The Kallir Family Collection of Austrian and German Literature

Library assistant Jennifer Hadley would like to inform you of a cool exhibit right outside of Olin’s Special Collections and Archives:

In 1939, the Austrian art-dealer and publisher Otto Kallir fled war-torn Europe, bringing with him to New York his irreplaceable art and book collections.  In New York, he started his life over, establishing a new art gallery (the Galerie St. Etienne, still operating today), a publishing house (the Johannes Presse), and becoming one of the central figures in circles of Austrian émigrés in the U.S., maintaining his many contacts to leading artistic and literary figures of his day.

The Kallir family has generously donated Otto Kallir’s book collection of Austrian and German literature to Wesleyan University, highlights of which are on display in Olin Library from October 19 to November 27, 2012.  The collection features first editions, signed copies, books inscribed to Kallir and his wife, fine press books, several unique manuscript items, and more.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, October 24, from 4:30-6pm, with remarks by John Kallir (Otto Kallir’s son), and a short talk about the collection by Wesleyan Associate Professor of German Studies Ulrich Plass.  The event is free and open to the public.

Book collection on display from October 19-November 27. Wednesday’s reception information:
Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Place: Smith Reading Room, 1st floor of Olin

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