Warren W. Florer papers: 1877-1955
Summary Information
Title: Warren W. Florer papers
Creator: Florer, Warren Washburn, 1869-
Inclusive dates: 1877-1955
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Professor of German at University of Michigan. Correspondence, articles, speeches and research notes.
Call number: 851211 Aa 2; Ac
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Warren W. Florer (donor no. 1523)

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Warren W. Florer papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Warren W. Florer was born May 17, 1869, in Loda, Ill., a son of William J. and Mary Ann Washburn Florer. He received his AB degree in 1890 and MA degree in 1893 from DePauw and his PhD degree in 1897 from Cornell. He also attended Leipzig University. Following graduation, he came to the University of Michigan as an instructor in German. He was appointed assistant professor in 1907 and held this position until his retirement from the University in 1918. For the remainder of his life, Florer was a researcher and historian, mainly in the study of German immigration to Michigan. He was author of a series of three volumes on "Early Michigan Settlements." In these volumes, he examined the settlement of Washtenaw County, Catholic settlement of Westphalia, the Lutherans of the Frankenmuth area, the German student revolution of 1848 in Detroit, and German missionary activities among the Indians. Florer also wrote several articles on the works of Martin Luther and in the field of education. He was a lecturer on the American Revolution and on the struggle for liberty in Germany from 1517 to contemporary times. He died April 16, 1958.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Florer papers have been arranged into the following series: Correspondence; Personal; University of Michigan; Education and the Teaching of German; and Articles and research materials. Some of Florer's correspondents include James B. Angell, Wilber M. Brucker, Fred W. Green, Harry B. Hutchins, and Harry F. Kelly. Some of the other files of interest concern his interests in Louis Kossuth, Gustav Frenssen, Hermann Kiefer, and the Schilling family of Scio township, Washtenaw County, Michigan. There are also materials on early German settlers of Michigan, and the firing of members of the German Department of the University of Michigan during World War I.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Clinton (Mich.)
  • Discrimination in employment -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • German Americans -- Michigan.
  • Scio (Mich. : Township)
  • Washtenaw County (Mich.)
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Education and the war.
  • World War, 1914-1918 -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Photographs.
  • Florer, Warren Washburn, 1869-1958.
  • Frenssen, Gustav, 1863-1945.
  • Kiefer, Hermann, 1825-1911.
  • Kopp, Anton.
  • Kossuth, Lajos, 1802-1894.
  • Schilling family.
  • Sons of the American Revolution. Michigan Society. Washtenaw County Chapter no. 1.
  • University of Michigan. Board of Regents.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Florer, Warren Washburn, 1869-1958.
  • Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968.
  • Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936.
  • Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930.
  • Kelly, Harry F. (Harry Francis), 1895-1971.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Box   1  
Personal [series]
Box   1  
Education at the University of Leipzig
Box   1  
Washtenaw County chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution
Box   1  
Miscellaneous clippings
Box   1  
Oversize Folder   1  
Photostats of newspaper clippings
Oversize Folder   1  
Collected German documents
Oversize Folder   1  
Certificate of appointment as instructor first lieutenant in the University's Reserve Officer Training Corps 1918
University of Michigan career 1897-1918 [series]
Box   1  
Bismarck celebration at the University of Michigan (newspaper clippings concerning) 1914
Box   1  
Anti-socialist speeches by Florer (newspaper clippings and correspondence concerning) 1912
Box   1  
The German Department at the University of Michigan (particularly during World War I
Education and the Teaching of German [series]
Box   1  
Teaching of German in Michigan high schools
Box   1  
Surveys on the teaching of German in Michigan high schools 1912-1915 (9 folders)
Box   1  
Education in Lutheran schools
Articles and research materials [series]
Box   1  
Hessians in colonial America
Box   1  
Louis Kossuth's visit to Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana (Notes for an article on)
Box   1  
Ernst Peter Schilling family of Scio Township, Washtenaw County
Box   1  
The German Element in Michigan (manuscript)
Box   1  
Speeches given about
Box   1  
Draft of paper on Schiller and the American Revolution
Box   1  
Hermann Suderman
Box   1  
Materials for article on classical writers
Box   1  
Rough drafts of articles on religious topics
Box   1  
Offenburg and Freiberg resolutions
Box   1  
Article on Art vs. Formalism
Box   1  
Notes on the Eschenburg manuscript
Box   1  
Notes for Use of German
Box   1  
Article on Goethe (Rough draft of)
Box   1  
Gustav Frenssen (2 folders)
Box   1  
Hermann Kiefer (2 folders)
Martin Luther
Box   2  
Box   2  
Materials concerning Martin Luther's translation of the Psalms (3 folders)
Box   2  
Poem by Freiligrath and correspondence concerning its publication 1950-1955
Box   2  
Photostats acquired in research projects (2 folders)
Box   2  
Miscellaneous Articles and Speeches (3 folders)
Box   2  
Miscellaneous notes