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Hermann Broch Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Broch, Hermann, 1886-1951.

Hermann Broch, an essayist, novelist, philosopher, and sociologist, was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1886. Considered to be one of the leading European novelists of the first part of the 20th century, he lived in the United States after 1938, moving to New York City, Princeton, New Jersey, and finally New Haven, Connecticut. His two major novels are The Sleepwalkers (1931) and The Death of Virgil (1945).

The collection consists of Broch correspondence and manuscripts, most of which are in English or have been translated into English from the German. Correspondents include Otto M. Schiff, Willa Muir, Jean Starr Untermeyer, Anna Herzog, Mrs. Violet Schiff, Sydney Schiff, and Tony Hyndman. Manuscripts include "The Style of the Mythical Age: An Introduction to Rachel Bespuloff's ILLIAD"; "Bill of Rights Bill of Duties: Utopia and Reality," a typescript, with holograph notes by Robert A. Kann; and "A Study on Mass Hysteria -- Contributions to Psychology of Politics." Also included is an off-print of Broch titled Perspektiven der Forschung (1972).

Arranged by accession number.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

"A Study on Mass Hysteria" was a gift of Victor Lange on October 8, 1963 .

"The Style of the Mythical Age" was purchased on April 4, 1974.

The correspondence was purchased on July, 7, 1974.

"Bill of Rights" was a gift of Mrs. Robert A. Kann on Jan. 15, 1987. Various AM.

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 24, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Transcript of "Bill of Rights-- Bill of Duties Utopia and Reality" with marginal notes by Robert A. Kann, personally discussed Hermann Broch, along with "Perspektiven der Forschung" (Perspectives of/on Research), circa 1948-1972. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"A Study on Mass Hysteria" with note, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"The Style of the Mythical Age" with Article in German about Broch, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous Letters, 14 to Sydney Schiff, 1938-1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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