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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 1749-1832
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Benno Elkan Collection of Goethe
Manuscripts Division
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2 boxes and 1.8 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-2


Consists of miscellaneous material of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet/dramatist/man of letters, collected by Benno Elkan.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of Goethe material collected by Benno Elkan: poems, correspondence, documents, miscellaneous material, watercolor paintings, a pencil sketch, and an etching.


Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Collection Creator Biography:

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 1749-1832

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, and natural scientist. Goethe gained early fame with The Sorrows of the Young Werther (1774), but his most famous work is Faust, a poetic drama in two parts.

Collection History


Presented to the library by Benno Elkan.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder list prepared by Allyse Terrell '14 in 2011.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

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.

Credit this material:

Benno Elkan Collection of Goethe; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184

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Related Material:

A framed portrait of Goethe has been removed to the Graphic Arts Division of the Princeton University Library.

Subject Terms:
Dramatists, German -- 18th century.
Dramatists, German -- 19th century.
Poets, German -- 18th century.
Poets, German -- 19th century.
Genre Terms:
Watercolors -- 18th century.
Elkan, Benno, 1877-1960
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 1749-1832