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MS Ger 147-148.15

Hofmannsthal, Hugo von, 1874-1929. Hugo von Hofmannsthal papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Ger 147-148.15
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hofmannsthal, Hugo von, 1874-1929.
Title: Hugo von Hofmannsthal papers,
Date(s): 1890-1929.
Quantity: 1 collection (14 boxes (7 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in German.
Abstract: Unpublished compositions by the Austrian poet and dramatist Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of the Hofmannsthal family; received: 1945.
The manuscripts and the Nachlass of Hugo von Hofmannsthal were given to Houghton Library by the poet's heirs, and other papers were at the same time deposited. In 1964 the manuscripts (that is, of published works as opposed to Nachlass manuscripts of unpublished works) were withdrawn by the family. The material removed from Houghton was, in part, given to the Schiller-Nationalmuseums und Deutschen Literaturarchivs in Marbach, Germany; and in part sold in a series of sales at Sotheby's.
This finding aid of all series of the papers was made by Eugene Weber. In 2005, when this finding aid was converted into an electronic document, this version was annotated, showing which items are currently at Houghton. Those items at Houghton are marked "Harvard" before the item number.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Hugo von Hofmannsthal Papers (MS Ger 147-148.15). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Hofmannsthal was an Austrian poet, dramatist, and essayist. He is best known for his opera librettos and is considered master of German lyric poetry.


For additional information see: Herbert Steiner, "The Harvard collection of Hugo von Hofmannsthal," Harvard Library Bulletin, 8 (1954), 54-64. E.M. Weber, "Die Hofmannsthal Sammlung im Besitz der Harvard Universität," Hoffmannsthal Blätter, Heft 2 (Fuühjahr 1969), 91-96. E.M. Weber, "A chronology of Hofmannsthal's poems," Euphorion, 63 (1969), 284-328.


Organized in call-number order into the following series: Please note that item number 28 in MS Ger 147.13 was regrouped, see second group IX, first item.

Scope and Contents

The finding aid lists what was originally a deposit and a gift to Houghton: correspondence, essays, poetry, diaries and other papers of Hugo von Hofmannsthal. What remains at Houghton is marked below with "Harvard" preceeding the item number and includes: von Hofmannsthal's autograph manuscript drafts and notes for unpublished poetry, dramas, lectures, prose narratives and essays, together with his diaries and journal notebooks from age 15 until his death. Papers document different stages of the conception and execution of his work, and contain reading notes, preliminary notations for written works, early drafts, and working papers. Papers are in German.

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