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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ger 185

Leo Lowenthal papers


Correspondence and other papers of the German sociologist Leo Lowenthal.


  • 1933-1969

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Papers were formerly restricted until 31 December 1998.


3.5 linear feet (7 boxes)

Chiefly correspondence between Lowenthal and Adorno, Horkheimer, and Friedrich Pollock, along with correspondence and scattered writings of each of the above. Other persons represented include: Samuel H. Flowerman, Alice H. Maier, Margot von Mendelssohn, and Franz Neumann. Also materials pertaining to the Institute of Social Research, including correspondence about studies at the Institute and its relationship with Columbia University; as well as speeches, position statements, correspondence documenting the reopening of the Institut in Frankfurt in 1949.

Biographical / Historical

Lowenthal (1900- 1993) was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and was professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley from 1956 to 1968. He was affiliated with the Institut für Sozialforschung for several years. The Institut was founded in Frankfurt in 1923 and was closed by the Nazis in 1933. During the war years it relocated to Columbia University (as the Institute of Social Research) and was reestablished in Frankfurt am Main, in 1949 under the direction of Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters
  2. II. Other papers

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*71M-107. Deposited by Leo Lowenthal; received: 1971.

Lowenthal, Leo. Leo Lowenthal papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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