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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 721

Tillich, Hannah. Papers, 1896-1976.


Papers of Hannah Tillich, widow of theologian Paul Tillich, including biographical information, correspondence, and writings. The papers span 1896-1976.


  • Creation: 1896-1976.


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6 boxes

This collection consists of biographical material on Hannah Tillich, including birth, marriage, and citizenship documents. There is also correspondence with theologians and colleagues, as well as condolence letters and telegrams on the death of Paul Tillich. The collection also contains writings, including drafts of her memoirs, From Time to Time and From Place to Place: Travels With Paul Tillich, Travels Without Paul Tillich, and poems, diary excerpts, and dreams. Finally, the collection also contains photographs and an article for Hannah Tillich's 80th birthday celebration.

Biographical / Historical

Hannah Tillich was born Johanna Werner in Rothenburg, Germany on May 19, 1896. She was an art teacher and a poet. She married Albert Gottschow in 1920 and they were divorced two years later. In 1924, she married Paul Tillich and they were together until his death in 1965. Hannah Tillich wrote two memoirs of her marriage with Paul Tillich: From Time to Time (1973) and From Place to Place: Travels With Paul Tillich, Travels Without Paul Tillich (1976). She also wrote poetry and a novel entitled Harbor Mouse (1978). She died on Long Island, New York in 1988.

Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 649, bMS 621, bMS 651, bMS 722, and bMS 368.

General note

The number after the slash in each entry in the following list indicates the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Suarez, 2012.

Tillich, Hannah. Papers, 1896-1976: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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