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Finding aid for the Leonardo Olschki papers, 1924-1987, undated
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  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Leonardo Olschki papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1924-1987, undated
    Number: 890138
    Creator/Collector: Olschki, Leonardo, 1885-1961
    Physical Description: 9.5 linear feet (17 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: 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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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    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 at Berkeley.

    Administrative Information


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    Preferred Citation

    Leonardo Olschki Papers, 1924-1987, undated, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 890138.

    Acquisition Information

    The Getty acquired the Leonardo Olschki papers in 1989.

    Processing History

    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.

    Arrangement note

    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

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Columbus, Christopher
    Pius XII, 1876-1958, Pope
    Polo, Marco, 1254-1323?

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    American Oriental Society

    Subjects - Topics

    Chinese poetry
    Church buildings--Italy
    Grail legends
    Loyalty oaths--California
    Loyalty oaths--United States
    Myth of felt
    National socialism and education
    Private libraries

    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

    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original


    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
    Pantheon Books
    Sansoni (Firm)
    University of California Press
    Wilson, William J.