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Franz Werfel papers, 1910-1944 LSC.0512
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  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Franz Werfel papers
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0512
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 18.5 linear feet (37 boxes and 1 oversize box)
    Date: 1910-1944
    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. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance through our electronic paging system using the request button located on this page. Werfel's desk on permanent loan to the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades.
    Creator: Werfel, Franz, 1890-1945

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    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.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance through our electronic paging system using the request button located on this page.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Alma Mahler Werfel, 1948-1956.

    Preferred Citation

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

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3467237 

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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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