Otto R. Hauser Papers, 1860-1972

Scope and Content Note

The Hauser Papers are divided into three sections: family papers, personal papers, and subject files, the most extensive of which concerns his leadership in American Relief for Germany, Inc.

The FAMILY PAPERS consist of Christian Jakob Hauser's Franco-Prussian war diary and military service book and a genealogical chart covering four generations.

PERSONAL PAPERS, the majority of which are in German, include documents from the Universitat Tubingen, notebooks from his courses in law and philosophy at the University, two 1907 diaries (the first of which contains a lengthy handwritten autobiography), biographical clippings, some miscellaneous correspondence, and a lengthy recorded autobiographical reminiscence. This oral history, which provides the most comprehensive coverage of Hauser's life and varied activities, includes many details concerning his early education, his life in Chicago, his ministry, and his political philosophy.

With the exception of the files on American Relief for Germany, the SUBJECT FILES are quite fragmentary. Concerning this organization there are incorporation and legal materials, minutes, correspondence with government and relief officials in both the United States and Germany, and Hauser's prepared speeches, reports, and notes of ARG activities and achievements. Also included here is a film, Airlift to Berlin (1949), used for fund-raising purposes; a commemorative album concerning the Universitat Tubingen; and photographs depicting living conditions in Germany during the late 1940's.

Also in the subject files are miscellaneous items relating to Immanuel Baptist Church and the Roger Williams Hospital, a few speeches, and pamphlets dating from Hauser's two political campaigns, his secretaryship to Mayor Hoan, and his opposition to war and facism, and his support of Milwaukee Blacks.