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Stefan Zweig Collection

Historical Background

Thanks to the foresight of Dr. Robert E. Rie (1904-1981), professor emeritus of German language and literature at Fredonia and friend of Stefan Zweig, Reed Library’s Archives and Special Collections houses one of the largest collections of Zweig correspondence in the world.

Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) was an Austrian author whose works were translated into over fifty languages. Zweig is known in the literary community as a humanitarian thinker. By the 1920s he was one of the most published authors in the world. He left Austria in the 1930s with the rise of the Nazi party. He tirelessly labored on his writings until he tragically ended his life.

Click here for a brief introduction to the Stefan Zweig Collection by Birger Vanwesenbeeck, Associate Professor of English at Fredonia.

Contents and Inventory

Monographic Material: The Stefan Zweig Collection is partially comprised of published novels, short stories, plays, poems, essays, correspondence and other writings. The collection also includes numerous biographies of Stefan Zweig and multilingual critical studies that explicate his writings. Published works of other authors who were connected with Zweig's circle are likewise represented. Other works in the collection record the turbulent years of the first part of the Twentieth Century and other related materials.

Manuscript Correspondence: The heart of the collection contains over 6,000 letters that were written between 1901-1942 to Zweig by over 300 eminent personalities. Among them are philosopher Martin Buber, theologian Albert Schweitzer, composer Richard Strauss, poet Rainer Maria Rilke, dramatist Luigi Pirandello, poet Jules Romains, journalist Joseph Roth, artist Frans Masereel, Virginia Woolf and others.

The Zweig Collection also contains:

  • 2000 manuscript letters exchanged between the author and his first wife, Friderike
  • published books by Friderike and some letters that were written to her
  • the Alfred Zweig Collection, a small group of letters, memorabilia and photographs that were donated to Reed Library in 1979 after the death of Stefan's brother, Alfred
  • uncataloged miscellaneous materials such as articles by and about Zweig, theatre programs and reviews of Zweig's plays, book reviews, media material and memorabilia.

The Inventory of the Stefan Zweig Collection is an itemized list to the above materials. The extensive introduction reveals the history of the collection and gives useful hints to researchers.

The continuous growth of the Stefan Zweig Collection depends largely on donations, which are welcome and much appreciated by Reed Library.

 

Guidelines and Usage for Reproductions of Material from the Stefan Zweig Collection 

The Reed Library Archives & Special Collections typically does not hold the intellectual property rights for the materials in its collections, thus cannot give such permission; further, the Archives & Special Collections will assume no responsibility for any infringement of copyright on the part of the researcher. The Archives & Special Collections assumes that all requests for reproductions are made within the guidelines of the U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use doctrine and intended exclusively for research and educational purposes. When seeking to use any reproductions for publication, it is the sole responsibility of the researcher to determine the copyright status of the materials and to contact the appropriate individual(s) in order to gain permission to publish. Please consult this table  from Cornell University for more information on determining copyright status.

Researchers who plan to publish or exhibit materials from the Stefan Zweig Collection must contact the Coordinator of Archives & Special Collections directly. Permission is granted for one-time use only, regardless of published format. 

Requests for copies of materials in the Stefan Zweig Collection may be initiated by completion of the Reproduction Request Form. In accordance with good scholarly practice, we ask that researchers acknowledge the Archives & Special Collections as the holding institution for the original materials by using the following credit line:

The Stefan Zweig Collection, Daniel A. Reed Library Archives & Special Collections, State University of New York at Fredonia

Reproduction fees

Reference quality scans (PDF or JPEG, 300 dpi)                                                        $1.00 per page or image
Publication quality scans (JPEG or TIFF, 600 dpi)                                                      $10.00 per image

Additional charges

Unusually large (over 50 pages or images) or complex orders may be subject to an additional processing fee of $10.00.

Once you have submitted the Reproduction Request Form, a staff member of the Archives & Special Collections will contact you via e-mail to confirm that we will be able to fulfill your request and to provide you with the total charges due. You may then submit your payment securely online using either VISA or MASTERCARD. Depending on the quantity of reproductions requested, processing may take approximately 1-3 weeks. Orders will not be processed until payment in full is received.


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