Contents and Arrangement

Relating to Rainer Maria Rilke, circa 1970-2015

2 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Correspondence relates to publications, specifically Life of a Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke (1996), lectures, professional affiliations and events, including those related to the Internationale Rilke-Gesellschaft. Some correspondents include, Dr. Renate Scharffenberg, Curdin Ebneter, Rilke family members, Georges Borchardt, and Jonathan Galassi.


Paper materials were loosely arranged intellectually and physically into major file groups; otherwise files were maintained as they were received from Freedman's literary executor.

Collection History


Email files were removed during 2022 processing due to their sensitive nature and because their content was out of scope.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in February-March 2020 and March-April 2022. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in February-March 2020 and March-April 2022.

The born-digital materials in this collection have been processed according to Princeton University Library's Born-Digital Processing Workflows. For more information on the workflow, please read our full Born-Digital Processing Information Note.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Princeton University Library holds the copyright for materials in this collection that were created by Ralph Freedman. When copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from Firestone Library. 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.

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.

This collection contains digital files, which may require specific software or hardware for access. Refer to our Tips on Accessing Born-Digital Content for information on how to render these file formats.

Credit this material:

Relating to Rainer Maria Rilke; Ralph Freedman Correspondence, C1642, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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The following resources were used for the biography note: Jamie Saxon, "Ralph Freedman, literary theorist and 'genuine mentor,' dies at 96." Princeton University News. May 16, 2016. Accessed February 2020. Ralph Freedman. Obituary. The New York Times. May 15, 2016. Accessed February 2020.

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