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Gundolf, Friedrich (1880-1931)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0367 FGU
Held at: Institute of Modern Languages
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Full title: Gundolf, Friedrich (1880-1931)
Date(s): 1898-1947
Level of description: Collection (Fonds)
Extent: c 350 files
Name of creator(s): Gundolf | Friedrich | 1880-1931 | writer
Detailed catalogue: Click here to view repository detailed catalogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Friedrich Gundolf, born Friedrich Leopold Gundelfinger, Darmstadt, 20 July 1880, son of Sigmung Gundelfinger (1846-1910), Professor of Mathematics at the Technische Hochschule, Darmstadt; educated at the Ludwig-Georgs Gymnasium, Darmstadt, and studied German literature and history at the Universities of Munich, Heidelberg and Berlin; served in Army Reserve, 1916-1918, and held lectures on Goethe for the 6th Army in France and Belgium; appointed Professor of German Literature at Heidelberg, 1920, a post he held until his death in 1931, he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy.
Gundolf's research output was prolific and wide ranging, his major publications were Shakespeare Und Der Deutsche Geist, (1911), Caesar Geschichte Seines Ruhms, (1924) and biographies of Goethe (1916), Heinrich von Kleist (1922) and Stefan George (1924). On his death he left many unfinished and unpublished manuscripts, of which a few were published posthumously by his widow.


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence and papers of Friedrich Gundolf, 1902-1931, comprising:
Poems: manuscripts and typescripts of c 1100 poems by Gundolf, 1899-1931
Manuscripts: manuscripts and typescripts of published and unpublished books, lectures, and articles by Gundolf including lecture notes for Deutsche Literatur in der Reformationszeit, [c 1930], Deutsche Bildung von Luther bis Lessing, Deutsche Geistesgeschichte von Luther bis Nietzsche, Barok, a survey of German literature from Opitz to Lessing, 1923-1930; Klopstock; Frhromantik, and Deutsche Literatur im neunzehnten Jahrhundert; draft of biographical study of Johannes von Müller; unpublished short drafts on Dante, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky and others;
Letters from Gundolf: typed copies of letters by Gundolf, collected after his death by Elisabeth Gundolf, correspondents include Magda Bezner, Ernst Robert Curtius, Herbert Cysarz, Franz Dornsieff, Tilly Edinger, Eduard Fraenkel, Marie-Louise Gothein, Maria Geiger, Sir Herbert Grierson, Romano Guardini, Lucy and Wolfgang Heyer, Paul Hensel, Karl Jaspers, Gräfin Leonie Keyserling (Baronin Ungern-Sternberg), Julius Landmann, Sabine Lepsius, Friedrich von der Leyen, Georg Misch, Mabel MacInnes, Harry Maync, Emil Praetorius, Julius Petersen, Max Pulver, Herbert Steiner, Karl Vosler, Alfred Weber and Marianne and Max Weber;
Letters to Gundolf, mainly 1920-1931, c 930 correspondents including Erich Aron, Ernst Bertram, Bruno Arverardi, Ernst Robert Curtius, Franz Deibel, Tilly Edinger, Heinrich Friedemann, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Ernst Gundolf, Jacob Geis, Maris Luise Gothein, Lucy Heyer, Gustav Richard Heyer,Heinz Hartmann, Wolfgang Heyer, Helene Hermann, Kurt Hildebrand, Else Jaffé, Fine von Kahler, Erich Kahler, Walter Kempner, Gräfin Leonie Keyserling (Baronin Ungern-Sternberg), Raymond Klibansky, Marianne Kassner, Ludwig Klages, C A Klein, Else Kuhner, Edith Landmann, Sabine Lepsius, Josef Liegle, Melchior Lechter, Ernst Morwitz, Thankmar von Münchhausen, Hans Oettinger, Emil Praetorius, Arthur Salz, Lothar Treuge, Berthold Vallentin, Karl and Hanna Wolfskehl, Walter Wenghöfer, Friedrich Wolters, Christianne Zimmer (Hofmannsthal);
Biographical papers including material on Gundolf's work as Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at Heidelberg, a list of his lectures and seminars, obituary notices and speeches, recollections of Gundolf by Marie-Louise Gothein, Anna Hinterreiter and Robert Oboussier, poems and humorous verses by or concerning Gundolf, and esays by Ernst Gundolf;
Varia: bibliographical material including copies of Gundolf's contributions to newspapers and learned periodicals, incomplete collection of offprints sent to Gundolf;
Elisabeth Gundolf: papers on Elisabeth Gundolf including letters of sympathy on the death of FG, 1931; translations of Rilke and Hölderlin (with J B Leishman), three chapters from Gundolf's Shakespeare: Wesen und Werk, translated by EG;
Press Cuttings; mainly reviews of Gundolf's publications, comments, obituaries and criticism, c 1902-1931;
Miscellaneous: Small collection of photographs of Gundolf, family and friends; galley proofs; Vistors Book; paintings and drawings by Ernst Gundolf;
Stefan George: copies of early correspondence between George and Gundolf, press cuttings on George, c 1902-1933;
Karl Wolfskehl: copies of correspondence with Karl and Hana Wolfskehl, occasional poems by Wolfskehl, copies of four letters from Karl and Hana Wolfskehl to Stefan George.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
German and English

System of arrangement:

As described in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Researchers should apply to consult material at least forty-eight hours in advance by letter, facsimile, e-mail or telephone. The Library staff need a name and contact number, a concise and clear idea of the nature of the enquiry and a date and time for consultation.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies may be made, although this is at the discretion of the Librarian and is dependent on the nature of the material.

Finding aids:

Box list

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gifted to the University of London by the administrators of the estate of Elizabeth Gundolf, 1960.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

'First Report on the Gundolf Papers at the Institute of Germanic Languages and Literatures in the Univerity of London' by C V Bock, GLL, (1961), 16-20.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
May 2002

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