Hermann Georg Fiedler (1862-1945) born in Zittau, Germany, was a German scholar renowned for his efforts to promote a strong intercultural relationship between Germany and Britain.
He played a major part in the founding of Birmingham University and the formation of the school of modern languages at Birmingham in 1903.
He also played a leading role in the establishment of the honour school of modern languages at Oxford.
Dedicated to the improvement of the Taylor Institution Library and supervised the building of the Taylor extension, which includes what is now the Modern Languages Library.
Fiedler married his former pupil Ethel Mary (1870/71-1933) in 1899. He and his wife had two daughters, Herma (b. 1902) and Beryl (b.1913). The death of Beryl on 2nd May 1920 caused a period of severe depression for Ethel, which continued until her death in 1933.
After Fiedler’s death, his surviving daughter, Herma, gave her father's fine collection to the library together with funds for further purchases in German.
Not only does the diary document Fiedler’s academic life in Oxford and Birmingham, it also provides an insight into a number of interesting subjects, such as Fiedler’s musical background, Anglo-German relations and the changing role of women in academia.