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Broch, Hermann, 1886-1951.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Hermann Broch Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Consists of mostly English correspondence and manuscripts of the Austrian author Hermann Broch.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Broch correspondence and manuscripts, most of which are in English or have been translated into English from the German. Correspondents include Otto M. Schiff, Willa Muir, Jean Starr Untermeyer, Anna Herzog, Mrs. Violet Schiff, Sydney Schiff, and Tony Hyndman. Manuscripts include "The Style of the Mythical Age: An Introduction to Rachel Bespuloff's ILLIAD"; "Bill of Rights Bill of Duties: Utopia and Reality," a typescript, with holograph notes by Robert A. Kann; and "A Study on Mass Hysteria -- Contributions to Psychology of Politics." Also included is an off-print of Broch titled Perspektiven der Forschung (1972).


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Broch, Hermann, 1886-1951.

Hermann Broch, an essayist, novelist, philosopher, and sociologist, was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1886. Considered to be one of the leading European novelists of the first part of the 20th century, he lived in the United States after 1938, moving to New York City, Princeton, New Jersey, and finally New Haven, Connecticut. His two major novels are The Sleepwalkers (1931) and The Death of Virgil (1945).

Collection History


"A Study on Mass Hysteria" was a gift of Victor Lange on October 8, 1963 .

"The Style of the Mythical Age" was purchased on April 4, 1974 .

The correspondence was purchased on July, 7, 1974 .

"Bill of Rights" was a gift of Mrs. Robert A. Kann on Jan. 15, 1987 . Various AM.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 24, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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.

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:

Hermann Broch Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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