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Valtin, Jan, 1904-1951.
Jan Valtin Papers
Manuscripts Division
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23 boxes and 9.6 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-23


Consists of papers of "Jan Valtin," the literary pseudonym of Richard Julius Herman Krebs.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of papers of "Valtin," the literary pseudonym of Richard Julius Herman Krebs. Included is correspondence with family members, literary agents, and friends such as Roger N. Baldwin, Arthur Garfield Hayes, and William Allen White. Also present are lectures, articles, drafts for a novel, Wintertime, material for his autobiography, Out of the Night, and subject files documenting Valtin's career as a German secret agent of the Communist International, a Nazi terrorist, and, later, a war correspondent for the United States Army in World War II.

Collection Creator Biography:

Valtin, Jan, 1904-1951.

"Jan Valtin" was the literary pseudonym of Richard Julius Herman Krebs. Krebs, a Soviet and German spy, was author of the best-selling Out of the Night (1940), an exposé of Nazi and Communist practices. Krebs defected to the United States in 1938 and, during World War II, served as a war correspondent for the United States Army.

Collection History


The papers, previously on deposit at the Maryland State Archives, were a gift of Valtin's sons.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory prepared by Gregory Kohles '2013 in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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:

Jan Valtin Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-23