Scope and Contents
On his 1937 lecture tour Mann also met Agnes E. Meyer, who became one of his closest friends and most ardent supporters during his United States exile. Starting in 1957 Agnes Meyer gave to Yale her extensive and important correspondence with Mann, and her notes on their conversations, as well as a few manuscripts by Mann and miscellaneous related materials. Mann's letters to Meyer were edited by Hans R. Vaget and published in 1992 by the Fischer Verlag.
In 1957 Yale purchased the major portion of Helen Lowe-Porter's Thomas Mann papers, including typescripts of her translations of many of the novels, often accompanied by the German typescript prepared for her by Mann. Also included were numerous essays and lectures in English and German versions; a voluminous file of clippings by and about Mann; and some of Helen Lowe- Porter's letters from the novelist. Additional letters from Mann to Helen Lowe-Porter were given to Yale by her daughter, Patricia Lowe Pitzele, in 1969.
The first section of this Register lists Thomas Mann's writings, including translations by Helen Lowe-Porter, in a single alphabetical sequence. Translations, fragments, untitled drafts, and differently titled versions of a single work are collected under the bibliographically accepted title as cited by Hans Buergin in Das Werk Thomas Manns (Frankfurt/Main, 1959). A title appearing on the manuscript is here recorded in capital letters, while a title supplied from Buergin or another source is enclosed in square brackets. In the physical description of the manuscripts, "leaf" designates a single piece of paper, which may contain from 1 to 4 pages of text. The following abbreviations have been used: TM - Thomas Mann KM - Katia Mann HLP - Helen Lowe-Porter AEM - Agnes E. Meyer JWA - Joseph Warner Angell TLS - Typed letter, signed TL - Typed letter ALS - Autograph letter, signed APCS - Autograph post card, signed TPCS - Typed post card, signed ACS - Autograph card, signed ANS - Autograph note, signed tel. - telegram Christa Sammons, May 1980
- 1894 - 1990
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
8.5 Linear Feet ((20 boxes) + 2 portfolios)
- Guide to the Thomas Mann Collection
- Under Revision
- by Christa Sammons
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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