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A-01-b Unfinished / Unpublished Novels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


Audio tapes and records


Spoken Letters / Interviews / Reviews / Reportages

Cote Title / Description Dates Collation Further Info / Remarks
D-07-a/01 Spoken letter by Anthea Cohen to PH   1988-06-??
1 MC Maxell VDI 90
RE: 1) novels, 2) PH's membership of EXIT. Wishes to be killed if she can’t recognize next-of-kin etc. 3) PH's mother who is financial drain, no use to anyone or herself, and just won’t die; 4) book agents (who take 10%)
D-07-a/02 Spoken letter by Dan Coates to PH   n.d.
not too long, after fire, re: 1) mother of PH at Fireside Lodge, 2) mother’s financial matters after fire, 3) mother’s mental and physical degradation, the filth in which she lived before the fire, etc.
D-07-a/03 Tape from Monika Sperl   n.d.
“M. Sperl” handwriting PH on tape itself, on tape box, note: “Dear Pat, this may be a little ‘Dankeschön’ for sending me the books! Monika ”Recorded American music, talk (Monika) in English and German, Monika singing and playing on the guitar songs in English and German
D-07-a/04 Bettina Berch interviews PH   1984-06
1 MC maxell UR90
Note by B. Berch: Do not copy or quote without permission of B. Berch, 878 West End NY NY 10025. Copy for SLA 1998. Attachment: Transliteration of interview (17 pp.), plus 1 p. from article by B. Berch in Barnard Alumnae, Fall 1983: Taking the Mystery Out of Writing Mysteries.
D-07-a/05 BBC, The Book Programme. P. Roberts interviews PH in her farmhouse in france   n.d.
1 MC Prinzsound Dynacoustic C60
“Index A P. Roberts”, Side A empty on box
D-07-a/06 Radio France, France Culture: Un livre des voix. Les sirènes du golf de Patricia Highsmith   1984-07-26
1 MC
D-07-a/07 Radio France, France Culture: Un livre de voix. La proie du chat de Patricia Highsmith   1981-09-02
1 MC
D-07-a/08 Radio DRS, Reflexe. "Jenseits der Worte" - Ausstellung Patricia Highsmith in Intragna   1997-10-08
1 MC
D-07-a/09 S2, Spielzeit: Unmögliche Interviews. „Der letzte Schluck.“Christa Maerker interviewt Patricia Highsmith   1997-11-28
1 MC
D-07-a/10 Radio 4. Good Books. This Sweet Sickness (Side 1)   1985-01-15
1 MC
Side 2: Recording of press conference?
D-07-a/11 NPR, Weekend Edition: “Yaddo”. Susan Stamberg   1989-07-28
1 MC
Broadcast on Yaddo.
D-07-a/12 Too faint to Identify [Handwritten on cassette]     1 MC
No recording / “Empty” cassette?
D-07-a/13 Schweizer Bunker. Auf den Spuren von Patricia Highsmith. Von Michael Lissek.   2005
1 CD
Suppl. Acquisition 2005. Autorenproduktion. Musik: Zeitblom


Recordings of Literature / Music / Guides

PH’s private collection
Attachment: Photocopies of a cassette missing “Noel coward – The Revues”
Cote Title / Description Dates Collation Further Info / Remarks
D-07-b/01 Black Star at the Point of Darkness. Music, Stories, Recordings   n.d.
1 CD, 1 MC
Produced by psalmodia sub rosa. Tape of poems + music (Side A + B). Handwriting on ‘pochette’ does not seem to be PH’s.
D-07-b/02 Peter Ustinov: The Unicorn in the Garden  
1 MC
Read by Peter Ustinov. Handwriting on ‘pochette’ PH’s? + “The Tiger Who Understood People”. Moral: “If you live as humans do, it will be the end of you”. “The Lion who wanted to zoom”. Moral: “Never allow a nervous female to have access to a pistol, no matter what you’re wearing”. “The male was made to lie and roam, the woman’s place ist in the home”. “It isn’t as easy to fool little girls nowadays, as it used to be.”
D-07-b/03 The Waste Land   n.d.
1 MC
Read by T.S. Eliot, followed by barely audible reading of something else (also by T.S. Eliot). Side 2: empty.
D-07-b/04 Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats   n.d.
1 MC
non-commercial tape. Not PH's handwriting on cover. Second unknown text read by unknown person:é Comic Show on animals (reproduction etc.): “This is the Shirley Woolsey Show, at 2.30pm on your friendly network” – very unclear, bad sound. On Side one of tape “Basler Fasnacht 1982” has been crossed out.
D-07-b/05 Poetry / [La] Belle Dame…[by John Keats]   n.d.
1 MC
Title: According handwritten inscriptions by PH of each of the cassette sides. – Private copy?
D-07-b/06 Mahler, Wagner, Wolt  
1 MC
Private copy?
D-07-b/07 Traumflüge: Margot Werner singt Robert Stolz  
1 MC
Orfeo International M 190 851.
D-07-b/08 Duke Ellington at Fargo, 1940 – Cassette No 1   1987
1 MC
Book-of-the-Month-Club, Inc., Made in USA Mono 40-5623. Not in original box. “Duke Ellington” on the back, on booklet, erased: “The Poetry of Keats, read by Ralph Richardson”.
D-07-b/09 Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos. Klavierkonzerte 2, 4. Vladimir Ashkenazy, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink   1986
1 MC
DECCA, made in Holland, Stereo 414 475-4.
D-07-b/10 Purcell: King Arthur. Opera in 5 acts. Texts by John Dryden   1979
1 MC
HM 40.252/53. Harmonia Mundi, S.A., France. (Saint-Michel de Provence). Director: Alfred Deller. Deller Recordings.
D-07-b/11 Marlene Dietrich   n.d.
1 MC
Private copy? No further notes on cassette.
D-07-b/12 This is Artie Shaw   n.d.
1 MC
RCA PK-5096.
D-07-b/13 Amnon Wolman: Piano Concerto. Aspen Stanford   1990
1 MC
Private copy?
D-07-b/14 Mozart: Piano KV 320, 331 (A-Side); KV 332, Haydn: Hoboken XVII, No. 4+6332 (B-Side)   n.d.
1 MC
Private copy?
D-07-b/15 Mozart, Piano KV 595, 282, 511   n.d.
1 MC
Private copy?
D-07-b/16 Holistic Living. A guide to self-care by leading practitioner Dr. Patrick Pietroni   n.d.
1 MC
Health Right. Side I: Exercise I: Diaphragmatic Breathing; Exercise II: Conscious Eating, Side II: Exercise III: Gentle Stretching, Exercise IV: Meditation. Also 2 pp. of info on Diaphragmatic Breathing. Attachment: 2 pp. instruction.
D-07-b/17 [EMPTY/NO RECORDING]   21.04.1979
1 MC
Note on cassette: Desert Island Discs – 21/4/179.


Highsmith Audio Books

Note: MCs of Katzengeschichten and Auf der Suchen nach X. Claveringi und vier weitere Geschichten and American Crime Stories: Box 97
Cote Title / Description Dates Collation Further Info / Remarks
D-07-c/01 The Talented Mr. Ripley     8 MCs
Read by Nigel Lambert. ISIS Audio Books, Oxford, England
D-07-c/02 Ripley Under Ground     8 MCs
Read by Nigel Lambert. ISIS Audio Books, Oxford, England
D-07-c/03 Ripley Under Water     8 MCs
Read by Geoffrey Matthews. ISIS Audio Books, Oxford, England
D-07-c/04 The Blunderer     8 MCs
Read by Don Fellows. Chivers Audio Books, Bath, England
D-07-c/05 Katzengeschichten. Erzählt von Evelyn Hamann     2 CDs, 2 MCs (2 ex. of each of them)
8pp booklet. CD 1: Das Katzengedicht, Mings grösste Beute, Leer ist das Vogelhaus. CD 2: Was die Katze hereinschleppte.Deutsche Grammophon Literatur, Polygram GmbH, Hamburg © Diogenes Verlag, Zürich. Stereo 435 997-2. Version MC (in Box 98): Deutsche Grammophon Hörbuch 435 997-4.
D-07-c/06 Auf der Suche nach X. Claveringi und vier weitere Geschichten     2 MC
Jutta Steinbach Verlag. Schumm sprechende Bücher
D-07-c/07 American Crime Stories. Retold by John Escott. Cassette 3     1 MC
Oxford Bookworms 6. Incl. The Heroine
D-07-c/08 Patricia Highsmith: Best of. Die grosse Hörspiel-Edition. Mit Bruno Ganz, Christian Brückner, Rufus Beck, Maren Kroymann, Dominique Horwitz u.v.a. CD1: Tiefe Wasser; CD 3+4: Der Geschichtenerzähler; CD5: Ediths Tagebuch; CD 6+7: Der Stümper; CD 8+9: Das Zittern des Fälschers; CD 10: Ehespiele und Der Killer   2005
10 CDs
Suppl. Acquisition 2005. - Der Audio Verlag. Booklet: 32 pp.


Long Play Records (LPs)

Cote Title / Description Collation
D-07-d/01 LP Collection [1]   12 (therof 1 album)
D-07-d/01 LP Collecton [2]   14
D-07-d/01 LP Collecton [3]   8 (thereof 1 album, 1 single)