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Meyer, Helmut, 1912-2004
Helmut Meyer Papers
Manuscripts Division
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16 boxes and 16.4 linear feet
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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-16


Helmut Meyer was a German-born American citizen who fought for the United States in World War II and founded the Helmut Meyer Literary Agency in New York City. The collection contains files from the Helmut Meyer Literary Agency, propaganda from both the Allies and the Axis from World War II, manuscripts of Meyer's own work, and correspondence from friends and clients.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected papers of Meyer. Included are literary files of the Helmut Meyer Literary Agency, family correspondence from Germany and Bolivia, photographs and printed ephemera related to Germany, the Holocaust, and both Allied and Axis propaganda during World War II, and manuscripts of his own unpublished plays. Correspondents include Alfred Eisenstaedt, Emil Ludwig, Arnold Rosin, Peter Viereck, and other friends and literary clients. In addition, there are two works of art: a signed/numbered, untitled print by Raphael Soyer and an unidentified black watercolor drawing of a face.

Collection Creator Biography:

Meyer, Helmut, 1912-2004

Helmut Meyer was born in Germany in 1912. In 1938, he left Germany for New York and became an American citizen, after which he joined the Army and returned to Germany during World War II. His tasks there included creating propaganda for use by the Allies and editing a daily newspaper, Oberösterreichische Nachrichten, for publication in Austria. Among his friends and correspondents during the war were Emil Ludwig and Peter Viereck. In 1962, Meyer established the Helmut Meyer Literary Agency in New York. Meyer died in 2004.

Collection History


Gift of Jacqueline K. Laumann, executor of the Helmut Meyer estate, in 2005 (AM2006-53).


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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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:

Helmut Meyer Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-16