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Holdings of the Literary Archive


Are you looking for manuscripts, letters, photographs, audio clips or documents about the lives of Austrian authors of the 20th and 21st centuries? Then you've come to the right place!

You can search our collections in the following ways:

Search specifically in the Austrian National Library catalogue in the category » Manuscripts and Legacies.

You can also find an overview of each of our collections under » People and » Institutions.

Our collections in detail:

People

Among our largest and most important collections are the lifetime and posthumous legacies of authors including Günther Anders, Ingeborg Bachmann, Heimrad Bäcker, Christine Busta, Elfriede Czurda, Ernst Fischer, Erich Fried, Egon Friedell, Elfriede Gerstl, Peter Handke, Josef Haslinger, Ödön von Horváth, Ernst Jandl, Alfred Kolleritsch, Robert Menasse, Andreas Okopenko, Gerhard Rühm, Robert Schindel, Margit Schreiner, Hilde Spiel, Oswald Wiener, Dorothea Zeemann and Bertha Zuckerkandl.

Institutions

Amongst the most significant holdings of institutional provenance are the substantial archives of the Grazer Autorenversammlung [Graz Author’s Assembly], the Droschl literary publishing house, the Paul Zsolnay publishing house, the Milena and “edition neue texte” publishing houses.

Digitised audio documents

We hold over 550 hours of digitised audio documents. If you let us know in advance, you can listen to original clips from Albert Drach, Gustav Ernst, Erich Fried, Ernst Jandl, Elfriede Gerstl, Günter Grass, Josef Haslinger, Peter Henisch, Alfred Kolleritsch, Friederike Mayröcker, Herta Müller, Gerhard Rühm, Hilde Spiel and Oswald Wiener in the Reading Room. Search our » Catalogue.

Specialist literature, bequeathed libraries and annotated copies

In our Reading Room, you can use the works themselves and important secondary literature about our collections, as well as bio-bibliographical reference works. Search our » Catalogue to find the book you need. The collections of the Literary Archive also include bequeathed libraries large and small, to which we provide closed access, and annotated copies. If you have any questions, please contact the staff in charge of the collection in question.
 
Legacies in Austria
If you are interested in additional lifetime and posthumous bequests in other Austrian archives, please use the » Directory of Artistic, Academic and Cultural Legacies in Austria

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