Feuchtwanger (Marta) papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
0206
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Michaela Ullmann
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of Description
English, German

Dates

  • 1940 – 1987 (Creation)

Extents

  • 97.13 Linear Feet (Whole)
    170 boxes

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Notes

  • Scope and Content

    This archive contains the correspondence of Marta Feuchtwanger, wife of German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger, who survived her husband by almost thirty years. Marta Feuchtwanger remained an important figure in the exile community and devoted the remainder of her life after his death to promoting the work of her husband. The collection contains Marta Feuchtwanger's personal correspondence, texts and manuscripts by her and others, royalty statements received for the works of her husband, correspondence with publishers, and newspaper clippings mentioning Lion and Marta Feuchtwanger and other exiles. The collection also includes correspondence regarding the establishment and administration of the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library and Villa Aurora. In addition, the collection includes a series called "Carl Franklin Papers". Dr. Carl M. Franklin was Vice President Emeritus and Professor of Law at USC. From 1970, he served as Vice President of Legal Affairs. He and his wife were also very involved in fundraising, raising over $150 million for USC during their lifetime. The Carl Franklin Papers contain correspondence related to the transfer of the Feuchtwanger Estate to USC. Another series, "Hilde Waldo", contains personal correspondence, financial papers, medical bills, and other personal paperwork of Hilde Waldo. Ms. Waldo first served as a secretary to Lion Feuchtwanger. After his death, she continued to work for Marta Feuchtwanger.

  • Abstract

    This archive contains the correspondence of Marta Feuchtwanger, wife of German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger, who survived her husband by almost thirty years. Marta Feuchtwanger remained an important figure in the exile community and devoted the remainder of her life to promoting the work of her husband. The collection contains Marta Feuchtwanger's personal correspondence, texts and manuscripts by her and others, royalty statements received for the works of her husband, correspondence with publishers, and newspaper clippings mentioning Lion and Marta Feuchtwanger and other exiles. The collection also includes correspondence regarding the establishment and administration of the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library and Villa Aurora.

  • Biographical/Historical note

    Marta Feuchtwanger was born Marta Loeffler on December 21, 1891 in Germany. In 1912 she married German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger and went with him into exile during WWII. First they lived in Southern France in Sanary-sur-mer but had to flee in 1940. They escaped to the US in 1940. Marta and her husband Lion moved to Los Angeles in early 1941 where they eventually bought a house at 520 Paseo Miramar. During WWII the Feuchtwanger's house became a well-known gathering place for German-speaking exiles and their American friends. Both Marta and Lion also helped others persecuted by the Nazis to escape from Europe. After Lion Feuchtwanger's death in 1958, Marta dedicated her life to keeping his memory and his work alive. She willed her house and Lion's invaluable library to USC and became the first curator of the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library. Marta assisted researchers and gave tours to USC students on a regular basis and received an honorable doctorate from USC in 1981. Marta survived her husband by almost 30 years. She died in Santa Monica in 1987.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

  • Prcoessing Note

    The collection was partly processed by Adi Ben-Michael in 2011.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Marta Feuchtwanger papers, Collection no. 0206, Feuchtwanger Memorial Library, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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