alphabetically by title of periodical.

Immediate Source of Acquisition


Related Materials

The University of Minnesota holds a collection of Rodney C. Loehr's personal and professional papers. That particular collection also includes materials from his days as a student there.

In addition, the Minnesota Historical Society holds a collection of Rodney C. Loehr Papers which contain further materials about his career and personal life.

Processing Information

The periodicals have been placed in archival folders and boxes.

Rodney C. Loehr Collection on West Germany
Nina Skewes and Scott S. Taylor, Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Washington, D.C.
October 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057