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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 KCLCA K/PP100
ADLER, Jeremy David
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
41 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Adler, Jeremy David, b 1947, poet and Professor of German

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, 1947; PhD, Westfield College, University of London, 1977; lecturer in German, Westfield College, University of London, 1970-1989; Reader, Queen Mary and Westfield College, 1989-1991; Professor of German, Queen Mary and Westfield College, 1991-1994; Professor of German, King's College London 1994-2003; Emeritus Professor of German, 2003. Publications: Eine fast magische Anziehungskraft (1987) Text als Figur with Ulrich Ernst (1987) Also published several books of poetry and edited several publicatons on German poets and the work of his father, H G Adler.

Archival history

Presented by Adler together with the papers of his father, H G Adler, 2003. Further accessions have been added, including in Apr 2005 and Jan 2008.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Jeremy Adler, 1975-2002 chiefly comprising research notes for publications by Adler and photocopies of concrete and visual poems. Includes papers relating to Franz Baermann Steiner, poet, including correspondence and papers on Steiner and his circle, 1995-1999; photocopies of Steiner's writings, photocopies of letters to Steiner; photocopies of Stiener's appointment diary, 1950-1951; Stiener's thesis entitled 'A Comparitive Study of the Forms of Slavery', 1950 and 'Prologomena to A Comparitive Study of Slavery', a shortened version of the original thesis, edited by Paul Bohannan, 1957. Correspondence and papers on concrete and visual poetry, 1982-1987 including with Piotr Rypson and Dick Higgins. Papers relating to August Stramm, poet, including publications on Stramm, papers from the Stramm working seminar, 1973-1974; notes by Adler on Stramm's poetry; photocopies used by Adler when researching Stramm, chiefly relating to World War One, from German archives and the Imperial War Museum. Research notes on topics including Shelling, 1984; eighteenth century literature and science; Paracelsus; love and war poetry; language and Caballa; and romantic science. Adler's PhD thesis 'A study in the chemistry of Goethe's novel Die Wahlverwandtschaften ', University of London, 1977 and correspondence on and photographs of Die Wahlverwandtschaften by Goethe. Copies of figured poems from Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel. Draft copies of Adler's Changing forms of Visual Poetry with related correspondence. Programmes for art and poetry exhibitions and events; personal files of Adler's PhD students, 1980-2002; slides and negatives used for lectures; negatives of visual poems; card indexes and videos.

System of arrangement

Original order

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

The collection contains sensitive personal information, apply to the Director of Archive Services and Information Management, King's College London, for details on access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive Services and Information Management, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material

English, German, some French, Latin and Greek.

Finding aids

No additional finding aids.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Much of the collections consisits of photocopies made by Adler for research purposes of material in other instituions, including Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel and the Imperial War Museum.

Related units of description

Papers of H G Adler (Ref: K/PP147)

Description control

Archivist's Note

Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Who's Who, 2005.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Feb 2008

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  • Authors
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Poets
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)
  • Writers

Personal names

  • Adler, Jeremy David, b 1947, Poet and Professor of German
  • Adler, Jeremy David, b 1947, Poet and Professor of German
  • Goethe, Johann Wolfgang, von, 1749-1832, Poet and Playwright
  • Steiner, Franz Baermann, 1909-1952, Poet and Anthropologist
  • Stramm, August, 1874-1915, German Poet and Playwright

Corporate names

  • Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenb├╝ttel
  • Imperial War Museum
  • King's College London College Archives


  • Germany

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