96 unnumbered pages : postcards tipped in ; 21 cm.
Erich Cramer Stern kept a diary of his travels and activities in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany, with an excursion to Norway, 4 June to 27 August 1905. He describes the architecture in Berlin and Hamburg. While in Berlin he attends lectures at the university, studies Karl Marx's book, takes Italian lessons at the Berlitz School, attends a rowing competition and tennis tournament, goes for lots of walks in the woods, eats in many restaurants, goes to the theater, and writes about other boarders by name. On 2 August he boards the SS Meteor for an excursion cruise to Norway and describes the architecture, landscape, and fjords which remind him of Alaska. He returns to Berlin on 27 August, the last entry in his diary. He notes that he has secured a ticket to return home on 29 September from Naples. In addition to the travel descriptions, he writes introspectively about his need for companionship as almost a physical necessity, and spends a lot of time with both male friends and female acquaintances, and married couples.
Erich Cramer Stern was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 8 February 1879. He graduated with an L.L.B. from Harvard University in 1904 and a Ph.D. in 1905 from the University of Paris, France. He was admitted to the Wisconsin bar in 1905 and practiced law with the firm Stern, Croen & Bodner. He was also a professor of law at Marquette University, 1915-1920, served on the Common Council of Milwaukee, 1908-1910, and the Wisconsin State Assembly, 1910-1913. His civic and cultural activities included treasurer of the Milwaukee Orchestral Association and trustee of the Milwaukee Civic Music Association and Milwaukee Art Institute. In his early years he was a figure skater, skier, and hiker. He translated manuscripts from German and French, and was a major apologist for Germany's cause during World War I. He married late in life to Lucia Martha Karker in 1930, and died 18 February 1969; they had no children.
In Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa. (#RBM 9493).
Erich Cramer Stern papers; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries' Archives Department/Milwaukee Area Research Center; owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Library-Archives Division.