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7.5 linear feet ((18 file boxes) plus 13 photograph folders, 1 folio photograph folder, 1 folio+ folder, 1 folio+ photograph folder)
Series I, BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL, 1964-1982, n.d. (#1.1-2.2), contains some personal documents, nursing reports on Helene Deutsch's physical condition during the last weeks of her life, telephone and address books, a few documents regarding her financial resources, bills for nursing and medical treatment, and a number of handwritten poems, probably by her husband Felix.
Series II, LETTERS, POSTCARDS AND TELEGRAMS, 1922-1989, n.d. (#2.3-2.11), contains professional and personal correspondence of Helene Deutsch, including one telegram from her husband and one letter from one of her grandsons, a letter from Karl Abraham and a photocopy of a letter from Anna Freud; also letters of condolence and other letters to her son Martin and her daughter-in-law Suzanne.
Series III, SCIENTIFIC WORK AND PUBLICATIONS, 1944-1976, n.d. (#2.12-5.12), includes mostly handwritten notes in German, English and sometimes in Polish or shorthand for her autobiography, very often in several versions; typed drafts for her autobiography, ordered by chapters and in several versions in German and English; typed versions of the autobiography with corrections and supplements in German and English; typed and handwritten lectures and notes for other publications or lectures; and reviews of Helene Deutsch's books.
Series IV, PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES ON HELENE DEUTSCH, HERMAN LIEBERMAN AND ON PSYCHOANALYTIC TOPICS, 1930-1990, n.d. (#5.13-5.18), contains articles on and tributes to Helene Deutsch; correspondence with her, Martin and Suzanne Deutsch regarding publications about her life and her scientific work; publications on various topics many with personal dedications; and reviews of Paul Roazen's Deutsch biography.
Series V, BOOKS, BROCHURES, MISCELLANEOUS, PHOTOGRAPHS, 1930-1992, n.d. (#5.19-5.20, PD.1), contains a book with caricatures of psychoanalysts, a brochure, family photographs and miscellaneous material, including a photocopy of a typed transcription of a letter from Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess.
Series VI, ADDENDA, 1889-2008 (PD.2-PD.4, PD.1f, PD.1f+, PD.5-PD.13, 6.1-6.6, F+D.1, 6.7-18.7) contains photographs, biographical and genealogical material, personal and professional correspondence, datebooks and notebooks, writings by Helene and Felix Deutsch and others. These addenda were given to the library in 2011 and 2012 and following the death of Suzanne Deutsch in 2015, and were added to the collection in October 2016. It includes substantial family correspondence that document the roles that Helene ("Hala") and Felix ("Uhu" or Gruhu") played in the lives of Martin and Suzanne and their children. Suzanne and Helene wrote regularly and there are descriptions of Suzanne and Martin's life in New Mexico while he worked on the Manhattan Project, her infertility treatments and miscarriages prior to the birth of Peter in 1946, the family's stays in France in 1954 and in Rome in 1960-1961, discussions of other travel, child rearing, etc. Professional correspondence includes colleagues such as Karl Abraham, Sigmund Freud, Kurt and Ruth Eissler, Sanford Gifford, and Lucie Jessner. The sequence of alphabetical correspondence represents Deutsch's original filing system.
Martin Deutsch completed his secondary schooling in Zurich. After the family moved to the United States, he enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, where he earned his Ph.D. in physics in 1941. In 1939 he married Suzanne Zeitlin, a native of Boston who had just graduated from Simmons College with a master's degree in social work. They had two children: Peter and Nicholas. Beginning in 1943, he worked in Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project. In 1946 he returned to MIT, joining his Los Alamos colleagues Victor Weisskopf and Bruno Rossi. He was best known for measuring and confirming the existence of positronium. He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2002. Suzanne Deutsch died in Cambridge in 2015.
- Series I. Biographical and personal, 1964-1982, n.d. (#1.1-2.2)
- Series II. Letters, postcards and telegrams, 1922-1989, n.d. (#2.3-2.11)
- Series III. Scientific work and publications, 1944-1976, n.d. (#2.12-5.12)
- Series IV. Publications and speeches on Helene Deutsch, Herman Lieberman and on psychoanalytic topics, 1930-1990, n.d. (#5.13-5.18)
- Series V. Books, brochures, miscellaneous, photographs, 1930-1992, n.d. (#5.19-5.20, PD.1)
- Series VI. Addenda, 1889-2008 (PD.2-PD.4, PD.1f, PD.1f+, PD.5-PD.13, 6.1-6.6, F+D.1, 6.7-18.7)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers of Helene Deutsch were given to the Schlesinger Library by her son and daughter-in-law, Martin Deutsch and Suzanne Deutsch, and by her grandsons, Peter Deutsch and Nicholas Deutsch between 1991 and 2015.
By: Christof Strauß
Updated and additional materials added: October 2016
By: Anne Engelhart
- Courtship--United States
- Grandparent and child--United States
- Infertility, Female--United States
- Jewish women--United States
- Mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law--United States
- Voyages and travels
- Women psychiatrists
- Women psychoanalysts
- Women socialists--Poland
- Deutsch, Helene, 1884-1982. Papers of Helene Deutsch, 1889-2008: A Finding Aid
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