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Alfred von Kiderlen-Wächter papers

Call Number: MS 312

Scope and Contents

Series I CORRESPONDENCE (folders 1-162)

This series is divided into two parts: A. Letters to Hedwig (Heting) Kypke and B. General Correspondence.

The bulk of this series (folders 1-109) consists of Kiderlen-Wächter's letters to Hedwig (Heting) Kypke during the years 1891-1912. Following this there is a group of fourteen folders labelled "to Kypke-Excerpts," This material, written in diary or journal form, appears to be Kiderlen's thoughts and notes on various subjects and people. Following this is a group of folders containing correspondence with a range of other political figures. At the end of this series is a folder containing Hedwig Kypke's family correspondence from 1839-1901.

Series II WRITINGS AND SPEECHES (folders 163-172)

This series contains miscellaneous writings of Kiderlen-Wächter's: a sketchbook, excerpts of memoirs and poems, and his thesis. There are four folders containing descriptions of several of Kaiser Wilhelm's imperial excursions and finally several folders containing drafts of speeches honoring various people.

Series III SUBJECT FILE (folders 173-185)

This series contains correspondence and clippings of a political nature concerning England, German foreign policy, Morocco, Rumania, the Triple Alliance and Turkey. A partial list of the contents of the folders by subject is appended to this register.

Series IV BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL (folders 190-191)

This series contains material giving biographical data about Kiderlen-Wächter and also Hedwig Kypke. Several folders contain letters and anecdotal material about Kiderlen, his youth and family background. There is a book entitled Kypke Family Chronicle and a two-page biography of Hedwig Kypke.


  • 1891-1912


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The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ernest Jackh, 1949.


Arranged in four series: I. Correspondence. II. Writings and Speeches. III. Subject File. IV. Biographical Material.


6 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Correspondence, writings, speeches, notes and clippings on European political affairs and biographical material of Kiderlen-Wächter, German diplomat and Secretary of State. The most significant and largest portion of his correspondence and notes is that to his mistress, Hedwig Heting Kypke. These papers form a veritable diary of his life and of events in the Foreign Office from 1891 to 1912. Other correspondents include Wilhelm II, Bethmann-Hollweg, von Bulow, Eulenburg-Hertefeld, Marschall von Bieberstein and Alfred Zimmerman.

Biographical / Historical

Entered German foreign office in 1879; appointed Secretary of State of the Foreign Office in 1910.

Other Finding Aids

For a published description of collection contents and a listing of subject file folder contents, please consult thePublished Description and Collection Inventory.


England 1909

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg about German-English agreements account of a conversation between Bethmann- Hollweg and English ambassador Sir Goschen, 1909 Oct 14

Metternich's account of a conversation with Sir Grey, 1909 Oct 27 Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1909 Nov 4

Account of a meeting between Bethmann-Hollweg (Sec. of State) von Shoen, and Sir Goschen, 1909 Nov 4

Telegram from Bethmann-Hollweg to German ambassador in London, 1909 Oct 27

Bethmann-Hollweg to Count Metternich, 1909 Nov 8

Flotow to Kiderlen, 1909 Nov 8

note from Bethmann-Hollweg to Kiderlen along with a note from Sir Goschen and (Sec. of state) von Schoen 1909 Nov 9

Telegram from Bethmann-Hollweg to Metternich, 1909 Nov 10

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1909 Nov 23

Sec. of State von Schoen to Kiderlen 1909 Nov 23

Draft of German-English peace treaty

England 1911

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg & Bethmann-Hollweg to Kiderlen about disarmament 1911 Feb 21

Jenisch to Kiderlen 1911 Aug 13

England 1912

Kaiser Wilhelm to Kiderlen about naval program 1912 Feb 24

Kiderlen's reply to Kaiser Wilhelm 1912 Feb 24

Bethmann-Hollweg's resignation to Kaiser Wilhelm 1912 Mar 6

Bethmann-Hollweg's speech in Reichstag, corrected by Kiderlen 1912 Mar 19

Proceedings of Reichstag 1912 Apr 22

Morocco 1911Concerning Casablanca

Cambon to Cruppi 1911 Jun 22

Weizsacker to Kiderlen 1911 Jul 8

Weizsacker to Kiderlen

Paris press reports about French-Spanish incident in Morocco Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1911 Jul 17

Lehmann to Kiderlen

refusal by Kiderlen 1911 Jul 18

Bethmann-Hollweg to Kiderlen 1911 Jul 18

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1911 Jul 19

von Lindequist to Kiderlen 1911 Aug 7

Schwabach (?) to Kiderlen 1911 Aug 11

Hammann to Kiderlen 1911 Aug 17

German-French treaty vis a vis Morocco 1911 Sep 20

von Behr to Kiderlen 1911 Oct 5

Paul Schwabach to Kiderlen 1911 Oct 10

Sir Goschen to Kiderlen 1911 Nov 4

Cambon to Kiderlen 1911 Nov 5

Bethmann-Hollweg to Kiderlen about Lindequist

Kiderlen to King Carol 1911 Nov 9

Reichstag report on German-French treaty vis a vis Morocco

Morocco 1912

Bethmann-Hollweg to Kiderlen 1912 Jan (?)

Bethmann-Hollweg to Kiderlen 1912 Aug 26

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1912 Aug 29

Morocco folders 4-178 contains letters from various correspondents from 1910-1911

Rumania 1900

Beldiman to Kiderlen 1900 Jun 3

Rumania 1904

Kiderlen to King Carol 1904 Dec

Rumania 1905

Kiderlen's New Years greetings to King Carol

Rumania 1907

Sturdza to Kiderlen 1907 Jun 13

Sturdza to Kiderlen 1907 Jun 20

Sturdza to Kiderlen 1907 Jul 4

Rumania 1908

Costinescu to Kiderlen 1908 Jul 23

Jon Ghement to Kiderlen 1908 Jul 23

Kiderlen to Costinescu 1908 Jul 28

Kiderlen's New Year's greeting to the Crown prince 1908 Dec 28

Kiderlen's New Year's greetings to King Carol 1908 Dec

Rumania 1909

Bethmann-Hollweg to Kiderlen 1909 Aug 5

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1909 Aug

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1909 Sep 27

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1909 Sep 27

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1909 Sep 27

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1909 Sep 30

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1909 Oct 2

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1909 Oct 24

Romberg to Bethmann-Hollweg 1909 Nov 18

Kiderlen's New Year's greeting to the Crown prince 1909 Dec 29

Kiderlen's New Year's greeting to King Carol 1909 Dec 29

Rumania 1910

Kiderlen to Bratiano

Bratiano to Kiderlen telegram

Kiderlen's New Year's greeting to King Carol

to Kiderlen 1910 Apr 11

Sec. general of the French (?) foreign affairs ministry (?) to Kiderlen 1910 Jul 7

Telegram, Carl to Kiderlen 1910 Jun 30

Telegram, Bratiano to Kiderlen 1910 Jun 28

Kiderlen to Bratiano 1910 Jun 29

Telegram, orleano (?) to Kiderlen 1910 Jun 28

Telegram, Ionesco to Kiderlen 1910 Jun 28

Kiderlen to Bratiano 1910 Jun 29

Kiderlen to King (?) 1910 Jun 29

Rumania 1911

Kiderlen to King Carol 1911 Apr

Beldiman to Kiderlen (?) 1911 Aug 6

Rumania 1912

Kiderlen's New Year's greeting to King Carol

Kiderlen to King Carol 1912 Apr 15

Kiderlen to Richthofen

Triple Alliance 1910

Kiderlen to Bethmann-Hollweg 1910 Jan 31

Schonburg to Kiderlen, 1910 Jun 26

Aehrenthal to Kiderlen, 1910 Jul 2

Monts to Kiderlen, 1910 Sep 30

Triple Alliance 1911

Jagow to Kiderlen 1911 Dec 12

Bethmann-Hollweg to Kiderlen 1911 Dec 19

Triple Alliance 1912

Kiderlen to a Stuttgart friend (?) 1912 Jan 14

Jagow to Kiderlen 1912 Jan 15

Russian ambassador in Rome to Sazonow 1912 Mar 25

Russian ambassador in Rome to Sazonow 1912 Mar 25

Russian ambassador in Rome to Sazonow 1912 Mar 26

Triple Alliance 1911

Neratow to Benckendorff 1911 Nov 25

Neratow to Benckendorff 1911 Nov 27

Turkey 1899

Kiderlen from Copenhagen to Constantinople 1899 Jul 5

Turkey 1907

Kiderlen to Sultan Abdul Hamid

Turkish agreement

Newspaper clipping

Kiderlen to Sultan concerning Krupp arms 1907 Jun

Kiderlen to Sultan

Kiderlen concerning Bagdad railroad

Huguenin to Sultan

Huguenin to Sultan

Ferid Pascha to Kiderlen

Kiderlen concerning his talk with Sultan about the Konia concession (?) 1907 Sep 6

Ferid Pascha to Kiderlen about the Konia concession

von Pourtales to Kiderlen concerning Konia concession

Kiderlen about "the Holy Caravan" 1907 Sep 23; also about his audience with Sultan on 1907 Sep 27

Kiderlen's note about the Turkish representative

Turkey 1908

Concerning von Reval

Concerning visit of Coburg'schen princes

thank you telegram from prince Carl Edward

Kiderlen concerning visit of Abdul Rachman

Request from (?) Hassan Rami 1908 Aug 6

Request from Professor Wieting for Hassan Rami 1908 Aug 6

Notice from Italian agency 1908 Aug 14

Notice from Italian Agency 1908 Aug 17

Kiderlen to Bülow concerning alleged secret treaty between Austria and Turkey 1908 Aug 18

Relations between Turkey and Bulgaria 1908 Oct 16

Turkey 1909

Sec. of State Schoen to Kiderlen about conversation between the Bulgarian minister Malinow and the Russian envoy concerning Turkish-Bulgarian friendship, & relations between Bulgaria-Austria, and Bulgaria-Russia

Report from Military Attaché von Strumpel from Constantanople about an Austro-Turkish military conference 1909 Nov 11

Report from ambassador v. Tschirschky in Wien to Bethmann-Hollweg about a conversation between Graf Aehrenthal & Turkish ambassador in Berlin, Osman Nesami Pascha, about an Entente between Turkey, Austria-Hungary, and Rumania 1909 Nov 13

Report from German envoy in Sofia v. Romberg to Bethmann-Hollweg about an alleged secret treaty between Russia and Bulgaria

Turkey 1910

article about Kiderlen's comments on victory of gold marks from Budapest over Parisian Borse 1910 Sep 30

French reports concerning Turkish troop movements on Persian border as result of a German-Turkish accord reached at Marienbad 1910 Oct 20

Turkey 1911

telegram, from Bulow, German envoy In Sofia, about Turkish mobilization on Bulgarian border 1911 Oct 13

report from German ambassador in Constantinople, Marschall von Bieberstein, about military situation in Tripoli 1911 Nov 21

Neratoff's report from Petersburg about the wars in Tripoli

Turkey 1912

Note to Kiderlen from "deutschen Vaterlandsfreunden" concerning Asia Minor 1912 Nov 4

Kiderlen's speech in Bundesrat concerning German policy in Orient 1912 Nov 28

Telegram from Neratoff in Petersburg re: Russian policy in Persia 1912 Dec 10

Guide to the Alfred von Kiderlen-Wächter Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Manuscripts and Archives Staff
April 1976
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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