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J. William Frey Collection of Pennsylvania Germania

Identifier: MS 039


The materials in this collection include publications about the Pennsylvania Germans, examples of Pennsylvania German language, art and music as well as materials on other prominent men in the study of the Pennsylvania Germans.


  • 1929-1987,
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1960


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

John William Frey (1916-1989) joined the F & M faculty in 1944, retiring in 1980. He was chairman of the German and Russian Department from 1949 until 1966. He earned an A.B. from Dickinson College in 1937, and his M.A. and Ph. D. from the University of Illinois in 1939 and 1941, respectively. He was also very interested in Pennsylvania German as a language as well as a culture. He published a number of books on the Pennsylvania Germans, including A simple grammar of Pennsylvania Dutch, 1942 and 1985; Pennsylvania Dutch Grammar, 1950; and, Folksongs of the Pennsylvania Dutch, nd. Dr. Frey also spoke extensively on the Pennsylvania Germans. For information on his speeches and where he spoke see his Biographical file in the College Archives under 10/13/11.


3.5 Linear feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection: Arranged into seven series: I. Publications. II. Lexicons.-- III. Pennsylvania German Language.-- IV. Pennsylvania German Art.-- V. Pennsylvania German Folklore Society. VI Pennsylvania Dutch Folklore Center-- VII The Pennsylvania German Society. Allentown, PA.-- VIII. Miscellaneous Pennsylvania German Materials.

Ownership and Custodial History

The bulk of these materials were received from Allan Frey in the early 1990s after the death of his father, J. William Frey. Additional materials were received in 2012 from the Heritage Center of Lancaster County.

Related Archival Materials

Records of Franklin and Marshall College, J. William Frey Files (RG 10/13/11): Custodian--Archives and Special Collections: Address--Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, Country--USA..

Related Archival Materials

J. William Frey Collection on the Soviet Union (MS 41): Custodian--Archives and Special Collections: Address--Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, Country--USA..

Processing Information

Processing completed April 1996.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States