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Ruhleben Camp Magazine Scrapbook

MSE/MD 3829


Collection Summary

Title: Ruhleben Camp Magazine Scrapbook
Dates: 1915-1917
Collection No.: MSE/MD 3829
Extent: 2 scrapbooks and 2 bound volumes
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: 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.

Selected Search Terms

Ruhleben (Concentration camp)
Ruhleben (Concentration camp)--Periodicals
World War, 1914-1918--Prisons and prisoners, German--Periodicals
World War, 1914-1918--Prisons and prisoners, German

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: Ruhleben Camp Magazine Scrapbook, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: Ruhleben Camp Magazine Scrapbook was purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in June 2017, from Between the Covers, Gloucester, New Jersey. Arranged and described 2017, by Sara Quashnie. Finding aid 2017, by Sara Quashnie and Julie Tanaka.

Biographical Note

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

Scope and Content Note

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.

Container List

  • Ruhleben Camp Magazine Scrapbook 1915-1917. (MSE/MD 3829-1-B).
    • In Ruhleben Camp Magazine, bound, nos. 1-10, June-December 1915. (MSE/MD 3829-2-B).
      • The Ruhleben Camp Magazine, bound, nos. 1-6, March 1916-June 1917. (MSE/MD 3829-3-B).