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Freud Family Papers

Date range: 1860-1939

Medium: Archive

The Library holds a small but significant collection of correspondence between Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), the founder of psychoanalysis, and other members of the Freud family.

There are in total 145 pieces of correspondence. The majority were sent from Sigmund and his daughter Anna (1895-1982) in Vienna to family members living in Manchester, namely Samuel Freud (1860–1945) and Pauline Hartwig (1873–1951). The correspondence mainly covers the period between the First and Second World Wars, and contains detailed information about Sigmund Freud's living conditions in Vienna at that time. The letters are personal in content, containing news of family events and the health of Sigmund Freud, with just a handful of letters containing any considerable discussion of his work as a psychoanalyst. The correspondence includes accounts of the difficult conditions in Austria after the First World War. The collection also provides insights into the business community of Manchester at this time, through the letters of Sam Freud, a merchant in the city.

The collection consists of:

  • 75 letters and related material from Sigmund to Sam Freud, 1911-38;
  • 61 letters and related material from Sam to Sigmund Freud, 1914-36;
  • 5 items of correspondence between Anna and Sam Freud, 1920;
  • 4 letters from Sigmund Freud to Pauline Hartwig, 1931-38;
  • 2 other family letters, one a childhood letter from Sigmund Freud to Emanuel Freud, 1860, 1925;
  • 23 photographs and newspaper cuttings, 1866-1938.

Further information:

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.


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