Fonds RH - Richard Hoff fonds

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Richard Hoff fonds

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  • 1943-1989 (Creation)
    Hoff, Richard

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  • 0.29 m of textual records

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Richard Hoff was born in Breslau, Germany in 1904 and died at the age of 91 August 31, 1995. In 1939 he fled Germany, arrived in Canada in 1940 and was interned in 1943. Shortly after becoming a Canadian citizen (1946), Dr. Hoff was hired by Dr. MacOdrum to teach at Carleton College. While teaching Richard Hoff began the German Language Club of Carleton College. Founded on October 28, 1947, the club was for students, staff, and friends of the college. The aim of the club was to provide the opportunity to speak the German language. Meetings included films, records, sing-songs, contests, and short talks by outside speakers. In 1956 the club became The German Language Club of Ottawa in the hopes of broadening its membership. At some point in the 1950's Dr. Hoff took on employment as a translator for the German Section, Multilingual Division, Translator Bureau which operated under the Department of the Secretary of State. Later he became the section chief and remained so until 1975 when he retired. Upon retiring he become a freelance translator for the same agency until approximately 1985 or 1986.

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The records of this collection were willed to Mr. Peter Hessel and remained in his custody until he donated them to the Archives on October 10, 1995.

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The fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Richard Hoff. These include yearly diaries (1943-1989), nine scrapbooks from both the German Language Club of Carleton College and Ottawa, and four scrapbooks about Ottawa and its history.

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Access governed by Carleton University Access to Information Act.

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No reproduction without written consent of University Archivist.

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The scrapbook and newspaper clippings are deteriorating.

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