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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ger 180

Bertolt Brecht papers


Correspondence and manuscripts of the German writer Bertolt Brecht.


  • 1946-1952

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in German and English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (1 box)
Contains correspondence of Ferdinand Reyher, a friend and collaborator of Bertolt Brecht. Includes 11 letters from Brecht, 1949, and copies of Reyher's letters (8 items) to Brecht, 1946-1949. Also Reyher's correspondence with Eric Bentley, translator of Brecht works into English, and with Brecht family members including: 9 letters, 1946-1952, from Helene Weigel, as director of Berliner Ensemble; 19 letters, 1947-1951, from Stefan Brecht; and correspondence (13 letters) with Barbara Brecht. Most of the correspondence concerns productions of Brecht's plays in the U.S.--contracts and other documents accompany some of the letters--as well as activities of Brecht's children. Papers are in German, except for Bentley's letters which are in both English and German; and Reyher's letters to Brecht. Also 5 folders of photographs, mainly portraits of Reyher.

Biographical / Historical

Brecht was a German dramatist and poet.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Manuscripts

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*70M-57. Purchased with the Lincoln fund from Ernest Halberstadt, Onset, Massachusetts 02558; received: 1970.
Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956. Bertolt Brecht papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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