University of Notre Dame

Gerhart Niemeyer Papers


Origination : Gerhart Niemeyer
Extent : 23 linear feet.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Restricted by contract.


Judge Paul V. Niemeyer, son of Gerhart Niemeyer.

Preferred Citation

Gerhart Niemeyer Papers (GNM), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556.

Scope and Content

Correspondence, 1965-1977; subject files, including files on Heller, Solzhenitsyn, Voegelin, and Wittfogel; publications, lectures, research notes and drafts, Episcopal church matters, sermons (1973-1993), musical and personal matters, and financial material.

Thanks to Prof. John Roos and graduate research assistant Adam Seagrave for providing abstracts describing the contents of each folder of manuscripts.


Conservative political philosopher, born in 1907; professor of government at the University of Notre Dame, 1955-1997. Niemeyer wrote about political theory, ideology, communism, totalitarianism, the modern world, and Christianity. He served as an advisor to Barry Goldwater, as a member of the Republican National Committee's Task Force on Foreign Policy, and as chairman of the Board of Foreign Scholarships in the Reagan administration. He served as an Episcopalian deacon beginning in 1973 and as an Episcopalian priest beginning in 1980. Before his death he converted to Roman Catholicism. He had an interest in early music and played the recorder and viola da gamba. He died in 1997.


Voegelin, Eric.
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander Isaevich, 1918-
Wittfogel, Karl August, 1896-
University of Notre Dame.
Episcopal Church -- Indiana.
Political theory.
International relations.
Political science -- Philosophy.

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