The Freud Papers comprise the core of more than one hundred other collections relating to Sigmund Freud and the history of psychoanalysis assembled by the Library of Congress.
The audiotapes of the interviews with family, friends, colleagues, and patients are preserved in the Recorded Sound Section, with interview transcripts included in the Sigmund Freud Papers.
The entire contents of the Sigmund Freud Papers, Films, Photographs, and interviews are open to the public, with the exception of records or information still subject to restrictions placed upon them by donors or their estates.
Interspersed with mostly original items are photocopies, facsimiles, transcripts, and English translations of some of the material. The Library of Congress is the premier research center for the study of Freud and his circle and some of its critics.
Also included are more than 300 interviews with Freud associates, patients, and family members conducted by K. Eissler, founding director of the Sigmund Freud Archives. Among the more than 100 related collections are the papers of Anna Freud and other Freud family members.
Other collections include those of Karl Abraham, Siegfried Bernfeld, Marie Bonaparte, A. Brill, Wilhelm Fliess and Sergius Pankejeff, one of Freud’s best-known patients, identified in Freud’s writings as the “Wolf-Man.” Also available in the Library are the papers of therapists who differed or broke from Freud: C. Jung, Alfred Adler, Wilhelm Reich, Theodore Reik, and Francis G. The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States—and extensive materials from around the world—both on site and online.
Founded in 1951, the Sigmund Freud Archives has assembled and preserved the largest and most wide-ranging collections of manuscripts, papers, correspondence, and biographical materials from Sigmund Freud's life and work, and has made them accessible to readers and researchers worldwide.
All documents are released unaltered except in instances when patients' names have been deleted to preserve anonymity and confidentiality.
Back to top Digital Collections The Sigmund Freud Archives works in close cooperation with the Library of Congress to preserve the Freud collections and to create ever-widening accessibility, most recently through the process of digitization.
The collection reveals Freud’s life and work, including his early medical and clinical training; his relationship with family, friends, colleagues, students, and patients; his association with early psychoanalytic societies; his perspectives on analytical training; and his numerous writings.
It contains family papers, correspondence, writings, legal documents and certificates, notebooks, and other materials of a personal nature encompassing his life and career.