Postcard collection relating to Arthur and Olga Schnitzler

Scope and Content

Collection of postcards between Arthur and his wife Olga Schnitzler, to several recipients. Includes postcards from Arthur Schnitzler to Olga, postcards from Olga to son Heinrich ('Heini') and daughter Lili. Also includes postcards to Anna Loew, thought to be a companion who lived with the family, to Paul Goldman, journalist, and Martha Singer. The largest group in the collection contains blank postcards showing views mainly of Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. The collection also holds a letter identifying the key names mentioned in the postcard collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931), dramatist, novelist and critic, was one of the principal figures in the Viennese fin de siecle movement. He was born in Vienna to a bourgoisie Jewish household and was the son of Johann Schnitzler. He trained as a doctor initially and was particularly interested in psychology and psychiatry. He began his literary career in the 1890s and became known to a wide audience through his play 'Liebelei' which was produced in 1895, building on the reputation of 'Anatol' which was released in 1893.

He married Olga Gussman in 1903 and they had two children, Heinrich, who continued Arthur's press cuttings collection (EUL MS 214), and Lili. Arthur and Olga divorced in 1921.


Original arrangement unknown.

Access Information

Usual Eul arrangements apply.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the depositor from a shop in Exeter in the 1990s.

Other Finding Aids

Unlisted. One file only.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Christine Faunch, Archivist, 27 Jun 2008.

Custodial History

It is thought that the collection may once have formed part of EUL MS 214 but was disposed of before that collection was transferred to Special Collections.


None expected.

Related Material

See EUL MS 214, Schnitzler press cuttings collection. Papers of Schnitzler are held at Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts. See also the Schnitzler Archive which is held at the German Literature Archives, Marbacher Institute, Germany (see


It is not known whether this collection has formed the basis for publication.