Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Jansen, Peter K. mss., 1836–2005, consist primarily of manuscripts, drafts, correspondence and other material relating to translations into English from the German made by Peter K. Jansen (1934–2007) over the course of his career. Jansen, born in Essen, Germany, completed his M.A. and Ph.D at the University of Illinois. After working both at the University of Illinois and Indiana University, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1968, where he remained until his retirement in 1999. In addition to his scholarship, Jansen was an accomplished literary translator, and taught the theory and practice of translation at Chicago. Included with his papers are extensive correspondence relating to his family in Germany from the mid–19th well into the twentieth century.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Essays; III. Translations; IV. Miscellaneous. An inventory is available.

Acquired: 2009

Collection size: 350 items

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