An internationally eminent collection of a prominent literary figure, such as the Stefan Zweig Collection in Reed Library, did not come about spontaneously. Its creation required careful planning, often clever sleuthing, lengthy, if not delicately wrought negotiations, hopeful anticipation, numerous donors, benefactors and other supporters. The processing and organizing of the acquired material likewise required a great deal of time before it could be properly and widely offered to its scholarly community and the public at large. Reed Library at the State University of New York College at Fredonia was fortunate to have ample representation of these essential elements in establishing this Special Collection in honor of the world, famous Austrian author, Stefan Zweig. It is now time to gratefully acknowledge the contributions of those who played important roles in this worthy endeavor.
By far the most towering figure in the history of the Stefan Zweig Collection is Dr. Robert Rie, who was, not only a scholar and writer in his own right, but a tireless torch carrier of his compatriots and a loyal friend to Stefan and Friderike Zweig. It was through his ardent efforts and international connections that most of the manuscript material came to Reed Library. Again, due to his continuing activities this core collection was soon enlarged by generous donations of Zweig scholars who willingly shared the contents of their own libraries. Posthumously, to Dr. Rie and to his follow Zweig aficionados a truly special thanks is extended.
Of the many donors, at least a few persons with outstanding gifts should be personally acknowledged. At the head of the list is Ms. Eva Alberman, whose invaluable gift of the manuscript correspondence to Stefan Zweig is not only greatly appreciated by the Administration of the College and Reed Library, but by scholars around the world, by whom the collection is now regularly used. Other prolific donors include Drs. Richard Friedenthal, Harry Zohn, Donald Prater, Robert Rie, Mrs. Carl Hoeller, and many others whose names would be too numerous to mention.
The processing of unique multilingual manuscript and printed materials required a number of specialists. Much to the benefit of Reed Library, John P. Saulitis garnered the assistance of two skilled German natives, Mrs. Thomas Morrissey and Mrs. Ursula Joseph, who devoted countless hours of reading over 6,000 letters and identifying more then 300 writers. The correspondents include world-renowned scholars as well as hardly heard of theatrical personnel and unidentified family members of more illustrious figures. Gerda Morrissey and Uschi Joseph prepared, coded and annotated lists of letters which included the later purchased correspondence between Stefan and Friderike Zweig. No doubt Zweig researchers from around the world are most grateful for the very useful and essential tools that resulted from their most onerous labor. A belated, much earned thanks is now extended to them by all of us who regularly use these lists which constitute a vital part of this Inventory.
The majority of the published works by and about Stefan and Friderike Zweig were ably cataloged by Mrs. Joseph Wilensky, who meticulously analyzed every item that passed her desk and made specific notations in the bibliographic records. Her additional contributions to the mission of all Zweig related activities on campus and in Reed Library were manifold. Her coordination of Zweig related special events with The Friends of Reed Library is particularly noteworthy.
This small but active organization of The Friends was responsible for setting up a room with period furnishings and Zweig memorabilia, where the Stefan Zweig Collection was housed before more adequate quarters became available in Reed Library South in the, new Archives and Special Collections Room. Again many special donations made the Zweig Room possible. Among other items, paintings were contributed by Mrs. Maria Rich ("Salzburg"), and Dr. Harry Zohn ("Georgian Woman with a Tambourine"). Important scholarly activities were also sponsored by The Friends of Reed Library. Under its auspices the 1981 Zweig Symposium was organized with Yvonne Wilensky and Dr. Marion Sonnenfeld as co-coordinators. The Friends Of Reed Library earned a warm and appreciated spot in the hearts of Zweig admirers.
Mrs. Robert Schweik likewise holds a highly regarded place in the history of the Zweig Collection. As Special Assistant to the Director she, for years, coordinated the processing of the manuscript collection and regularly interacted with many Zweig scholars. It was Joanne Schweik who so efficiently handled all incoming inquiries, aided researchers in their work and maintained well documented administrative files of all activities. Those who followed her path are much in her debt for setting up the files and for establishing lasting rapport with the international scholarly community.
One could scarcely pay homage to the pioneering movers of the Stefan Zweig Collection by not bestowing the top honor to its captain of the helm, John P. Saulitis, Director Emeritus of Reed Library. His contributions left a lasting mark on the entire complex project. Mr. Saulitis tirelessly kept his hands and mind busy, closely controlling every little detail relating to the Collection until, much to his credit, Reed Library became an internationally acclaimed repository of Zweigiana.
Because of his background John P. Saulitis was well suited to oversee the entire operation. He was born and educated mainly in Europe with a master's degree in classical philology from Fordham University. He was proficient in several languages, which is an absolute necessity for managing a multilingual collection. As librarian, Mr. Saulitis likewise possessed the needed technical expertise. His cosmopolitan academic training easily enabled him to spot and duly bring out the often hidden intellectual scope- of this Special Collection. As a European, he could freely make successful connections with scholars in the United States and abroad for garnering input on issues relating to the Zweigs and the Collection. His scouting often brought in donations which may not have come this way without his interactions.
Ultimately, Mr. Saulitis should also be recognized for his foresight and perseverance, and especially for tirelessly devoting time, energy and skill in seeking funds for a then obscure collection that was barely known outside a handful of scholars. With his belief in the value of the material, he garnered the necessary support of College Administrators, among them former President Dallas K. Beal and then Vice President Carter Rowland, who lent their early approval. From the members of the Foreign Language Department, particularly Dr. Marion Sonnenfeld, much needed support was also gained. These concerted efforts helped to put Fredonia on the map. Today, scholars from Europe, Latin America, Israel and Russia regularly seek help and material, and acknowledge Reed Library in their publications. It is more than timely to express our heartfelt appreciation to John P. Saulitis for all his accomplishments in creating the Stefan Zweig Collection.
The current Director of Library Services, Susan Besemer, soon realized the significance of the Stefan Zweig Collection and pledged the continuity of established services. It was due to Ms. Besemer's insistence that the Curator attended the Stefan Zweig Conference in Salzburg in 1992, where old communication channels were reopened, and newcomers, particularly young scholars, were welcomed. With her approval, needy researchers from once economically suppressed nations were granted copies of material without dire monetary sacrifice and on-campus visitors were and are treated with an open door policy. Ms. Besemer likewise sanctioned the preparation of this Inventory, for which not just the Compiler but all researchers should be especially grateful.
The Compiler is also indebted to several colleagues who made the process of the Inventory preparation easier. Vince Courtney, the Library's Systems Specialist, arranged the downloading of Zweig entries from the the library's online catalog, which was carried out by Linda Auflick. Gary Barber, Head of Reference, and Jack Ericson, Archivist, helped solve problematic issues and proofread some of the text. Other colleagues came to the rescue many a time when intricate matters needed broader expertise. Many thanks to all for their useful contributions.
As is customary, the last paragraphs should be used for the acknowledgement of the most instrumental persons who shared the daily chores of the preparation process. A very special and final "Thank You" is extended once again to John R Saulitis, who so graciously consented to step out of his well earned retirement to write the background history of the Stefan Zweig Collection in Reed Library, which document serves as the introduction to the Inventory. Yet another accolade. was earned by Joanne Schweik for proofreading his text and references.
And lastly, words fail, but profound appreciation is deeply felt toward Mrs. John Palermo, who converted the manually typed Manuscript Correspondence List to machine readable format and prepared some new ones. Gina Palermo also shaped the published, and miscellaneous materials segments of the Inventory into its uniform and coherent format and typed the accompanying texts. But it was Gina's ability in correcting time and time again the multilingual lists without any knowledge of foreign languages, therefore, she truly earned the Compiler's utmost admiration. Mrs. Palermo heroically adjusted words, phrases, sentences, punctuation marks, and diacritics often after seemingly capricious instructions. Thank you, Gina, for a most tedious job so well done!
The Compiler also owes gratitude to Dr. Jeffrey B. Berlin, who corrected some overlooked errors in the last draft of the Inventory. Final credit, however, was earned by Darwin Gustavson, Computer Network Specialist, who reformatted the completed Inventory on the Ventura Desktop Publishing program to give it its present professional appearance.
Despite the cooperative efforts of many able minds and hands, all shortfalls, structural discrepancies, linguistic errors, and other unintentional misgivings rest solely with the Compiler and Editor. Nevertheless, it is hoped that the Inventory will be helpful to those who need to know what materials relating to Stefan and Friderike Zweig are available in Reed Library. The friendly user also should note that corrections, clarifications and suggestions are readily accepted and most welcomed.
Curator (Retired), Zweig Collection