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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, 1915-23, 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. 51-3) 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., [1924-6].


  • 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 Literaturarchive in 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
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom