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BOX 3-7 Gustav Mahler, 1905-1994
Drafts of writings, notes, photographs, and collected printed matter consisting of newspaper clippings, concert programs, journal articles, and booklets stemming from Reik's research and writings on Gustav Mahler. Reik's research on the composer stretched over many years, beginning before his immigration in 1938 and culminating in the publication of The Haunting Melody: Psychoanalytic Experiences in Life and Music in 1953. Included in the series is a set of five binders containing notes, drafts, printed matter, and photographs stored in topically labeled folders. The contents of Binder A focuses largely on Mahler's biography, commemorations of the seventy-fifth anniversary of his birth and twenty-fifth anniversary of his death in 1935-1936, and writings about the composer by Guido Adler, Max Graf, Arnold Rosé, and Bruno Walter, among others. Binder B covers a wide variety of topics, including anecdotes about Mahler, his relationships with Hans von Bülow and Sigmund Freud, his religious and superstitious inclinations, his years in Vienna, and a planned memorial. Files on Mahler's symphonies and other compositions are housed in Binder C. Binders D and E contain Reik's notes on Mahler which he taped to numbered sheets. The tape has been removed, but the original order of the notes has been maintained. In addition to the binders, the series includes loose notes and drafts, largely in German, and additional printed matter including booklets, journals, reprints, catalogs, concert programs, news clippings, and a facsimile edition of Mahler's Symphony no. 10.
Arranged alphabetically by type of material.
BOX 3 Binders See also Containers OV 1-OV 2, same heading
BOX 3 Binder A, 1928-1963
(2 folders)
BOX 4 Binder A, 1928-1963
(3 folders)
BOX 4 Binder B, 1912-1954
(4 folders)
BOX 4 Binder C, 1905-1955
(4 folders)
BOX 4 Binder D, notes 1-12, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 5 Binder D, notes 13-31, undated
(5 folders)
BOX 5 Binder E, notes 32-51, undated
(5 folders)
BOX 6 Binder E, notes 52-70, undated
(4 folders)
BOX 6 Loose handwritten notes and drafts, largely in German, undated See also Container OV 2, same heading
(9 folders)
BOX 6 Miscellany, 1959-1981, undated
BOX 6 Portrait drawings, bronze bust, and death mask, copies of, undated See also Container OV 2, Copy of a portrait
BOX 6 Printed matter
BOX 6 Booklets, journals, and reprints, 1905, 1920-1948, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 7 Catalogs and a directory, undated
BOX 7 Concert programs, New York Philharmonic, 1959-1960
BOX 7 Facsimile edition of Mahler's Symphony no. 10, 1924 See Container OV 2, same heading
BOX 7 News clippings, 1936-1984
BOX 7-18 Writings File, 1911-1994
Handwritten notes, notebooks, and German and English manuscripts, handwritten and typed drafts of books and articles, copies of articles published in journals and magazines, two speeches, introductions to works by others, and a file of writings by others. Like his mentor Sigmund Freud, Reik often wrote on large sheets of paper so a significant portion of the series is stored in the Oversize series. Some of the oversize material is in fragile condition and should be handled with care.

The Writings File, with its collection of notes, early drafts, and, in some cases, near-complete book drafts, reflects Reik's writing process. Reik wrote notes on scraps of paper and grouped them into packets by topic, most numerously on Judaism and the relationship between men and women. These original groupings have been retained and are identified by the topical headings created by Reik. The notes consist largely of Reik's own reflections and observations as well as insights gleaned from psychoanalytic sessions and his readings. The topics discussed in the unidentified manuscript pages mirror those found in the note packets, with a majority of the pages focusing on the relationship between men and women. Many of these unidentified handwritten pages have no title, page number, or other identifying characteristics that might tie them to a particular article or book of Reik's, and so have been separated by language and then grouped into sets based on the original order as received. Identified manuscript drafts of books and articles are sorted by title; however, even when identified, a majority of the book drafts are incomplete and some contain only a few miscellaneous pages.

While most of the material in the series was generated after Reik's immigration to the United States in 1938 and before his death in 1969, some newspapers, magazines, and journal articles as well as writings by others extend before and after those dates. Reik began writing literary and general articles for Viennese newspapers and magazines soon after completing his doctorate in 1912, and continued publishing in newspapers and magazines after his immigration. Included in the collection is a series of articles on “Men, Women and Love” published in the New York Herald Tribune in 1958. Other topics covered in his magazine and journal articles include couvade, gender relations, guilt, humor, masochism, and puberty rites. Some of the newspaper and magazine articles are in very poor physical condition and have been photocopied for ease of use.

The file of writings by others includes article-length drafts and reprints, some of which pertain to Reik or topics of interest to him. Also included in the file are journal-like letters and manuscripts by two women who may have been Reik's analysands. Barbara Ivins' writings contain the reflections of a young woman living in wartime New York in 1944. Dorothy Jeffery's letters and manuscripts, written in 1954, discuss her thoughts on the relation between men and women, her marriage, and life in California.
Arranged alphabetically by type of material and therein by title of topic.
BOX 7 By Reik
BOX 7 Book drafts and notes
BOX 7 Curiosities of the Self, miscellaneous pages, circa 1965
BOX 7 Fragment of a Great Confession, "Roads of Destiny," circa 1949
BOX 7 From Thirty Years with Freud, "Das Echo des Sprichwörtes," circa 1940
BOX 7 The Haunting Melody, "Aria Without Words" ("Three Women in a Man's Life"), circa 1953 See Container OV 3, Handwritten and typed drafts
BOX 7 Jewish Wit, circa 1962
BOX 7 Handwritten drafts and notes on large sheets See Container OV 3, same heading
BOX 7 Typescript
(4 folders)
BOX 7 The Many Faces of Sex, circa 1966
(4 folders)
BOX 8 The Many Faces of Sex, circa 1966
(4 folders)
BOX 8 Masochism in Modern Man, miscellaneous pages, circa 1941
BOX 8 Myth and Guilt, preface and outline, circa 1957 See Container OV 3, Preface
BOX 8 The Need to Be Loved, circa 1963
(9 folders)
BOX 8 Of Love and Lust, circa 1957
BOX 8 Part III, chapter titled "The Chip on the Shoulder" See Container OV 4, Handwritten draft
BOX 8 Part IV: "The Emotional Differences of the Sexes" See also Container OV 4, Handwritten drafts and notes
(4 folders)
BOX 9 Part IV: "The Emotional Differences of the Sexes"
(1 folder)
BOX 9 Pagan Rites in Judaism, 1963
BOX 9 Handwritten draft
(4 folders)
BOX 9 Typescript
BOX 9 Psychology of Sex Relations, introduction for a new edition, 1968
BOX 9 German manuscripts, handwritten on large sheets, 1938-1941, undated See Container OV 5, same heading
BOX 9 Individual chapters or articles
BOX 9 "Comparative Psychology of the Sexes on the Street," undated
BOX 9 "The Courage of a Coward," undated See Container OV 6, same heading
BOX 9 "An Experimenter and His Audience," undated See Container OV 6, same heading
BOX 9 Freud, Sigmund, letters to Reik, transcriptions and English translations, 1911-1938, 1952 See also Container OV 6, same heading
BOX 9 "Guilt Feelings," undated See Container OV 6, same heading
BOX 9 "A Holy Nation," undated
BOX 9 Partial draft on Anatole France's The Juggler of Notre Dame, undated
BOX 9 "Sexual Psychology in an American Novel," undated See Container OV 6, same heading
BOX 9 "Some Traits of Feminine Sexuality," undated See Container OV 6, same heading
BOX 9 Insertions ("einschub"), undated
BOX 9 Introductions to works by others, 1958, 1966
BOX 9 Newspaper and magazine articles, 1913-1961
BOX 9 Originals See Container OV 6, same heading
BOX 9 Photocopies
(2 folders)
BOX 9 Notebooks
BOX 9 English vocabulary, undated
BOX 9 Notes in German and English, undated
BOX 9 Notes on literature and philosophy, undated
BOX 9 Notes on
BOX 9 Freud, Sigmund, miscellaneous, undated
BOX 9 Judaism
BOX 9 Set 1, from Jewish Wit, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 10 Set 1, from Jewish Wit, undated
(4 folders)
BOX 10 Set 2, largely from Mystery on the Mountain, undated
(9 folders)
BOX 10 Set 3, partially from Part III of Curiosities of the Self, circa 1959-1961
(3 folders)
BOX 11 Set 3, partially from Part III of Curiosities of the Self, circa 1959-1961
(4 folders)
BOX 11 Set 4, bibliography, undated
BOX 11 Set 5, "Ergänzungen zu Pagan Remnants in Judaism," undated
BOX 11 Set 6, miscellaneous, undated
BOX 11 Language, undated
BOX 11 Listening, undated
BOX 11 "Man, the Moral Climber," circa 1945-1953
BOX 11 Men and women, circa 1945-1953
BOX 11 From topically labeled envelopes
BOX 11 "Active/passive"
BOX 11 "[Double] standards"
BOX 11 "Dress"
BOX 11 "Homosexuality"
BOX 12 "Infection"
BOX 12 "Introduction"
BOX 12 "Male and female varia"
BOX 12 "Masochism"
BOX 12 "Men women"
BOX 12 "Men women III"
(3 folders)
BOX 12 "Nature"
(3 folders)
BOX 12 "Prehistory"
BOX 13 "Sex"
(4 folders)
BOX 13 "Varia (biology, intercourse, emotional differences)"
BOX 13 "Wit"
BOX 13 "Young Men"
BOX 14 From unlabeled packets
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