Biography and History

Caroline Newton was a psychoanalyst, once a student of Freud in Vienna. Newton gave generously to Princeton of her books as well as her manuscripts. She was the daughter of the well-known collector A. Edward Newton. The Thomas Mann Collection consists of letters, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials given by Caroline Newton, and also of those collected by Princeton University Library with funds provided by Caroline Newton.

Thomas Mann, brother of Heinrich Mann, was an author of novels, plays, and essays. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929, fled Germany and came to the U.S. (to Princeton) in 1938, and became a citizen in 1944. Among his best-known works (in English translation) are Buddenbrooks (1901), Death in Venice (1912), and The Magic Mountain (1924). Other publications by Mann include The Holy Sinner (New York: Knopf, 1951), Die Betrogene (Frankfurt am Main: Fischer, 1953), Der Erwahlte (Frankfurt am Main: Fischer, 1967).

Caroline Newton first met Thomas Mann in Berlin in 1929. When he had to leave Germany in 1937, she offered him her house in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and then she helped the Manns establish their home at 65 Stockton Street, Princeton, New Jersey, in 1938. By then Mann was a major German novelist, winner of the 1929 Nobel Prize for Literature, and author of Buddenbrooks. He wrote Lotte in Weimar and began Joseph The Provider while in Princeton. He died August 12, 1955. Caroline Newton arranged for two Mann commemorations at Princeton in 1964 and 1970. Newton died January 20, 1975 at age 82.

Source: From the finding aid for C0295

  • Erich Kahler Papers. 1900-1989 (inclusive), 1940-1970 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0170

    Consists of writings, correspondence, and printed matter of the Jewish scholar, author, and lecturer Erich Kahler, including some magazines and newspaper articles collected for his research purposes. There is also material and correspondence assembled after his death by his wife, Alice Loewy Kahler.

  • Thomas Mann Collection. 1881-1971 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0295

    Consists of letters, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials from Nobel Prize winning author Thomas Mann, given by Caroline Newton, and also of those collected by Princeton University Library with funds provided by Caroline Newton.

  • Caroline Newton Papers. 1868-1980 (inclusive), 1922-1971 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0517

    Consists of writings, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials of the American translator and writer Caroline Newton. The majority of the materials relate to Thomas Mann, of whom Newton was a close friend and supporter.

  • Molly Shenstone Collection on Thomas Mann. 1939-1969 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0525

    Consists of correspondence, photographs, souvenirs, printed material, and other miscellanea collected by Molly Shenstone about her friend Thomas Mann (1875-1955), the German novelist, essayist, playwright, and lecturer in the humanities at Princeton University.

  • Hamilton Fish Armstrong Papers. 1893-1973 (inclusive), 1916-1973 (bulk).

    Call Number: MC002

    The Hamilton Fish Armstrong Papers consist of correspondence, notebooks, memoranda, material from 1945 United Nations Conference on International Organization, writings especially in relation to Peace and Counterpeace and Tito and Goliath, diaries, scrapbooks, and photographs. The papers document Armstrong's career as editor of Foreign Affairs, his participation in the activities of the Council on Foreign Relations, and his professional involvement and interest in foreign policy from World War I through the 1970s. Included is correspondence with many well known political and literary figures of the time period. Some materials of a personal nature are included but the bulk of the papers relates to Armstrong's professional life. The papers also document Armstrong's participation in many philanthropic activities associated with Yugoslavia.