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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ger 147-148.15

Hugo von Hofmannsthal papers

Unpublished compositions by the Austrian poet and dramatist Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Dates

  • 1890-1929

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

7 linear feet (14 boxes)

The finding aid lists what was originally a deposit and a gift to Houghton: correspondence, essays, poetry, diaries and other papers of Hugo von Hofmannsthal. What remains at Houghton is marked below with "Harvard" preceeding the item number and includes: von Hofmannsthal's autograph manuscript drafts and notes for unpublished poetry, dramas, lectures, prose narratives and essays, together with his diaries and journal notebooks from age 15 until his death. Papers document different stages of the conception and execution of his work, and contain reading notes, preliminary notations for written works, early drafts, and working papers. Papers are in German.

Biographical / Historical

Hofmannsthal was an Austrian poet, dramatist, and essayist. He is best known for his opera librettos and is considered master of German lyric poetry.

Arrangement

Organized in call-number order into the following series:
  1. MS Ger 147: Letters by Hugo von Hofmannsthal [not at Harvard]
  2. MS Ger 147.1: Drafts of letters by Hugo von Hofmannsthal [not at Harvard]
  3. MS Ger 147.2: Letters to Hugo von Hofmannsthal [not at Harvard]
  4. MS Ger 147.3: Other correspondence [not at Harvard]
  5. MS Ger 147.4: Poetry [some items at Harvard]
  6. MS Ger 147.5: Theater [some items at Harvard]
  7. MS Ger 147.6: Prose narratives [some items at Harvard]
  8. MS Ger 147.7: Essays, fictitious letters, dialogs, etc. [some items at Harvard]
  9. MS Ger 147.8: Notes arranged topically [some items at Harvard]
  10. MS Ger 147.9: Notes arranged chronologically [all at Harvard]
  11. MS Ger 147.10: Annotated books [not at Harvard]
  12. MS Ger 147.11: Journal notebooks [all at Harvard]
  13. MS Ger 147.12: Ephemera [not at Harvard]
  14. MS Ger 147.13: Works by other authors [not at Harvard]
  15. MS Ger 147.14: Books in Hofmannsthal's library [not at Harvard]
  16. MS Ger 147.15: Typescripts of uncertain origin [not at Harvard]
  17. MS Ger 147.16: Previous catalogues of the Hofmannsthal papers [not at Harvard]
  18. MS Ger 147.17: Empty folders [at Harvard]
  19. MS Ger 148: Additional letters from Hugo von Hofmannsthal [not at Harvard]
  20. MS Ger 148.1: Drafts of additional letters [not at Harvard]
  21. MS Ger 148.2: Additional letters to Hofmannsthal [not at Harvard]
  22. MS Ger 148.3: Additional other correspondence [not at Harvard]
  23. MS Ger 148.4: Additional poetry [not at Harvard]
  24. MS Ger 148.5: Additional theater [not at Harvard]
  25. MS Ger 148.6: Additional prose naratives [not at Harvard]
  26. MS Ger 148.7: Additional essays, fictitious letters, dialogs, etc... [not at Harvard]
  27. MS Ger 148.8 - 148.12: Additional notes, books, journals, and ephemera [not at Harvard]
  28. MS Ger 148.13: Additional works of other authors [not at Harvard]
  29. MS Ger 148.14: Additional books in Hofmannsthal's library [not at Harvard]
  30. MS Ger 148.15: Additional typescripts of uncertain origin [not at Harvard]
Please note that item number 28 in MS Ger 147.13 was regrouped, see second group IX, first item.

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Hofmannsthal family; received: 1945.

The manuscripts and the Nachlass of Hugo von Hofmannsthal were given to Houghton Library by the poet's heirs, and other papers were at the same time deposited. In 1964 the manuscripts (that is, of published works as opposed to Nachlass manuscripts of unpublished works) were withdrawn by the family. The material removed from Houghton was, in part, given to the Schiller-Nationalmuseums und Deutschen Literaturarchivs in Marbach, Germany; and in part sold in a series of sales at Sotheby's.

This finding aid of all series of the papers was made by Eugene Weber. In 2005, when this finding aid was converted into an electronic document, this version was annotated, showing which items are currently at Houghton. Those items at Houghton are marked "Harvard" before the item number.

For additional information see: Herbert Steiner, "The Harvard collection of Hugo von Hofmannsthal," Harvard Library Bulletin, 8 (1954), 54-64. E.M. Weber, "Die Hofmannsthal Sammlung im Besitz der Harvard Universität," Hoffmannsthal Blätter, Heft 2 (Fuühjahr 1969), 91-96. E.M. Weber, "A chronology of Hofmannsthal's poems," Euphorion, 63 (1969), 284-328.
  • Herbert Steiner, "The Harvard collection of Hugo von Hofmannsthal," Harvard Library Bulletin, 8 (1954), 54-64.
  • E.M. Weber, "Die Hofmannsthal Sammlung im Besitz der Harvard Universität," Hoffmannsthal Blätter, Heft 2 (Fuühjahr 1969), 91-96.
  • E.M. Weber, "A chronology of Hofmannsthal's poems," Euphorion, 63 (1969), 284-328.
Title
Hofmannsthal, Hugo von, 1874-1929. Hugo von Hofmannsthal papers: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou00286

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