The American Memory Project has released the new Library of Congress's Manuscript Division collection relating to the life and activities of author and political philosopher Hannah Arendt (1906-1975). Totalling over 25,000 items (about 75,000 digital images), the collection contains "correspondence, articles, lectures, speeches, book manuscripts, transcripts of Adolf Eichmann's trial proceedings, notes, and printed matter pertaining to Arendt's writings and academic career," as well as correspondence with a number of leading literary and political figures of the 20th century. At present, only a limited number of page images are available online (best accessed via the browse by series option), though they total over 2,000 images. These include lectures on Kant, Aristotle, Machiavelli, and Existentialism; the first and final drafts of Between Past and Future; the New Yorker version of Eichmann in Jerusalem_; On Revolution; and other essays and lectures. The complete version of the digitized Arendt Papers will be made available to researchers onsite at three locations in the summer of 2001. The final online version will contain four document series: the Adolf Eichmann File, Subject File, Speeches and Writings File, and Addition I, plus the "General" section of the Correspondence File. Also included at the preview site is an essay on Arendt by Jerome Kohn, Professor of Philosophy at The New School University.


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