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Leupold-Löwenthal, H. (1992). Report on Sigmund Freud Gesellscchaft, Vienna. Bul. Int. Psychoanal. Assn., 73:411-412.

(1992). Bulletin of the International Psycho-Analytic Association, 73:411-412

Report on Sigmund Freud Gesellscchaft, Vienna

Harald Leupold-Löwenthal

The Library

On 29 January 1991, the Sigmund Freud Society opened the new rooms of the library in the Sigmund Freud House, Berggasse 19/5.

The Sigmund Freud House Library is now located in a part of the former private quarters of the Freud family that has hitherto hardly been accessible to the public. Thanks to a grant by the Federal Government and the municipality of Vienna, these rooms were renovated and redesigned last year so as to meet the demands of library and museum purposes.

A world-wide library appeal for support initiated by Anna Freud in 1974 laid the foundations for the book collection of the Sigmund Freud House Library. Psychoanalytic authors in Europe as well as overseas, many of whom were members of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society in the interwar period and close colleagues and friends of Sigmund Freud, have donated their writings. The collection was subsequently enlarged and became a specialized public library. In the redesigned rooms, the entire book stock is now conveniently available to users. The library comprises approximately 25, 000 titles and is one of the most extensive collections in the fields of history, theory, and applications of psychoanalysis.

In March 1991, Anna Freud's estate, about 600 books of her library, was transferred from London to Vienna. These books will be on view in the Anna Freud memorial rooms by the end of the year 1991.


Three copies of the exhibition 'Berggasse in 1938' were purchased by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A catalogue by Dr Harald Leupold-Löwenthal and Dr Christine Diercks is available and has also been translated into English to reach a wider audience.

In 1990 the exhibition was presented at a number of venues world-wide, including the Jewish Museum in Melbourne; the International Exchange Center in Osaka, Japan; Jerusalem at the invitation of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society; Rio de Janeiro; Peru; and the Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Museum

In 1990, about 50, 000 people visited the Sigmund Freud Museum, a 10 per cent increase over the previous year. In the months of July, August and September alone about 21, 000 visitors came to Berggasse 19 (compared with a total of 22, 000 visitors in all of 1980).


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