The Literaturarchiv Sulzbach-Rosenberg | Literaturhaus Oberpfalz

The Literaturarchiv Sulzbach-Rosenberg (Sulzbach-Rosenberg Literature Archive) | Literaturhaus Oberpfalz (Upper Palatinate House of Literature) was founded in 1977 by the literary scholar and poet Walter Höllerer (1922-2003) and is a meeting place for authors and readers, for scientists and people interested in literature from all fields. As a house of literature, it offers events on current books and literary topics throughout the year. Great attention is paid to the literary scenes in Central, Eastern and South-eastern European countries, whose authors are regular guests. As an archive for modern literature since 1945, the house is open to researchers, students, journalists, as well as teachers and pupils. The integrated Literature Museum provides an insight into literary developments since 1945 and regularly presents special exhibitions on literature and art.

The literary archive's founding stock is the editorial correspondence from the "Akzente" journal between the years 1954 and 1970, edited by Walter Höllerer and Hans Bender. Here you will find over 35,000 letters from and to authors who published in the "Akzente" during this time, including Paul Celan, Thomas Mann, Günter Grass, Elias Canetti, Ingeborg Bachmann and many others.

The first typewritten version of Günter Grass's novel "Die Blechtrommel" (The Tin Drum) together with correspondence from his Paris period (1956-1959) has also been in the archives since 1977. In 1991 Walter Höllerer gave his estate to Sulzbach-Rosenberg, which included individual correspondence with authors, manuscripts and typoscripts, preparatory works and material collections for his own scientific and literary works and lectures as well as for published anthologies. The collection also includes typoscripts, galley proofs and proof sheets of printed articles, domestic and foreign literary journals, mainly from the 1950s and 1960s, first editions, press kits and photos.

The literary and scientific estate of Walter Höllerer, who died in 2003, has also been housed in the Literaturarchiv Sulzbach-Rosenberg since 2005. The more than 250 files, 300 folders and 825 audio cassettes were catalogued on the Staatsbibliothek Berlin (Berlin State Library) Kalliope portal with the support of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation).

In addition to Höllerer's donations, the Literaturarchiv Sulzbach-Rosenberger has a collection of individual manuscripts by German-speaking and some contemporary Eastern European authors, donations from the field of dialect literature and Egerländer literature, as well as an extensive press archive. The estate of the author, game critic, draughtsman and publisher Eugen Oker (1919-2006) has been in Sulzbach-Rosenberg since 2008. In 2015 the literary archive took over the estate of Franz-Joachim Behnisch (1920-1983). Other authors represented by collections include Harald Braun, Eckhard Henscheid, Felix Hörburger, Tanja Kinkel, Ruth Rehmann and Bernhard Setzwein. The Literaturarchiv Sulzbach-Rosenberg has housed the archive of the Literarisches Colloquiums Berlin (Berlin Literary Colloquium), founded by Walter Höllerer in 1963, on permanent loan.

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Literaturarchiv Sulzbach-Rosenberg e.V.
Literaturhaus Oberpfalz
Rosenberger Straße 9
92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg

Telephone: +49 (0)9661/815959-0