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Winkler collection

 Collection
Call Number: YCGL MSS 14

Scope and Contents

The Winkler Collection consists chiefly of letters to Karl Gottfried Theodor Winkler, Elisa von der Recke, and others, 1748-1854. Also included are manuscripts of some original poems; a few printed works by and about Winkler; copies of documents pertaining to Winkler's family, including Festschriften in his honor, and photographs.

The Collection is organized into Correspondence, Writings, Printed Material and Photographs, and Martin Schütze's notes on Winkler. Correspondence is further organized into Letters to Winkler, Letters to Elisa von der Recke, Lavater-von der Recke, Lavater-Wieland, Letters to Heinrich Hase, Letters to George Friedrich Walther, and From and to Various Authors A-Z. Writings is further organized into Works and Letters by Winkler and Works, etc. by Various Authors.

Among the writers are Hans Christian Andersen, Sarah Austin, Ludwig Börne, David d'Angers, Eduard Devrient, Johann Peter Eckermann, Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach, Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, Johann Wilhelm Ludewig Gleim, Ottilie von Goethe, Karl Ferdinand Gutzkow, E. T. A. Hoffmann, August Wilhelm Iffland, Friedrich Maximilian Klinger, August Friedrich Ferdinand von Kotzebue, Johann Caspar Lavater, Charles Joseph, prince de Ligne, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Ludwig Tieck, and Karl Maria von Weber. The Lavater - von der Recke correspondence was printed by Martin Schütze in Germanic Review, 1932, v. 7, p. 1-31, 201-214. There are transcriptions of all letters, and only a few of the many enclosures mentioned in the letters are present.

Dates

  • 1748-1854

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Winkler Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Hamill, 1938.

Extent

1.26 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

German

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.winkler

Overview

The collection consists chiefly of letters to Winkler, Elisa von der Recke, and others. Also included are manuscripts of some original poems, a few printed works by and about Winkler, copies of documents pertaining to Winkler's family, including Festschriften in his honor, and photographic reproductions of portraits and drawings. Correspondents include H. C. (Hans Christian) Andersen, Sarah Austin, Ludwig Börne, Eduard Devrient, Johann Peter Eckermann, Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach, Christian Fürchtegott Gellert, Johann Wilhelm Ludewig Gleim, Ottilie von Goethe, Karl Gutzkow, E. T. A. Hoffman, August Wilhelm Iffland, Friedrich Maximilian Klinger, August von Kotzebue, Johann Caspar Lavater, Charles Joseph, prince de Ligne, Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Ludwig Tieck, Carl Maria von Weber.

KARL GOTTFRIED THEODOR WINKLER (1775-1856)

Winkler, who used the pseudonym Theodor Hell, was born on 9 February 1775 near Dresden, the son of a clergyman. He studied law and history at Wittenberg and then returned to Dresden, where he held various positions and maintained a lifestyle rich in activities and connections. In 1796 he was appointed to the city court, and beginning in 1801 held positions of increasing responsibility with the city archive. When Saxony came under Russian control as a result of the Napoleonic wars, Winkler became a government secretary, edited government publications, and attained the rank of Russian privy councilor. By 1814 he was also active in the Dresden theater, rising eventually to vice-director of the court theater. His service to the German stage included his many translations of plays and operas, from French, English, Italian, and Portuguese, all languages in which he was well versed. He also wrote original prose and dramatic works, most of them now forgotten, and edited and published numerous periodicals, some of them influential. Among these publications were the literary annuals Penelope (1811-48) and Dramatisches Vergissmeinnicht (1824-49); the theater monthly Tagebuch der deutschen Bühnen (1815-35); and the newspaper the Dresden Abendzeitung, of which he was the editor from 1817-43. Winkler died in Dresden on 24 September 1856.

ELISA VON DER RECKE (1754-1833)

Born in Schönburg in the former Baltic province of Courland in 1756, the Komtesse Elisabeth von Medem was married as a teenager to the Baron von der Recke but divorced him several years later. She published poetry (Geistliche Lieder, 1780, Gedichte, 1806), autobiographical works, and travel writings, but was especially well known for her role in exposing the Italian adventurer Cagliostro, about whom she published a book in 1787. After her divorce, she travelled for many years, staying with friends, visiting spas, and taking part in court life in Berlin and Warsaw. From 1804 onward, the poet Christoph August Tiedge was her companion; in later years, they settled in Dresden, where the Countess Elisa died in 1833.

Processing Information

This finding aid was produced from a previously existing card set in the Manuscripts Catalog, or from another inventory. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained. If the collection also contains unlisted or unsorted material, this has been noted in the box-and-folder list.
Title
Guide to the Winkler Collection
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
December 2000
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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