To the Editors:
I am writing to you to inform you of the new current policy of The Sigmund Freud Archives. All papers and documents under the ownership and control of The Sigmund Freud Archives which are in the process of publication or have already been published will be open to all scholars on the basis of equal access. All interested persons may apply to The Library of Congress for permission to view the materials in The Sigmund Freud Collection, subject to the usual rules and regulations of The Library of Congress governing such scholarly use. The Archives has already released new material such as the Silberstein letters, i.e., the letters between Sigmund Freud and Edward Silberstein which are so important to an understanding of Freud’s adolescence. It is the intention of The Archives to release all letters and documents from restriction, as soon as possible, consistent with legal and ethical standards and obligations.
As Executive Director of The Sigmund Freud Archives, I would also like to report that The Freud Museum will open with due ceremony on July 28, 1986. Freud’s former residence in the house at 20 Maresfield Gardens where Anna Freud lived for more than forty years has been converted into a museum which reproduces the home as it was in Freud’s day.
A wholely owned division of The Freud Archives, The Museum will be jointly operated by The Sigmund Freud Archives, Inc., and The New-Land Foundation as co-trustees. The Museum is expected to have wide appeal.
Harold P. Blum, MD
The Sigmund Freud Archives, Inc.
Roslyn Estates, New York
July 17, 1986