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Katherina von Fraunhofer-Kosinski collection of Jerzy Kosinski

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 742

Scope and Contents

The papers, which date chiefly from after 1957, document the life and work of Polish-American author Jerzy Kosinski and include writings, correspondence, printed material, photographs, audiovisual materials, personal papers, and ephemera. The papers were collected by Kosinski's widow, Katherina von Fraunhofer-Kosinski (Kiki Kosinski). Correspondence includes fan mail and professional correspondence with writers, publishers and film producers. Writings include numerous revised drafts and proofs of Being There, The Hermit on 69th Street and other works. The significant quantity of photographs include informal snapshots, formal portraits and Kosinski's artistic projects. Audiovisual material includes audio and video recordings of interviews with Kosinski and broadcasts about Kosinski. Other papers include correspondence, photographs and other papers related to Mary Weir (Kosinski's wife from 1962 to 1966) and the Weir family.

Dates

  • 1906-2005

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Boxes 32, 36-38, 40-41, 214-224, and 247 (audiovisual material): Restricted Fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Katherina von Fraunhofer-Kosinski Collection of Jerzy Kosinski 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

The December 2006 Acquisition was a gift of Peter Skinner, 2006. Other acquisitions were gifts of Katherina von Fraunhofer-Kosinski, 1998-2006.

Arrangement

Organized into eleven groupings: November 1997 Acquisition, March 1998 Acquisition, December 1998 Acquisition, April 2001 Acquisition, October 2001 Acquisition, February 2002 Acquisition, June 2002 Acquisition, April 2003 Acquisition, July 2003 Acquisition, May 2006 Acquisition, and December 2006 Acquisition.

Material within this collection has been organized by acquisition reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time.

Researchers should note that material within each acquisition overlaps with/or relates to material found in other acquisitions. For instance, correspondence can be found in many of the 11 groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the Collection Contents section.

Extent

80.59 Linear Feet ( (195 boxes) + 47 broadsides, 5 film reels)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.kosinski

Overview

The papers, which date chiefly from after 1957, document the life and work of Polish-American author Jerzy Kosinski and include writings, correspondence, printed material, photographs, audiovisual materials, personal papers, and ephemera. The papers were collected by Kosinski's widow, Katherina von Fraunhofer-Kosinski (Kiki Kosinski). Correspondence includes fan mail and professional correspondence with writers, publishers and film producers. Writings include numerous revised drafts and proofs of Being There, The Hermit on 69th Street and other works. The significant quantity of photographs include informal snapshots, formal portraits and Kosinski's artistic projects. Audiovisual material includes audio and video recordings of interviews with Kosinski and broadcasts about Kosinski. Other papers include correspondence, photographs and other papers related to Mary Weir (Kosinski's wife from 1962 to 1966) and the Weir family.

Jerzy Kosinski, 1933-1991

Jerzy Kosinski, Polish-American author, was born Józef Lewinkopf on June 14, 1933 in Łódź, Poland. His experiences as a war refugee and in post-war Poland informed his works of fiction, most notably The Painted Bird. He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and studied political sociology at Columbia University. Among his many honors is a National Book Award in 1969. In the early 1970s, Kosinski was a Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Drama.

Kosinski's early works of nonfiction were written under the pseudonym of Joseph Novak: The Future is Ours, Comrade (1960) and No Third Path (1962). His works of fiction include The Painted Bird (1965), Steps (1968), Being There (1971), Devil Tree (1973), Cockpit (1975), Blind Date (1977), Passion Play (1979), Pinball (1982) and The Hermit of 69th Street : the working papers of Norbert Kosky (1988).

Language(s)

Chiefly in English, some material in Polish.

Processing Information

The collection received preliminary processing at the time of acquisition. Further organization, rehousing, and description were carried out in 2010.

The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as: Uncat MS Vault 802, Uncat MS Vault 811, Uncat MS Vault 838, Uncat MSS 121, Uncat MSS 186, Uncat MSS 270, Uncat MSS 481, Uncat MSS 654, Uncat MSS 873, and Uncat MSS 930.

Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, according to month and year of acquisition.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from donor lists and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during basic processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the Katherina von Fraunhofer-Kosinski Collection of Jerzy Kosinski
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2007-05-16
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Location

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Access Information

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