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Finding Aid for the Franz Werfel Papers, 1910-1944
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Franz Werfel Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1910-1944
    Collection number: 512
    Creator: Werfel, Franz, 1890-1945
    Extent: 37 boxes (18.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Franz Werfel (1890-1945) was one of the founders of the expressionist movement in German literature. In 1940, he fled the Nazis and settled in the U.S. He wrote one of his most popular novels, Song of Bernadette, in 1941. The collection consists of materials found in Werfel's study at the time of his death. Includes correspondence, manuscripts, clippings and printed materials, pictures, artifacts, periodicals, and books.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
    Papers cannot be published except with the permission of Marina Mahler

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Alma Mahler Werfel, 1948-1956.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Franz Werfel Papers (Collection 512). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography

    Franz Werfel was born September 10, 1890 in Prague, Bohemia; one of the founders of the expressionist movement in German literature, Werfel began writing poetry when still a boy and published his first play when 20; published first book of verse in 1911; plays Goat Song (1922) and Juarez and Maximilian (1925) were successfully produced in Europe and New York; published novel, Verdi, in 1924; married Alma Mahler, composer Gustav Mahler's widow, in 1929; in 1940 fled Nazis to U.S.; wrote one of his most popular novels, Song of Bernadette, in 1941; died of a heart attack on August 26, 1945 in Beverly Hills.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials found in Werfel's study at the time of his death. Includes correspondence, manuscripts (including Das Lied von Bernadette and Jacobowsky un der Oberst), clippings and printed materials, pictures, artifacts, periodicals, and books. Correspondents include Alma Mahler Werfel and Lion Feuchtwanger.
    Collection has materials in English and German.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence (Boxes 1-4).
    2. Notebooks (Boxes 5-6, 37).
    3. Manuscripts (Boxes 7-17, 37).
    4. Magazines and clippings (Boxes 18-21, 23).
    5. Letters, contracts, telegrams, ephemera (Box 22).
    6. Werfel's library (Boxes 24-33).
    7. Objects, microfilm (Boxes 34-36).

    Note

    NOTE: The collection was arranged by John M. Spalek. His checklist follows the register, annotated with Box numbers for location of material.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Werfel, Franz, 1890-1945--Archives.
    Feuchtwanger, Lion, 1884-1958--Correspondence.
    Mahler, Alma, 1879-1964--Correspondence.
    Authors, Austrian--20th century--Archival resources.
    Dramatists, German--20th century--Archival resources.