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Collection Sigmund Freud Papers

Photographs in the Sigmund Freud Papers at the Library of Congress

Nearly all of the photographs received as part of the Sigmund Freud Papers are housed in the Library's Prints & Photographs Division, and many images for which researchers have purchased copies are available online via the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC). The collection contains more than a thousand photographs, several prints and drawings, and a copper printing plate. Photographs date between 1860 and 1980 and include portraits, both individual and group, as well as snapshots, of Sigmund Freud; his family members including his parents, siblings, wife (Martha Bernays), and children; his associates, among them A. A. Brill, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Sándor Ferenczi, C. G. Jung, and Arnold Zweig; his teachers; and others, including his patient Fanny Moser. Many of the photographs depict Freud's residences in Vienna and London.

Sigmund Freud's sister Adolphine ("Dolfi") Freud as a young woman, photographed between 1882 and 1900. Born in 1862, she died in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1942.

One of three albums in the collection contains thirty photographs taken by Edmund Engelman in 1938 of rooms in Freud's Vienna apartment including his consulting room and study; Anna Freud's consulting room and study; and his collection of antiquities including figurines and busts. Also included are photographs of sculpture and portraits of Freud and events honoring him after his death, including those surrounding the Freud Centenary of 1956.

The visual materials from the Sigmund Freud Papers (also referred to in the Prints & Photographs Division as the "Sigmund Freud Collection") are organized and cataloged in LOTs (groups of related images):

  • Portraits of Sigmund Freud, His Family and Associates (LOT 11831);
  • Survey of collection of antiques and art objects at the Sigmund Freud Study at 20 Maresfield Gardens, London, 1961 (LOT 11832-A);
  • Sexualsymbolik (LOT 11832-B);
  • Sigmund Freud Albums (LOT 13992);
  • Portraits and Other Images Related Sigmund Freud (LOT 13993); and
  • Portrait of Sigmund Freud and print of the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute building (LOT 13994).

Rights to many of the images in the Prints & Photographs Division collection may be restricted (see Sigmund Freud Collection rights statement).