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Ernst Cassirer papers : addition

Call Number: GEN MSS 355

Scope and Contents

The Ernst Cassirer Papers - Addition includes papers which supplement those found in GEN MSS 98. For this reason, they have been organized into similar series: Essays and Lectures, Correspondence, and Personal Papers. Essays and Lectures includes a number of pieces on Goethe as well as offprints and printed versions of Cassirer essays, the holograph drafts for many of which can be found in GEN MSS 98. The Correspondence is organized into General Correspondence, which includes letters from Gertrud Bing and Fritz Saxl, Hermann Cohen, Dimitry Gawronsky, Ernst Hoffmann, Raymond Klibansky, and Aby Warburg, Third-Party Correspondence, which contains two letters between Kurt Reizler and Aby Warburg, discussing the University of Frankfurt's offer of a chair in philosophy to Cassirer, and Family Correspondence, which contains letters from Ernst Cassirer to several of his immediate family. The Family Correspondence also contains an extensive run of letters from Ernst to Toni Cassirer for the years 1902-1943. This portion of the Cassirer correspondence is Restricted until 2021. Series III, Personal Papers, consists mainly of materials documenting Cassirer's academic career, such as degrees and membership certificates. Also included are a journal, early school notebooks, and a few photographs.

The Addition also includes a small group of Toni Cassirer Papers which, for the most part, pertain to her husband, almost all of them dating from after Ernst Cassirer's death in 1945. The files include letters (mainly of condolence), several third-party letters, memorials, articles about Ernst Cassirer, and prints and clippings.

Series V., Papers from Grandchildren of Martin Cassirer, contains letters (principally to Martin Cassirer), copies of eulogies, clippings, and photographs.


  • 1879 - 1992


Language of Materials

In German and English.

Physical Description

Total Boxes: 13

Physical Description

Other Storage Formats: 2 broadsides

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research. The letters to Toni Cassirer from Ernst Cassirer in boxes 4-5 are restricted until 2021 Aug 30. Restricted Fragile in box 12 may only be consulted with permission of the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ernst Cassirer Papers - Addition 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

Acquired by purchase and gift from Anne Appelbaum, 1994 and 1996. Two letters are the gift of John Michael Krois, 1999. Papers in Series V. are the gift of Andrew Bano, B. W. Bano, J. Bano, and Esther Harris.

Associated Materials


7.2 Linear Feet

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The Ernst Cassirer Papers - Addition consists of manuscripts, research notes, correspondence from such persons as Hermann Cohen, Dimitry Gawronsky, Ernst Hoffmann and Raymond Klibansky and personal papers documenting the life of Ernst Cassirer. Also included are letters from Cassirer to his wife, Toni, and materials gathered by Toni Cassirer following Ernst Cassirer's death in 1945.

ERNST CASSIRER (1874-1945)

Ernst Alfred Cassirer: philosopher, educator, writer, and prominent member of the neo-Kantian movement. For a more complete description, see the Ernst Cassirer Papers (GEN MSS 98).

Processing Information

Two letters, in box 3, folders 78a and 78b, were added in February 2000. Series V. was added June 2000.

Guide to the Ernst Cassirer Papers - Addition
Under Revision
by Timothy G. Young
April 1998
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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