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Guide to the Cassirer collection, 1906-1933
Special Collections M0287  
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Papers of the publishing houses of Bruno and Paul Cassirer, and manuscripts by Paul Cassirer. I. Papers of the Bruno Cassirer publishing house (1906-1933) include the original verdict of the Koniglich Preussisches Landgenicht Berlin in the 1906 obscenity case against Bruno Cassirer and Frank Wedekind, regarding Wedekind's "Die Buchse der Pandora." There is also a catalogue, "Einige neuere Erscheinungen aus dem Verlage Bruno Cassirer, Berlin, nd. II. Papers of the Paul Cassirer publishing house (1916-1919) include ca. 100 letters of correspondence between Paul Cassirer, Leo Kestenberg (Cassirer employee), Walter Hasenclever (author), and Fritz Newberger (agent for O. Kokoschka and Hasenclever), mostly concerning the performance of Hasenclever's play, "Der Sohn" and Kokoschka's paintings; also includes manuscripts by Eduard Bernstein, Hasenclever and Peter Meyer, and letters to the editor of the journal "Pan," published by Cassirer. III. The Paul Cassirer manuscripts (1890-1899 and n.d.) include plays, short stories, poems, and fragments. In addition there are two photographs of Stefan Anton George, n.d., and one publisher's announcement for a work by Friedrich Gundolf, 1932.
Bruno (1872-1941) and Paul (1871-1926) Cassirer were cousins who in 1898 opened an art gallery closely associated with the Berlin Secession. Their opening exhibition featured works of Degas, Meunier, and Liebermann. Later shows included Corinth, Slevogt, Hodler, Bocklin, and Trubner; the emphasis, however, was on French impressionists. Soon after opening their gallery, the Cassirers began publishing. Their ties to Max Liebermann are close; their first publications were a set of prints by Liebermann and his essay on Degas.
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