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Get Lost in the Library of Congress’s Digital Sigmund Freud Collection

From family correspondences to scholarly writing and paintings, the LOC’s archive is a trove of Freud’s life

Jonathan Zalman
February 01, 2017
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The Library of Congress made available today a 20,000-item online collection of Sigmund Freud’s personal papers (search it here and here), everything from correspondence (letters, postcards) with his family and colleagues, to lecture notes and oil portraits of the psychoanalyst, and seemingly everything in between. From the announcement:

The collection reveals Freud’s life and work, including his early medical and clinical training; his relationship with family, friends, colleagues, students, and patients; his association with early psychoanalytic societies; his perspectives on analytical training; and his numerous writings. It contains family papers, correspondence, writings, legal documents and certificates, notebooks, and other materials of a personal nature encompassing his life and career. People of great prominence in 20th-century history are among the correspondents: Franz Werfel, Theodor Hertzl, Stefan Zweig, C.G. Jung, Thomas Mann, Albert Einstein, Havelock Ellis and Romain Rolland.

For the Freud fan or researcher, this is truly a cornucopia of information. So go on, get repressed!

Jonathan Zalman is a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn.