Selected Special Collections
Sigmund Freud Collection
Early editions of Freud's writings
[Sigmund Freud seated in his study contemplating a carved figurine (possibly Javanese) on his desk]. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
In 1975, to augment of Library's collection of Sigmund Freud manuscripts, the Rare Book and Special Collections Division began collecting first editions of Freud's works in German and English and later editions containing textual revisions by the author. One hundred titles have been assembled already including an offprint of the early publication Über Coca (Wein: 1885); a presentation copy of Freud's first book, Zur Auffassung der Aphasien (Leipzing und Wien: F. Deuticke, 1891); and the first edition of Die Traumdeutung (Leipzig und Wien: F. Deuticke, 1900), a work which has come to epitomize Freud's contribution to psychiatry. Also available are more than fifty books from Freud's library, virtually all of which bear an inscription to Freud, his signature, or some other indication of ownership.
See the Library of Congress online exhibit entitled
Freud; Conflict and Culture