Scope and Content Note
Folder 1 contains 41 letters and postcards as well as signed photographs from various correspondents – all actors and authors - to the author Wolfgang Goetz (1885-1955), a prolific writer of theater plays and fiction. The correspondents include(in alphabetical order) Otto Falckenberg, Rudolf Forster, Heinrich George, Dolly Haas, Friedrich Haase, Josef Kainz, Fritz Kampers, Paul Wolfgang Mederow, Ida Ortloff, Paul Otto, Heinrich Schuenzel, Agnes Sorma, Gerda v. Tettenborn, Jakob Tiedtke, Harry Walden, Kadidja Wedekind, Maria Wendt, Eduard v. Winterstein, and Albertine Zehme.
A similar assortment of autographed notes and signed photographs is available in folder 2. They were written by Eugen d’Albert, Minona Frieb-Blumauer, Walter Gieseking, Hermann Alexander Botho v. Huelsen, Richard Kahle, Hedwig Niemann-Raabe, Curt Taucher, and Richard Tuerschmann.
Folder 3 contains a variety of letters from playwrights, such as Ruth Schaumann, Franz v. Schoenthau and Willi Seidel; and authors, such as Otto v. Corvin (1812 –1886), the philosopher Graf Paul v. Hoensbroech (1852 -1923) and Eugen Richter (1838 –1906). The German politician Georg Gothein (1857- 1940) is represented with a German language, seven page manuscript, “Quousque tandem Europa”, written 16 months into World War I.
In folder 4 is a letter from an unidentified woman, signed Guddy, in Saalfeld, Germany to her friend Donna Weisshaar in Chicago, Illinois, May 16, 1940: Guddy has just returned from a visit in the United States to her family in Saalfeld; she tells about her journey and her homecoming, and she is looking forward to her next visit to the U.S., after “we will have won the war”. Included is the letter’s envelope with the seals of German censors.
13 photographs of German speaking stage and screen actors have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection and are accessible online. The actors are Gustav Diessl, Heinrich George, Rolf von Goth, Erich Kaiser-Titz, Harry Liedtke, Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur, Karol Juliusz "Igo" Sym, Konrad Veidt, and Ernö (Ernst) Verebes.
Language of Materials
The collection is in German
This collection is open to researchers.
Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.
Various documents from German speaking lands without any Jewish contents had been originally assembled by the LBI in the “Non-Jewish Collection”. At some later point, this collection was divided into “Materials pertaining to social, political and economic history” with the call number AR 3519, and the “Autographs collection”, AR 348. Photographs of Austrian and German screen and stage actors were removed to the LBI Photograph Collection with a common call number, AR 3588.
Newspapers issues of "Frankfurter Kaiserl. Reichs-Ober-Post-Amts-Zeitung", 1788; and "Staats- und Gelehrte Zeitung des hamburgischen unpartheyischen Correspondenten", 1821, originally holding the common call number AR 3589 were removed to the LBI Library.
The collection contains a wide assortment of correspondence and photographs from actors, authors, musicians and others.
The materials have been arranged in one series.
- Guide to the Autographs collection 1861-1940 AR 3588
- Processed by Hermann Teifer and LBI staff
- © 2014
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- Description is in English.
- April 2014:: Links to digital objects added in Container List.