Jakob Wassermann Autographs Collection
Scope and Content Note
In Series I, the collection contains 37 letters and postcards written by Jakob Wassermann to family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, covering a variety of topics, from the deeply personal (his negative feelings toward his wife), to the professional (the sale of his books), and to the mundane (his appreciation for the United States). Most letters are accompanied by typed transcripts.
Private correspondence is addressed, among others, to his cousin Frieda Hirsch (2 copied letters, 1916); and to Elly Hirschfeld-Peterson (4 letters, 1899-1919). Private and professional in nature are his letters to the writers Arthur Schnitzler (1923), who had congratulated Wassermann to his 50th birthday; to Sophie Hoechstetter (4 letters, 1906-1907); to Robert Held (1921); to Oskar Schmitz (1908); to Montague „Monty“ Jacobs (1903); and to Max Krell (1926). A statement about Jewish identity was sent to H.W. Callmann (1933).
Wassermann’s professional correspondence is represented by four letters to his publisher Fischer (1918-1923), one of them accompanying a manuscript; and to the editor Hanns von Gumppenberg in Munich (3 letters, 1910-1911).
A postcard was sent to the artist [Susanne] Carvallo-Schulein (1930), who drew Wassermann’s portraits. He also sat for the artist Emil Orlik, as he admitted to Elly Hirschfeld-Peterson in 1899.
Series II: Manuscripts contains next to two short handwritten essays, two complete versions of Jakob Wassermann’s novel Gaensemaennchen in his own hand. The novel was published in 1915.
- Wassermann, Jakob, 1873-1934 (Person)
Language of Materials
The collection is in German.
Open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
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
Jakob Wassermann was born 1873 in Fuerth, Germany. He worked as a journalist in Germany and in Switzerland, before publishing his first novel ‘Melusine’ in 1896. Shortly after he moved to Austria where he lived alternatively in Vienna and in the spa-town Altaussee, where he died in 1934.
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The collection contains 37 letters and postcards written by Jakob Wassermann to family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, covering a variety of topics, from the deeply personal (his negative feelings toward his wife), to the professional (the sale of his books), and to the mundane (his appreciation for the United States). Most letters are accompanied by typed transcripts.
- Series I: Correspondence, 1898-1933
- Series II: Manuscripts, undated
Other Finding Aid
- Altaussee (Austria)
- Archival materials
- Autographs (manuscripts)
- Callmann, H. William
- Carvallo-Schülein, Susanne, 1883-1972
- Fischer, Samuel, 1859-1934
- German literature -- 20th century
- Gustav Fischer Verlag
- Harald Fischer Verlag
- Held, Robert
- Hirschfeld-Petersen, Elly
- Hoechstetter, Sophie, 1873-1943
- Jacobs, Monty, 1875-1945
- Jewish authors
- Krell, Max, 1887-1962
- Manuscripts (documents)
- New York (N.Y.)
- R.G. Fischer Verlag
- Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931
- Vienna (Austria)
- Wassermann, Jakob, 1873-1934
- Guide to the Jakob Wassermann Autographs Collection, 1898-1933 AR 253
- Processed by LBI Staff
- © 2009
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
- February 2013:: Links to digital objects added in Container List.