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Otto Rank papers, 1903-1988 bulk 1903-1940 

Rank, Otto, 1884-1939
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21 linear feet (21 linear feet 47 boxes 1 flat box)
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Biographical Note

Psychotherapist and one-time associate of Sigmund Freud.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of (1) A group of early materials written between 1903-1905, before Rank met Freud. This includes 4 daybooks, a notebook of dreams, a notebook of poems, the manuscripts of "Der Kunstler;" (2) Correspondence between Freud and Rank between 1906-1924, including the controversy over THE TRAUMA OF BIRTH. 40 a.l.s. from Freud and typed copies from Rank, with a few letters to and from Ferenczi (3) Copies and some originals of the circular letters by members of the inner circle, Ernest Jones, Abraham, Eitingon, Ferenczi, Rank and Freud, 1920-1924 (4) Original handwritten manuscripts, typed copies, notes and corrections of Rank's major works (5) Rank's own listing and comments on his writings and publications (to 1930) (6) Rank's published works--20 titles. Mrs. Simon, formerly the wife of Otto Rank, presented a group of manuscripts by and about him including the introduction and part of the text of his last book BEYOND PSYCHOLOGY. The original manuscript of Freud's MASSENPSYCHOLOGIE UND ICH-ANALYSE with the published English translation by James Strachey; and two other Freud manuscripts. Helene Rank Velfort, his daughter, has presented a group of books from his library which contain many revisions and annotations.