Janstein, Elizabeth von

Scope and Content

Comprising 120 photographs illustrating French costume during the revolutionary period and relating to the history of cravattes at this time, compiled by Janstein in her research on the subject (n.d.); Typescript draft of an article on Rose Bertin by Janstein (11pp) (in German) (n.d.); Two copies of the periodical, Ciba-Rundschau containing articles on French revolutionary costume (Issues 26 and 35) (June 1938 and March 1939); Copy of the periodical, Ciba Zeirschrift containing articles on French revolutionary costume (Issue 52) (December 1937).

Administrative / Biographical History

Elizabeth von Janstein, author, poet and journalist, born in the Austrian town of Iglau in 1893; worked as a receptionist in Vienna, where, after 1918, she became involved with the reform groupings around Eugenie Schwarzwald. Within this grouping she first began to write, supported by such names as Emil Lucka, Felix Braun and Emil Alphons Rheinhardt. Between 1918 and 1921, she published poetry in expressionist journals Die Aktion and Der Friede . In the 1920s, Janstein worked as a court reporter for the Abend and shortly afterwards became correspondent for the Neue Freie Press in Paris and Brussels from where she contributed articles on politics, culture and society until 1939. She was also Vice-President of the Federation Internationale des Journalistes between 1935 and 1936. At the outbreak of World War II, Janstein fled to England and was interned by the British government, falling ill shortly after her release and dying in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire in December 1944.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Found on 9th floor of Senate House Library. No further information known.

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Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Stefan Dickers on behalf of the RSLP supported AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

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