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MS Ger 297

Sagan, Henry. Henry Sagan correspondence regarding Rainer Maria Rilke papers, 1957-1959: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Ger 297
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sagan, Henry.
Title: Henry Sagan correspondence regarding Rainer Maria Rilke papers,
Date(s): 1957-1959.
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in German and English.
Abstract: Correspondence between Henry Sagan and the brothers Raimund and Ludwig Thurn und Taxis, among others, regarding Sagan's collection of Rilke papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

83M-71. Gift of Magda Tizsa, 130 Woodchester Drive, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02167; received: 1984 June 1.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Henry Sagan Correspondence Regarding Rainer Maria Rilke Papers, 1957-1959 (MS Ger 297). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Related Rilke manuscripts collected by Sagan are held by the special collections department of the University of Kansas' Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Henry Sagan was a major 20th-century collector of manuscripts of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. The correspondence in this collection documents the "repartriation" of certain works by Rilke associated with the princely Thurn and Taxis family and their seat at Castle Duino, Trieste.
Note: Names of the Thurn und Taxis brothers are given in various versions in the correspondence and elsewhere. For example, Prince Raimund, when writing in German, signs himself "Prinz Raimund von Thurn u. Taxis"; in English, "Prince Raymond of Thurn and Taxis". This branch of the family was naturalized in Italy in 1923; hence the most authoritative version of his name is "Raimundo Alexander Maria Louis Lamoral, Principe della Torre e Tasso, Duca di Castel Duino". His younger brother, Ludwig, signs himself "Louis Torre Tasso".


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

Consists of 24 autograph manuscript and typescript letters. Also includes typescript inventories of Sagan's collections as received by Ludwig Thurn und Taxis, as well as bank and postage receipts.

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