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Ermatinger, T/4 Charles J.  

Sergeant, U.S. Army, Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA)

Charles Joseph Ermatinger was born in Duluth, Minnesota and raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In early 1944 he entered the Army and served in France and Germany during World War II as Assistant to the Chief of Military Government in the U.S. Zone. At the end of the war, Ermatinger worked with fellow Monuments Man James Rorimer in Heidelberg and Stuttgart as an office clerk editing reports. The majority of his work focused on educational reform in Germany [1].

Following the war, Ermatinger attended Saint Louis University and received a Master’s degree in medieval philosophy in 1955 and a PhD in philosophy in 1963. In 1953 while still in graduate school, he was appointed the first librarian of the Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University and remained in that position until 2000. During his tenure as librarian, he built the extensive Vatican manuscript collection on microfilm and the accompanying reference collection on manuscript studies. Ermatinger was also editor of the Vatican Film Library’s journal, Manuscripta, “an academic journal devoted to research on ancient, medieval, Renaissance and early modern manuscripts.”[2]

In addition to his work at the Vatican Film Library, Ermatinger also taught at Saint Louis University, first in the department of modern languages from 1955 to 1961 and later in the department of philosophy until his retirement in 1992. He died in St. Louis in 2002 at the age of 80.

[1] Richard Berge, Telephone Interview, July 11, 2001.
[2] St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 27, 2002, Metro, F9.


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