The Maenchen papers consist of correspondence, child analysis documents, manuscripts and reprints authored by Maenchen, and
child analysis manuscripts collected by her. There are also notes created by Maenchen, case studies collected by her, and
miscellaneous documents. The materials within the collection span the years 1941-1984 and offer valuable insight into her
career as a psychoanalyst.
Anna Maenchen (1902-1991) was born into a Jewish landowner family in Kaunas, a small Lithuanian town near Kovno. Her father
died when she was one year old in 1903, and she grew up in Russia, studying in Odessa, St. Petersburg and Kovno before moving
to Austria and attending the University of Vienna beginning in 1921. She studied psychology and history in the philosophy
department, where lectures by Sigmund Bernfeld led to contact with Anna Freud. She graduated in 1925 with a doctorate; her
thesis was on Alexander Herzen and the problem of development in Russia.
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