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MS Ger 294

Zohn, Harry. Harry Zohn papers, 1897-2001: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository, b, pf
Call No.: MS Ger 294
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Harry Zohn.
Title: Harry Zohn papers, 1897-2001, (bulk) 1952-1997
Date(s): 1897-2001,
Date(s): (bulk) 1952-1997
Quantity: 1 collection (25 boxes and 1 portfolio box (13 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Papers of Harry Zohn (1923-2001), Professor of German at Brandeis University and scholar of modern Austrian literature.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2005M-46. Purchased from Mrs. Judith Zohn with the Amy Lowell fund and the assistance of Professor Amy Colin, President of the City for Cultures of Peace, and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Director of the W. E. B. Dubois Institute; received: 2006 March 6.

Processing Information:

Processed by: J. F. Coakley.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
The majority of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

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Collection includes audiotapes. Contact Houghton Public Services staff for access details.

Preferred citation for publication:

Harry Zohn Papers, 1897-2001 (MS Ger 294). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Harry Zohn was born in Vienna in 1923. He survived as a Jew in Austria until 1939 when he emigrated to England and thence to Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated B.A. from Suffolk University (1946), and M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard (1952). He joined the faculty of Brandeis University in 1951, became Professor of German in 1969, and retired in 1996. His published work was chiefly on German literature of the twentieth century with special reference to Jewish and Austrian authors, including those writing in exile in the United States. He was also a prolific translator. He had a lifelong interest in Stefan Zweig, and was a close friend of Zweig's first wife Friderike (1882-1971).


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Scope and Contents

The collection includes Zohn's correspondence with authors, scholars, publishers, and literary friends, and his collection of research materials. Also included are files of correspondence formerly belonging to Margot Fethke (who arranged lectures for the poet Zenta Maurina), and to Friderike Zweig. Compositions include most of Zohn's work, except some of his translations done for hire, up to ca. 1994. Among this work are books and articles on Karl Kraus, Kurt Tucholsky, and especially Stefan Zweig.


The majority of this collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information. Items (307) and (433) are shelved together at Houghton as a portfolio box.

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