Collection K/PP100 - ADLER, Jeremy David

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ADLER, Jeremy David


  • 1975-2002 (Creation)

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41 boxes

Scope and content

Papers of Jeremy Adler, 1975-2002 chiefly comprising research notes for publications by Adler and photocopies of concrete and visual poems. Includes papers relating to Franz Baermann Steiner, poet, including correspondence and papers on Steiner and his circle, 1995-1999; photocopies of Steiner's writings, photocopies of letters to Steiner; photocopies of Stiener's appointment diary, 1950-1951; Stiener's thesis entitled 'A Comparitive Study of the Forms of Slavery', 1950 and 'Prologomena to A Comparitive Study of Slavery', a shortened version of the original thesis, edited by Paul Bohannan, 1957. Correspondence and papers on concrete and visual poetry, 1982-1987 including with Piotr Rypson and Dick Higgins. Papers relating to August Stramm, poet, including publications on Stramm, papers from the Stramm working seminar, 1973-1974; notes by Adler on Stramm's poetry; photocopies used by Adler when researching Stramm, chiefly relating to World War One, from German archives and the Imperial War Museum. Research notes on topics including Shelling, 1984; eighteenth century literature and science; Paracelsus; love and war poetry; language and Caballa; and romantic science. Adler's PhD thesis 'A study in the chemistry of Goethe's novel Die Wahlverwandtschaften ', University of London, 1977 and correspondence on and photographs of Die Wahlverwandtschaften by Goethe. Copies of figured poems from Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. Draft copies of Adler's Changing forms of Visual Poetry with related correspondence. Programmes for art and poetry exhibitions and events; personal files of Adler's PhD students, 1980-2002; slides and negatives used for lectures; negatives of visual poems; card indexes and videos.

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General Information

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Biographical history

Born, 1947; PhD, Westfield College, University of London, 1977; lecturer in German, Westfield College, University of London, 1970-1989; Reader, Queen Mary and Westfield College, 1989-1991; Professor of German, Queen Mary and Westfield College, 1991-1994; Professor of German, King's College London 1994-2003; Emeritus Professor of German, 2003. Publications: Eine fast magische Anziehungskraft (1987) Text als Figur with Ulrich Ernst (1987) Also published several books of poetry and edited several publicatons on German poets and the work of his father, H G Adler.

Archival history

Presented by Adler together with the papers of his father, H G Adler, 2003. Further accessions have been added, including in Apr 2005 and Jan 2008.

Conditions governing access

Files containing personal data are closed for 80 years and sensitive personal data for 100 years from the date of the most recent document in the file.

Administrative records are generally closed for 20 years except for published material and some committee and other minutes.

Where open, access is subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archives.

Language of material

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Latin

Script of material

Language and script notes

English, German, some French, Latin and Greek.

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Existence and location of originals

Much of the collections consists of photocopies made by Adler for research purposes of material in other institutions, including Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel and the Imperial War Museum.

Off-campus collection

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Related materials

Papers of H G Adler (Ref: K/PP147)

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


Archivist's note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Sources: Who's Who, 2005.

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