Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Moenkhaus mss., 1892-1918, consist primarily of the correspondence of zoologist William J. Moenkhaus, 1871-1947, former professor at Indiana University. Moenkhaus was born in Huntingburg, Indiana; attended Indiana State Normal School, 1890-1892; and received his A.B. and A.M. degrees from Indiana University. After studying at both Harvard and the University of Chicago, he returned to I.U. to teach in 1901, and in 1903 received his Ph.D.

Included is the correspondence of his wife Sara Katherine (Rettger) Moenkhaus and their son William Ernest Moenkhaus, who, from approximately 1914-1916, was confined to Les Fr╦ćnes, a hospital in Leysin, Switzerland. Most of the correspondence for these three years relates to his stay there.

The collection also contains: nine itemized bills from Les Frenes; a bound chronology of World War I, June 6-Sept. 19, 1918, probably written by William Ernest Moenkhaus; 13 photographs; stamp collecting material; and a copy of the Bloomington Evening World, July 15, 1915.

Correspondents include Nathan Banks, Lewellys Franklin Barker, Elmer Burritt Bryan, William Lowe Bryan, Hermon Carey Bumpus, Walter Bradford Cannon, William Austin Cannon, Henry Edward Crampton, Charles Benedict Davenport, Henry Herbert Donaldson, Gilman Arthur Drew, Carl H. Eignemann, Michael Joseph Golden, Friederika (Ramsbrook) Moenkhaus, Arnold Edward Ortmann, George Howard Parker, Frank Henry Pike, Paul Marshall Rea, William Berryman Scott, Colin C. Stewart, Andrew Timberman, Arnold Tompkins, and William Trelease.

Collection size: 177 items

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