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Edgar S. Block Papers

Identifier: MS Group 019

Scope and Content

Journals, manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, and miscellaneous material. Includes two boxes of journals, mostly in German, from the period 1919-1963. Much of the manuscripts and correspondence concerns his unpublished work "The American Muse" and some other writings, including an unpublished manuscript on Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. There are numerous photographs, mostly unidentified.


  • Creation: 1919-1966



The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Mr. Block transferred his copyrights to the University of Florida Libraries and appointed the Director of the University of Florida Libraries as his literary executor. Insofar as is known, this action was never rescinded.

Biographical/Historical Note

Author. Born in Munich, March 19, 1900. Immigrated to the United States in 1941, as a citizen of Switzerland. Born a Jew, he apparently converted to Christianity. Married Florence C. Lioret in 1955. Lived in Tampa, Florida.


1.5 Linear feet (3 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Journals, manuscripts, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials of author Edgar Block.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Received from Mr. Block. Much of the correspondence is with the Director of the University of Florida Libraries regarding Mr. Block's writings, his papers, and the Bloch-Lioret collection of books that the University of Florida acquired from Block. Correspondence from the libraries' files have been added to the Block Papers.

A Guide to the Edgar S. Block Papers
Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff
September 2004
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America