German Literary Archive, Marbach

I spent last week at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach reading books and manuscripts, catching up with other scholars, and discovering new information from the curators. Going to an archive is always a bit of a gamble. Sometimes you find what you're looking for, sometimes you don't. I did a lot of productive work on this visit, but there is one box of manuscripts for which the author's permission is needed before a scholar can work with it. I do expect to receive permission in due course, so that I can work on this material on a later visit. Much of what you discover in an archive is the result of serendipity. This time, a conversation with a curator gave me some crucial background information that will enrich an article I'm working on right now. I also wrote many pages of jottings in a spiral notebook as I worked my way through primary materials. This is a wonderful way to spend part of the last month of summer.


  • Main building, Marbach archive