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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Slavic 7

Józef Wittlin correspondence and compositions


Correspondence, translations and prose writen by Polish writer and translator Jozef Wittlin.


  • 1940-1976

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Polish.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


10.5 linear feet (19 boxes)
Contains correspondence of Wittlin and his wife Halina; manuscripts of his poetry, prose, and translations; and personal papers. Correspondence consists of letters to Wittlin and carbons of replies from him and his wife concerning awards and grants presented to Wittlin; membership in societies, such as American Association of Arts and Letters; efforts to bring Polish refugees to America in the 1940s; and his writings and translations. Additionally there is correspondence with many literary figures in Europe and the U.S. Enclosed with the letters to Wittlin were some original manuscripts and copies. Compositions by Wittlin include poems, 1942-1975, in Polish; translations into Polish of English, Spanish, Italian, and German works, and his translation of the Odyssey; and notes, articles, and broadcast scripts 1976.

Biographical / Historical

Wittlin (1896-1976) was a Polish writer and translator.


Arranged into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Compositions
  3. A. Poems
  4. B. Translations
  5. C. Prose

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

76M-79. Gift of Mrs. Joseph Wittlin, 5400 Fieldston Road Riverdale-Bronx, New York 10471; received: 1977 March 18-April 25.
Wittlin, Józef, 1896-1976. Józef Wittlin correspondence and compositions, 1940-1976: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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