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Concrete poetry artefacts, including a model soap box ;

Jeremy Adler Collection

14 May 2020

The Jeremy Adler Collection comprises books from the library of Jeremy Adler (1947-), Emeritus Professor of German at King’s. The collection covers 20th century European poetry, concrete poetry, printing and the art of the book, and the Holocaust.

  • Number of items: 1,500
  • Being catalogued

Papers of Jeremy Adler, 1975-2002, are held in the College Archives.

Jeremy Adler grew up among artists and they had a profound influence on his work and teaching. In this collection are held books, invitations and catalogues of artists, many of whom have works in public collections.

Artists represented in the collection include his mother, Bettina Adler, the sculptor Bernard Reder, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, Gisèle Celan, wife of the poet, Paul Celan, Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Graacht, a painter who rescued several Jewish children from the Nazis in Amsterdam, and the close family friend Yehuda Bacon.

Also represented in the collection are works by other artists that Adler has collaborated with, such as Timothy Hyman.


 A portrait of Franz Steiner and his sister in formal children's dress, ca. 1920.

Recent work on the collection

Held in the collection is a near complete list of publications by Franz Baermann Steiner (1909-52), a poet and anthropologist, who was concerned with the causes and consequences of the Holocaust. In 2019, we began cataloguing items by and related to Steiner and a blogpost related to Steiner's work and these recently acquired items discusses his life and work in more detail.

Soap box and concrete or visual poetry, by Jeremy Adler, 1987

Items from the Jeremy Adler Collection have also often featured in exhibitions curated by Special Collections staff. The image to the left is an example of concrete or visual poetry taken from the collection and features in a section of an online exhibition on Literary Revolutionaries.

The images reproduced here are done so with the kind permission of Jeremy Adler.

Using Library Search

Records from all collections are available through King's Library Search.

Being signed in to Library Search gives the best functionality for searching and the homepage gives advice on how to narrow down your searches by using scopes and by filtering searches you have made. For full instructions please see both the Library Search homepage and also our 'Catalogues' webpage, available by scrolling down to the menu on the Special Collections homepage.

Using scopes

You can limit your search to Foyle Special Collections Library items by using scopes.

If you select the ‘Library Resources’ scope, only the print and ebooks, audiovisual material and journals held by the campus libraries and Foyle Special Collections Library will be retrieved in your searches

Using filters

For finding material related to specific collections or former owners, use the ‘Library Resources’ scope in the drop down menu and then filter by ‘Former owner’ in the Advanced search criteria to display records from a specific collection.

You can also use the Location drop down menu on the left hand side of the screen to identify items from specific named special collections.

Please do contact us for further advice on identifying material which will assist you with your studies.

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