Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Leonardo Olschki papers,
Date (inclusive): 1924-1987, undated
Olschki, Leonardo, 1885-1961
9.5 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
German-Italian romance philologist, orientalist, and scholar of medieval and renaissance texts. His papers comprises research
papers, his manuscripts, correspondence, clippings, and some personal documents. Annotated proofs for English, German, and
Italian editions of
Marco Polo's Asia and
Genius of Italy are included, along with research notes and related correspondence. Other papers concern some of Olschki's
many research interests and his teaching at the University of Heidelberg and the University of California, Berkeley.
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Leonardo Olschki was a German-Italian romance philologist, a scholar of medieval and renaissance texts and Italian-German
literary relations, and an orientalist. He taught at the University of Heidelberg until 1932, and at the University of California
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Leonardo Olschki Papers, 1924-1987, undated, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 890138.
The Getty acquired the Leonardo Olschki papers in 1989.
Teresa Morales processed the collection and wrote the container list in 1995. Emmabeth Nanol further processed the collection
in 2012 under the supervision of Andra Darlington.
Scope and Content of Collection
Leonardo Olschki's archive contains his research papers and manuscripts, personal and professional correspondence, clippings,
some personal items, and the correspondence of his wife Kate with editors and scholars after his death.
Olschki's correspondence is with friends, editors, and fellow scholars. Some correspondence (1953) refers to his dismissal
from the University of Heidelberg in 1932; other letters and documents (1950s) relate to the loyalty oath issue at University
of California, Berkeley concerning accusations of communist ties against faculty. Research papers include transcriptions of
texts he used in his research, notes related to his writing projects, and texts of his lectures. Several files of research
and notes relate to his Marco Polo in Asia book. Two reels of microfilm contain 42 pages of Chinese poetry and an 81 pages
copy of a 13th century Latin document that describes journeys of Italians to the Far East. Included in his papers are reviews
and commentaries on his published writings, with some related correspondence. The Olschki papers contain proof volumes and
complete printed copies with Olschki's extensive annotations for his books,
Genius of Italy(with English, Italian and German versions) and
Marco Polo's Asia. (English and Italian editions). Kate Olschki's correspondence is with editors and scholars and concerns the re-publication
of her husband's work, and a biography of Olschki. These files include an inventory (1972) of Olschki's library.
Organized in 7 series:
Series I. Memorabilia, 1924-1987, undated;
Series II. Personal and professional correspondence, 1933-1984, undated;
Series III. Research materials and manuscripts, 1924-1984, undated;
Series IV. Critiques and commentaries of Olschki's work, 1927-1970, undated;
Series V. Business correspondence of Kate Olschki, 1961-1987;
Series VI. Book:
Genius of Italy, 1947-circa 1958;
Series VII. Book:
Marco Polo's Asia, 1957-1960
Subjects - Names
Pius XII, 1876-1958, Pope
Polo, Marco, 1254-1323?
Subjects - Corporate Bodies
American Oriental Society
Subjects - Topics
Loyalty oaths--United States
Myth of felt
National socialism and education
Subjects - Places
Asia--Description and travel
Asia--Study and teaching
Mongolia--Discovery and exploration
Subjects - Titles
Genius of Italy
Grail castle and its mysteries
Marco Polo's Asia
Genres and Forms of Material
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Arnoldo Mondadori editore
Cornell University Press
Evans, Arthur, 1942-
Guillén, Jorge, 1893-1984
Kantorowicz , Ernst Hartwig, 1895-1963
Kaschnitz, Marie Louise, 1901-1974
Kristeller, Paul Oskar, 1905-1999
Nin-Culmell, Joaquín , 1908-2004
University of California Press
Wilson, William J.