Interview of Gustave O. Arlt (1978)
UCLA professor of German literature and language, founder of the UCLA Department of Theater Arts, and dean of the UCLA Graduate Division.
- Dean of Graduate Deans: Champion of Arts and Humanities
- UCLA and University of California HistoryUCLA AdministrationUCLA Faculty
- Arlt, Gustave O.
- Supporting Documents:
- Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
- Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
- Family history; role of father in education; trip to Europe at age twelve; study of classics at University of Chicago; early teaching experience; World War I military service in ambulance corps, engineers, and army intelligence; return to teaching; Ph.D. from University of Chicago; appointment to UCLA faculty, 1935; development of Department of Germanic Languages; building library's collections; UCLA during World War II; experiences with German émigré community: Franz Werfel, Thomas Mann, Bertolt Brecht, and Lion Feuchtwanger; work with UCLA Committee on Fine Arts Productions; translating Werfel into English; experiences with Jacobowsky and the Colonel; dean of Graduate Division; association with Historical Society of Southern California; directorship of California Centennials Commission; relations with UCLA community; appointment to and presidency of Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C., 1962; membership in National Commission on the Humanities; role in creating National Endowment for the Humanities; opinions on future of graduate education.