University and State Library Düsseldorf, Thomas Mann Collection "Dr. Hans-Otto Mayer"
The Thomas Mann Collection of the Düsseldorf University and State Library is one of the most comprehensive memorial institutions on Thomas Mann and his family. In the 1920s, the Düsseldorf-based historian, German Studies scholar, and bookseller Hans-Otto Mayer began collecting works by and about Thomas Mann. The collection includes all works and individual editions, as well as articles and essays by Thomas Mann in journals, anthologies and newspapers. It is possible to view nearly all first editions of the works ‒ often signed by the author ‒ as well as numerous bibliophile editions, translations into more than 40 languages, 45 handwritten or typewritten original letters and postcards by Thomas Mann, more than 5,000 copies of letters, a clipping archive, as well as a collection of secondary literature on Thomas Mann and his family that aims to create a comprehensive archive. In 1969, the Hans-Otto Mayer Collection was purchased through a generous donation from the Association of Friends and Sponsors of the University. In 1980, the collection was moved to the University and State Library. The collection is continuously growing and is available for research use in the special reading room.
The catalog of the Thomas Mann Collection contains more than 32,000 title records of monographs, articles from journals and anthologies, and newspaper articles by and about Thomas Mann. It can be searched via the search portal of the University and State Library in the partial catalog Thomas Mann Collection.
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