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Meyer, Helmut, 1912-2004
Helmut Meyer Papers
Manuscripts Division
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16 boxes and 16.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-15 Firestone Library (mss): Box 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


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related to Germany, the Holocaust, and both Allied and Axis propaganda during World War II, and manuscripts of his own unpublished plays.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

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:

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

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-15 Firestone Library (mss): Box 16