Guide to the Jakob Wassermann Autographs Collection, 1998-1933 

AR 253

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Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Emily Andresini on 2013-02-19. Finding aid written in English.
February 2013: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Wassermann, Jakob,
Creator:Leo Baeck Institute
Title:Jakob Wassermann Autographs Collection
Dates:1998-1933
Abstract:The collection contains 37 letters and postcards written by Jakob Wassermann to family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, covering a variety of topics, from the deeply personal (his negative feelings toward his wife), to the professional (the sale of his books), and to the mundane (his appreciation for the United States). Most letters are accompanied by typed transcripts.
Languages: The collection is in German.
Quantity:0.5 linear ft.
Identification:AR 253
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Jakob Wassermann was born 1873 in Fuerth, Germany. He worked as a journalist in Germany and in Switzerland, before publishing his first novel ‘Melusine’ in 1896. Shortly after he moved to Austria where he lived alternatively in Vienna and in the spa-town Altaussee, where he died in 1934.

Writer (1874-1934).

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Scope and Content Note

In Series I, the collection contains 37 letters and postcards written by Jakob Wassermann to family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, covering a variety of topics, from the deeply personal (his negative feelings toward his wife), to the professional (the sale of his books), and to the mundane (his appreciation for the United States). Most letters are accompanied by typed transcripts.

Private correspondence is addressed, among others, to his cousin Frieda Hirsch (2 copied letters, 1916); and to Elly Hirschfeld-Peterson (4 letters, 1899-1919). Private and professional in nature are his letters to the writers Arthur Schnitzler (1923), who had congratulated Wassermann to his 50th birthday; to Sophie Hoechstetter (4 letters, 1906-1907); to Robert Held (1921); to Oskar Schmitz (1908); to Montague „Monty“ Jacobs (1903); and to Max Krell (1926). A statement about Jewish identity was sent to H.W. Callmann (1933).

Wassermann’s professional correspondence is represented by four letters to his publisher Fischer (1918-1923), one of them accompanying a manuscript; and to the editor Hanns von Gumppenberg in Munich (3 letters, 1910-1911).

A postcard was sent to the artist [Susanne] Carvallo-Schulein (1930), who drew Wassermann’s portraits. He also sat for the artist Emil Orlik, as he admitted to Elly Hirschfeld-Peterson in 1899.

Series II: Manuscripts contains next to two short handwritten essays, two complete versions of Jakob Wassermann’s novel Gaensemaennchen in his own hand. The novel was published in 1915.

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Arrangement

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Jakob Wassermann Autographs Collection; AR 253; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

See inventory.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.Follow the links to access the digitized materials.

 

Seies I: Correspondence

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Inventory
12Letters and postcards1898-1933, undated
  

  • Frieda Hirsch, 2 letters
  • J. Leszer
  • H.W. Callmann
  • Unknown
  • Mme. Carvallo-Schuelein
  • Robert Held
  • S. Fischer
  • Various unknown, 4 letters
  • Dr. Mamroth
  • Unknown
  • Hanns Frhr. von Gumppenberg, 4 letters
  • Heller
  • Monty Jacobs
  • [Oskar] Schmitz
  • Friends
  • [Max] Krell
  • Arthur Schnitzler
  • Elly Hirschfeld-Peterson, 4 letters
  • Sophie Hoechstetter, 4 letters
  • Dr. med Otto Schey, 2 letters

 
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Series II: Manuscripts

BoxFolderTitleDate
13Short manuscripts1928, undated
  

Handwritten draft of the beginning of Wassermann’s novel ‘Christoph Columbus, der Don Quichote des Ozeans’, 3 pages

Manuscript about war and violence, 2 pages and typed transcript

 
14Gaensemaennchen, version 1, unpublished, handwritten, ca. 484 pages ca. 1913
15Gaensemaennchen, version 2, final, handwritten, 428 pages ca. 1914
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