Augsburg University Library, Klaus W. and Ilsedore B. Jonas Collection

"Buddenbrooks" edition (S. Fischer 1905) with a four-page handwritten text by Thomas Mann from the Jonas Collection © University of Augsburg
Bookplate from the Jonas Collection in Augsburg © University of Augsburg

The collection of Prof. Klaus W. Jonas and his wife Prof. Ilsedore B. Jonas documents German literature of the first half of the twentieth century with an emphasis on modern classics. The collection devoted to Thomas Mann and his family includes more than 1,200 volumes of text editions, translations, and scholarly research. In addition, there are about 6,500 documents that include independently published works in the "Thomas Mann Article Collection"; about 2,500 literary and scholarly journals; as well as about 4,000 newspaper articles and reviews on Thomas Mann in original or copy form. This collection was expanded upon by Prof. Klaus W. Jonas, University of Pittsburgh, during the preparation of his three-volume Thomas Mann bibliographies. Special editions, photographs, and extensive volumes of scholarly correspondence attest to Jonas' decades-long work documenting Thomas Mann’s life and work.

Jonas moved to Munich in 1989, after retiring from Pittsburgh, and donated large portions of his
research library to the Augsburg University Library. In 2014, he also donated his collection of
letters and autographs to Augsburg, and in 2017, he supplemented the special collection with
valuable first editions, bibliophile rarities, and dedication copies from his estate.
The Jonas Collection is listed in the Kalliope estate database:



Dr. Andrea Voß
Fachreferentin für Germanistik
+49 (0) 821 598 5432

Universitätsstraße 22
86159 Augsburg

Dr. Andreas Kosuch
Leiter der Abt. Handschriften, Alte Drucke und Sondersammlungen
+49 (0)821 598 5361

Universitätsstraße 22
86159 Augsburg

Photo reportage in "Life Magazine" (April 1939) from the Jonas Collection, exhibited in 2021 at the UB Augsburg © University of Augsburg