Personal Papers of Ottilie von Goethe

Scope and Content

Volume of notes about Dresden possibly for Anna Jameson. The flyleaf of the volume is inscribed 'Anna Jameson, Dresden August 24 1859'

Administrative / Biographical History

Ottilie von Goethe and Anna Jameson met in 1833 in Weimar and became close friends. Ottilie von Pogwisch married August Goethe, the poet's son in 1817. Although Ottilie acted as hostess for literary and society functions in the Goethe household, and cared for her father-in-law in his last illness, the marriage was not a happy one. After its collapse, Anna Jameson helped Ottilie von Goethe rehabilitate. Jameson much admired her friend's intellectual and literary gifts - their friendship was formed when they were both in their late thirties and lasted for the rest of their lives.

Conditions Governing Access

Please cite as Girton College Archive, Cambridge, Personal Papers of Ottilie von Goethe, GCPP von Goethe

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Hammersmith Books, Barnes High Street, London, 1999.

Other Finding Aids

As at Sep 2008 an online catalogue was available at

Archivist's Note

Collection Description taken from JANUS in Sep 2008 as part of Genesis 2008 Project