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Reinhold Saleski Papers

Identifier: MSS 0236

Scope and Contents

The Reinhold E. Saleski Papers date from 1910 to 1973 and includes writings (In English and High German) by Dr. Saleski on subjects including: Educational Theory, Linguistics, Language Instruction, Music, Philosophy, Poetry, Prose Fiction, and Theater. These subjects contain manuscripts (both academic and creative), notes on manuscripts, instructional materials, sheet music, and other documents pertaining to the above mentioned subjects. The collection also contains other possessions of Dr. Saleski including examination booklets, education materials, legal documents, German menus, 210,000,000 RM issued by the Weimar Republic (Reichsmarks: 1922-1923 German Currency). The collection also includes several documents and manuscripts authored by other people but related to Saleski (translated by him, introduced by him, noted by him, etc.) with authors such as Ludwig F. Clauss and Goethe. Lastly, the collection contains a multitude of correspondence and attached photographs from 1910-1973 between the family of Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Ferdinand Clauss and the Saleski Family (Dr. Saleski and his wife Harriet). The letters are both personal and professional in nature, discussing everything from family affairs and vacation trips to translation of works, applications, and CVs/recommendations. A notable person featured in this collection is Dr. Ludwig Ferdinand Clauss, a German professor of Psychology and Racial Science and a convert to Islam who is best known for his works Rasse und Seele(Race and the Soul) and Die Nordische Seele (The Nordic Soul). In 1933 he became a member of the National Socialist Party (the Nazi Party) and began working at the University of Berlin. He served as a professor of Psychology, receiving tenure in 1941. Dr. Clauss was eventually relieved of his post due to internal politics and ejected from the party for violating Nuremburg Race laws by hiring a Jewish assistant. Some of his notable works mentioned or included in this collection are Thuraja, Rasse und Seele, and Als Beduine unter Beduien.


  • 1910 - 1973


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This collection is open for research.

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Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Reinhold Eugene August Saleski was born on May 25, 1894, the son of Gustav W. Saleski and Gertrud Pfaffenbach from Germany. While it is unclear where he was born, Dr. Saleski was an American and German citizen who attended Volksschule (primary school) in Germany where he met his friend and colleague, Ludwig F. Clauss. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, graduating Cum Laude with a B.A in Philosophy. Saleski received his Ph.D from Freiburg University (Germany) and went on to work as Professor of German at Bethany College. He married Harriet Saleski (1894-1984) and went on to raise one daughter, Maria. Later in his career, he would go on to teach German at the University of Delaware and publish multiple articles on Linguistics, Philosophy, and Educational Theory.

In his spare time, Dr. Saleski wrote creative prose fiction, poetry (in German and English), and multiple-act plays in both German and English. During his lifetime, Dr. Saleski kept in close touch with his old friend Ludwig Clauss, sending regular correspondence. Their correspondence reveals a very amiable personal relationship conducted entirely in German. Dr. Saleski also had a professional relationship with Dr. Clauss, serving as a translator/editor as well, attempting to help Dr. Clauss find a work position in the United States (a goal ultimately ending in failure). During his lifetime, Dr. Saleski proved to be fluent in German, English, and French, while also studying Greek, Chinese, and Latin. From his collection, it is unclear which articles or manuscripts were actually fully published. Dr. Saleski died on October of 1971 in Scottsville, Virginia.


4.50 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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  • April 20, 2021: This finding aid underwent changes in Spring 2021 after a reparative archives review. The following link leads to the legacy version of this finding aid:

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