The collection comprises the official correspondence of Enid and Michael Balint as well as documentation related to their major publication project - the Freud-Ferenczi letters, 1908 to 1933. This project led to the setting up of a committee to overlook publication. Enid Balint later claimed that her husband Michael regarded the publication of the Freud-Ferenczi letters as one of the most important aspects of his life's work, even exceeding in importance the publication of his own books and papers. The publication project commenced in 1952 and was only brought to a close in 1990.
Papers relating to Enid and Michael's work are mainly held in separate boxes.
Other material in the collection includes drafts and typescripts of books, conferences attended by Enid and Michael Balint.
Also included is a folder that the Balints referred to as 'the bible'. This contains the Balints' royalty agreements with their publishers. Other material focuses on the First International Balint Conference, held in London, and subsequent International Balint Conferences, Balint meetings, and Balint Society conferences and seminars, the South African Balint Society, as well as the Swiss Balint Society Group. Also included are the typescripts of the 2,000 Freud-Ferenczi letters, 1908 to 1933.
The contents can be summarized as follows:
- Enid Balint's professional correspondence and papers
- Papers and articles by Enid Balint and reprints of papers
- Drafts and typescripts of books
- Conferences attended by Enid Balint
- Royalty agreements
- Michael Balint's correspondence with publishers, and correspondence concerning conferences attended and reprints Correspondence with the committee for the publication of the Freud-Ferenczi letters
- Typescripts of the Freud-Ferenczi letters
- Typescripts and reprints of articles other than those by Enid and Michael Balint