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SELIGMANN, Siegfried (1870-1926)


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Siegfried Seligmann

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: SELIGMANN, Siegfried (1870-1926)

Date(s): c 1910-1926

Level of description: collection

Extent: c 3 boxes

Name of creator(s): Seligmann | Siegfried | 1870-1926 | ophthalmologist and private scholar


Administrative/Biographical history:

Siegfried Seligmann was born in Wandsbek (now part of Hamburg), 1870; studied medicine in Freiburg, Strasbourg, Berlin and Munich, qualifying in 1895; chose to specialize in ophthalmology and worked in Berlin for a few years before returning to Hamburg in 1898, where he continued to practise as an eye specialist; married Alice Warburg in 1904. Alongside his medical career, Seligmann became a leading public figure in Hamburg and carried out research into magic and superstition as a private scholar; his 1910 work Der Böse Blick (The Evil Eye) is still considered a classic. He worked as a military doctor during the First World War, resuming his Hamburg practice when hostilities ceased and continuing to work until his death in 1926.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Siegfried Seligmann c 1910-1926, including notes, working papers and photographs. Topics covered include magic and mysticism and include: 'Der Fischschwanz als Amulett und Talisman'; 'Wie sollen wir uns zu der Homöopathie stellen'; 'The Evil Eye' and 'Die Magischen Heil- und Schutzmittel'.


Language/scripts of material: German and English

System of arrangement:

Original order

Conditions governing access:

Archive material is accessible for the purpose of private study and personal research and within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Archive reading room. Access is with permission from the Institute Director and by prior appointment only. Potential users are advised to browse the Institute website and contact the Archivist, Dr des Claudia Wedepohl, before planning a visit. Access to individual items in the Warburg Institute Archives may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, at the discretion of the archivist, may be provided for research use only (working papers: up to 10% of any archive pressmark; correspondence by authors for whom the department doesn't hold copyright: up to 10% of the Institute's holdings). Traditional photography is allowed at the discretion of the Archivist, no digital cameras. Scans and digital photographs can be ordered at the discretion of the Archivist. Requests to publish original material have to be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Collection level description available on-line at the University of London Research Services website



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the family, 1987.



Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Apr 2008

Magic | Mysticism
Parapsychology | Mysticism
Spiritualism | Mysticism

Personal names
Seligmann | Siegfried | 1870-1926 | ophthalmologist and private scholar

Corporate names