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Ruhleben Camp Magazine Scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: MSE/MD 3829

Scope and Contents

Two-volume scrapbook bound in original pastepaper board measuring 16.5 x 12.75 in. and housed in a cloth box. Contained inside are original drawings, clippings, and ephemera produced by British civilians interned at a German detention camp in Ruhleben, Germany, a few miles west of Berlin, during the First World War. Who compiled the materials is unclear, but it could be the work of one of the camp magazine's two editors, Louis Egerton Filmore or C.G. Pemberton. The scrapbooks may have been compiled to be published as a book based upon information inscribed on the front covers. Both volumes are addressed to Mr. J.S. Boot with Messrs George Newnes Ltd., Southampton St, Strand, London WC. Boot was an editor at the George Newnes publishing house. Also inscribed on the front cover of volume one is a title, "The Lighter Side of Lager Life," and on the cover of the second volume is the note "Alternative Cover Designs Sketches for Book 'The Lighter Side of Lager Life'". The camp magazine, from which materials in the scrapbooks were drawn, was first published on June 6, 1915 under the title, In Ruhleben Camp. Nine subsequent issues followed in 1915. Then, in March 1916, the magazine changed title to The Ruhleben Camp Magazine with five issues published in 1916 and one final issue in June 1917. The magazine chronicled daily life in the camp with a humorous, tongue-in-cheek approach applied to fake advertisements, theatrical reviews, recaps of sporting events, poetry, and satirical literature. Numerous cartoons and other drawings illustrate the articles and stories.

Dates

  • 1915-1917

Language of Materials

English

Biographical / Historical

Possibly compiled by one of the magazine's editors, Louis Egerton Filmore or C.G. Pemberton.

Extent

2 scrapbooks

2 Volumes

Overview

Two-volume scrapbook containing original drawings and text for In Ruhleben Camp (1915) and The Ruhleben Camp Magazine (1916-1917) compiled possibly for postwar publication. The satirical drawings and writings deal with life of British civilians interned in a German prisoner camp in Ruhleben, Germany. Two bound volumes of the published camp magazine accompany the scrapbook.
Title
Ruhleben Camp Magazine Scrapbook
Status
Completed
Author
Sara Quashnie and Julie Tanaka
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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