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Helmut Meyer Papers

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Meyer, Helmut, 1912-2004

Helmut Meyer was born in Germany in 1912. In 1938, he left Germany for New York and became an American citizen, after which he joined the Army and returned to Germany during World War II. His tasks there included creating propaganda for use by the Allies and editing a daily newspaper, Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, for publication in Austria. Among his friends and correspondents during the war were Emil Ludwig and Peter Viereck. In 1962, Meyer established the Helmut Meyer Literary Agency in New York. Meyer died in 2004.

The collection consists of selected papers of Meyer. Included are literary files of the Helmut Meyer Literary Agency, family correspondence from Germany and Bolivia, photographs and printed ephemera related to Germany, the Holocaust, and both Allied and Axis propaganda during World War II, and manuscripts of his own unpublished plays. Correspondents include Alfred Eisenstaedt, Emil Ludwig, Arnold Rosin, Peter Viereck, and other friends and literary clients. In addition, there are two works of art: a signed/numbered, untitled print by Raphael Soyer and an unidentified black watercolor drawing of a face.

Gift of Jacqueline K. Laumann, executor of the Helmut Meyer estate, in 2005 (AM2006-53).

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Manuscripts Division
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Collection Inventory

Arrangement

Organized into the following file group: Unidentified authors, multiple authors.

Scope and Contents

Consists of literary correspondence with unidentified authors.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Physical Description

2 boxes

A-J, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

K-Z, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically by name.

Scope and Contents

Consists of literary files for individuals such as Gerty Agoston, Ambrose Clancy, Theodore Dreiser, Richard Rohmer, and Edith Wharton, as well as others.

Physical Description

3 boxes

Agoston, Gerty (1), dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Agoston, Gerty (2, 3); Chalon, Jean; Christman, Henry; Cintron, Lola, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Clancy, Ambrose; Cordelier, Jeanne; Dreiser, Theodore; Hoyt, Edwin P.; Ludwig, Emil; Pond, Mildred; Robinson, Lady S.; Rohmer, Richard; Rosin, Arnold; Viscardi, Henry; Weinsweig, Helen; Wharton, Edith, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically by name.

Scope and Contents

Consists of manuscripts arranged in alphabetical order.

Physical Description

8 boxes

Manuscripts: Anonymous, A-B, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Manuscripts: Ca-Cl, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Manuscripts: Cl-G, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Manuscripts: G-Mo, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Manuscripts: Mu-Re, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Manuscripts: Re-Ro, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Manuscripts: S-W, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Manuscripts: W., dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Arrangement

No apparent arrangement scheme.

Scope and Contents

Consists of manuscripts by Meyer, personal documents, personal and family correspondence.

Physical Description

1 box

Personal Papers: Manuscripts by Meyer, personal documents, personal and family correspondence, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically by name.

Scope and Contents

Consists of miscellaneous World War II materials.

Physical Description

1 box

World War II Materials, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically by name.

Scope and Contents

Consists of miscellaneous materials in German.

Physical Description

1 box

Materials in German, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Arrangement

No apparent arrangement scheme.

Scope and Contents

Consists of miscellaneous scrapbooks.

Physical Description

1 box

Scrapbooks, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Arrangement

No apparent organization scheme.

Scope and Contents

Contains a signed/numbered print by Raphael Soyer and an unidentified black watercolor drawing of a face.

Physical Description

1 box

Miscellaneous, dates not examined. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Contains a signed/numbered print by Raphael Soyer and an unidentified black watercolor drawing of a face.

Physical Description

1 box

Print, Suggest