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Preliminary Guide to the Karen Horney Papers

Manuscript group 1604

compiled by Diane E. Kaplan

October 2000
New Haven, Connecticut
Copyright ©2000, Yale University Library


  1. Overview of the Papers
  2. Biographical sketch
  3. Inventory
    • Original
    • Addition
      • 93-M-10
      • 95-M-120
      • 97-M-154
      • 2000-M-091
      • 2000-M-092
      • 2000-M-111

CREATOR Horney, Karen, 1885-1952.

TITLE Karen Horney papers, 1899-1999 (inclusive).


SUMMARY The papers consist of correspondence, diaries, notebooks, writings, and photographs documenting the life of Karen Horney. Also included are lecture notes, memoirs and recollections, and interview notes.

LANGUAGE NOTE The papers are in English and German.

PROVENANCE Gift of Renate Patterson, 1991, 1995, and 2000; Dr. Marianne H. von Eckardt, 1991; Bernard J. Paris, 1991-1992 and 1999; Dr. Jeffrey Rubin, Dean, American Institute for Psychoanalysis of the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Institute and Center, 1991 and 1997, and Mimi Sheiner, 2000.

RESTRICTION ON ACCESS Box 3 is restricted. Researchers are required to use the preservation photocopies in Box 1 rather than the originals.

Box 3 of Accession 2000-M-091 is closed until 2009 November 10.

TERMS GOVERNING USE Some donors retain copyright. For further information consult the Manuscripts and Archives staff.

PREFERRED CITATION Karen Horney Papers. Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Manuscripts and Archives

Yale University Library

P.O. Box 208240

New Haven, CT 06520-8240

Accession 2000-M-091

Inventory, 1914-1993

Description   Box

Reviews of Self-Analysis, 1942



Handwritten notes on Madame Bovary [for course Horney taught at the New School for Social Research], n.d.


"Enslavement in Marriage", n.d.


"Notes on Fear", [193-]


"Sadistic Love" [notes and printed summary of lecture], 1943


"The Achievement of Freud", n.d.


"Understanding Personal Difficulties in a Period of Social Transition", 1938


Our Inner Conflicts


"The Need for Human Intimacy" [draft of Chapter 3], n.d.


"Consequences of Unsolved Conflicts--Resulting Fears" [draft of Chapter 9], n.d.


"The Misuse of Psychoanalysis", n.d.


"Restricted Applications of Psychoanalysis to Social Work", 1934


Biographical data, 1941-1946


List of translations of documents already in the Karen Horney Papers, n.d.


Kursstunde [German original], n.d.


Female Psychology Lectures III, IV, V, VI, VII, 1933


Weitre Fragen Der Weiblichen Psychologie [German original and first draft of translation], 1932


Abitur examination results [translation of German original previously given to Horney Papers], n.d.



New Ways in Psychoanalysis [reviews], 1939


The Neurotic Personality of Our Time [reviews], 1937-1938


Remarks on Love [German original with translation], n.d.


Chicago paper dealing with material similar to that in lectures on female psychology, n.d.


Woman's Fear of Action, n.d.


Obituaries and memorial tributes, 1952


Harold Kelman's account of Karen Horney in response to a request by Joseph Natterson. [includes correspondence], 1964, 1990


Abstracts of talks, essays, lectures, 1942, n.d.


FBI files on Karen Horney [obtained through FOIA request in 1984-1988], 1941-1954


Grote, Louis [photographs and letter from his daughter], 1914, 1993, n.d.


Doctoral dissertation [in German, photocopy], 1915


Material by and about Horney from files of the American Institute for Psychoanalysis, 1946-1950, 1974, n.d.


Notes from interviews conducted by Bernard J. Paris, 1989


Patterson, Renate Horney [includes interview notes and copies of correspondence], 1972, 1989-1993


Eckardt, Marianne Horney [includes interview notes and copies of correspondence], 1976, 1989-1992


Jack Rubins interview notes [photocopies and transcriptions, also photocopies of correspondence and notes used as background material]


Jack Rubins interview notes [photocopies and transcriptions, also photocopies of correspondence and notes used as background material] (cont'd)


Key to the symbols, n.d.



Unidentified people, n.d.


Brief interviews, 1973-1975, n.d.


Barbu, Valer, n.d.


Barshall, Leonard, n.d.


Bieber, Irving, n.d.


Blitsten, Dorothy, n.d.


Bonime, Walter, n.d.


Boss, Medard, 1974


Burnatschki, Kathleen, n.d.


Clemmens, Elizabeth, n.d.


Crane, Sawahara [Mrs. Cornelius], n.d.


Crowley, Ralph, n.d.


Daniels, George, n.d.


DeMartino, ________, n.d.


DeRosis, Louis, n.d.


Durham, Else, n.d.


Eckardt, Marianne, 1971-1973


Ephron, Harmon, 1972


Grinker, Roy, 1976


Harte, B. Joan, 1976


Honroth-Welte, Rita, n.d.


Jack Rubins interview notes [photocopies and transcriptions, also photocopies of correspondence and notes used as background material] (cont'd)


Hulbeck, Charles, 1972



Isenberg, M., n.d.


Kardiner, Abraham, 1973


Kelman, Norman, n.d.


Kornreich, Karl, n.d.


Kubie, Lawrence, 1972-1973


Lancaster, Elizabeth, 1972


Lederer-Eckardt, Gertrude, 1972-1973


Levy, Marie, 1972


Lewin, George, 1975


Lorand, S., 1972


Lowenfeld, Henry, 1973


Lussheimer, Paul, n.d.


Marcus, Ellie, 1974


Marmor, Judd, 1971, 1977


Martin, Alexander, n.d.


Marx, Eugene, n.d.


Mead, Margaret, n.d.


Moulton, Ruth, n.d.


Muller-Braunschweig, Hans, 1972, 1974


Oberndorf, C., n.d.


Patterson, Renate Mintz, 1972


Jack Rubins interview notes [photocopies and transcriptions, also photocopies of correspondence and notes used as background material] (cont'd)


Pisetski, J., 1972



Pizitz, Frances, 1973


Portnoy, Isidore, 1975


Remarque, Paulette Goddard, 1973


Rose, S., n.d.


Schachtel, Ernst, 1973, 1977


Seidermann, Herta, n.d.


Shapiro, Lester, n.d.


Speigel, Rose, n.d.


Spritzer, Esther P., 1977


Sugarman, Katie Kelman, n.d.


Swarinski, Brigitte, n.d.


Tannenbaum, Rose Landers, n.d.


Thompson, Clara, 1971-1973


Tillich, Hannah, 1973


Von Eckardt, Ursula, n.d.


Weigert, Edith, 1972-1973


Weiss, Gertrude, 1973


Wenkart, Simon, n.d.


Westcott, Barbara, 1975


Wolf, Alex, n.d.


Zucker, Gary, n.d.


Jack Rubins interview notes [photocopies and transcriptions, also photocopies of correspondence and notes used as background material] (cont'd)


Zuger, Bernard, 1973



Audio recordings


Bernard Paris's interviews with Wanda Willig, Walter Bonime, Norman Kelman, Abe Pinsky, Sara Sheiner [5 cassettes], 1989



"Human Nature Can Change," with Harold Kelman, Fredrich Weiss, Paul Tillich, and Karen Horney [1 cassette of Town Meeting radio program], n.d.


Analytic technique [Horney's last lecture course, copies of original wire recordings on 10 cassettes], 1952


Restricted, Open 2009 November 10

Description   Box

Letters from Karen Horney to her daughter Brigitte Horney


Photocopies of originals in an archives in Germany



Translations [The number in the upper left indicates Bernard Paris's educated guess as to the letter's place in the chronological sequence; the numbers on the bottom right indicate the sequence in which the letters came to him.]


Diaries # 6: Ego Notebook [translation]


Notebook on Children [translation]


Unpublished portions of diaries 3, 4, 5 (Adolescent Diaries) [translation]


Accession 2000-M-092

Inventory, 1946-1952

Description   Box

Notebooks of Horney's courses at the American Institute of Psychoanalysis [created by Sara Sheiner]


Technique, 1946-1947



Interval meetings, 1947-1948


Dream seminar, 1948


Therapy, 1952


Accession 2000-M-111

Contents   Box

Lazarus, What's Next? A Memoir, by Renate Horney [anecdotes about Karen Horney by her daughter], 1999



Accession 97-M-154

This addition consists of Karen Horney's lecture notes for the course Psychoanalytic Techniques, which she offered at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis in New York City. Horney gave the lectures in succeeding years from 1950-1952.

Folder titles are transcribed from the labels Horney wrote on the front of the original folders. Illegible words and undeciphered abbreviations are indicated by an underlined blank space. The folders are arranged by year and then by the Roman numerals Horney assigned. Folders without Roman numerals are organized at the end of the year. Undated folders are arranged at the end of the accession. Those with Roman numerals are arranged first followed by those without. Some notes may have been used for more than one lecture.

Contents   Box




I. Aims of Psychoanalytic Therapy


I. Dreams


III. Specific psychoanalytic means of understanding


IV. Specific...Understanding (II)


VI. [no title]


VIII. Personal Equation


Retarding forces--Defenses--Blockages




II. Dreams--final presentation


XV. Dealing with Conflict


Dealing with Conflict




I. Aims


II. Diagnostic value--Preliminary Interviews


III. Interviews


1952 (cont'd)


IV. Prognostic Value



V. Patient's attitude toward psychoanalysis--incentives and reservations


VI. Practical arrangements


VII. Essentials of psychoanalytic ________




I. Quality of Analyst's Attention


II. free association--specific psychoanalytic means


III-IV. Understanding the Patient


IV. Nature of blockages, Difficulties and Defenses


V. Difficulties and Defenses—________ Psychoanalytic Relationship


VIII. Interpreting Meaning and Crisis




II. Self-Psychoanalysis of Analyst


II. Understanding the Patient


III. Preliminary Interviews, The Diagnostic Value


IV. History, Therapeutic Value


V. Therapeutic Value


VII and II. [no titles]


X. Form of block


XI. Psychoanalytic relationship


XIII. Interpretation and Timing


XV. Transference


n.d. (cont'd)


XXV. Termination



Detailed sequence of some sessions, Big sweeping movements


Quality of Analyst's understanding


What Is Neurosis?


Monogame Forderung Problematik


Last updated: 06/18/2002