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- Ziolkowski, Theodore
- Theodore Ziolkowski Collection on Literature
- Manuscripts Division
- Permanent URL:
- 1906-2018 (mostly 1960-2001)
- 7 boxes
- Storage Note:
- This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001316 ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 2-7
- English German
Consists of correspondence and printed materials collected by German studies and comparative literature scholar Theodore Ziolkowski (1932- ). The majority of the collection comprises Ziolkowski's files on Hermann Hesse, particularly pertaining to the reception of Hesse's work in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. Other materials relate more broadly to 20th and early 21st century literature, with a focus on modern German authors and authors writing in German.
Collection Description & Creator Information
Consists of a collection of correspondence and printed materials assembled by German studies and comparative literature scholar Theodore Ziolkowski. The majority of the collection comprises Ziolkowski's files on German-born writer Hermann Hesse (1877-1962). These files include a few letters and photographs from Hermann Hesse and his family members, a more substantial group of correspondence and documents pertaining to Ziolkowski's own scholarship on Hesse, and a large collection of printed materials, both popular and scholarly in nature, documenting the reception of Hesse's work in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. These materials include reprints of scholarly articles in both English and German language journals, books, calendars, brochures and posters for events, magazines, comics, clippings, screenplays, ephemera, and more. They provide documentation of Hesse's influence on the work of American writers and academics and on counterculture in the United States in the mid-20th century. Other author correspondence and materials relate more broadly to 20th and early 21st century literature and include correspondence with a number of contemporary German authors and other authors writing in German.
Arranged by author or subject.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Theodore Ziolkowski (1932-2020) was a scholar of German studies and comparative literature and the Class of 1900 Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton University. He held degrees from Duke University and Yale University, where he received his PhD in 1957. Ziolkowski taught courses in the departments of Modern Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature at Princeton University from 1964 to 2001, and was Dean of the Graduate School from 1979 to 1992. He was also president of the Modern Language Association (1985). Throughout his career, Ziolkowski published several books on Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), beginning with The Novels of Hermann Hesse: A Study in Theme and Structure (1965), as well as dozens of other books on German and comparative literature.
Gift of Theodore Ziolkowski in November 2018 (AM 2019-49) and April 2019 (AM 2019-99).
No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in April-May 2019, with assistance from Julia English '19. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in May 2019.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
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.
- Credit this material:
Theodore Ziolkowski Collection on Literature; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Authors, German -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Authors, German -- 21st century -- Correspondence.
Counterculture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
German literature -- 20th century.
German literature -- 21st century.
- Genre Terms:
- Böll, Heinrich, 1917-1985.
Hesse, Hermann, 1877-1962.