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A Guide to the Sigismond deRudesheim Diettrich Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
March 2005

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Diettrich, Sigismond de Rudesheim, 1906-1987
Title: Sigismond deRudesheim Diettrich Papers
Dates: 1933-1959
Abstract: Manuscripts for several works, some unpublished, on geographic studies of Florida and Eastern Europe. Correspondence related to his termination, correspondence with Wallace W. Atwood, President of Clark University.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 box.
Identification: Ms Coll. 36
Language(s): English
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Biographical/Historical Note

Sigismond deRudesheim Diettrich (1906-1987) was head of the Dept. of Geography from 1945 to 1959. Diettrich, a native of Hungary, received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Budapest and his Ph.D. from Clark University. He joined the University of Florida's faculty in 1931 as an Instructor of Economic Geography in the College of Commerce and Journalism. He served as a special consultant to the O.S.S. and as an assistant to the chief of the Division of Geography and Cartography of the Department of State during World War II. Diettrich was forced to resign his faculty position in 1959 after being called before the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee (i.e., the Johns Committee) He died in May, 1987.

Scope and Content

The collection includes manuscripts for several works, some unpublished, primarily on geographic studies of Florida and Eastern Europe. Of special interest is his correspondence related to his resignation and attempted suicide in 1959. Correspondence also includes a series of letters with Wallace W. Atwood, President of Clark University. Atwood's son, Rollin Salisbury Atwood, was also a member of the Department of Geography.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Sigismond deRudesheim Diettrich Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

1 Atwood, Wallace W., President of Clark University, 1933-1946
1 Austria: A Study in Political Geography.
1 Bengston, Nels. Univ. of Nebraska.
1 Correspondence re resignation, 1959
1 Eastern Europe: The Shatter Belt
1 Ethical Approach to Problems of Resource Use
1 Fields of Knowledge in Academic Pigeonholes
1 Florida's Climatic Extremes II: Hurricanes
1 The Freeze of 1957-1958 and Florida's Citrus Industry
1 Geographic and Human Problems: British Commonwealth of Nations, USSR., and the Far East (Lectures delivered at State Department's orientation course)
1 The Geographic Regions of Florida (War Training Courses)
1 Geography's Contribution to the Study of Community Planning
1 The German Realm: A Divided Pivot of Europe
1 Greater Miami
1 Greater Miami--Correspondence
1 An Outline of the Role of the Geographic Factor in Florida's History
1 Port of Palm Beach
1 Rainfall in Miami, Florida 1914-1951
1 Raw Materials and Industrialization in the Southeast
1 The Salt Industry of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1 The Significance of Thunen's Theory in Economic Geography
1 State Economic Areas: A Preliminary Critical Review
1 Two Decades of Florida's Truck Crop Industry: 1933/34-1952/53

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Atwood, Wallace Walter, 1872-1949.
Florida. Legislature. Investigation Committee.
Homophobia in higher education -- Florida -- History.
University of Florida. Dept. of Geography -- History.

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