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Non-print material

Identifier: Coll-146/J

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

Consists of inscribed and annotated books from Koestler's library, along with English-language editions and translations of his work into many languages; and Koestler's manuscripts and papers from 1940 to March 1983. Also contains correspondence with or about members of Koestler's family; personal material including diaries, address books, medical files and other personal documents; literary manuscripts including interviews, broadcasts and speeches; correspondence with specific people; personal and fan correspondence; material on specific subjects such as ESP and euthanasia; business and financial papers; literary manuscripts by other authors, including those on Koestler; cuttings, offprints, and pamphlets including articles both by Koestler and on Koestler; non-print material such as photographs, tapes and medals, and records; and, files gifted by publishers Hutchinson comprising of papers and correspondence on particular books.

From the Fonds:

Additional papers bequeathed in 1993 include personal files which are restricted until 2045; correspondence; reviews; royalty statements 1976-1993; contracts and rights correspondence; personal financial material; and, correspondence on wills, last message, sale of property, and winding up the estate.


  • Creation: 1939-1993

Language of Materials

From the Fonds:

English French and German

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is currently only partially listed and some parts are restricted or closed under Data Protection regulations. To allow staff time for the necessary screening of material, please contact the repository at least two weeks in advance of your visit.

Some personal files are restricted until 2045.


From the Fonds: 24 linear metres

Physical Location


Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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