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Arthur Schnitzler papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Schnitzler

Scope and Contents

The collection contains sketches, first drafts and variants of the most important of Schnitzler's literary manuscripts and part of his correspondence (mainly that which Schnitzler personally filed in folders). Correspondents include Hermann Bahr, Richard Beer-Hofmann, Otto Brahm, Georg Brandes, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Max Reinhardt, Felix Salten, Gustav Schwarzkopf and Jakob Wassermann.


  • Creation: 1885-1937 (circa)


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


55 archive box(es) (55 boxes)

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Other Finding Aids

Printed Catalogue is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In 1938, the writer's widow, Olga Schnitzler, approached an English student, Erik Blackwell, who was resident in Austria, about the donation of Arthur Schnitzler's papers to an appropriate institution. Mr Blackwell contacted the Cambridge University Librarian, asking as a matter of urgency whether Cambridge Library would accept the writer's entire legacy as a donation from Olga Schnitzler.

Related Materials

A further major collection of papers comprising correspondence, diaries and other personal documents is held at the German literary archives in Marbach. There is an online catalogue at There are also smaller collections at the Austrian National Library in Vienna, the Fondation Bodmer in Geneva, and the Jewish Library in Jerusalem.


Lorenzo Bellettini and Peter Hutchinson (eds), Schnitzler's Hidden Manuscripts (Bern 2010: Peter Lang, 2010) vii, 13-15, 20-21;
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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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