Letters and related material from Sigmund Freud to Sam Freud

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 SSF/1/1
  • Dates of Creation
      5 Nov 1911-Jun 1938
  • Physical Description
      73 items The majority of the letters have a small hole in the top left-hand corner, which may have been caused if they were attached together originally.

Scope and Content

The content of this correspondence mainly includes: news of the activities and welfare of Sigmund Freud and other members of the family; comments on the effects of the interwar economic climate in Austria and Germany; and some general comments on Freud's work. There are two letters which make references to dreams experienced by Freud.

The letters also follow how Sam Freud was able to help his uncle and family in Austria during this time by regularly sending parcels of food and other goods.

The collection includes material that accompanied some of the letters; namely a newspaper cutting and a copy of one of Freud's pamphlets. Also, one of the letters was sent to Sam Freud from James Strachey, sending a cheque on behalf of Sigmund Freud.

All letters are handwritten and sent from Berggasse 19, Vienna IX, Austria, to Sam Freud at 61 Bloom Street, Manchester, unless otherwise stated.

Note that SSF/1/1/57 was previously incorrectly dated as 21 January 1928, and so is out of sequence.


The items are arranged chronologically.