Patricia Highsmith Papers

Swiss Literary Archives

Finding aid established by Philippa Burton, Lucienne Schwery, Stéphanie Cudré-Mauroux, Ulrich Weber, Lukas Dettwiler

Schweizerisches Literaturarchiv
Hallwylstrasse 15
CH-3003 Bern

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A Works
A-01 Prose
A-01-a Novels
A-01-b Unfinished / Unpublished Novels
A-01-c Short Stories, Articles and Essays
A-01-c-1/01-61 "Oldest Short Stories 1945-1955 c"
A-01-c-2/62-110 "Short Stories: Middle"
A-01-c-3/111-180 "Short Stories: 1972-74-78-80-81-82"
A-01-c-4/181-237 "Short Stories 1983-88/Book Reviews"
A-01-c-5/238-299 "Stories - Articles 1989"
A-01-c-6 to 10 Collections of Short Stories
A-01-c-11 to 14 Essays / Incomplete Old Stories, etc.
A-02 Poems
A-03 Theatre Plays [no Ms.]
A-04 TV and Radio Scripts
A-05 Notebooks [Cahiers]
A-06 Drawings
A-06-a Small Format Drawings and Sketchbooks
A-06-b Medium Format Drawings and Sketchbooks
A-06-c Large Format Drawings
B Letters
B-01 Letters from Patricia Highsmith
B-01-01 Family Correspondence
B-01-02 Personal Correspondence
B-01-03 Business Correspondence
B-01-04 Letters to Readers
B-01-05 Fan Letters (To non-writers)
B-01-06 Letters to Politicians and Newspapers
B-01-06-a Divers Subjects
B-01-06-b Israel/Palestinians
B-02 Letters to Patricia Highsmith
B-02-01 Family Correspondence
B-02-02 Personal Correspondence
B-02-03 Business Correspondence
B-02-04 Letters from Readers (sorted)
B-02-05 Letters from Readers (unsorted)
B-03 Letters between Third Persons
B-04 Thematical Correspondence
B-04-a Thematical Bundles
B-04-b Unsorted Letters
B-04-b-01 Copies of Letters
B-04-b-02 Letters in/from Scrapbooks and Diaries
B-04-c Original Correspondence Folders [empty]
B-04-d Documents from Correspondence Files
C Life Papers and Documents
C-01 Diaries
C-02 Personal Papers
C-02-a Birth certificate, Passports, Death report etc.
C-02-b Private Small Format Booklets (Address Booklets, Small Notebooks)
C-02-c Social Security (Health and Medical Documents)
C-02-d Death (Exit, Last Will etc.)
C-02-e American Citizenship
C-02-f Cats
C-02-g Divers Personal Documents (Horoscope, CV)
C-02-h Calendars with Notes
C-03 Genealogical and Family Documents
C-03-a Stewart Family
C-03-b Coates and Coats
C-03-c Coates Donations
C-04 House and Business Documents
C-04-a Business Small Format Booklets (Income and Address)
C-04-b House Documents
C-04-b-01 Visitors' Book, 1977/1991
C-04-b-02 Documents re: Aurigeno House, 1980/1995
C-04-b-03 Documents re: Tegna House, 1977/1995, n.d.
C-04-b-04 Writing Utensils, TV, Media, 1985/1995, n.d.
C-04-c Memberships
C-04-d Editors
C-04-e Taxes
C-05 Photos
C-05-a Photo Albums
C-05-a-02 Red Album (horizontal)
C-05-a-03 Black Album (gold tooling)
C-05-a-04 Red Album (upright)
C-05-a-05 Black Album (photographs)
C-05-a-06 Black Album (memory book)
C-05-b Private Shots
C-05-c Professional Shots (Portraits etc.)
C-05-d Photos Coates Donation
C-06 Awards and Diplomas
C-07 Memorabilia
C-08 Notes by Patricia Highsmith (and others)
C-08-a Divers Notes
C-08-b Notes removed from PH's Books
D Collections
D-01 Personal Library
D-02 Collection of Highsmith Editions
D-03 Scrapbooks
D-04 Press Cuttings and Newspaper/Magazine Copies re: Life and Work of PH
D-04-a Articles and Stories by PH
D-04-b Portraits of PH and Interviews
D-04-c Reviews of Novels
D-04-d Obituaries
D-05 Press cuttings re: diverse topics
D-05-a Alphabethical Documentation
D-05-b Newspaper Cuttings re: Israel – Palestinians
D-05-c Natural and Unnatural Catastrophes Documentation
D-05-d Animal Rights
D-05-e Blacks
D-05-f Divers
D-05-g The Pits
D-06 Video Tapes
D-06-a Film Versions and Videos relating to PH
D-06-b Patricia Highsmith's Video Collection
D-06-c Additional Videos on PH and her Oeuvre
D-07 Audio tapes and records
D-07-a Spoken Letters / Interviews / Reviews / Reportages
D-07-b Recordings of Literature / Music / Guides
D-07-c Highsmith Audio Books
D-07-d Long Play Records (LPs)
D-08 Orignal Ts./MS. Boxes and Folders
D-09 Film Scripts / Screenplays by other Authors, based on PH Novels
D-10 Maps
D-11 Studies on PH's Work (Manuscripts)
D-12 Manuscripts by Others
D-13 Artwork in Possession of PH
D-14 Collection of Postcards
D-15 Odds and Ends
E Supplementations
E-01 Copies of Manuscripts and Documents [Large format boxes]
E-02 Exhibition Documents
E-03 Executors' Files



see also: A-01-c-1/40 to A-01-c-1/41-IIand A-01-c-2/72
Enclosed: Envelope with handwritten remark by AvP: “Poems” (found in "Werkstatt" - workshop)
Cote Title / Description Dates Collation Further Info / Remarks
A-02/01   Kitten – Cat – Old Cat   1991-12-12
Ts., 2 pp. A4 (6 x); 12 pp. translation Ruetz (photocopies)
12 Dec. 1991. Handwritten remark on Erica Ruetz’ translation: Kätzchen – Katze – Alte Katze. On one of the identical photocopies of the translation typed remark: "sent to B. Plagemann, Berlin, Dec. 1991; with Ofen changed to Kamin)”.
A-02/02   A Toast. 5 Drafts   1979
Ts., 5 pp. A4 (orig. + carbon)
Attachment: 1 p. photocopy “Ein Toast”, p. 233, with handwritten remark "A Toast (German)" on verso. One of the drafts (carbon) shows on top left “Patricia Highsmith, 21 Boissiere, 77 Moncourt” besides a newly typed remark “d. May 1, 1979; typed 13 July 1979”.
A-02/03   Pretty Pictures. 2 Drafts   1981-08-02
Ts., 2 x 2 pp. A4 (carbon)
2 August 1981 Patricia Highsmith
A-02/04   The Guestworkers. 3 Drafts   1982
Ts., 3 pp. A4 (2x orig., 1x carbon?)
Moncourt 1982. Many handwritten corrections on the 1st draft (?), which is written on rear of p. 1 of letter from Diogenes Verlag, Zürich, to PH, 26 May, 1983)
A-02/05   In Hospital (Nosebleed)   1980-03-02
Ts., 2 pp. (orig. + carbon)
A-02/06   Untitled. 1st line: “I carry old memories around like a heavy suitcase”   n.d.
Ts, 1 p. A5 (carbon)

A-02/07   Untitled. 1st line: “What a big portion of existence resembles ”   1978-10-00
Ts., 1 p. A5 (carbon)
October 1978
A-02/08   Before Sleep   n.d.
Ts., 2 pp. A5 (orig. + carbon)

A-02/09   Traffic Law   1982
Ts., 1 p. A4 (carbon)
A-02/10   Untitled. 1st line: “I think of the way”   1982-04-13
Ts., 2 pp. A4 (orig. + carbon)
13. Apr 82
A-02/11   Unicorn Cat   1982/1983
Ts., 2 pp. A4 (orig.)
Each of them on rear of letters from: p. 1: Diogenes Verlag (Marianne Liggenstorfer), Zürich, to PH, 24 January, 1983, p. 2 (photocopy) Diogenes Verlag (Thomas Bodmer), Zürich, to Dieter E. Zimmer / DIE ZEIT, 29 October 1982.
A-02/12   To The Gate-Keeper   n.d.
Ts., 1 p. A4

A-02/13   Ending It   n.d.
Ts., 2 pp. A5 (orig.? + carbon)

A-02/14   POETS   n.d.
Ts., 2 pp. A5 (2 carbons)

A-02/15   Pictures of Girls   1978-08
Ts., 1 p. A5 (carbon)
Aug 78
A-02/16   (L’amour est une nécéssité)   n.d.
Ts., 1 p. A4 (carbon)
On top left “Patricia Highsmith, 21 Boissiere, 77 Moncourt”
A-02/17 Otchakovsky-Laurens, Paul
To P.O.-L. [= ]   1960/1976; 1978-09-26
Ts., 11 pp. A4 (orig.)
Attachment: 1 half of letter from A.M. Heath, London, to PH, 30th March, 1978. 1 note with t.w. remark: “POL sent to HACHETTE Sept. 1978 and so marked, POL.”. On t. p. h.w. remark “To P. O.-L.”. Handwritten corrections. Original succession of papers: 6-10, 2-5 and t. p. Date-remarks along the text: 1960/1976.
A-02/18   Etre Ensemble   n.d.
Ts., 1 p. A4 (carbon)
Attachment: 1 half letter (lower part), signed “Hans Redlbach”, with remark (t.w.) “SENT TO MARIA D’APPARECIDA” 3 July 1979 FOUR POEMS: THE LIGHTHOUSE, IN LOVE (I suppose that’s the name of the game), In French: Guerison, Il Existe un Moment. 9 July, Etre ENSEMBLE, LOVE IS A DESPERATION (L’Amour est un extreme desespoir)”.
A-02/19   Patricia Highsmith. POEMES. Traduction (première version) par   1978
Ts., 16 pp. A4 1 t. p. (carbon)
Attachment: Letter from AD to PH, December 11, 1978.
A-02/20   Poems   1978-04-09/1978-08-11
Tss. (4 pp. A5), Ts. on note (1 orig. + 3 carbons)
Poem for T. and "Und ist es (...)" are written on the same page, with "den Spree" [sic]. Ts. on note: "I suppose that's (...)"
Untitled. 1st line: “I suppose that’s the game: doubt.”
Poem for T., Written Not on Horseback, But on Typewriter
Untitled: "Und ist es der armen Lesley gelungen / Oder ist sie in den Spree gesprungen?”
Untitled. 1st line: “We have only to look at each other”
Untitled. 1st line: “Every day you change”
Untitled. 1st line: "Love is a malady”
A-02/21   Poems   1978-09-25
Tss., 6 pp. A4
Attachment: Note “Carbons, origs. of most of what was sent to Hachette, Sept. 1978. Okay square stuff, not necessarily the best. 25 Sept. ’78" (Date handwritten, PH?).
Untitled. 1st line: “A positive philosophy”
Six Months Later
Black Goldfish
A-02/22   A Week   1978-08-12
Ts., 2 pp. A5 (orig.? + carbon)
12. Aug 78
A-02/23   Recovery   1978-08-00
Ts., 1 p. A5 (carbon)
(end of August ’78)
A-02/24   Untitled. 1st line: “Memory of you seizes me unawares”   1978-05-30
Ts., 1 p. A5
On rear of 1st half of letter from Bertelsmann Fernseh-Produktion, Berlin, to PH, 30 Mai 1978.
A-02/25   On God   1979
Ts., 1 p. A5
On rear of letter / invitation to Barnard alumnae of THE BARNARD IN PARIS GROUP, 20 April, 1979 (reception for Professor Gavronsky).