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Hannah Arendt New School faculty files

Identifier: NS-02-12-01


Hannah Arendt was University Professor in Philosophy from 1967-1975 in The New School's Graduate Faculty (later, New School for Social Research). These records stem from her work as professor and advisor to students, and her involvement with the Tenure Committee. Student files consist of transcripts, writing samples, resumes, referral requests, grant applications and correspondence, among other documents related to graduate student admissions. Files in locations "nr_2" and "Box 2" are restricted. Please email for details.


  • 1963 - 1975


Language of Materials

English and German

Access Note

Collection is open for research use. Files containing student records are restricted for 120 years after person's known or estimated birth (or group of persons, like a class). Files with faculty or other personnel salary, performance reviews, hiring information are restricted for 50 years from creation date of item (or last creation date in file). Please contact for appointment.

Use Note

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from The New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact:

Biographical note

Hannah Arendt was University Professor in Philosophy from 1967-1975 in The New School's Graduate Faculty (later, the New School for Social Research). When she took up her post at The New School, Arendt was a well-known philosopher and intellectual. Born in Hannover, Germany on October 14, 1906, she received her PhD in 1928 from Heidelberg University. She immigrated to Paris in 1933 and to the United States in 1941. In the U.S., she served as lecturer and visiting professor at various institutions, including Princeton University; University of California, Berkeley; and Columbia University. Her notable works include, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963) and On Violence (1970). She died in New York City on December 4, 1975.


1.7 Cubic Feet (2 boxes, 5 folders)

Scope and Contents

These records consist of office files reflecting Arendt's role as professor and advisor to New School graduate students between 1967 and 1975, as well as her interactions with fellow professors. It is largely administrative in nature and contains no documentation on her writings, nor does it contain correspondence of a personal nature except for occasional letters between Arendt and students.

The Departmental matters series contains correspondence mainly with Arendt's Graduate Faculty colleagues, records related to the Philosophy Department and The New School published journal, Social Research. The Student files series contains letters of recommendation and requests; transcripts; resumes; student and alumni work; fellowship and grant applications; and requests to audit courses and seminars. A small number of files include course material, such as the final exam for Arendt's 1975 course Life of the Mind (found in the file entitled, Kohn, Jerry). Some outgoing correspondence is written by Arendt's student assistants Robert Bland and Jerome Kohn on Arendt's behalf. The Tenure review series contains mainly restricted files related to the tenure review pocess and the work of the Tenure Committee.

The collection includes two folders of substantial correspondence between Arendt and Elizabeth Young-Bruehl between 1969 and 1975. Young-Bruehl completed her doctoral dissertation under Arendt and went on to become a psychotherapist. She later wrote a biography on Arendt, published in 1982.

Organization and Arrangement

Organized into 3 series: I. Departmental matters; II. Student files; III. Tenure Review.

Other Finding Aids

For selected item-level description and images from the Hannah Arendt New School faculty files, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Raymond Fogelman Library, the former social sciences library associated with the university's New School for Social Research, to The New School Archives and Special Collections upon the Archives' establishment, 2012. Addition of 0.8 linear feet to the Departmental matters and Tenure review series identified and integrated into collection, 2017.

Related Materials

The Hannah Arendt papers, 1898-1977, are available online to the public through the Library of Congress portal:
An additional selection of Arendt’s papers are accessible digitally only by visiting one of three sites worldwide. The New School is one of those sites. (The other two are the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and the Hannah Arendt Center at the University of Oldenburg, Germany.) You do not need to make a special appointment to view the fuller version of Arendt’s papers. You are welcome to use the designated computer terminal in the List Center Library at The New School during hours that the library is open. Use the following link to determine opening hours:
The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College holds 4,000 volumes, ephemera and pamphlets from Arendt's personal library, many of which include Arendt's marginalia.

Processing Information

A finding aid for this collection was originally published in 2016 with the title, "Hannah Arendt correspondence with students."
Guide to the Hannah Arendt New School faculty files
Jennifer Ulrich
May 6, 2016
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Revision Statements

  • January 30, 2018: New School Archives staff Collection retitled collection and revised collection inventory to reflect integration of new files.