Library and archive

The Rilke Foundation’s library includes over 18,500 books and academic articles. The catalogue, entitled “Books and Articles,” is available online.


Rilke’s manuscripts are being digitised step by step and made available for international researchers.
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A database contains nearly all of Rilke’s letters published to date, whether printed in volumes or scattered in journals, theses, auction catalogues or other media. In addition to the original texts, the French translations of these letters (insofar as they exist) have been included. The database, which was started by Ferenc Szász (Budapest) and Rätus Luck (Bern), will be gradually completed under the supervision of Peter Oberthür (Eisenach).
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Newspaper clipping Collection

The newspaper clippings collected by Dr. Karl Klutz are a unique trove which, in its totality, provides an overview of the twentieth century’s reception of Rilke insofar as it is manifested in newspapers and journals. 6,500 newspaper clippings were digitalized in 2015. The clippings are housed in the databases as both images and text. Searchable versions of the texts are available onsite.
Due to copyright law, the databank is only available onsite and is not accessible online at this time.

Musical scores

The Sperling-Theis Collection contains several hundred scores of pieces inspired by Rilke’s work. The catalogue for this collection will be accessible online soon.

Digital reproductions

Administration fee: CHF 10.00
Digital copies: CHF 0.20 per page
High-resolution digital copies: CHF 30.00 per page

Schenkung 1975, Zeitungsartikel
Archiv 1956