Arnold Brecht (1884-1977) was a political scientist and public servant exiled from Germany after the Nazi's seized power due to his political affiliation and participation in efforts toward constitutional reform. He joined the University in Exile faculty at the New School for Social Research in 1933 where he taught political science, constitutional law, and public service until retiring in 1954. These notebooks contain Brecht's lecture notes and vocabulary words with shorthand, primarily handwritten, along with newspaper clippings used for courses, seminars, and other talks given by Brecht. Many lectures derive from his General Seminar at The New School and talks at Harvard University, World Affairs Club, Brooklyn College and other organizations, including one radio broadcast, "Economic Federalism on Trial," in 1936. Topics range from constitutional law, the history of the United States, Europe (particularly Great Britain, France and Germany), government and politics, economics (particularly price-fixing and taxation law), civil service, and contemporary German politics. It includes seminars for civil service training at Harvard and the New School in 1937.