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MS 210 - Karl May and European Materials on the American West



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Karl May

Western Subject Items from Germany

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MS 210 - Karl May and European Materials on the American West, 1963,1987-2000 | McCracken Research Library

By Moody, Terry

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Title: MS 210 - Karl May and European Materials on the American West, 1963,1987-2000Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: May, Karl

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 01/00/1999


This collection represents German perceptions of the American West and relationships between Euro-Americans and American Indians. The collection includes catalogs, newsletters, programs and pamphlets, postcards, books, an audiocassette, video tapes, and various artifacts that date from 1963, 1987-2000. Most of the materials are in German. The condition of this collection is excellent. Total volume represents five boxes (2.5 c.f.) and 1 large poster folder.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Series I is devoted to Karl may materials and includes a brief biography; catalogs, guidebooks, and postcards of the Karl-May-Museum exhibits;  Programs, pamphlets, and poster of the Karl-May-Spiele; program of the Nebraska-Haus Inauguration-Ceremony; a series of Karl May & Co. Magazines; various books, videos, an audiocassette; and a small collection of Karl-May-Museum souvenirs.

Series II is devoted to a general collection of German materials and artifacts related to the American West and Native American Indians found in popular magazines, comic books, various other types of illustrative materials and video.

Collection Historical Note

Karl May (1842 - 1912) ws a German writer who wrote popular novels set in the American West and the Orient.  May's first book on the American west was published in 1879 for young German readers.  With over 100 million copies sold in German, adventures of his western heroes, Winnetou and Old Shatterhand, are well kown to the German public.  May's novels have been translated into 33 languages.  Karl May's work continues to be of interest to Germans and other Europeans, as well as their interest in the American West and Native American Indians.  The Karl-May-Museum in Radebeul, Germany houses ethnological exhibits of the Indians of North America.  The Karl-May-Spiele and/or Karl May Fessttage are annual events.  The Karl-May-Magazine is currently published periodically.  Films of Karl May's western novels were produced in the 1960s.  Videos are avialable of some of these films.  A 1997 video production was made of Karl May's life and work.  For further information on Karl May, see the Karl May Museum web site at


Administrative Information

Repository: McCracken Research Library

Access Restrictions: McCracken Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials. Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation or publication. Contact McCracken Research Library for more information.

Acquisition Source: Professor Dr. Gerhard Hoffmann

Acquisition Method: Donation.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 1: Karl MayAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biography: Karl MayAdd to your cart.
Karl May: Leben und Werk [Life and Work]. Von Dr. Klaus Hoffman. ©Karl-May-Stiftung Radebeul. Gesamtherstellung: Grafischer Großbetrieb Völkerfreundscaft Dresden. ISBN 3-910035-02-7.
Folder 2: Catalogs and GuidesAdd to your cart.

1987 - " Karl May Museum Radebeul: Völkerkundliche Ausstellung “Indianer NordAmerikas”. Dr. Peter Neumann. Herausgeber: Karl-May-Stiftung Radebeul. Catalog of the ethnological exhibition of the Indians of North America.

1989          Sascha Schneider & Karl May: Eine Künstlerfreundschaft. Rolf Günther and Dr. Klaus Hoffmann. Herausgeber: Karl-May-Stiftung Radebeul. Haus der Heimat Freital. Catalog includes illustrations of various artists’ works, biography of the life and work of artist Sascha Schneider and his friendship with Karl May. ISBN 3-910035-03-5.

1992          Indianer Nordamerikas: Ausstellung im Blockhaus, Villa Bärenfett” des Karl-May-Museums. Dr. Lothar Dräger Rolf Krusche and Dr. Klaus Hoffmann. Herausgeber: Karl-May-Stiftung Radebeul. Exhibition catalog.

1992          Karl-May-Museum: Kurzführer durch die Ausstellungen. “Indianer Nordamerikas”, “Karl May—Leben und Werk” Edition LIPP. Dr. Klaus Hoffmann and René Wagner. Karl-May-Stiftung Radebeul.

n.d.            Karl-May-Museum Rabebeul small fold-out guides to eight wax figures in the Karl-May-Museum (two copies).

Folder 3: Karl-May-Museum Rabebeul Post Cards (eight)Add to your cart.

“Patty Frank, Mitbegründer und langjähriger Verwalter des Museums”, geb. 19.01.1876—gest. 23.08.1959

“Old Shatterhand und Winnetou”

“Winnetou und Old Shatterhand am Wasserfall”



“Karl May-Museum: the library”

“Winnetou, Old Shatterhand und Apanatschi”

  Untitled, image of the log cabin interior

Folder 4: Advertisements, Newsletters, Pamphlets and ProgramsAdd to your cart.


Karl-May-Spiele '99

Karl-May-Spiele '99.  Bad Segeberg HALBBLUT DER OLPRINZ, Karl May Spiele 2000.


DER MARTERPFAHL,  Winter 1998/99

DER MARTERPFAHL,  Fruhjahr 2000


2 Pamphlets : DER OLPRINZ, Karl-May-Spiele 2000


1987   Nebraska-Haus:  The Inauguration Ceremony, Karl- May-Spiele Bad Seeberg, May 23 1987

2000  Radebeuler Karl-May-Festtage. Bildungs - und Kulturamtder Stadtverwaltung Radebeull und Karl-May-Museum Radebeul.  ISBN-NR.: 3-00-006285-8.

2000 DER OLPRINZ, Karl-May-Spiele 2000

Folder 5: MagazinesAdd to your cart.

Karl May& Co.:  Das Karl-May-Magazin. ISSN 1434-0356

Rundbrief Nr. 66, November, 1996 "Mescalero E. V."

Rundbrief Nr. 69, August, 1997.

Rundbrief Nr. 70 November, 1997. "Interview Mit "Winnetou" Heinz Ingo Hilgers".

Folder 6: MagazinesAdd to your cart.

Rundbrief Nr. 73, August, 1998.  "Karl-May-Speile '98

Rundbrief Nr. 74, Noveber 1998.  "Mit Karl May zu den lieben Haddedihn"

Folder 7: MagazinesAdd to your cart.

Rundbrief Nr. 75, Februar 1999."Happy Birthday, Pierre Brice!"

Rundbrief Nr. 76, Mai 1999.  "Lex Barker"

Rundbrief Nr. 77, August 1999.  "Karl-Ma-Spiele '99"

Rundbrief Nr. 78, Dezember 1999. "Cherokee Indian Reservation"

Folder 8: MagazinesAdd to your cart.

Rundbrief, Nr. 79, Marz 2000.

Rundbrief, Nr. 80, Mai 2000.

Rundbrief, Nr. 81, August 2000.  "Mathieu Carriere" (3 copies)

Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Oversize and artifactsAdd to your cart.

A.210.1 and A.210.2 - Two Banners: White with red trim.  "Karl-May Museum Radebeul" on both sides.  3/4 image of Karl-May on one side, profile of American Indian in feathered headdress on other side.

A.210.6 - One 18" tabletop cardboard sign depicts Winnetou leaning against a rock face stamped with Karl-May-Verlag (Publisher).  Bamberg-Radebeul.

Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Oversize and artifactsAdd to your cart.

A. 210.3 - One molded white plastic bust of Winnetou, approximately 2.75" tall.

A.210.4/AB - One teacup and saucer set (white glaze with green trim).  Teacup bears the logo "Karl May Museum, Radebuel" wit photostat image of Karl May.

Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Oversize and artifacts.Add to your cart.
A.210.5 - One beer stein (white glaze) with black ink line drawing of "Vila Barenfett" on one side, right-handed stein handle.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Map Cabinet:  Poster Drawer [MS210: oversize folder, with posters]Add to your cart.

20" x 32", depict Winnetou in foreground, Old Shatterhand in left midground. (2 copies).

11" x 16", tited Winnetou and Iltsci, depict a closeup of the head of Winnetou and a horse (2 copies).

11.75" x 8.25". DER OLPRINZ, Karl-May-Spiele 2000.

116.5" x 11.75" DER OLPRINZ, Karl-May-Spiele 2000.

Series 2: Western Subject Items from GermanyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 9: German MagazinesAdd to your cart.
1999  DAMALS: Das Aktuelle Magazine fur Geschichte und Kultur, November. Articles on NorthAmericanIniann Culture :  "Indianer de Mythos des "Roten Mannes"
Folder 10: German Comic BooksAdd to your cart.

1996  Lucky Luke, Extra:  Western-zeitung. Die Postkutsche.  Morris and Goscinny.  DELTA Verlagsgesellwschaft mit beschr5ankter Haftung, Stuttgart.

1997  Yakari, und der Weisse Bison.  Derib & Job.  Carsen Comics.  Carlsen Verlag GmbH. Hamburg, 1978.  ISBN 3-551-01942-8.

Folder 11: Tabacco AdvertisementAdd to your cart.

"Natural American Spirit", American Indian Logo.  Die EG-Gesundheitsminister:  Rauchen Gefahrdet Die Gesundheit

Pamphlet, "Dresdnet Stadtfest 2000, August 18-20, 2000.

Folder 12: Calendar.Add to your cart.
Der Indianerkalender 2001, art illustrated calendar (artists:  Buchfink, Denton, IkoSuyHanHepi Mani, S. J. Smith).  Copyright 2000 Verlag/Bertrieb:Lichschatz Design.  Isny In Alllgau, Germany.  ISBN-Nr.:3-9803831-2-1.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Stickers : Eisenkorn Verlag BerlinAdd to your cart.

One:  1992, "Weiss Du, Dass Baume sprechen" B.C. Indianische Legensweisheit.

One:  1992, "Nur wer Zeit Zum Traumen hat, findet Weisheit. B.C. Spruch der Nimipu".

One: 1998. "Die Erdelebt"

One:  1998, "I Live Wild".

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