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Lotte Kohler correspondence with Elzbieta Ettinger

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MC-0631

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists primarily of correspondence between Lotte Kohler, a trustee of the Hannah Arendt Literary Trust, and Massachuestts Instittue of Technology lecturer Elzbieta Ettinger about Ettinger’s work writing a biography of Hannah Arendt (published in 1994). The letters reflect their discussions relating to that work, the bulk of the letters between 1989 and 1993. Additional correspondence continued through 2000. A small number of photocopies of background material are also included.

Dates

  • 1989 - 2000
  • Majority of material found within 1989 - 1993

Creator

Access note

This collection is open.

Intellectual Property Rights

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Biography

Lotte Kohler is a trustee of the Hannah Arendt Literary Trust. She was a professor at City College, New York, and editor of “Within Four Walls: The Correspondence between Hannah Arendt and Heinrich Blucher, 1937-1968” and editor, with Hans Saner of “Hannah Arendt, Karl Jaspers: Correspondece, 1926-1969”

Elzbieta Ettinger served as professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies from 1975 to 1996, where she was named Thomas Meloy Professor of Rhetoric and Literature. Ettinger earned a Ph.D. in American literature from Warsaw University in 1966; she moved to Cambridge Massachusetts in 1967 and became a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute. Her publications included the novels “Kindergarten” (1968), describing her experiences during World War II in her native Warsaw, Poland, “Quicksand” (1989), and the biographies “Rosa Luxemburg, A Life” (1987), and the 1994 biography “Hannah Arendt-Martin Heidegger”. The MIT News Office obituary of Elzbieta Ettinger can be found at: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2005/ettinger-obit.html

Extent

0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials

English

Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.
Title
Preliminary Inventory to the Lotte Kohler Correspondence with Elzbieta Ettinger
Status
Ready For Review
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
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Repository Details

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