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Sigismond deRudesheim Diettrich Papers

Identifier: Ms Coll. 036

Scope and Content

The collection includes manuscripts for several works, some unpublished, primarily on geographic studies of Florida and Eastern Europe. Of special interest is his correspondence related to his resignation and attempted suicide in 1959. Correspondence also includes a series of letters with Wallace W. Atwood, President of Clark University. Atwood's son, Rollin Salisbury Atwood, was also a member of the Department of Geography.


  • 1933-1959



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Biographical/Historical Note

Sigismond deRudesheim Diettrich (1906-1987) was head of the Dept. of Geography from 1945 to 1959. Diettrich, a native of Hungary, received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Budapest and his Ph.D. from Clark University. He joined the University of Florida's faculty in 1931 as an Instructor of Economic Geography in the College of Commerce and Journalism. He served as a special consultant to the O.S.S. and as an assistant to the chief of the Division of Geography and Cartography of the Department of State during World War II. Diettrich was forced to resign his faculty position in 1959 after being called before the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee (i.e., the Johns Committee) He died in May, 1987.


0.4 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Manuscripts for several works, some unpublished, on geographic studies of Florida and Eastern Europe. Correspondence related to his termination, correspondence with Wallace W. Atwood, President of Clark University.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Material

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A Guide to the Sigismond deRudesheim Diettrich Papers
Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff
March 2005
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America