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Otto Rank papers, 1903-1988, bulk 1903-1940

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1049
Bib ID 4079582 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Rank, Otto, 1884-1939
Title Otto Rank papers, 1903-1988, bulk 1903-1940
Physical Description 21 linear feet (47 boxes 1 flat box)
Language(s) German , English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged into 8 series.



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.

Estelle Buell Rank 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.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above.

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Otto Rank papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

See also: Ms Coll/The Otto Rank Association; Ms Coll/E. J. Lieberman; Ms Coll/V. P. Robinson; Ms Coll/J. J. Taft

Alternate Form Available

Rundbriefe (Boxes Ib, IIa, IIb, IIc); General correspondence (Box Ia); "Lohengrin Sage" "Incest Motif" "Art and Artist" and "Genetic Psychology" are on: microfilm.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers: Source of acquisition--Taft, Dr.Jessie and Mrs. Pierre Simon; Otto Rank Assoc. Method of acquisition--Gift.

Annotated books: Source of acquisition--Velfort, Helene Rank. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--12/--/1989. Accession number--M-89-12---.

Annotated books: Source of acquisition--Simon, Estelle. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1990. Accession number--M-1990.

Papers: Source of acquisition--Lieberman, E.J. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--12/26/1990. Accession number--M-90-12-26.

Books: Source of acquisition--Novey, Riva. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--12/22/1991. Accession number--M-91-12-22.

4 books re Otto Rank: Source of acquisition--Lieberman, James. Method of acquisition--Gift; Accession number--M-12-26-94.

Gift of Dr Jessie Taft and Mrs Pierre Simon, 1957.

Gift of the Otto Rank Association, 1984, 1985, and 1986.

Gift of Helene Rank Velfort, 1989.

Gift of Estelle Buel Rank Simon, 1990.

Gift of E. James Lieberman, 1990 & 1994.

Gift of Riva Novey, 1991.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Entered in AMC 11/28/1990.

Annotated books Processed HR 04/30/1991.

Annotated books Processed HR 04/30/1991.

Papers Processed HR 04/30/1991.

Books Processed HR 12/10/1991.

4 books re Otto Rank Processed HR 05/23/1996.

Revision Description

2010-02-24 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2016-09-30 xml document instance updated by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Daybooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dissertations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Obituaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Abraham, Karl, 1877-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eitingon, M (Max), 1880-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ferenczi, Sándor, 1873-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jones, Ernest, 1879-1958 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Psychoanalysis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Strachey, James Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Psychotherapist and one-time associate of Sigmund Freud.