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Eva Rodtwitt Papers

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Eva Rodtwitt was a French professor and partner of English department Professor Emeritus  Elizabeth Phillips. This collection includes Rodtwitt's personal documents such as applications for grants, her Master's proposal, schedules, diary entries, personal letters and photographs, as well as newspaper clippings, academic essays, interviews about Nazi occupation of Norway, speeches, and course materials for her French classes.

Biographical and Historical Note

Eva Rodtwitt was born in Oslo, Norway, on January 17, 1924, to Trygve and Frida Maria Rodtwitt. She received degrees in English (1946), History (1948), and French (1953) from the University of Oslo, where she also served as the chairwoman of the Student French Club and the Association of Oslo Lektors of French. Following graduation from the University of Oslo, she went on to teach French, English, and History at Kristiansand Katedralskole (Kristiansand Cathedral School) in Kristiansand, and Foss skole (Foss Upper Secondary School) in Oslo. Additionally, from 1962 to 1965, she assisted with the production of plays with the Dramatic Club at the school.

In order to study English, American culture, and American teaching methods and pedagogy in an immersive environment, Rodtwitt applied for and received the Smith Mundt scholarship for visiting international teachers and a Fulbright grant; she arrived in Washington D.C. in 1959. From 1966 to 1968, she was a visiting lecturer at Wake Forest College, where she later became a lecturer and taught courses primarily about French and French literature. At Wake Forest, Rodtwitt emphasized to her students the importance of learning "foreign languages," political awareness, and a commitment to world affairs.

Collection Overview

This collection documents the life, work, and academic pursuits of Eva Rodtwitt. The collection is composed of 4 series: Series 1. Biographical and personal materials; Series 2. Correspondence; Series 3. Subject files; and Series 4. Course notes.

The Biographical and personal materials series contain photographs, interviews about the Nazi occupation of Norway, personal schedules, letters, and 8mm films, many of which are identified; due to equipment access, the films are not able to be viewed. The series also contains Rodtwitt's Master's degree proposal and Fulbright grant application, which includes an autobiographical essay of her educational career and transition to the United States.

Correspondence includes letters to her friend Maya Angelou, her partner and WFU English professor Elizabeth Phillips, speeches to the faculty Humanities Club, and personal correspondences with family and friends in both the United States and Norway.

Subject files contain newspaper clippings on topics such as Maya Angelou, Edvard Munch, Obama, and global affairs. Other subjects include culture, socioeconomics, and language in Norway. The series also holds academic essays by others.

The Course notes series contains tests, lesson notes, and assignments for French classes. It also contains notes from courses taken by Rodtwitt from fellow WFU professors, including Edwin G. Wilson and Elizabeth Phillips.

Collection Inventory

  • Biographical and personal materials
    • 1813-1814 period talk notes (undated ) box 2 folder 15
    • Audiocassette tapes: French stories, music box 17
    • Birthday lyrics for Wanda Balzano and Eva Rodtwitt (2007) box 1 folder 1
    • Bryant, Shasta, retirement party materials (1988) box 2 folder 11
    • Diary papers, personal notes, and schedules (1951-2002) (1993-2002) box 1 folder 2
    • Eva Rodtwitt celebration reception at Wake Forest, invitation (1997) box 2 folder 7
    • Faculty in Modern Languages list (1942) box 2 folder 6
    • Germaine Brée retirement party  (1982-1985) box 2 folder 2
    • Grant application (1959) box 1 folder 3
    • Humanities Club handwritten speeches  (1994) box 2 folder 3
    • Interview on Nazi occupation of Norway, article copies  (1980) box 1 folder 5
    • Master's degree proposal  (2006-2007) box 1 folder 8
    • Norway's Liberation, personal health, personal emails and clippings, 80th birthday (2004-2006) box 1 folder 6
    • "Palmes Academique," award clipping (1978) box 1 folder 13
    • Personal photography collection, photograph collage  (1976-1982) box 1 folder 9
    • Personal photographs, family and friends  (2012) box 1 folder 12
    • Schedule and personal calendar  (1978 November) box 2 folder 10
    • United Kingdom postcards, London, Edinburgh (undated) box 2 folder 13
    • University of Oslo certificates, academic certificates, curriculum vitae, application for research leave (1943-1993) box 2 folder 14
  • Correspondence
    • Birthday cards  (1975-1989) box 1 folder 4
    • French teaching, course profession, and faculty roles, personal letter  (undated ) box 2 folder 20
    • Folkeregisteret, Oslo, correspondence (1994) box 1 folder 7
    • Inauguration of French House notes and letter  (1976) box 2 folder 4
    • Maya Angelou, Maya, letter (undated) box 2 folder 5
    • Personal correspondence (undated) box 1 folder 10-11 box 2 folder 1-2
    • Rodtwitt to Elizabeth Phillips, correspondence  (1987) box 2 folder 8
    • Sally to Rodtwitt, correspondence (1994) box 2 folder 9
  • Course notes
    • Albert Camus, Algeria, course notes (undated) box 6 folder 11
    • Albert Camus articles, clippings and course notes  (1994-1995) box 6 folder 14
    • Albert Camus notes on Absurdism, course notes and analyses  (1989) box 6 folder 12
    • Albert Camus, "The Myth of Sisyphus", course notes  (1987) box 6 folder 13
    • Albert Camus, Germain notes, clipping, class notes and analyses  (1996) box 6 folder 15
    • Albert Camus, "La Pierre qui pousse," questions, class notes (undated ) box 6 folder 10
    • Albert Camus, "Les Justes," notes class questions and analyses  (undated) box 6 folder 16
    • Albert Camus, "L'Hote," questions, class notes (1972) box 6 folder 9
    • Asian culture, religion notes, Chinese and Japanese philosophy notes  (undated ) box 7 folder 11
    • Alfred de Musset class notes, analyses  (undated) box 7 folder 1
    • Alphred de Musset, "La Muse" poetry notes and vocabulary  (undated) box 7 folder 2
    • Alphonse de Lamartine, course notes and analyses  (undated) box 7 folder 3
    • Andre Gide "La Symphonie Pastorale," course notes, questions, and note cards (1992) box 7 folder 4
    • Andre Gide "L'Immoraliste," poetry notes, course notes (1992) box 7 folder 5-6
    • Artists and artistic styles, painters, time periods, course notes  (1958) box 7 folder 7
    • Arthur Rimbaud course notes, poetry questions and analyses, vocabulary  (undated ) box 7 folder 8
    • Arthur Rimbaud course notes and clippings, exam outline (1967) box 7 folder 9-10
    • Charles Baudelaire poetry, course notes and questions  (undated ) box 7 folder 12
    • Charles Baudelaire, "Spleen," course notes, poetry questions and analyses  (undated ) box 8 folder 1
    • Charles Baudelaire course notes and analyses, poetry and history  (1975) box 8 folder 2
    • Charles Baudelaire poetry course notes and analyses  (undated ) box 8 folder 3
    • Charles Paul Segal, "Antigone," play notes, course notes and analyses  (1958) box 8 folder 4
    • Course materials, Norwegian language  (1963) box 8 folder 5
    • Coruse materials, vocabulary, textual analyses, poetry notes  (undated) box 8 folder 6
    • Dijon, France history course notes  (1991) box 8 folder 7
    • Descartes notes (undated) box 8 folder 8
    • Du Bellay notes, literary analyses (undated) box 8 folder 9
    • Eugene Ionesco, theatre of the absurd, Philomathesian article, theatre brochure, clippings (1994) box 8 folder 10
    • Flaubert course notes, French review, theories and analyses (1954-2001) box 8 folder 11
    • Flaubert history, literary theory, chapter notes, course analyses, postcards  (undated ) box 8 folder 12
    • Flaubert notes and Moliere's "Le Medecin malgre lui" (undated) box 8 folder 13
    • Flaubert, Madame Bovary chapter notes and analyses, Flaubert newspaper clippings  (1987) box 9 folder 1
    • Flaubert, Madame Bovary study guide, performance brochure, Julian (1972) box 10 folder 7
    • Flaubert, "Trois Contes" notes and analyses (undated ) box 15 folder 11
    • François Rabelais class notes and newspaper articles  (undated ) box 9 folder 2
    • François-René de Chateaubriand notes  (undated ) box 9 folder 3
    • François Villon notes  (undated) box 9 folder 4
    • French 217 Ourika notes and questions  (1995) box 9 folder 5
    • French class notes, notebooks, course schedule  (1951-2004) box 9 folder 6
    • French 216, Le Moyen Age, Montaigne (undated) box 9 folder 7
    • French 275 exam content, course notes, L'ecole des femmes notes and analyses (1991) box 9 folder 8
    • French 213, "Phèdre", notes, analyses, and vocabulary (1993) box 9 folder 9-10
    • French 222, Becaud poetry, French National Anthem sheet music and lyrics  (1997) box 9 folder 11
    • French 265, French drama, "La Farce de Maitre Pathelin" questions, Jean Louis Barrault (1993) box 9 folder 12
    • French course notes, exam, conjugation sheets  (1993) box 9 folder 13
    • French exam outline  (1988) box 10 folder 1
    • French literature, short stories, narratives, course notes (undated) box 10 folder 2
    • French Literature, Honore de Balzac, course notes and analyses 1-2 (undated ) box 10 folder 3-4
    • Gérard de Nerval, notes, timeline, Delfica notes, poetry notes, themes, Myrto (undated) box 10 folder 5-6
    • History course, Dijon France, course notes (undated ) box 10 folder 8-9
    • History, Literature, and Philosophy notebooks, course notes (1957) box 11 folder 1-2
    • Humanities 214, Kristen Lavransdatter,  The Mistress of Husaby course notes, questions, clipping  (1979) box 10 folder 10
    • Introduction to nineteenth century French literature, poetry and prose notes, article (1958-1994) box 11 folder 3
    • Italian course materials, lessons, exams, and vocabulary  (undated ) box 11 folder 4
    • Jean Guillaume, "Pandora" notes, themes, and analyses  (undated ) box 11 folder 5
    • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, literary theories, analyses, and course notes  (1979) box 11 folder 6
    • Jean-Jacques Rousseau "Montesquieu" class notes  (undated ) box 11 folder 7
    • Jean-Paul Sartre notes, Existentialism, philosophy course notes, analyses, and notebook  (1981) box 11 box 8
    • Jean-Paul Sartre "Le Mur" course questions and notes  (1992) box 11 folder 9
    • Knut Hamsun life and works, clippings, and notes  (undated ) box 12 folder 1
    • "La Farce du Cavier", Paul Verlaine course notes and poetry questions, and "Le Deserteur" (undated ) box 11 folder 10
    • La Fontaine notes, analyses, and vocabulary  (undated ) box 12 folder 2
    • "La Veuve Noire," "La Chevelure" course materials (undated ) box 12 folder 3
    • "Le Bateau Ivre," Arthur Rimbaud poetry notes  (undated ) box 12 folder 4
    • "Le Fleurs du Mal," questions, course notes, poetry analyses  (undated ) box 12 folder 5
    • "Le Medecin malgre lui," summary, notes, analyses, and theatre poster  (undated ) box 12 folder 6
    • "Le Misanthrope," Molière, notes and analyses, notes on idealism  (undated ) box 12 folder 7
    • "Le Roman de Tristan et Iseult," notes  (undated ) box 15 folder 10
    • "Le Rouge et le Noir," notes, questions, and chapter analyses  (undated ) box 12 folder 8
    • "Les Miserables," course notes, questions, and analyses, Victor Hugo notes 1-2 (1981-1983) box 12 folder 9 box 13 folder 1
    • Louis XIV course notes and book chapters (undated ) box 13 folder 2-3
    • Madame Bovary course questions, literary theory, realism, reader's guide (1994) box 13 folder 4-5
    • Madame Bovary course notes, chapter notes, and analyses  (undated ) box 13 folder 6
    • M. Conner, notebook, French notes  (2008) box 13 folder 7
    • Marcel Proust course materials (1951-1978) box 13 folder 8
    • Molière course notes (undated ) box 13 folder 9
    • Molière, "Le Tartuffe," vocabulary, scene questions, notes and analyses  (1992) box 13 folder 10
    • Molière, "L'avare," questions, scene analyses, and course notes  (undated ) box 14 folder 1
    • Molière, "Le Bourgeois gentilhomme," analysis, other works, abstracts, course questions (undated ) box 14 folder 2
    • Molière "Le Malade imaginaire," course materials (undated ) box 14 folder 3
    • Norwegian course lessons and notebooks (1957-2001) box 14 folder 4
    • Pascal notes, course notes  (undated ) box 14 folder 5
    • Paul Verlaine, course notes and poetry  (undated ) box 14 folder 6
    • Philosophy course notes, Camus, Sartre, analyses and themes  (undated ) box 14 folder 7
    • Pierre de Ronsard, "Ode a Cassandre" notes, questions, poetry notes  (undated ) box 14 folder 8
    • Poetry notes, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Shakespeare 1-2 (undated ) box 14 folder 9
    • Politics 232, student work, Dr. Welsch notebook (2003) box 14 folder 10
    • Romantic literature analyses, linguistic articles, book chapters, and notes  (1985-1987) box 14 folder 11
    • Samuel Beckett biography, theatre questions and class notes  (undated ) box 15 folder 1
    • Serge Cuenin course notes  (1986) box 15 folder 2
    • Stephen Barker's excerpts from philosophical works  (undated ) box 15 folder 3
    • Stendhal course notes, analyses, and questions  (1988) box 15 folder 4
    • Stendhal, "Chronique de 1830," chapter notes  (1981) box 15 folder 5
    • Stendhal, "La Chartreuse," class notes, analyses, and note cards  (undated ) box 15 folder 6
    • Stendhal course notes (undated ) box 15 folder 7
    • Stendhal timeline and biography notes  (undated ) box 15 folder 8
    • The Tale of Genji, notebook and chapter notes  (2004) box 15 folder 9
    • Victor Hugo, "Cromwell" notes, "Hernani" drama notes, critiques  (undated ) box 15 folder 12
    • Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris chapter notes and analyses  (undated ) box 15 folder 13
    • Victor Hugo poetry course notes and analyses  (undated ) box 15 folder 14
    • Victor Hugo, "Ruy Blas" play notes, scene notes, and "Cromwell" notes  (undated ) box 16 folder 1
    • Victor Hugo, course materials (1997) box 16 folder 2
    • Voltaire notes, class notes, enlightenment  (undated ) box 16 folder 3
  • Subject files
    • Absurdist philosophy and Camus clippings (1994) box 4 folder 10
    • Ancient Religion and Folk-Beliefs of the Sami, Alta Museum pamphlet  (1994) box 2 folder 15
    • Anglo-American House of Oslo University booklet  (1946) box 2 folder 16
    • Bicentennial of French Revolution, newspaper clipping  (1989) box 2 folder 17
    • Bosnian War, Balkans newspaper clippings, book chapters, Map of Balkans  (1999-2001) box 2 folder 18
    • Colonialism, Africa, Slave trade, book chapters 1-2 (undated ) box 3 folder 1 box 2 folder 19
    • Coraddi, UNCG's magazine for the arts  (1984) box 3 folder 2
    • Eastern Medicine brochures, heart research, newspaper clipping on aging  (1998-2004) box 3 folder 3
    • Edith Piaf Song Collection, Hal Leonard corporation  (1987-2000) box 3 folder 4
    • Education essays, teaching styles of teaching culture  (1997) box 3 folder 5
    • Edvard Munch, clippings and artwork  (1991-2012) box 3 folder 6
    • Free Inquiry magazine, theology and religion clippings  (2002) box 3 folder 7
    • French Revolution, newspaper clippings on Goethe, French Revolution pamphlets  (1949-1989) box 3 folder 8
    • French sheet music and lyrics (1947-1997) box 6 folder 2
    • Henrik Ibsen, "The Wild Duck" clipping, "A Doll House," article  (2006) box 3 folder 9
    • Humanities Club, Dr. David Levy paper, composer profiles  (1993) box 3 folder 10
    • Humanities Institute, Wake Forest University, Symposium for establishment  (2011) box 3 folder 11
    • Islam and Arabic culture clippings (2003-2004) box 3 folder 12
    • Islamic History, Politics and Culture, book chapters  (2008) box 3 folder 13
    • King Olav V, death  (1991) box 3 folder 14
    • La Cantatrice Chauve, directed by Eva Rodwitt at Ring Theater  (1979) box 3 folder 15
    • Maya Angelou clippings and performance brochure for "On a Southern Journey" (1983-1985) box 3 folder 17
    • Maya Angelou, Old Gold and Black clippings (2002-2008) box 3 folder 18
    • Midnight Sun web (2008) box 4 folder 1
    • Military History on the 99th Infantry Battalion (separate) and newspaper clipping (undated) box 4 folder 2
    • Mind Body newspaper, psychology articles on disorders, human brain changes (2003) box 4 folder 3
    • "Mullen Around: A Star Spangled Lied," sheet music  (1957) box 4 folder 4
    • Musée de Kristiansand (1967) box 4 folder 5
    • Nature Conservatory Magazine, Issue 1 (2012) box 4 folder 6
    • New World Order, Capitalism, and Globalization clippings (1997-2004) box 4 folder 8
    • New Testament and Jewish people clippings  (1999-2005) box 4 folder 12
    • Newspaper clippings and publications  (1997) box 4 folder 13
    • Ninety-ninth Battalion United States Army Bjorn Jervay web materials  (2008) box 4 folder 14
    • NC Crossroads Vol. 5, Issue 4 and poems by John York  (1982-2001) box 4 folder 15
    • North Carolinians United for ERA newsletter (1981) box 4 folder 16
    • Northwestern Bank, The Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 brochure  (1981) box 4 folder 17
    • Norwegian constitution booklet  (undated ) box 4 folder 18
    • Norwegian culture, industry, and arts newspaper clippings  (1992-1993) box 5 folder 1
    • Norwegian clippings (2000) box 5 folder 2
    • Norwegian Royal Wedding of Haakon magazine (2001) box 3 folder 16
    • Norwegian history, political geography, brochures and pamphlets  (1967) box 5 folder 3
    • Norwegian education, Royal Ministry of Church, Education, and Research report (1994) box 5 folder 4
    • Norwegian language notes and manuscript  (undated ) box 5 folder 5
    • Norway's National Anthem sheet music  (undated ) box 5 folder 6
    • Norway clippings, brochures, and papers box 5 folder 7
    • Norwegian Role in Peace Process for Guatemala, essay (2007) box 5 folder 8
    • Obama, Barack, clippings (2008-2010) box 5 folder 9
    • Philosophy of Religion book chapters, and Descartes philosophy article (1997-2002) box 5 folder 10
    • Poetry, literature, theory, and theatre clippings (1999-2002) box 4 folder 9
    • Reynolda House Tour of Wales and Ireland  (1998-1999) box 5 folder 11
    • Russian politics, book chapters, articles, newspaper clippings, and map (2003) box 6 folder 1
    • Selbu Tradition, Knitting of Norway, booklet  (undated) box 6 folder 3
    • Tourist Series, Oslo Norway book, city overview, culture, history and photography (undated ) box 6 folder 5
    • Urban Arts of the Arts Council, Gorge Henry Black booklet  (1978) box 6 folder 6
    • Victor Hugo brochures, newspaper clippings, posters, and death centennial  (1985) box 6 folder 7
    • Visual Arts collection, art from Norway, newspaper clippings (1989-2005) box 6 folder 8
    • Wilderness Society and  Books and Arts Clippings (1947-1988) box 6 folder 4
    • World War II, Mountain Haven clippings (1945-1968) box 4 folder 11

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Eva Rodtwitt Papers
ID
MS629
Date [inclusive]
1929-2012
Extent
9.03 Linear Feet  18 document boxes, 1 half-document box, 1 oversize box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Revision Description
 Revised by Stephanie Bennett and Finley Turner 2019 September
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for use. 8mm films are currently not available for viewing. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation
Eva Rodtwitt Papers (MS629), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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