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Letters, mainly to Ottla Kafka, with some to her husband Josef David, 1910-1926

MS. Kafka 50


  1. (fols. 1-7) postcards and letters from Franz Kafka to Josef David, 1915-1923, including (fol. 1) postcard [1915], written by Ottla Kafka, with greetings added by Kafka and Irma Stein, and (fol. 1v) pencil drawing by Kafka
  2. (fols. 8-50) letters from Julie Kafka, (fols. 8-12) to her daughter Ottla, June 1910-Aug. 1917, including one (fol. 10) to Ottla and Irma [Kafka], 2 July 1917, (fols. 13-21) to Ottla and Franz Kafka jointly, Dec. 1917-Apr. 1918, and (fols. 22-50) to Ottla, July 1918-Aug. 1925
  3. (fols. 51-53) letters from Dora Diamant to Ottla Kafka (David), n.d., [1924-1925?]
  4. (fols. 54-76) letters from Robert Klopstock to Ottla Kafka (David), n.d., [1924-1926].


  • Creation: 1910-1926


76 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • German

Conditions Governing Access

The letters and postcards in MSS. Kafka 50 are owned jointly by the Bodleian Libraries and the Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach, where their accession number is HS.2011.0037.00001-HS.2011.0037.00005 and HS.2011.0037.00109-HS.2011.0037.00112. As this correspondence may be in either institution at any time, it is advisable to check its availability prior to a visit.


MS. Kafka 50

Existence and Location of Copies

A surrogate is available for use at the Weston Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom