Paul Maximilian Tedesco papers
Scope and Contents
The materials in this collection fall mainly into three areas: documents relating to Paul Tedesco’s academic qualifications and performance evaluation as a secondary school teacher in Vienna; letters of reference and support for his scholarly work for research leave and for academic positions; and material relating to his forced retirement from teaching after the Anschluss (1938), papers permitting emigration, and eventual appointment to the Institute for Advanced Study in 1938.
Language of Materials
The materials are in German, French, and English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the Estate of Stanley Isler, 2019.
The material is arranged chronologically.
0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)
The materials in the Paul Maximilian Tedesco papers fall mainly into three areas: documents relating to Tedesco’s academic qualifications and performance evaluation as a secondary school teacher in Vienna; letters of reference and support for his scholarly work for research leave and for academic positions; and material relating to his forced retirement from teaching after the annexation of Austria (1938), papers permitting emigration, and eventual appointment to the Institute for Advanced Study in 1938.
Biographical / Historical
Paul Maximilian Tedesco was born in Vienna, Austria on May 5, 1898. He studied Indo-Europoean languages with Paule Kretschmer, Indology with Leopold von Schroeder, and Iranian studies at the Unviersity of Vienna under Bernhard Geiger. Tedesco earned his doctorate in 1920.
Although Tedesco had the support of scholars such as Geiger, Antoine Meillet, and Friedrich Carl Andreas who recommended and supported Tedesco as a scholar in Iranian studies, he was unable to secure an academic appointment. The rejection of his applications was under the pretext of his qualifications, which was not uncommon for Jewish scholars. Instead, Tedesco taught at various secondary schools in Vienna beginning in 1925. He was on a research leave when he was forced into retirement after the annexation of Austria into Germany by the Nazi regime (Anschluss) in 1938.
Tedesco then left Austria and immigrated to the United States. He spent his early years in the U.S. at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey before moving to New Haven, Connecticut in 1943 for a research fellowship at Yale Unviersity. Tedesco eventually became an associate professor of Indo-Iranian and Slavic Languages in 1952. From 1960 until his retirement in 1966, Tedesco was the Edward E. Salisbury Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology.
He died in New Haven, Connecticut on December 17, 1980.
Manuscripts and Archives staff arranged and described these materials according to national and local standards.
- Guide to the Paul Maximilian Tedesco Papers
- compiled by Michelle Peralta
- July 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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