Finding aid for the Thomas Mann Collection, 1918-1952

Thomas Mann Collection, 1918-1952
University of Cincinnati, Archives and Rare Books Library
Phone: 513-556-1959
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955
0.1 linear feet (4 items)
Letters and a postcard card written by Thomas Mann. Also includes a photograph of Mann.
Fick PT2625.A44 Z479, PT2625.A44 Z4834, PT2625.A44 Z498, PT2625.A44Z48
Archives and Rare Books Library
The records are in English

Biography of Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann, a German novelist and essayist, was born in Lubeck in 1875. He published his first collection of short stories, Der kleine Herr Friedemann in 1898, and his first novel, Buddenbrooks in 1901. His other novels include Der Zauberberg (1924), Joseph und sein Bruder (1933-1943), Doktor Faustus (1947), Der Erwahlte (1951), and Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull. Mann also wrote a number of short stories including Tonio Kroger (1903), Tristan (1903), Der Tod in Venedig (1912) and Mario und der Zauberer (1930). Mann often wrote about the isolation of the artist and the conflict between artists and others. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929.

Mann married Katia Pringsheim in 1905, and together they had six children. Mann fled Germany after Adolf Hitler assumed power, and settled in Switzerland, where he criticized the Nazi government from afar. In 1938, Mann immigrated to the United States. He lectured at Princeton University and throughout the United States, and continued to publish. In 1942, he moved to Pacific Palisades, California and took up residence among several other prominent German exiles. In 1944, he became an American citizen, but in 1952 returned to Switzerland, after being accused of having Communist affliations. He died in 1955 in Kilchberg, near Zurich.

Scope and Content

Letters and a postcard card written by Thomas Mann. Also includes a photograph of Mann.

Statement of Arrangement

The items in this collection have been individually cataloged in the University of Cincinnati's online catalog UCLID.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


German American - Authors


Eberhardt, Goby, 1852-1926 - Correspondence
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955 - Autographs
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955 - Correspondence
Wolff, Werner, 1904-1957 - Correspondence

Preferred Citation

The preferred citation for this collection is: Cite specific item as appropriate, Archives and Rare Books Library, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Detailed Description of The Collection

Photograph of Thomas Mann: with inscription and signature, September 26, 1923

Location: Fick PT2625.A44 Z479 1923

Scope and Content: Photograph of Mann with his elbow on a table and head resting against his hand staring at the camera. Include inscription written by Mann in German dated September 26, 1923 and signed his name in full. The verso of the photograph has an ink stamp of the photographer Friedrich Muller of Munich.

Correspondence, Thomas Mann to Sehr verehrte Frau, November 22, 1935

Location: Fick PT2625.A44 Z48345 1935

Scope and Content: Mann responds to a woman who is planning a presentation on his political views. Instead of an interview he suggests which of his works she should consult and lends her a copy of his essay "Deutsche Ansprache, ein Appell an die Vernunft."

Postcard, Thomas Mann to Gobi Eberhard, Lubeck, May 12, 1918

Physical Description: 14 x 10 cm. + under glass in frame 20 x 26 cm
Location: Fick PT2625.A44 Z4834 1918

Scope and Content: Autographed postcard, in German, in response for an autograph.

Correspondence, Thomas Mann (Pacific Palisades, California) to Herr Wolff, February 26, 1952

Location: Fick PT2625.A44 Z498 1952

Scope and Content: Autograph letter signed, on printed personal stationary, in German, thanking the recipient for sending a book