Guide to the Papers of Johannes and Gertrude Urzidil
1753-1996 (bulk 1945-1970)
AR 7110 / MF 474

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Johannes (1896-1977) and Gertrude (1898-1977) Urzidil
Title: Johannes and Gertrude Urzidil Collection
Abstract: This collection focuses on the work and lives of author Johannes and poet Gertrude Urzidil. It contains drafts of published works, correspondence, clippings, personal documents, financial and legal documents, objects, photographs, and audio cassette tapes.
Languages: The collection is in German, Czech, and English.
Quantity: 18 linear feet
Accession number: AR 7110 / MF 474
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Johannes Urzidil was born in Prague on February 3, 1896, the youngest son of a railroad official (Eisenbahnbeamter) who was also an inventor. His mother, Elisabeth von Steinitz, was his father’s second wife and died when Johannes Urzidil was 4 years old.

From 1914 through 1919 Urzidil studied German studies, Slavic studies, and art history at the University of Prague. A schoolfriend of his introduced Urzidil to the Café Arco, where he became acquainted with the members of the "Prager Kreis," including Franz Kafka, Franz Werfel, and Max Brod. His studies were interrupted from 1916-1918 when Johannes Urzidil served in the Austro-Hungarian military during World War I. From 1918-1922 he worked as a translator for the German Consulate in Prague, also writing during the same time period for the the Berlin Börsen-Courier and the Wolffsche Telegraphen-Bureau. In 1922 Urzidil was appointed to the position of press attaché for the German Legation in Prague, a position he held until 1933. In 1922 Johannes Urzidil also married his wife, the poet Gertrude Thieberger, daughter of a rabbi and sister to the writer Friedrich Thieberger. In 1924 Franz Kafka died, and Johannes Urzidil spoke at a memorial for him. By 1933 Urzidil had lost his position as press attaché as Nazism rose to power in Germany. He was arrested by the police on suspicion of espionage but was freed, and shortly thereafter registered with the American Consulate in Prague for visas for himself and his wife to go to the United States. After the Gestapo began searching for Johannes Urzidil, they fled Prague using false papers, still awaiting word from the American Consulate. While the Urzidils waited in Italy, Gertrude Urzidil's sister in London placed their names on a list of politically endangered persons, and they were able to receive visas for Britain. The English writer Bryher (Anne Winnifred Ellerman), with whom Johannes Urzidil had exchanged letters, assisted them in affording the voyage to England and a place to stay while residing there. They would remain there until 1941 when the Urzidils emigrated to the United States.

During the time they lived in England Johannes Urzidil became involved with writing articles for expatriate newspapers to support the position of the government of Edvard Beneš, known alternatively as the Czechoslovak National Committee (after December 1939), the Provisional Czechoslovakian Government (after July 1940), and the official Czechoslovak government in exile (after June 18, 1941). In March 1940 Johannes Urzidil met Edvard Beneš and was sent to the United States as an official correspondent for the Czechoslovak expatriate publications Čechoslovak and the Central European Observer.

Johannes and Gertrude Urzidil arrived in New York in February 1941. Although they first lived in Jackson Heights, they eventually moved to Kew Gardens in Queens, New York. Once more the writer Bryher helped them financially as they started their new life in the United States. Johannes Urzidil discovered that the salary he earned writing for the Čechoslovák and the Central European Observer was not enough to support himself and Gertrude; he made leather handicrafts and Gertrude Urzidil looked after children to earn extra income. Following their arrival in New York Johannes Urzidil found himself at odds with the Beneš government's policy on the resettlement of Sudeten Germans when he published articles in 1941 and 1942 critical of resettlement in the publication Aufbau. Finally Urzidil secured a job proofreading for a publishing company after the end of World War II. While working for this company Johannes Urzidil met Heinz Risse, who would become an important friend for him by assisting in securing publication of Die verlorene Geliebte and introducing him to literary magazine publishers and positions with radio stations. By 1951 he was working as a script writer and information specialist for Voice of America, a position Johannes Urzidil kept until 1953 when rising McCarthyism drove him out of the position. He later returned to work for Voice of America in a freelance capacity. By the 1960s Johannes Urzidil often traveled back to Europe to give lectures and talks for various institutions and organizations, usually travelling with Gertrude, although they never returned permanently to Europe. The topics of his lectures concerned such subjects as Franz Kafka and the "Prager Kreis," Goethe, his own works, and the artist Vaclav Hollar, among other topics.

Throughout his life Johannes Urzidil wrote not only articles, essays, and radio scripts but also longer works, poetry and fiction in German. His first poetry was published when he was only 17 years old, under the pseudonym Hans Elmar in a Prague newspaper. Some early writings of his were published in expressionist publications such as Die Friede and Der Mensch. In 1919 Urzidil's first volume of poetry Die Sturz der Verdammten was published. His other volumes of poetry were Die Stimme in 1930 and Die Memnonsäule in 1957. One of his most well-known works, Goethe in Böhmen, was published in 1932. Bohemia was a common topic in most of Johannes Urzidil's writings, including such works of his as Die verlorene Geliebte, which won the Charles Veillon Prize in 1956. The lyrical work Prager Triptychon, and Die Entführung und sieben andere Ereignisse were two other fictional pieces which featured Bohemia. Some of his works deal with life in America, including Das große Hallelujah, Vaterliches aus Prag und Handwerkliches aus New York. Der Trauermantel focused on the life of the writer Adalbert Stifter.

Johannes Urzidil died in Rome on November 2, 1970, where he was to give a lecture for the Austrian Institute. He was buried in Campo Santo Teutonico, the German cemetery there. Gertrude Urzidil died in New York on June 12, 1977, and was buried in the cemetery in the town where she was born, Goltsch-Janikay, Austria (now Golčův Jenikov, Czech Republic).


February 3, 1896Johannes Urzidil born in Prague
July 20, 1898Gertude Thieberger born in Goltsch-Janikay, Austria
1914-1919Johannes Urzidil studies at University of Prague
1916-1918 Johannes Urzidil serves in Austro-Hungarian military
1918-1922Johannes Urzidil works as translator for German Consulate in Prague
1919 Sturz der Verdammten published
1922 Johannes Urzidil marries Gertrude Thieberger
1922-1933Johannes Urzidil is press attaché at German Legation in Prague
1924 Franz Kafka dies
1930 Die Stimme published
1932 Goethe in Böhmen published
1933 Johannes Urzidil loses position with German Legation
1939 Urzidils flee Prague, going first to Genoa, then England
March 27, 1940Johannes Urzidil meets Czechoslovakian President in exile Edvard Beneš and becomes official correspondent for Čechoslovak and the Central European Observer
February 11, 1941Urzidils arrive in New York
1945 Der Trauermantel published
1946 Johannes Urzidil becomes an American citizen
1951 Johannes Urzidil working for Voice of America as a script writer and information specialist
1953 Johannes Urzidil working for Voice of America as a freelance writer
1956Die verlorene Geliebte published; book wins Charles Veillon Prize
1957Die Memnonsäule published
1958Denkwürdigkeiten von Gibracht published
Das Glück der Gegenwart: Goethes Amerikabild published
1959 Das grosse Hallelujah published
1960 Prager Triptychon published
1962Das Elefantenblatt published
1964 Entführung und sieben andere Ereignisse published
1965Da Geht Kafka published
1966 Die erbeuteten Frauen published
1968 Bist du es, Ronald? published
1969Väterliches aus Prag und Handwerkliches aus New York published
November 2, 1970Johannes Urzidil dies
1971Morgen fahr' ich heim published
Die letzte Tombola published
June 12, 1977 Gertrude Urzidil dies

Some information for biographical note from:
Serke, Jürgen. Böhmische Dörfer: Wanderungen durch eine verlassene literarische Landschaft. Vienna: Paul Zsolnay Verlag, 1987.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection documents the work and life of Johannes and Gertrude Urzidil. It contains extensive correspondence as well as many drafts and clippings of published works by both individuals. In addition, the collection also contains personal information, photographs and objects belonging to the Urzidils.

The majority of items in this collection pertain to Johannes Urzidil. Material focusing on his personal relationships and life will be found in Series I: Personal, which includes family documents and diaries, as well as birthday wishes and obituaries with biographical information. This type of material will also be found among his correspondence in Series II and in Series IV. A great deal of documents are also available on Johannes Urzidil's writing. Series XIV holds index cards with research notes used in his writing, and drafts of his works will be found in Subseries 1, 2, and 3 of Series III: Johannes Urzidil's Writings. Copies of Urzidil's published articles, essays, usually in the form of clippings from newspapers or periodicals will be found throughout the first four subseries of Series III, as well as in Series VI: Clippings about Johannes Urzidil and his Works, Series VIII: Clippings about Franz Kafka, and Series XVIII: Addenda.

Series XII and XIII are comprised mainly of documents belonging to Gertrude Urzidil. Series XIII holds a scrapbook of Gertrude Urzidil's poetry as well as clippings from newspapers of published poems. The previous series contains Gertrude Urzidil's correspondence with friends, colleagues, and institutions. This collection does not contain much information on the family history of the Thiebergers, Gertrude Urzidil's family. Personal documents of Gertrude Urzidil will be found in Subseries 2: Personal Documents of Series I.

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The collection is arranged in seventeen series:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Access Points

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Separated Material

A memoir by Gertrude Thieberger Urzidil was moved to the memoir collection: "1898-1977: Memoirs on the Prague Circle; Interview" (Oral History Research Office, Columbia University) (ME 473); it is also available on microfilm (MM 78).

Some manuscripts by Johannes Urzidil have been removed from the collection and are now located in the LBI's Manuscript and Memoir Collection (indicated below by MS). These are also available on microfilm (indicated below by MSF).

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This collection is available on forty-two reels of microfilm.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Johannes and Gertrude Urzidil Collection; AR 7110; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

The description of the collection and the biographical note were revised by Dianne Ritchey Oummia in August 2004.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.


Series I: Personal, undated, 1753-1977

This series is in German and Czech.
1.75 linear feet

This series has 6 subseries:

Scope and Content:

Series I: Personal is comprised not only of personal documents, but also of documents which pertain to Johannes Urzidil's ancestors and family history, awards and honors which he received, obituaries and eulogies upon his death, and his diaries. It also holds personal documents belonging to both of the Urzidils.

Subseries 1: Family History, undated, 1753-1969

Scope and Content:

Family history documents include a family tree, proclamations concerning Johannes Urzidil's ancestors, baptismal certificates for Joseph and Barbara Urzidil, and a marriage contrract between Barbara and Johannes Urzidil. In addition there is also a book which mentions Johann Urzidil, Johannes Urzidil’s grandfather, and patents with diagrams for mathematical machines created by his father Joseph Urzidil.

11Johannes Urzidil - early ancestors, documents1753-1892, 1965
12Joseph and Elizabeth Urzidil - book, documents1788, 1862-1921
13Johannes Urzidil and Barbara Urzidil - notesundated
14Johannes Urzidil - family tree1969
15Johannes Urzidil - family history information1925-1961
16Barbara Urzidil - documents1863-1875

Subseries 2: Personal Documents, 1832-1953

Scope and Content:

Personal documents include documents for Johannes and Gertrude Urzidil, including baptismal certificates, documents pertaining to Johannes Urzidil's teaching position in the late 1800s, and school documents.

17Johannes Urzidil - Private documents1863-1875
18Johannes Urzidil - teaching position, documents1832-1875
19Johannes Urzidil and Barbara Urzidil - retirement, Taufschein, Abgangszeugnis 1835-1848, 1831, 1813
110Johannes Urzidil and Barbara Urzidil - Documents1854-1895
111Johannes Urzidil and Gertrude Urzidil - Personal1896-1953
112Johannes Urzidil and Gertrude Urzidil - Personal1938-1948
113Gertrude Urzidil - Personal Documents 1909-1944

Subseries 3: Johannes Urzidil's Diaries and Address Books, 1957-1977



Scope and Content:

Diaries consist of many diaries of Johannes Urzidil, spanning the time after he left Germany, with a page for each day. Entries are in German except for occasional references in English. Most days have an "Ordnung" with the day's planned activities or appointments. Important dates, such as the Urzidil’s anniversary and Gertrude Urzidil's birthday, are often marked in red. Occasionally notes, which appear to be for talks are also included. Researchers should note that Johannes Urzidil often refers to his wife in the diaries as "Trude."

114Diaries, 3 vols.1957-1959
115Diaries, 3 vols.1960-1962
116Diaries, 2 vols.1963
117Diary (book : January through May 8) 1964
117Diary (book : May 9 through December 31); diary (note cards) 1964
118Diaries, 2 vols.1965
119Diaries, 3 vols. 1966
120Diaries, 3 vols.1967-1969
121Diaries, 3 vols.1970
122Diaries, 5 vols. 1938-1942
123Diaries, 3 vols.1943-1945
124Diaries, 3 vols.1946-1948
21Diaries, 3 vols.1949-1951
22Diaries, 2 vols.1952-1953
23Diaries, 2 vols.1954-1955
23Diaries, 1 vol.1956
24Address Books, Journals, 7 vols.1966-1977

Subseries 4: Birthdays and Anniversaries, 1946-1966



Scope and Content:

Documents pertaining to birthdays include correspondence, cards, and newspaper clippings concerning several of Johannes Urzidil's birthdays.

2550th birthday1946
2660th Birthday1956
2765th Birthday1961
2870th Birthday1966
2970th Birthday1966
21070th Birthday1966

Subseries 5: Honors and Prizes, 1957, 1964-1968

Scope and Content:

Subseries 5 focuses on honors and prizes awarded to Johannes Urzidil. The awards include the Charles Veillon Prize for the German Book (Charles Veillon-Preis 1956 für den deutschen Roman) for Die verlorene Geliebte. This subseries also contains several notifications of honorary degrees given to Johannes Urzidil as well as congratulatory correspondence.

211Book Prize1957
213Austrian Degree Award - Congratulations1961-1962
214Austrian Degree Award1961-1962
215Academic Foundation Fellowship Awards1963-1966
216Deutsche Akademie1962
217Literature Prize1964-1968
50Austrian National Prize (Österreichischer Staatspreis)1964

Subseries 6: Obituaries, 1970-1971

Scope and Content:

Material on Johannes Urzidil's death in Rome in 1970 will also be found here, including a copy of his eulogy and published obituaries after his death, as well as some correspondence concerning it. It should be noted that most condolences sent to Johannes Urzidil's wife Gertrude after his death will be found in Series XII: Gertrude Urzidil's Correspondence.

218Aldemar Schiffkorn (Eulogy)1970
220Eulogies and Obituaries1970
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Series II: Correspondence,  1830-1899,, 1915-1975

This series is in German, English, and Czech.
4.25 linear feet

This series is comprised of five subseries:

Scope and Content:

Series II is among the largest in the collection, and holds the correspondence of Johannes Urzidil with family members, friends, and colleagues. Much of the correspondence to be found in this series is between Johannes Urzidil and other writers.

Subseries 1: General, 1830-1899, 1915-1975



Scope and Content:

Prominent correspondence in subseries 1 can be divided into two types: letters from friends and family and letters from well-known writers or individuals involved in the literary world. The majority of letters in this subseries originate in the 1960s, although there are some older letters as well. Even though Johannes Urzidil wrote most of his correspondence in German, in several instances he chose to write in Czech, a language which he also had an excellent command of.

One person who is represented well in this collection is Friedrich Thieberger, the brother-in-law of Johannes Urzidil, who resided in Israel. In addition to discussions about Franz Kafka and his circle of contemporaries from Prague, Thieberger also conferred with Urzidil about world events after World War II. Friedrich Thieberger let Urzidil know his opinions on the German people in the post-war world and also his feelings and experiences living in the newly created state of Israel. There are also a few letters with Friedrich Thieberger's spouse after his death as well as concerning his illness preceeding it, and clippings of obituaries

A second family with whom Johannes Urzidil maintained contact was Aloysia Traeger, the daughter of Urzidil’s step-brother Alois Ziederer, who remained unknown to Urzidil until Ziederer contacted him. The letters exchanged with Aloysia Traeger are personal in nature and mention cultural events in Germany as well as news from Czechoslovakia.

Johannes Urzidil also had a great deal of correspondence with the popular journalist Dorothy Thompson, known occasionally in the correspondence as Dorothy Lewis when she was married to her third of four husbands, Sinclair Lewis. Letters from Thompson includes her recommendations for Urzidil for Voice of America, concerning travel abroad, holiday greeting cards, postcards from Vermont featuring her house, and some writings about her.

Extensive correspondence is also available with the English writer Bryher, who assisted the Urzidils with their emigration out of Prague and during their time in England. The correspondence with her concerns the publishing of works, upcoming events, trips, and visits. Bryher’s letters provide a good insight into everyday issues and events in Johannes Urzidil's life in the 1940s through the 1970s.

Particularly interesting to researchers may be the correspondence with German writer Heinz Risse. Urzidil and Risse discuss such topics as Urzidil's work at Voice of America, important events in each other's lives, events during World War II and life afterward in their respective countries. Literary topics include recent developments in the German literary scene and of their own works.

The poet and former Czechoslovak diplomat Jan Gerke is also represented among the correspondence here. Jan Gerke was a classmate of Johannes Urzidil and also one of the individuals involved in the "Prager Kreis." The letters he exchanged with Urzidil include comments on literary issues as well as discussion of common friends.

Letters exchanged with other friends will also be found here. Correspondence with the historian Hans Kohn, who was a friend of Urzidil's from Prague, largely focuses on material of a personal nature. This correspondence also mentions the political views of the correspondents. Letters with Christine Busta-Dimt are personal, focus on writing as well as personal conversations, and include some poetry. There is also some correspondence between Johannes Urzidil and Alice Kanitz-Masatova, a friend of his from childhood, that focuses on her personal views of developments in Europe as well as discussing friends they had in common. Josef Matouš was Urzidil’s neighbor in Prague, and letters with him converse about developments in Czechoslovakia, new events, and about acquaintances they had in common. Letters exchanged with Max Brod are relatively numerous and discuss contemporary literary issues as well as comment on their works.

Correspondence with colleagues, writers, and those involved in the literary world are also found in this subseries. One such individual is Noa Kiepenheuer, widow of the publisher Gustav Kiepenheuer. Correspondence with her discusses trends in literary circles. Another person with whom Urzidil maintained this type of correspondence is Kurt Krolop, who studied the German literature of Prague. Correspondence with Krolop features an analysis of the cultural milieu in Prague with Johannes Urzidil's comments and recollections on the topic. The correspondence between Urzidil and Krolop critically commented on recent scholarship in Prague literary circles. Correspondence with the Czech poet Petr Bezruč includes an exchange on some literary issues and the works of Johannes Urzidil. Other correspondence of this nature is from Friedrich Wirtz, from the Artemis publishing company in Zürich, as well as with the writer Ernst Sommer. Insightful is also the correspondence with the poet Jean Starr Untermeyer, who translated Hermann Broch's works. Finally, researchers should be aware there are also some letters from Thomas Mann, Franz Werfel, and Heinrich Böll included in this subseries.

222Adams, Donald1951-1968
223Adler, Bruno1964-1968
224Adler, H.G.1959-1967
225Aldenberg, Peter1915-1969
226Andrew, Wyne1958-1968
227Auernheimer, Raoul1941
229Bab, Julius1947
230Bergstrasser, Arnold1948
231Beneš, Edvard1940-1941
232Bezruč, Petr (Vašek, Vladimir)1926-1967
31Blekastad, Milada1965-1969
32Böll, Heinrich1964-1972
33Born, Jürgen1963-1968
34Broch, Herman1940-1957
35Brod, Max1913-1968
36Bryher, W. (Annie Winifred Ellerman) - Villa Kenwin1960-1972
37Bryher, W. (Annie Winifred Ellerman)1954-1960
38Bryher, W. (Annie Winifred Ellerman)1939-1954
38aBuber, Martin1962-1967
39Burckhardt, Carl J.1963-1966
310Busta, Christine1958-1969
312Cramer, Clementine1956-1962
314Deutsch, Ernst1968-1969
315Doderer, Heimito von1958-1967
316Doolittle, Hilda (Arlington)1950-1961
317Duras-Schiueck, Mary1964-1969
318Ebert, Karl Egon1866, 1959
319Edschmid, Kasimir1962-1963
320Ehrenberg, Victor1958-1965
321Emrich, Wilhelm1961-1967
323Fontana, Oskar Maurus1956-1964
324Fuchs, Rudolph1939-1942
325Fülöp-Miller, René1950-1963
327George, Manfred1965-1966
328Gerke, Jan1957-1968
329Gerlach, Richard1964-1967
330Goes, Albrecht1964
331Goll, Yvan1943-1947
332Gronicka, Andre von1948-1964
333Gunert, Johann1936-1969
335Haas, Willy1961-1965
336Halperin, Josef1960-1963
337Hardt, Ludwig1941-1948
338Heller, Erid1968
339Henz, Rudolf1967-1969
340Hesse, Hermann1953-1964
341Holzhausen, Rudolf and Maria1948-1963
343Jacobi, Hansres1957-1968
344Jakobson, Roman1948-1957
346Kafka, Franz1965-1970
347Kahler, Erich von1946-1968
348Kahn, Ludwig1962-1968
349Kaleko, Mascha1949-1957
350Kalenter, Osip1953-1962
351Kasack, Hermann1956-1966
352Katz, Richard1958-1967
353Kiepenhever, Noa1949-1969
354Klarmann, Adolf1949-1960
355Klemperer, Otto1968
356Koch, Walter1946-1948
357Kohn, Hans1953-1970
358Kornfeld, Paul1922-1946
359Kraus, Wolfgang1963
360Kreuzberger, Max1967-1969
361Krolop, Kurt[1945] 1963-1967
363Lehmann, Wilhelm1964
364Loewi, Otto1954-1961
366Maass, Joachim1955-1963
367Mann, Thomas1941-1948
368Maschata-Kanitz, Alice1946-1969
369Matouš, Josef, Jarmila , Lubor, and Zdenek1941-1968
370Mehring, Walter1968
41Meinl, H.C. Julius1967-1968
42Kallir, Rudolf (Rudi) and Moina1949-1967
43Mühlberger, Joseph1969
47Pearson, Nathan Homes1952-1967
48Picard, Jacob1958-1963
49Pick, Otto1912-1966
410Pinthus, Kurt1941-1962
411Politzer, Heinz1966-1969
412P 1949-1969
413Radimsky, Ladislav1967-1969
414Risse, Dr. Heinz (B)1951-1956
415Risse, Dr. Heinz (A)1956-1975
416Roda, Roda1941
418Schaeffer, Albercht1942-1947
419von Scheliha, Renata1963-1964
420Schürer, Oskar1946-1964
421Schürer, Oskar and Elisabeth - Copies 1946-1970
422Schwarzenberg, Johannes1962-1969
423Seghers, Anna1967-1968
424Sheean, Vincent1945-1952
425Siebenschein, Lieugo1960-1964
426Sommer, Ernest1940-1966
427Sommer, Ernest1940-1944
428Spielhagen, Friedrich1899
429Stefl, Max1961-1965
430Stern, Peter1961-1965
431Stifler, Albert1851
432Strasser, Paul and Grete - Poems1960-1968
433Suhrkamp, Peter1952-1959
434S : part 1 1942-1969
434S : part 2 1942-1969
435Thieberger, Friedrich (A)1958
436Thieberger, Friedrich (B)1958
437Thieberger, Friedrich (C)1941-1958
438Thimig, Hans1969
439Thompson, Dorothy (B)1943-1962
440Thompson, Dorothy (C)1958-1961
441Thompson, Dorothy (Maxim Kopf)1969
442Thompson, Dorothy (Maxim Kopf) - Pictures1950s
443Träger, Fiederer1949-1967
444Trapp, Germanos1956-1969
445T 1957-1969
446Unruh, Fritz von1946-1968
447Starr-Untermayer, Jean1948-1969
448U 1967-1970
449Vegesach, Siegfried von1968
450Vischer, Melchior1955
451Von der Müehl, Theodora1964-1970
452Vring, Georg von der 1960-1968
454Waldinger, Ernst1947-1966
455Waldstein, Peter Angelus1962-1969
456Wehrli, Max and Weber, Werner1955-1961
457Weigend-Abendroth, Friedrich1965-1969
458Blumenthal-Weiss, Ilse1951-1961
459Weltsch, Felix1945-1969
460Weltsch, Robert1961-1966
461Werfel, Franz1916-1969
462Winder, Ludwig1940-1946
463Witz, Friedrich1961-1969
464Wolff, Helen1968-1969
465Wolff, Kurt1943-1966
466Wurm, Franz1962-1969
468Zrzavý, Jan1939-1968
469Zoff, Otto1948
470Zuckmayer, Carl1937-1975
471Zweig, Friderike M.1946-1968
472Czech Officials 1939-1945
473Prague Friends1941-1963
474Strazek, Robert1947-1958
475Miscellaneous1830, 1862, 1958-1970

Subseries 2: Christmas Correspondence, 1942-1970

Scope and Content:

Christmas correspondence includes holiday greeting cards and postcards sent to Johannes and Gertrude Urzidil. Although most of the cards contain brief greetings, some have more extended notes. The cards are mainly from friends and colleagues in the United States and Europe. The vast majority of these cards are standard greetings cards, a few are handmade or made with stamps. Notable are those from Austrian Embassies in London, Rome, and New York; the Austrian Kulturinstitut in Rome; the Swiss Embassy in Köln; the Goethe House in New York, and the writer Bryher. In addition there are creative cards created by the artist Hannes Beckmann (who studied at the Bauhaus) and his wife Elsa. Some correspondence and items concerning Gertrude and Johannes Urzidil’s work is also included in box 5 folder 4.

51Christmas Correpondence1950-1969
52Christmas Correpondence1948-1970
53Christmas Correpondence1944-1969
54Christmas Correpondence1956-1970
55Christmas Correpondence1942-1966
56Christmas Correpondence1955-1967
57Christmas Correpondence 1967-1970
58Christmas Correpondence 1951-1968

Subseries 3: Publishers and Magazine Editors, 1942-1970


Subseries 3 is separated into correspondence from the Artemis Verlag and correspondence from other publishers.

Scope and Content:

This series is comprised of business correspondence between Johannes Urzidil and his publishers, especially with the Artemis Verlag in Zürich. The correspondence discusses publication of and payment for some of his works. Editorial correspondence includes discussion of specific works, such as Bist Du es, Ronald?, Goethe in Böhmen, Die erbeuteten Frauen, and Amerika und die Antike with the opinions of the publishers on his works. Copies of contracts will also be found here.

a) Artemis

59Artemis Correspondence1968-1970
510Artemis Correspondence1964
511Artemis Correspondence1964
512Artemis Correspondence1963-1965
513Artemis Correspondence1964-1965
514Artemis Correspondence1966
515Artemis Correspondence1948-1968
516Artemis Correspondence1958-1965
517Artemis Correspondence, Clippings1968-1972
518Artemis Correspondence, Clippings1974-1976
519Artemis Correspondence, Clippings1969-1972
525Artemis Verlag Correspondence1926-1969

b) General

520Langen-Müller Correspondence 1964-1976
521Langen-Müller Correspondence 1957-1969
522Merkur Correspondence1953-1962
523Verlag Heinrich Scheffler1966-1970
524Verlage - Miscellaneous1958-1969
526Bergland Verlag (Wien) Correspondence1956-1966
527Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag (München) Correspondence1963-1967
528S. Fischer Verlag (Frankfurt am Main) Correspondence1954-1969
529Langen-Müller, Correspondence1955-1962
530Langen-Müller, Correspondence1963-1968
531Reclam Verlag GmbH, Correspondence1957-1969
61Scherpe Verlag (Krefeld)1964-1967
62Stiasny Verlag (Graz)1959-1965
63Wayne State University Press1966-1969
65Festschriften (Part II)1942-1963
67Redaktion Wort and Wahrheit1958-1966
68Der Monat (Berlin)1961-1964
69Hochland (Munich)1962
610Merkur (Munich)1963-1968
611Wort in der Zeit (Vienna)1958-1966
612Schweizer Monatshefte 1957-1967

Subseries 4: Literary Correspondence, 1941-1970

Scope and Content:

Literary correspondence covers a wide range of topics. It includes correspondence from Johannes Urzidil’s work with various agencies, as well as correspondence with specific individuals.

Correspondence with agencies and organizations includes institutions such as the Goethe House of New York, the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung, the Adalbert-Stifter Institute, and the LBI, as well as some organizations in Europe, especially from Austria and Germany. Much of the correspondence with institutions concerns letures and programs which Urzidil participated or lectures he planned to give. Correspondence of this sort will be found in folders 15-18. Some correspondence with Urzidil is with television stations who wanted to feature him in short. In addition, there is some correspondence here between Johannes Urzidil and German radio stations, as well as letters concerning a filmed adaptation of Johannes Urzidil’s work Goethe in Böhmen with the Aventin Filmstudio. Other topics found in correspondence with institutions discuss several institutions who wished to use his work, such as the Frankfurt Goethe Museum and the Adalbert Stifter Institute.

Subseries 4 also holds correspondence from individuals. Some of this correspondence, especially that found in folder 13, is comprised of letters expressing their appreciation of Urzidil’s works. Other correspondence is from individuals asking advice of Johannes Urzidil concerning topics he wrote about such as Franz Kafka and Goethe’s time in Bohemia.

614Literary Correspondence with Individuals1941-1969
615Academic Correspondence (I)1968-1969
616Deutsche Akademie für Sprach and Dichtung (II)1961-1968
617Academic Correspondence (III); Stifter Institute, Linz1955-1968
618Academic Correspondence (IV); Leo Baeck Institute1941-1968

Subseries 5: Johannes Urzidil's Lectures in Europe and America, 1946-1968

Scope and Content:

Correspondence concerning Johannes Urzidil’s lectures, including radio programs, will be found in Subseries 5. This subseries also contains information on prizes Urzidil received, such as the Austria State Prize and the Köln Literatur Prize. Urzidil gave lectures for many organizations, including the American Committee for Émigré Scholars, the Literarischer Verein of New York, the Joseph Popper Lodge of B'nai B'rith, the American Association of Teachers of German, the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in America, the Adalbert Stifter Verein, and several universities. Some of the topics on which Urzidil gave lectures included discussion of his own work, the work of artist Václav Hollar (Wenceslaus Hollar), and on Goethe.

Subseries 5 also holds information on lectures Johannes Urzidil gave on the radio. He worked with such radio stations as the Bayerisches Rundfunk, Süddeutscher Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Radio Bern, and Radio Bremen. There is also information on a possible film adaptation of Goethe in Böhmen by the Aventin Filmstudio.

Material on prizes Johannes Urzidil received is mainly comprised of congratulatory correspondence regarding the awards. Information on some of Urzidil’s lecture tours will also be found here. There is some information here about a lecture tour Urzidil gave for his work Amerika und die Antike, as well as information on a lecture series sponsored by the Ackermann Gemeinde/Albert Langen Georg Mueller Verlag.

619Vorträge am Radio - USA1946-1968
620Vorträge am Radio and Television - Europe1966-1968
621RIAS - Berlin1956-1966
622Vorlesung and Vorwagen - Europe1962-1963
623Austria State Prize1963-1964
624Köln (Cologne) Literature Prize1964
625Lecture Tour1966
626Lecture Tour1968
627Lecture Tours - Clippings1957-1968
628European Prizes - Scrapbook1964
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Series III: Johannes Urzidil's Writings,  undated, 1911-1972

This series is in German, Czech, and English.
3.2 linear feet

This series is comprised of five subseries:

Scope and Content:

Series III is comprised of examples of Johannes Urzidil's writings. It includes handwritten and typed drafts of his writing, many clippings of his published writings, and some correspondence concerning these writings. Types of writings found here include essays and articles, poetry, and fiction. This series also includes radio program transcripts, which Urzidil wrote for the Austrian Service.

Subseries 1: Literary Works, undated, 1911-1913,, 1928-1970

Scope and Content:

Subseries 1 holds typescripts (some with handwritten corrections) of stories, novels, a play and poems including "Das Gold von Carumblu;" Bist Du es, Ronald?; Die Entführung ; Die erbeuteten Frauen ; and various stories including "Stief und Halb." Johannes Urzidil's literary works mainly include such writings as essays and poetry. There is also a handwritten play. One interesting essay found here is "Das Jahr Zweitausend," which contains Johannes Urzidil's musings on how the new millenium might affect individuals.

71Handwritten Manuscript Play, Booklet with Artwork1911-1913
72Script - Bist Du es, Ronald? - Handwritten Manuscript1967
73Manuscript - "Das Gold von Caramablu" - Typedundated
74Script - Die Erbeuteten Frauen - Typed1965
75Essay - Prag 1st Draft1965
76Essay - "Stief und Halb" 1st Draft1950
77Essay – "Avon" von H.D. Draft1949-1950
78Essays - Draft with Artwork and Clippings1930s-1960
79Poetry, Translations and Correspondence1951-1953
711Manuscript - Die Entführung1970

Subseries 2: General Non-fiction, undated, 1935-1970

Scope and Content:

General non-fiction includes typescripts and manuscripts mainly on literary topics including some speeches and radio scripts. Included are many essays on Franz Kafka among them Da geht Kafka; "Amerika in Kafkas Werk;" "Franz Kafka, Person to Person;" "Goethe, Stifter, und Kafka als gemeinsames Erlebnis;" "Kafka und Prag;" "Decision and Responsibility;" and "Kafka and the Jewish Culture of Prague." This subseries also holds some material on Goethe, essays on such modern German writers as Max Brod and Franz Werfel and on classical German literature. Essays on American and English writers will also be found here especially concerning Daniel Defoe, Henry David Thoreau and Charles Sealsfield, as well as Walt Whitman and Robert Frost. Essays and material on art is also here including on the Czech artist Wenceslaus Hollar (Václav Hollar), as well as on Michelangelo, Giotto and Van Gogh and essays on Italian art in general. There are also essays on language in exile and speeches about Friedrich Thieberger.

712Script - "Walt Whitman: Zeitgenosse aller Jugend"1968
713Material about Henry David Thoreau1969
714Script - Robert Frost Nature Poetry1963
715Essay - Defoe "Die Inselwelt der Träume"undated
716Essay - "Literarische Reise durch Massachusetts"1956
717Speech - "Literatur als Schöpferische Verantwortung," Germanistentag1965
718Essay - (Drafts) "Sealsfield, Amerikaner aus Maehren"after 1942
719Essay - (Drafts) "Bryher"1954
720Script - "Da Geht Kafka" : part 11965-1966

Contents, list of characters, first 3 chapters

720Script - "Da Geht Kafka" : part 21965-1966

Chapter 4 (Umgang mit Sirenen) through end

721Essay - "Cervantes and Kafka"undated
722Essay - "Kafka Kampf Gegen Windmühlen"1962-1963
723Lectures - On Kafka1966-1967
81Essay, Correspondence - Kafka1969-1970
82Essay - Kafka1950-1965
83Postcard Booklets - Kafka1965
84Essay - "Cervantes and Kafka"undated
85Essay - Goethe, with copiesafter 1965
86Essay, Research Material and Notes - Goetheafter 1915
87Essay - Henry David Thoreau1952
88Essay - Eugen von Kahler1935
89Essays - Goethe, French Campaign1966
810Essay - "Language in Exile"1940s
811Essay - "Zwei Botschaften aus Israel"1950s
812Speech - Thieberger Book1953
813Lecture - "A Collection of Works by Wenceslaus Hollar"1966
814Essays - Václav Hollar (Wenceslaus Hollar)1944
815Essay - "Hollar: a Czech Refugee in England"1940
816Essay - "Die Kunst des Übersetzens"undated
817Essay - "Von Odkolek Zu Odradek"undated
818Essays - Kunstwissenschaft : Part 11937-1967
818Essays - Kunstwissenschaft : Part 21937-1967
819Essays - "Brot und Wein"1944
820Essay - "Goethe, Stifter und Kafka"1964
821Essay, Autographen1944, 1960
822Essays - Stifter1967
823Essays and Copies - "Stifter aus Drei Distanzen"1957, 1968
824Essays - "Unterwegs zu Älteren Feuern"1957-1969
825Memorial - Max Brod1950-1969
826Lecture at Leo Baeck Institute1967-1968
827Essays, Scripts, Correspondence1954-1960
829Essays - Literature1965
830Speeches, Broadcast Scripts, Correspondence, Clippings1961-1964

Subseries 3: Political Articles, 1941-1945



Scope and Content:

Subseries 3 holds political articles written by Johannes Urzidil for various European newspapers. The most prominent topic addressed in the articles is America’s involvement in world affairs, with articles discussing such specific topics as America’s entrance into World War II, America’s isolationism, Hoover and the future Czechoslovakia, and the Monroe doctrine. Another topic frequently addressed here concerns issues affecting the emigrant, such as America’s culture, the worth of the emigrant, and music in America. Other topics which will be found here include the topic of reconstruction, specifically the reconstruction of Czechoslovakia, the danger of Hitler, and his military policies.

831Manuscripts - Political Articles, Written in U.S.A.1941
832Manuscripts - Political Articles, Written in U.S.A.1942
833Manuscripts - Political Articles, Written in U.S.A.1943
834Manuscripts - Political Articles, Written in U.S.A.1944
835Manuscripts - Political Articles, Written in U.S.A.1945

Subseries 4: Clippings of Johannes Urzidil's Works, 1918-1972

Scope and Content:

This subseries contains clippings of published copies of Urzidil's works from various newspapers and periodicals. Most of the clippings found here are articles or poems, although some stories are also included. Also found here are newsletters, pamphlets, and several Masonic publications which printed some of Urzidil's articles.

91Clippings - Periodicals1920-1971
92Clippings - Periodicals1918, 1929
93Clippings - Periodicals1929-1968
94Clippings - Periodicals1918, 1964
95Clippings1918, 1939, 1962-1967
96Periodicals, Cue Cards1947-1967
97Published Articles; Clippings
98Published Articles; Periodicals1943-1945, 1958, 1966
99Published Articles; Periodicals, Clippings1943-1969
910Published Articles; Periodicals1931, 1965-1969
911Clippings, Photo Copies; Pamphlet1935-1961
912Published Article; Excerpt1929
913Published Articles; Clippings; Correspondence1931-1952
914Published Articles and Clippings - on Goethe1931-1952
915Published Articles - Clippings1940-1958
916Published Articles - Clippings1940-1958
917Published Articles - Newsletters, Bulletins, Clippings1920-1969
918Published Articles - Clippings1920-1969
919Published Article - Excerpt1970
920Published Articles - Clippings1939-1967
921Published Articles - Pamphlets, Correspondence and Clippings1942-1972

Subseries 5: Radio Programs by Johannes Urzidil on America, 1951-1967

Scope and Content:

During the 1950s and early 1960s, Urzidil wrote radio program transcripts for the Austrian Service. This subseries holds these transcripts. Topics covered in these transcripts include Johannes Urzidil's biographical reports on individuals such as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Van Wyck Brooks, Emily Dickinson, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry George, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Noah Webster. There are also reviews of books by William Faulkner, Thornton Wilder, Other topics in this subseries include winters in the United States, history of literature in the United States, current trends in American literature, American poetry.

922Radio Program Typescripts - U.S. Winters - Modern Prose and Clippings1954-1967
923Radio Program Typescripts - U.S. Literature Classics - Clippings1952-1962
924Radio Program Typescripts - Modern U.S. Poets and Robert Frost1952-1965
925Radio Program Typescripts - Modern U.S. Poets1951-1966
101Press Releases1953-1954
102Press Releases and Clippings1952-1965
103Press Releases and Clippings1951-1966
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Series IV: Biographical Typescripts or Manuscripts Concerning Johannes Urzidil,  undated, 1970

This series is in German and English.
2 folders
Scope and Content:

This small series contains autobiographical material pertaining to Johannes Urzidil. It includes notes and a speech Urzidil made to English residents of the area where he lived many years after having emigrated to America. The speech discusses Urzidil's life as an emigrant in England and contrasts the differences between living in England and living in the United States.

104Autobiographical Notesundated
105Speech, Retrospective1970
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Series V: Bibliographical Material for Johannes Urzidil’s Writings,  undated, 1916-1995

This series is in German.
5 folders
Scope and Content:

Series V holds bibliographical and biographical information on Johannes Urzidil. Many of the documents found here include lists of published works. One of the lists is handwritten, in a notebook. Biographical documents include handwritten drafts for an autobiography and a typed essay of Johannes Urzidil's remembrances on when he was informed of Franz Ferdinand's death and the declaration of war in 1914. This essays also makes some mention of individuals Urzidil knew from the Café Arco, where the "Prager Kreis" often met.

106Bibliography, Bibliographic Notes1965-1995
107Autobiographyundated, 1969
108Curriculum Vitaes; Clipping1963-1968
109Bibliography1916-1969; 1963-1970
1010Bibliography, Correspondence 1919-1971
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Series VI: Clippings about Johannes Urzidil and his Works, 1939-1977

This series is in German.
1.9 linear feet
Scope and Content:

Series VI contains clippings and typescripts about Urzidil’s works, mainly consisting of reviews of his works. There are also a few folders of correspondence and radio program transcripts pertaining to specific works. Many of the reviews are from the New York Times Book Review. Extensive amounts of clippings from newspapers and periodicals will be found for some of Urzidil’s most popular works, including Das grosse Hallelujah; Prager Triptychon; Goethe in Böhmen; Die verlorene Geliebte; Elefantenblatt; Amerika und die Antike; and Die Erbeuteten Frauen.

a) Johannes Urzidil's Works

1011Das grosse Hallelujah - Correspondence1959-1965
1012Das grosse Hallelujah - Germany - Clippings1959-1960
1013Das grosse Hallelujah - Austria - Clippings1959-1965
1014Das grosse Hallelujah - Switzerland - Clippings1959-1961
1015Das grosse Hallelujah - Non-German-speaking countries - Clippings1959-1960
1016Das grosse Hallelujah - Radio Program Typescripts1959-1960
1017Prager Triptychon - Switzerland, Clippings1960-1961
1018Prager Triptychon - Germany - Clippings1960
1019Prager Triptychon - Italy - Clippings1967
1020Prager Triptychon - Radio Program Typescripts1960-1963
1021Prager Triptychon - Austria - Clippings1960-1961
1022Prager Triptychon - Non-German-speaking countries1960-1963
1023Prager Triptychon - Duplicates1960-1962
1024Prager Triptychon - Correspondence1960-1963
1025Das grosse Hallelujah - Clippings1959-1960
1026Das grosse Hallelujah - Duplicates1959-1961
1027Goethe in Böhmen - Radio - Reviews1962-1965
1028Goethe in Böhmen - Correspondence1962-1967
1029Goethe in Böhmen - Correspondence1966
1030Goethe in Böhmen - Switzerland - Clippings1962-1963
1031Goethe in Böhmen - Germany - Correspondence and Clippings1962-1965
1032Goethe in Böhmen - Reviews - Clippings (duplicates)1962-1967
1033Goethe in Böhmen - Reviews - Austria - Clippings and Correspondence1962-1965
1034Goethe in Böhmen - D.D.R. (East Germany) and Other German-Speaking Locales - Correspondence and Clippings1962-1963
1035Die Verlorene Geliebte - Private Correspondence1954-1967
1036Die Verlorene Geliebte - Radio and Clippings1946, 1957-1958
1037Die Verlorene Geliebte - Europe - Clippings1956-1958
1038Die Verlorene Geliebte - Austria - Clippings1956-1958
1039Die Verlorene Geliebte - Switzerland - Clippings1956-1957
1040Die Verlorene Geliebte - Clippings1956-1957
1041Der Trauermantel - Radio Transcript and Periodicals1947, 1956
111Goethe - Correspondence, Programs, Clippings1942-1961
112Entführung - Catalogue, Correspondence1964-1965
113Entführung - Correspondence, Clippings, Press Releases1964-1966
114Entführung - Clippings, Duplicates1964-1965
115"Geschenke des Lebens" - Correspondence, Clipping1963-1964
116Das Glück der Gegenwart - Clippings1958-1962
117Bist Du Es, Ronald? - Catalogue, Clippings1968-1969
118Bist Du Es, Ronald? - Clippings, Duplicates1968
119Elefantenblatt - Book Jackets, Correspondence, Clippings (Duplicates)1962-1963
1110Elefantenblatt - Correspondence, Excerpt, Clippings1962-1965
1111Elefantenblatt - Austria, Clippings1962-1963
1112Elefantenblatt - Germany, Clippings1962-1963
1113Elefantenblatt - Radio, Scripts1962-1963
1114Elefantenblatt - Switzerland - Clippings1962-1963
1115Amerika und die Antike - Correspondence1964-1965
1116Amerika und die Antike - Clippings1965-1970
1117Amerika und die Antike - Clippings1964-1965
1118Amerika und die Antike - Clippings (Duplicates)1964
1119Die Erbeuteten Frauen - Catalogue, Jackets, Clippings1966
1120Die Erbeuteten Frauen - Clippings (Duplicates)1966
1121Die Erbeuteten Frauen - Correspondence1966
1122Die Erbeuteten Frauen - Scripts, Clippings1966-1967
1123Über Das Handwerk - Correspondence, Clippings1954-1959
1124Väterliches aus Prag und Handwerkliches aus New York - Correspondence, Clippings : Part 11969-1971
1124Väterliches aus Prag und Handwerkliches aus New York - Correspondence, Clippings : Part 21969-1971
1125Correspondence and Clippings1969-1970
1126Correspondence, Clipping1969-1970
1127Da Geht Kafka - Clippings1969-1970
1128Bekenntnis Eines Pedanten - Clippings1972-1973
1129Morgen Fahr' Ich Heim - Clippings1972-1974
1130Die Letzte Tombola - Clippings1970-1973
1131"Prag Scherpe" - Clippings, Correspondence1965-1972
1132"Hollar" - Publications, Clippings1941-1971
1133Denkwürdigkeiten von Gibacht - Correspondence, Publications, Clippings1958-1959
1134"Geschichte Des Tschechen" - Correspondence, Clippings1960-1961
1135Die Memnonsäule - Clippings, Correspondence1957-1963

b) About Johannes Urzidil

1136Clippings and Correspondence : Part 11931-1970
1136Clippings and Correspondence : Part 21931-1970
1138Clippings; Scripts; Correspondence1957-1966
1139Lists, Clippings, Programs, Correspondence1939-1957
1140Programs, Publications, Clippings1957-1958
121Clippings - Press Release, Script1959
122Clippings - Periodical1961
124Clippings - Periodical and Correspondence1963
125Clippings - Periodicals1964-1965
126Clippings - Publications, Periodicals, Script1965
127Clippings - Circulars, Periodicals, Correspondence1966
129Clippings - Periodicals and Correspondence1960-1973
1211Clippings - Periodical; Memorials1966-1976
1212"Der Mensch," Articles, Clipping1968
1213Clippings - Periodicals, Scripts1958-1968
1214Clippings - Periodicals, Correspondence1957-1961
1215Correspondence, Articles1945-1968
1216Clippings, Guides1966-1970
1217Radio Scripts1963-1966
1218Clippings - Periodicals1963, 1970, 1977
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Series VII: Clippings about American Authors of the 19th or 20th Century,  1932-1970

This series is in German and English.
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Scope and Content:

Series VII is comprised of clippings about well-known American and English authors of the 19th and 20th Century, including such writers as Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, Robert Frost, Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis and William Faulkner. Several of the clippings are of Johannes Urzidil's own articles about the authors, such as in the case of Benjamin Franklin and Marianne Moore. There is also some information on the Washington Irving house in Tarrytown (N.Y.), the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow house in Cambridge (Mass.), and the Nathaniel Hawthorne house in Salem (Mass.).

1219Washington Irving1947-1970
1220Harriet Beecher Stowe and James Fenimoore Cooper1951-1960
1221Edgar Allan Poe1959-1960
1222Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)1952-1960
1223Henry James1955
1224Benjamin Franklin1956-1960
1225Henry David Thoreau1950-1967
1226Herman Melville1951-1956
1227Henry Wadsworth Longfellow1932-1969
1228Nathaniel Hawthorne1934-1949
1229Ralph Waldo Emerson1951-1959
1230Carl Sandburg, Thornton Wilder, Vachel Lindsay, Robinson Jeffers, Carson McCullers1959-1970
1231Marianne Moore1958-1967
1232Robert Frost1954-1966
1233Walt Whitman1949-1969
1234Eugene O’Neill and Tenessee Williams1962-1963
1235Sinclair Lewis1952-1963
1236Ernest Hemingway1952-1966
1237Thomas Wolfe1958-1968
1238William Faulkner1956-1968
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Series VIII. Clippings about Franz Kafka,  1945-1968

This series is in German, English, and French.
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Scope and Content:

Series VIII contains clippings dealing with Franz Kafka's work. It includes information about his work, reviews of books about him, and biographical information, among other topics. In addition, there is also an article written by Urzidil for the Austrian Service in box 12 folder 39 which discusses the topic "American Students as Kafka-Readers."

1239Kafka - General Essays about Kafka1945-1967
1242Kafka - Essays, Theater Programs, Exhibits, and Politics1955-1966
1243Kafka, Felice1967-1968
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Series IX: Recordings,  1961-1969

This series is in German.
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This series contains cassette tapes of recordings about or by Johannes Urzidil. It includes tapes of Urzidil’s lectures on Max Brod for the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and the Freedom House in New York. Two cassettes also contains two programs created on the occasion of Urzidil's 65th and 70th birthdays. There are also recordings of other people reading Johannes Urzidil's works.

189aDeutsche Welle (tape recording - Vollspur 19 cm)
189bChristine Busta reads poems for Johannes Urzidil "Christine Busta spricht Gedichte für Johannes Urzidil" (tape recording - Vollspur 19cm)
189cUrzidil: "Ein Mensch wie Du und ich," Radio Wien, Sendung anlässlich des 65. Geburtstages von Johannes Urzidil. (tape recording - Halbspur 9,5 cm)1961 Jan. 31
189d"Im Prag des Expressionismus," spoken in Vienna, Akademie der Wissenschaften, (tape recording - Halbspur 9,5 cm)1962 Dec. 9
189eHugo Thiemig: "Stief und Halb," 29 min. (tape recording - Vollspur 19cm)1969 May 9
189fPeter Stadelmayer, Direktor des Goethehauses in New York spricht anlässlich des 70. Geburtstages von Johannes Urzidil. (tape recording - Halbspur 9,5 cm)1966 Feb. 3
189gPart 1: Johannes Urzidil lecture on Max Brod at Czechoslovak Society of Arts in New York, part 1 (tape recording - Vollspur 19 cm)
Part 2: Johannes Urzidil lecture on Max Brod at Czechoslovak Society of Arts in New York, part 2 (tape recording - Vollspur 19 cm)
1969 Apr. 15
189hJohannes Urzidil on Max Brod (in Czech), Freedom House. (tape recording - Vollspur 19 cm)1969 Apr. 15
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Series X: Manuscripts amd Typescripts by other Authors,  1974-1976

This series is in German.
2 folders
Scope and Content:

Series X is comprised of typed manuscripts of works by authors other than Johannes Urzidil. Included in this series is a typed manuscript of Franz Kafka’s work, Der Prozess.

131Kafka, The Trial ( Der Prozess)1974
132Manuscripts by Others1975-1976
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Series XI: Various, undated, 1925,, 1930-1977

This series is in German and English.
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Scope and Content:

This series contains material collected by the Urzidils on various topics. It includes information on artwork, the birthplaces of William Shakespeare and Johann von Goethe, music programs, information on the author Erich von Kahler, and obituaries for various individuals.

This series is largely comprised of reproductions of artwork and architecture. Most of the reproductions are in the form of postcards, although there are also clippings of the artwork from newspapers. There are also a few articles about the artwork, specifically in the folder concerning Central American and Mexican artwork.

This series also holds information on Shakespeare and Goethe’s birthplaces. The material includes postcards, pamphlets, and booklets.

Music programs in this series include programs from various productions. Most programs are from the Wiener Staatsoper, but the New York Philharmonic is also included here, among others. Programs include a copy of "Ein Konversationsstück für Musik in einem Aufzug" by Clemens Krauss and Richard Strauss as well as a program for the "Kings of the Waltz."

Information on the author Erich von Kahler is mainly comprised of articles. There are articles on Dr. Faustus, a Gedenkrede for Thomas Mann, and an article on Johannes Urzidil’s Prague. Articles about Erich von Kahler include an obituary for him, an address in honor of his eightieth birthday at the LBI, an essay concerning his book Der Sinn der Geschichte, and a memorial for Antoinette von Kahler, Erich von Kahler’s mother.

Obituaries for various people include memorials for conductor George Szell and journalist Vincent Sheean. It also contains articles on Thomas Mann, Max Brod, Friedrich Torberg, and Thomas Eakins. In addition, there is also material on the forbidden art in the Third Reich, a copy of the newsletter of the Adalbert Stifter Verein, a booklet concerning the Deutsche Nationalkirche in Santa Maria dell Anima, poetry and articles and clippings on various other topics.

133Artwork - Photos of "M. Helaltier"undated
134Artwork - Greek Sculpture, Vaseu Architectureundated
135Artwork - Asia and Africa1925, 1954-1961
136Artwork - Spain1961-1962
137Artwork - The Americas, Mexico, Pre-Colombian1945-1964
138Artwork - Americas - 18th-19th Century1953-1958
139Artwork - Dutch Masters1953-1958
1310Artwork - Brueghelsundated
1311Artwork - Rembrandt1956-1961
1312Artwork - Dutch Masters1952-1965
1313Artwork - Italy - Primitives1954-1969
1314Artwork - Italy - Roman1957-1969
1315Artwork - Italy - Various1953-1970
1316Artwork - Italy – Padova, Donatello, Othersundated
1317Artwork - Italy – Various1951-1962
1318Artwork - Prague1930-1969
1319Artwork - Arles, France - Van Gogh's house; Correspondence, Photos (including negatives)1967-1971
1320Artwork - Glass Windows - Medieval and Modern1957-1961
1321Shakespeare's Birthplace1953-1954
1322Goethe's Birthplace1953-1954
1323Music Programs and Booklist1946-1967
1324Erich von Kahler1956-1970
1327Newfoundland Brochureundated
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Series XII: Gertrude Urzidil's Correspondence, 1942-1951,, 1970-1977

This series is in German, English, and Czech.
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Scope and Content:

Gertrude Urzidil maintained correspondence with many of her husband's colleagues and friends as well as with her own friends and family members. Among her well-known correspondents are included W. Bryher (Anne Willifried Ellerman) and Heinrich Böll. Almost all of the correspondence in this series dates from the time after Johannes Urzidil's death.

The most prominent type of letters found among Gertrude Urzidil's correspondence are condolence letters after the death of her husband, and these letters are from almost every individual and several institutions found in this series. Noteworthy among these is the correspondence from Heinrich Schmidinger at the Östereichisches Kulturinstitut in Rome where Johannes Urzidil died and which held memorials for him. Other correspondence also concerns her husband's affairs, such as publications of his work or returning his items to Gertrude Urzidil after his death. Examples of this type of correspondence includes: correspondence with the Freies Deutsches Hochstift Frankfurter Goethe-Museum discussing giving some of Johannes Urzidil's writings on Goethe to them; with the Furche-Verlag Hamburg concerning publication of his work "Grenzland;" from Peter Stadlmeyer at the Goethe House in New York about the return to Gertrude Urzidil of some of her husband's writings; from Heiner Hesse returning letters to Johannes Urzidil which were sent to him by Hermann Hesse; and from WGBH in Boston concerning a program they proposed to make on Johannes Urzidil's life.

This series also has letters between Gertrude Urzidil and her friends and family members. The largest amount of correspondence is between Gertrude Urzidil and W. Bryher, Hansres Jacobi, Gottfried Schaefer, and Christiane and Peter Stadelmayer. Family correspondence includes letters with Frederico, Nelly, Puccio, Lily, Enrique, and Sophie Thieberger, and with a nephew, Walter Steinitz. Box 14 folder 3 includes a clipping from Frederico Thieberger of Johannes Urzidil's article about the Blackout of 1965 in New York.

1328A - B1970-1976
1329C - F1970-1976
1330G - J1970-1977
1331K - M1970-1977
141N - R1970-1977
143T - Z1969-1977
145Sophie Thieberger1942-1951
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Series XIII: Gertrude Urzidil's Literary Works,  undated, 1930-1977,, 1992-1993

This series is in German.
0.33 linear foot
Scope and Content:

Most of this series consists of clippings of Gertrude Urzidil's works, as well as drafts of her poetry and a copy of an interview by Columbia University. Clippings are mainly of Gertrude Urzidil's published poetry and essays. The interviews conducted for Columbia University's Hungarian Project are comprised of two parts: the first concerning Johannes Urzidil, the second focusing on Gertrude Urzidil herself. A scrapbook will also be found in this series that consists of clippings of Gertrude Urzidil's poetry and articles pasted to its pages.

146Poems and Writings - Lists, Correspondence, Clippings1942-1976
147Poems and Writings1976
148Poems and Writingsundated
149Poetry and Writings1970-1976
1410Poetry - Xeroxes1970-1976
1412Oral History Interview - Transcript1977
1413Essays; Prose Scrapbook, Clippings1930-1938
1414Poetry, Xerox1935
1415Play Script - Die Erbeuteten Frauen1992-1993
1416Scrapbook - Poetry1933-1977
1417Elfe, Wolfgang - Article on Johannes Urzidil1989
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Series XIV: Catalog Cards, undated

This series is in German.
1.33 linear feet


Scope and Content:

The index cards included in this collection consist of cards with Johannes Urzidil's handwritten notes. The notes contain quotations or research notes used in his writing, and are in German.

The first three folders hold mainly research notes used for writing essays, poetry, and fiction. The notes include remarks and quotations about or from specific books, as well as notes for pieces Urzidil wrote about Goethe, Kafka, and Adalbert Stifter. Other topics found in this part of the series include information on artists, artwork, information used in radio interviews, information on various geographic areas, and information on politcs and the Freemasons. Information on essays of Urzidil's, which were translated into other languages, will also be found here.

The index cards also contain many notes on people and characters, and folders 21 and 22 of box 14 hold these cards. Index cards listing publications that published works by Johannes Urzidial are another part of this series. This series also holds cards with an extensive list of individuals who should receive complimentary copies of Urzidil's published works.

The largest part of this series contains notes on numerous topics. These subjects include political topics, theoretical topics, cultural topics, locations mentioned in Urzidil's works, Americana, autobiographical notes, and notes on Goethe's biography. Political topics include notes on political theory, political systems in various countries, and the relationship between war and peace. Theoretical topics include notes on a person's relationship with fate and nature, with existence, other people, and with him or herself. Other notes in this vein include quotes on good and evil, strength and weakness, happiness and unhappiness, and freedom and servitude, among many others. Quotations on religion, God, Judaism, and Christianity will also be found among the theoretical notes featured here. Cultural notes discuss such subjects as art, artists, music, literature, the liberal arts, the creation process, drama, translation, and specific author's works. Notes on locations found in Urzidil's works include Prag, Bohemia, and New York. Finally, Americana contains quotes on topics such as as Henry David Thoreau and other American authors, nature, and Europeans opinions on America.

1418B – Eundatedd
1419G – Essaysundated
1420Essays K – Zundated
1421Persons and Characters - A – Fundated
1422Persons and Characters - G – Kundated
151Publications - A – Mundated
152Publications - N – Zundated
153Complimentary Copy Recipients - A – Gundated
154Complimentary Copy Recipients - H – Mundated
155Complimentary Copy Recipients - Mc – Sundated
156Complimentary Copy Recipients - T – Zundated
157Complimentary Copy Recipients - Deceased - A – Nundated
158Complimentary Copy Recipients - Deceased - O – Zundated
159Quotations from Works by Subject - Politik Staat Nation – Der Menschundated
1510Quotations from Works, by Subject - Über Kultur – Erzählungs-Materialundated
1511Locations Mentioned in Works – Örtlichkeitenundated
1512Locations Mentioned in Works – Amerika; New Yorkundated
1513Locations Mentioned in Works – Andere Länder; Prague; Böhmenundated
1516Goethe Biographyundated
1517Goethe Bibliothekundated
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Series XV: Financial and Legal Records,  1944-1972

This series in in German and English.
1 linear foot

Alphabetical by type of record, chronological within type.

Scope and Content:

Series XV holds documents pertaining to Johannes Urzidil's financial situation as well as a few legal papers. Related documents, such as those which concern Urzidil's health and insurance documents will also be found here. The majority of documents in this series focus on his finances. Financial documents include tax returns, bank statement, information on literary fees and royalties, and invoices.

161Bank Statements1962 Jan.-1963 Jan.
162Bank Statements1963 Jan.-1964 Jan.
163Bank Statements1964 Jan.-1965 Jan.
16 4Bank Statements1965 Jan.-1965 Dec.
165Bank Statements1965 Dec.-1966 Dec.
166Bank Statements1966 Dec.-1968 Jan.
16 7Bank Statements1968 Jan.-1968 Dec.
168Literary Royalties and Living Conditions1945-1956
169Tax Returns1952-1955
1610Tax Returns1956
1611Tax Returns1957
1612Tax Returns1958
1613Tax Returns1959
1614Tax Returns1960
1615Tax Returns1961
1616Tax Returns1962
1617Tax Returns1963
1618Tax Returns1964
1619Tax Returns1965
1620Tax Returns1966
1621Tax Returns1967
1622Tax Returns1968
1623Tax Returns1969
1624Bank and Tax Materials1951-1970
1625Insurance Policies - Fire, Theft, etc.1965-1967
1626Insurance Policies - Health; Blue Cards1954-1962
1627EKGs (Cardiograms) and Reports1956-1957
1628Financial Records - Office Expenses1957-1969
1629Correspondence - Affidavits; Foundations1953-1966
1630Correspondence - U.S. Government; New York State1944-1953
1631Newspaper and Magazine Subscription Invoices1957-1969
1632Book Purchases; Invoices1957-1969
1633Income; Literary Fees1946-1954
1634Income; also Payment Dispute1950, 1955-1959
1635Money Transfers; Income1959-1963
1636Money Transfers; Income1962-1965
1637Royalties; Other Income1966-1969
1638Travel Expenses; Bluecard Donations1947-1959
1639Financial Papers1971-1974
1640Legal Papers; including Will1970-1972
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Series XVI: Objects,  undated

0.5 linear foot
Scope and Content:

This series holds various objects which belonged to the Urzidils. It includes jewelry as well as a jewelry box, souvenir medals and stones, and some coins. In addition, there are also a few art objects.

171Box with ladies jewelry; 1 ladies wrist watch; coinsundated
172Empty jewelry box marked by Johannes Urzidil "from my father"undated
173Various small art objects, minerals, souvenir stonesundated
174Various mounted souvenir medalsundated
1751 old silver coin "Prager Groschen"undated
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Series XVII: Photos, undated

0.5 linear foot
Scope and Content:

Series XVI: Photos is comprised of three photo albums. The albums hold photos of family members and friends, some of which appear to be childhood photographs. There are also photographs of locations, including some postcards.

191I H 1: F 10995 - F 11072 (77)
192I H 2: F 11101 - F 11123 (22)
193I H 3: F 11304 (1)
19I H 4
194I H 5: F 11124 - F 11204 (80)
195I H 6: F 11240 - F 11303 (63)
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Series XVIII: Addenda,  1900-1976

This series is in German.
0.5 linear foot
Scope and Content:

Series XVIII is composed of materials, which were added to the collection at a later date. It contains articles and notes written by Johannes Urzidil, postcards and greeting cards, correspondence concerning other people's writing, an article on the Sudetenland, and articles about Franz Kafka and reviews of his work. In addition, there is also material on the deaths of illustrator Hugo Steiner, Adalbert Stifter, and Viscount Bledisloe.

201Works by Johannes Urzidil1926
203Correspondence with Oskar and Elisabeth Schürer
204Articles Collected by Johannes and Gertrude Urzidil
205Kafka Related Materials
208Article, bibliography of Urzidil's works
209100th birthday -- commemorative article
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