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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832)
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence and documents of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the noted German poet and dramatist, author of Faust.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected correspondence and documents (original and copies) by Goethe, and miscellaneous pamphlets and other printed material about him and his work. Original Goethe items include a six-line manuscript of a poem, a letter (1821) to his publisher, the last page of a signed, dictated letter (1816) to the German publisher Karl Friedrich Ernst Frommann, a handwritten list (1830), a four-line religious quotation, and an undated note.


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, and natural scientist. Goethe gained early fame with The Sorrows of the Young Werther (1774), but his most famous work is Faust, a poetic drama in two parts.

Collection History


4 line religious quotation is a gift of Mrs. J.P. Caveny in 2008 (AM2008-101). AM17501, 20458, 85-96.

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 Dina Britain on March 30, 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 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:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Collection; 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 (scamss): Box 1