Estate of Michael Turnheim
The estate of Paris and Vienna-based psychoanalyst Michael Turnheim came to the Sigmund Freud Private Foundation in the form of a donation by his wife, Dian Turnheim, at the end of 2013. The 10,068 items comprised in the estate were inspected and recorded by autumn 2016 and have since then been available to visitors for research purposes. The majority of the estate is made up of writings and documents pertaining to science and university – notes, scripts, excerpts, typescripts with corrections, book projects – but also private correspondence and medical records. The estate objects are complemented by various images and data media. All documents regarding public topics or the analyst’s scientific projects can be researched and viewed. Documents containing sensitive data (private correspondence, medical records) are not displayed in the public search. They will only be released for general use after a restriction period.
The first approximately 1000 objects have already been analytically indexed on a trial basis and can be retrieved individually. The other documents were processed individually, but were indexed in volumes ordered by subject areas while awaiting further scientific processing. The aim is to perform this work for all other objects in a project conducted by a psychoanalytically trained expert. Due to the highly specific nature of Michael Turnheim’s research on selected spheres of – particularly French – psychoanalysis and protagonists, this work will require extensive background knowledge for fine scientific indexing.
Michael Turnheim’s books are also due to be donated in the near future and this will enable extensive research on the work of this important psychoanalytical thinker.