In October, 1976 the co-executors of Hannah Arendt's estate, Lotte
Kohler and Mary McCarthy, delivered a collection of reel-to-reel
audio tapes of Heinrich Blücher's lectures given at The New School
and at Bard, along with transcriptions of some of the audio tapes,
to Fred Cook, the Librarian at the time. Many of the transcriptions
were made by Alexander Bazelow ('71); some appear to have been made
by Ruth Schulz.
Audio cassettes copies were made of many of the original tapes
thanks to Dr. George Rose ('63). These copies--43 one-hour tapes--
represent lectures that remain untranscribed.
Until recently we have had no practical way of making this material
available to the Bard community, or the larger scholarly community.
Emerging technologies, however, have made it possible to digitize
and distribute text, audio and video. Excitement about the lectures
themselves, even after 45 years, has provided the extraordinary
momentum that has created The Blücher Archive.
Maurice York ('00) is largely responsible for getting the first
site up and running. He designed the pages, wrote the introduction,
& scanned hundreds of pages of text. He was assisted by Robyn
Carliss ('02) and Katherine Happ ('01).
Alexander Bazelow ('71) re-discovered these materials on the web
after 30 years, inspired the development of a commencement conference
in May, 2003 and contributed its keynote address. His support continues
to be vital to our endeavor to keep these materials available and
Jeremiah Hall ('98) is the designer and webmaster of the site today.
Summaries and keyword/descriptors were contributed by Elliot Dutcher ('08).
Our plans for the site include: 1) digitizing all remaining text
related to the lectures; 2) converting analog audio tapes into digital
files for posting on the site; 3) developing a virtual space for
continuing the conversation begun by Heinrich Blücher 52 years