The Freud Museum

Archives & Research

Welcome to Archives and Research

The Freud Museum houses the possessions that Sigmund and Anna Freud brought with them to London at their emigration in 1938, including the library, their personal papers and photograph albums. 


Click to access the Sigmund Freud archive catalogue here

Click to access a selection of the Freud Museum's collection 


The following resources are available to researchers:

  • Sigmund Freud's and Anna Freud's personal library

  • An archive containing essential documentation on the life and work of Sigmund and Anna Freud and the history of psychoanalysis. For catalogues of letters, documents, press cuttings or books relating to Sigmund Freud go to Archive Catalogue

  • For all archive material relating to Anna Freud please go to the advanced search

  • The museum recently acquired an archive of the psychoanalyst Sandor Ferenczi. To search this archive please use the advanced search

For photos, images and photographic prints go to Photo Library to find out how to browse and order images.

We have further help with searching available here

New Search Engine

We are in the process of adding all collections, archive material and photographs to one searchable database. Please visit to find out more and try out the search engine. Please note that this is a work in progress.

Research Visits
The Research Centre offers access to the archives and library by advance appointment.  Research access is free of charge. Before making an appointment researchers are advised to consult the Archive Catalogues in order to plan what they would like to view.  Researchers wishing to make an appointment should contact the Museum.

Scan Service 
The Research Centre can supply digital copies of archive documents for personal use. There is a fee for this service. Researchers wishing to use the scan service should contact the Museum.

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External links

In addition to the Freud Museum's extensive collections, researchers may find the following institutions helpful:

Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing is an online digital collection of psychoanalytic texts. It provides a powerful rapid search of psychoanalytic literature in English. Full texts are only available to subscribers, but non-subscribers can use the powerful search tool to identify relevant publications.

The Archives of the British Psychoanalytical Society is home to several collections of documents related to psychoanalysis in the United Kingdom.

The Wellcome Library contains numerous hard-to-find books on psychoanalysis and is of particular interest to researchers of the history of science and medicine.


The largest remaining part of Freud's personal library is now on display at 20 Maresfield Gardens, London.

More details can be found on the Library page.

Archive Catalogues

The Sigmund Freud Archive Catalogue lists around 10,000 letters, 1,600 documents and 1,500 press cuttings (1926-39).


The Museum now has an integrated catalogue where you can search the collections and the Anna Freud archive. We hope to update this to include the Sigmund Freud archive in due course.



The Museum has acquired an important archive of documents related to the life and work of Sándor Ferenczi. For more information about the archive and its acquisition please click here

To see the museum's ONLINE EXHIBITION of the Ferenczi archive please click here


The Museum has a collection of Freud's antiquities, prints and rugs. You can search this on the Collections Search page

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