Throwback Thursday: Adda von Bruemmer Bozeman

“She gave a cosmopolitan, international flavor to the entire department. It was beautiful to see”                                                  — Dorothy Parkander (Jan 2009)

Image C-F05871: Professor Adda von Bruemmer Bozeman, 1944. Augustana College Photograph Collection.

Who is this striking woman? The one described as cosmopolitan and international? How did she manage to shape an entire department?

Her name was Adda von Bruemmer Bozeman, and she worked at Augustana College as an associate professor from 1943 to 1947. Originally from Latvia, Bozeman dedicated her early life to the pursuit of education. By the time the war brought her to Augustana College she’d developed an impressive resume. The 1945 Augustana College Catalog lists among her accomplishments degrees from both the Interpreters’ College and Political Science and Diplomacy in Paris, as well as a law degree from the Hague and admission to the English Bar. After meeting and marrying her husband in England and giving birth to their daughter, Anya, Bozeman emigrated with her family to the United States. She furthered her credential status by receiving another L.L.D. from Southern Methodist University located in Dallas, Texas. By 1947, she had also completed a research fellowship at Stanford, Hoover institute. This fellowship led to one of her first publications, published by the Augustana Book Concern: Strategic Intelligence & State Craft: Selected Essays.

How is it that such an impressive individual came to work at Augustana? World War II. Bozeman’s husband was stationed at Rock Island Arsenal during the war. Knowing she’d eventually have to leave, Bozeman didn’t apply for a tenure track position. Nonetheless, in the short time she spent at Augustana, Bozeman completed quite a lot; from developing International Diplomacy programs within both the history and political science departments, to expanding the C.W. Foss History Club, to coordinating the first Peace Conference on campus.

The C.W. Foss History Club organized in 1940, named after one of Augustana’s much-beloved history professors, Claude William Foss. Upon Bozeman’s arrival in 1943, the Augustana Observer stated that the club “…became affiliated with the Carnegie International Relations Clubs. As a member of this organization, the Augustana club receives a quarterly shipment of books dealing with current foreign and international affairs and participates in the regional conferences of the International Relations Clubs.” This affiliation helped pave the way for the further international groups to establish themselves on Augustana’s campus in 1945, when WWII ended and the United Nations began.

Image C-F00497: C.W. Foss History Club, 1946. Bozeman is seated in the front row, third from the right. Augustana College Photograph Collection.

In order to honor the creation of the UN, Bozeman coordinated the Midwest’s first (and the nation’s second) Model United Nations event, calling it the Collegiate Peace Conference. The conference involved students simulating different plenary sessions of the United Nations, and it gave them an opportunity to play the part of different delegates (such as Charlotte Erickson portraying President Harry Truman; Augustana Observer May 17, 1945). The event went on to become a success.

Bozeman went on to have a prolific teaching and research career at Sarah Lawrence University, where her papers are archived today. Although she left Augustana in 1947, she published her second book through the Augustana Library Publications imprint. Both of her books, and other pieces of Bozeman’s archival footprint, are available for research in Augustana College Special Collections, waiting for you to learn more about Augustana College during a time when it sought to expand its course curriculum in international understanding.

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