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EISLER, Robert (1882-1949)


Reference code(s): GB 1370 WIA, Robert Eisler

Held at: Warburg Institute

Title: EISLER, Robert (1882-1949)

Date(s): c 1902-1949

Level of description: collection

Extent: 55 boxes

Name of creator(s): Eisler | Robert | 1882-1949 | historian of religion


Administrative/Biographical history:

Robert Eisler was born and educated in Vienna, receiving his doctorate from the University of Vienna in 1904. He subsequently had a successful academic career in Austria and Germany, including time spent as a visiting lecturer in France, Britain and the United States, until the Anschluss in 1938 when he was interned in Dachau concentration camp. Released shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War he came to England and continued his research at Oxford and later in London, though his time in Dachau left him in poor health for the rest of his life. His research interests included classical archaeology, art history and philosophy, as well as various aspects of the history of religious belief and superstition.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Robert Eisler, c 1902-1949, including working papers and correspondence. Topics covered include: 'Das Rätsel des Johannesevangeliums'; The Fourth Gospel; Money; Jesous Basileus ou Basileusas; Slavonic Joseph Manuscript; The Alphabet; Dürer; Conventional Titles and True Meaning; Inscriptions; Zeus Olympios; Orpheus; Moses; Christ Vision; Aesthetics; Mythology; Magic and Science; Vanity of Vanities; Palaeoethnography; Greek Civilization and 'Die Landschaftsmalerei in der antiken Kunst'.


Language/scripts of material: German, English and French.

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as follows: Working papers and Correspondence.

Conditions governing access:

Archive material is accessible for the purpose of private study and personal research and within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Archive reading room. Access is with permission from the Institute Director and by prior appointment only. Potential users are advised to browse the Institute website and contact the Archivist, Dr des Claudia Wedepohl, before planning a visit. Access to individual items in the Warburg Institute Archives may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopies, at the discretion of the archivist, may be provided for research use only (working papers: up to 10% of any archive pressmark; correspondence by authors for whom the department doesn't hold copyright: up to 10% of the institutes holdings). Traditional photography is allowed at the discretion of the archivist, no digital cameras. Scans and digital photographs can be ordered at the discretion of the archivist. Requests to publish original material have to be submitted to the Archivist.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Collection level description available on-line at the University of London Research Services website


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the family, 1951.


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Publication note:



Archivist's note: Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Apr 2008

Christianity | Ancient religions | Religions
Epigraphy | Historical methods | History
Greek history | European history | National history
Historical research | History
Magic | Mysticism
Manuscripts | Documents | Information sources
Writing | Communication skills | Communication process

Personal names
Eisler | Robert | 1882-1949 | historian of religion

Corporate names