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Otto Isakower Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 6284

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence to the Viennese psychoanalyst Otto Isakower, both before and after his emigration to New York, comprises the bulk of this collection. There are also various notes and drafts of Isakower's writings.

The first small folder contains a handful of letters, many of a professional nature, sent to Isakower as a practicing psychoanalyst in Vienna. Throughout the next folders are several letters to personal and professional colleagues, mostly Viennese exiles and many associated with Viennese psychoanalytic and cultural circles. Notable among these are the letters from the Hitschmann family, all of which include pastel drawings. The final folder of correspondence to Isakower's wife Salomea primarily consists of condolence letters from Otto Isakower's personal friends and professional colleagues. The second series contains a wide variety of Isakower's personal and professional papers, predominantly research notes. Notable among these are the notes pertaining to the "Zelmanowicz case" (as they are labeled), which include dream logs and which appear to have arisen during Isakower's treatment of patient. The final folder contains some sundry artifacts from Isakower's time as a student in Vienna, as well as from his brief time as a refugee in England. In this folder is also an obituary for Isakower, which contains a short biography.

Dates

  • 1914-1974

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Otto Isakower was born in Vienna in 1899, where he received his education and practiced as a psychoanalyst. He emigrated to England in 1938 and then to New York in 1940. In his professional capacity he was known for his interests in dream research and in the pedagogy of psychoanalysis. His wife Salomea was also a practicing psychoanalyst.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

Correspondence to the Viennese psychoanalyst Otto Isakower, both before and after his emigration to New York, comprises the bulk of this collection. There are also various notes and drafts of Isakower's writings.

Note

Some of the notes and drafts are written in shorthand.
Title
Guide to the Otto Isakower Collection, 1914-1974  AR 6284
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by Timothy Ryan Mendenhall
Date
© 2012
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • July 11, 2012 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States