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Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Thomas Mann Collection
Manuscripts Division
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13 boxes and 6.1 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-13
English German


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.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection contains works of Mann including lectures, addresses, radio broadcasts (1942-1943), proofs for Der Erwahlte and a chapter of Lotte in Weimar, and a facsimile of Die Betrogene, as well as correspondence between Mann and many German and American intellectuals, such as Charles Neider, Arthur Hubscher, Hans Hulsen, Erich von Kahler, and Caroline Newton. In addition, there are memorabilia, photographs of Mann and several friends (Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, etc.), and printed matter relating to Mann, as well as articles and essays of which he is the subject.

Collection Creator Biography:

Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955.

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.

Collection History


Most of the collection was given to the Library by Caroline Newton and added to with funds she provided. A student of Freud in Vienna, Newton first met Mann in 1929, and later helped the Manns establish their home in Princeton in 1938.


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Processing Information

Finding aid written in 2000.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Thomas Mann Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-13

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Related Materials

Related collection: Caroline Newton Papers (C0517)

The Letters of Thomas Mann to Caroline Newton were printed by Princeton University Library in 1971, with English translation of all 57 letters (1937-1955). A selection of Mann correspondence is printed in Thomas Mann Briefe, S. Fischer Verlag, 1961-1965, 3 volumes, and references are given in this List (call number 3471.73.3185 and EX). Thomas Mann's letters to Caroline Newton are in the Thomas Mann Collection, but letters to her from other members of the Mann family are in the Caroline Newton Papers (C0517).

Subject Terms:
Exiles' writings -- 20th century.
German fiction -- 20th century.
Novelists, German -- 20th century.
Genre Terms:
Galley Proofs (Printing) -- 20th century.
Photographic prints
Radio scripts.
Newton, Caroline, 1893-