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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Ger 86

Wladimir Eliasberg manuscripts for Plain people write,

Manuscripts of German psychiatrist Wladimir Eliasberg for Plain people write.


  • 1915-1939.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box))

Typescript of unpublished work, Plain people write, with English and German texts, accompanied by 12 original letters, 1915-1916, and Eliasberg's transcripts of the letters. This work consists of selected letters of German soldiers with whom Eliasberg served as battalion physician, along with some photographs. It was edited by Eliasberg some 25 years later in order to create a historico-cultural document of the soldiers' experiences during the First World War.

Biographical / Historical

Born the son of a German-Jewish chemist in Wiesbaden, Eliasberg grew up in Berlin, where he studied medicine, mathematics, and philosophy. He became interested at an early age in the relatively new field of psychiatry, and from 1910 to 1912 studied and worked at Heidelberg's Psychiatrische Universitätsklinik. In 1913 he took a position as a ship's doctor; when the First World War broke out, he volunteered for military duty with the German army and was awarded the Iron Cross for his service. After the war, Eliasberg worked in Munich with brain-injured soldiers and later went into private practice as a neurologist. In 1928 he emigrated to Vienna, where he took a professorship in the psychology of propaganda at the Handelsakademie (Vienna Business School). With the Nazi Anschluss of Austria in 1938, he emigrated to the United States and founded the Association for the Advancement of Psychotherapy in New York. Thereafter he practiced psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital and founded the Association for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. He was active in a number of professional organizations and contributed regularly to various medical journals, several of which he founded and published, until his death in 1969.


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

44M-189F. Gift of Dr. Wladimir Eliasberg, 420 West End Ave., New York, NY; received: 1944 November 28.

44M-189Fa. Gift of Dr. Wladimir Eliasberg, 420 West End Ave., New York, NY; received: 1945 April 9.

Processing Information

Processed by: Michael W. Austin
Link to catalog
Eliasberg, Wladimir, 1887-1969. Wladimir Eliasberg manuscripts for Plain people write, 1915-1939: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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