Guide to the Gustav Landauer Collection, 1888-1947 

AR 7236

Processed by LBI Staff and Timothy Ryan Mendenhall

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Center for Jewish History

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Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall on 2010-07-27. Finding aid written in English..
2011-05-09 Deaccessiond photocopies of police files and photocopy letter from Werner Schulz (originals held by other repositories), changed Location of Orignals note to Related Materials note, revised folder numbers, added Autographs folder as box 1 folder 9. November 28, 2011  Links to digital objects added in Container List. March 24, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Landauer, Gustav
Title:Gustav Landauer Collection
Dates:1888-1947
Abstract:Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection, both original materials and transcripts. The rest of the collection contains a significant amount of photographic documentation of the 1918/1919 revolution in Munich, as well as two of Landauer's notebooks.
Languages:This collection is in German and English.
Quantity:0.5 linear ft.
Identification:AR 7236
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

Born in Karlsruhe in 1870, Landauer was a philosopher, literary critic, Shakespeare scholar, and anarchist-socialist writer and politician. In November 1918, he became a member of the central council of the revolutionary government of Kurt Eisner in Munich. After Eisner's assassination, he served briefly as Minister of Public Enlightenment in the short-lived Bavarian Soviet Republic. He was murdered in prison on 1919 May 2 during the suppression of the revolutionary government.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection, both original materials and transcripts. The rest of the collection contains a significant amount of photographic documentation of the 1918/1919 revolution in Munich, including photos of street demonstrations in February, photos of memorial services for Kurt Eisner, and a photo of Landauer being led off by police before imprisonment. There are also photographs of a memorial service for Landauer and of his grave site. The collection also contains two of Landauer's notebooks and a large amount of photocopies of Landauer's police records.

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Arrangement

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

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

Use Restrictions

In case of publishing Gustav Landauer materials, the donor retains permission rights.

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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Related Materials

The Landauer polices files are located in the:

Library of Congress, Manuscript Division
10 Independence Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20540
URL: http://www.loc.gov/rr/mss/

Werner Schulz Correspondence is located at the:

Archive of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Godesberger Allee 149
D-53175 Bonn
Germany
URL: http://www.fes.de/

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Separated Materials

Some photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

The album of photographs documenting the Bavarian Revolution in Munich has been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Gustav Landauer Collection; AR 7236; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

A 3-page partial inventory is available in folder 1.

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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.

 

Series I: Personal materials, documents, and photographs

Scope and Content:

This series contains two of Landauer's notebooks, one containing notes from the university seminar Geschichte der deutschen Literatur vom Anfang des 16. Jahrhunderts bis Lessing held by Wilhelm Braune in 1888-1889, and another which appears to have served as a diary and notebook circa 1895, with several blank pages and a few pages torn out. Also contained herein are a photograph and biographical sketch of Landauer's daughter, photocopies of his police records, and a folder containing various items, including a wedding announcement, a memorabilia for Landauer's and Eisner's memorial services, a manuscript Christmas poem (1919) with color drawings and photographs commemorating the events of the final year of Landauer's life, and a few photographs of the Munich Revolution (1919) and of the memorial services in its aftermath (for additional photographs from this collection, please follow the links in the Separated Materials section).

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Inventoriesundated
12University notebook1888-1889
13Partially filled diary1895-189?
14Photographs, wedding announcement, program for memorial service in Berlin, and Christmas poemundated, 1918-1928
15Photograph and biographical sketch of daughter Gudula Landauerundated
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Series II: Correspondence

Scope and Content:

The correspondence with Ludwig Berndl was transcribed and compiled by Berndl himself during the 1930s, and the Brunner correspondence consists of original letters and cards sent by Berndl to Landauer. There are two letters by Landauer to Julius Bab and one letter by Landauer to Alfred Richard Meyer in the autographs folder.

BoxFolderTitleDate
16Constantin Brunner1903-1918?
17Constantin Brunner1911
18Ludwig Berndl1909-1919
19Julius Bab, Alfred Meyer 1906-1919
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Series III: Varia

BoxFolderTitleDate
110Manuscript: Frank M. Loewenberg, Gustav Landauer, a forgotten German revolutionary1947
111Contemporary clippings1895-1920
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