Howard M. Ehrmann (1898-1989)

Arnold Price, November 1989

Howard M. Ehrmann, 91, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, died March 28, 1989. A native of Terre Haute, IN, he attended DePauw University before earning his B.A. (1921), M.A. (1922), and Ph.D. (1927) from Yale. He was a member of the University of Michigan History Department from 1927 to 1968, serving as its chair from 1953 to 1959. He also taught at the University of Southern California, Stanford University, and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced Studies in Bologna, Italy. During both world wars he served in the U.S. Navy, and was a consultant and historian at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory, White Oaks, MD (1971-1975) and later for the Department of Defense (1975-1980).

Ehrmann was a recognized authority in post-1870 European diplomatic history and excelled in the meticulous training in methodology he provided in his seminars. He oversaw the microfilming of the captured German Foreign Office records and the publishing of A Catalogue of Files and Microfilms of the German Foreign Ministry Archives, 1867-1920. He was also instrumental in the filming of the captured German naval records (with Professor F.H. Hinsley) and the captured Italian military archives at Alexandria, VA.

A member of the AHA of long standing, he also served from 1941–44 on the board of editors of the Journal of Modern History.

He is survived by his wife and a cousin.

Arnold Price
American Historical Association