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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Danish 6

Robert D. Graff collection of papers concerning Karen Blixen


Chiefly materials concerning a memorial volume and biography of Danish writer Karen Blixen, who used the pen name Isak Dinesan. Also includes a few letters written by Blixen.


  • Creation: 1934-1972
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1953-1967


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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

Contains letters and typescripts of contributions to memorial volume for Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen: A Memorial, New York, 1965); original manuscripts, drafts and galley proofs for Parmenia Migel's biography of Blixen (Titania, New York, 1967); album of photographs pertaining to Blixen; and notebooks of miscellaneous printed material about Blixen and about Migel's book, including reviews. Also a few letters written by Blixen.

Biographical / Historical

Karen Blixen was a Danish author who used the pen name of Isak Dinesen.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*73M-66. Deposited by Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Graff; received: 1974.

Graff, Robert D., 1919-, collector. Robert D. Graff collection of papers concerning Karen Blixen: Guide.
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