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Frederick T. Haneman Papers

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 25 Apr 2010

Biographical History

Frederick Theodore Haneman (circa 1863-after 1940) was a German-American physician and a prolific author and editor of both medical and general-interest papers and articles.

According to the 1930 U.S. Census, Haneman was born in Prussia and came to the United States in 1888; he and his wife Laura, born in New York circa 1874, settled in New Jersey. Their surname is spelt "Hanemon" in the 1910 census. According to Haneman's own biographical statement, written in the third person and included in the collection, he spent "over 30 years on the editorial staff of Funk and Wagnalls Company as a writer for the Literary Digest, the several editions of the Standard Dictionary, the Jewish and Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedias, etc. He also was a collaborator to the latest edition of the International Encyclopedia, the Standard Encyclopedia of the Alcohol Problem, etc. For over ten years he was the editor of a well-known medical journal. During the war he was attached to the Belgian Relief...He is especially interested in sanitation and hygiene, education, history, and political science."

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Frederick T. Haneman Papers consists of correspondence, medical material, memorabilia, and writings.

Correspondence consists almost entirely of letters from Haneman's wife Laura during a trip to Europe in 1913; some were sent from aboard ship, others from various locations in Europe. The majority of the letters are in German; typed transcripts, also in German and of unknown origin, are present for some of the letters. There is also one letter ro "My dear Son" from "Mother"; internal evidence suggests that the letter is from Laura Haneman to their son Vincent.

Medical material contains clippings and handwritten notes on various remedies for everything from asthma to impotence, and a set of four published papers on the medical and therapeutic uses of radium.

Memorabilia consists of a handwritten document, in German, regarding a coin collection; loose pages from a book entitled Erforschung der Erdrinde (labeled in English, "History of the Discovery of the Earth's Surface"), and three small diaries or daybooks with various sorts of material laid in. Volume 1 (volume numbers are not original but were assigned for identification purposes) includes 20 or so printed and hand-colored pages of coats of arms for various German cities.

Writings, most in English and most handwritten, consist of Haneman's own biographical statement and drafts of various articles and essays. Most were likely written for one of the encyclopedias to which he was a contributor. Topics include radium, sunbathing, alcohol, German history, and politics. Of particular interest is a letter to the editor of the New York Times, annotated as "unpublished," on "Causes of the European War" written in August 1914, less than a month after the outbreak of World War I.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by type or title, with the exception of correspondence which is arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Subject Headings


Haneman, Frederick Theodore.
Haneman, Laura.
Saubermann, Sigmund.


Alcoholism -- Germany.
Alcoholism -- Study and teaching.
Devices (Heraldry) -- Germany.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- Germany.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- Health aspects.
Europe -- Description and travel.
Germany -- History.
Medical care -- Germany --19th century.
Medical care -- United States --19th century.
Medicine -- Formulae, receipts, prescriptions.
Medicine, Naval.
Radium -- Therapeutic use.
Therapeutics -- History -- 19th century.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Causes.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Commonplace books.
Drafts (documents)
Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Frederick T. Haneman Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Vincent S. Haneman, 1969.

Table of Contents


Medical material