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Rudolph Walter Freyhan papers

Rudolph Walter Freyhan papers

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Finding aid for the Rudolph Walter Freyhan papers

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

March 8, 2014



Profile Description

Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-10T09:11-0500
Language: English

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Freyhan, Rudolph Walter, 1908-2000
Title: Rudolph Walter Freyhan papers
Dates: 1908-2000
Quantity: 2.21 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains documents pertaining to the early life and military career of Rudolph Walter Freyhan and also newspapers published in Europe at the end of World War II.
Identification: BC.MSS.03.04
Language: English, German, French

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically and by type of artifact.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents pertaining to the early life of Rudolph Walter Freyhan in Germany and his career in the United States Army following his immigration to America. It also includes issues of newspapers published in Europe recording the end of World War II.


Biographical Information

Rudolph Walter Emanuel Freyhan, a resident of Little Rock, Arkansas, from 1958 until his death in 2000, immigrated to the United States in 1939. He was born in Charlottenburg, Germany, on July 15, 1908, to a family of the old Prussian nobility. With an education in law and history, Freyhan worked during the 1930s for a leading German bank. At the same time, he was active in politics in opposition to Hitler's rise to power.

In 1938, to avoid persecution, Freyhan left Germany for England. He studied at Cambridge for a year, then left for the United States. When he arrived in 1939, he stayed briefly in New York and eventually settled in Chicago, where he studied at the University of Chicago and held various jobs. He became a naturalized citizen in March 1943.

Freyhan entered the military as a private on June 6, 1941, but with his education, skills, and facility in German and French, he moved up quickly. He served in Germany from December 1943 to January 1946, as an aerial photograph-interpreter, German personnel officer, intelligence officer, and legal officer.

Freyhan returned to active service with the Air Force in 1951 and served in various management and financial positions, leaving the service with the rank of major in 1953. He came to Little Rock in 1958 to work with the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. He worked for the commission periodically and also did other private consulting work. He died July 11, 2000.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas Industrial Development Commission.
Freyhan, Paul
Freyhan, Rudolph Walter, 1908-2000
Kinzel, Eberhard, 1897-1945
World War, 1939-1945.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rudolph Walter Freyhan papers, MSS.03.04, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by James Miller, February 2003


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