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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 (scamss): Box 1-23


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

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

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 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:

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

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-23