Daily Management Review

Anne-Marie Springer, Collector of Love Letters


On the occasion of Valentine's Day, the Swiss author of books dedicated to her collection of intimate letters, testifies to a passion born twenty-seven years ago.

by Anna Aznaour

Anne-Marie Springer Photo Lucas Olivet
Anne-Marie Springer Photo Lucas Olivet
“Everywhere and all the time, it all comes down to the same story: loving and being loved,” says Anne-Marie Springer. Yet there is nothing saccharine about the collector, whom her close friends call “kooky” and describe as “delightful”. During the interview, she admitted to being “straightforward” and having her “feet on the ground”. Her personality turns out to be a kaleidoscope of colors with sober romantic tones, which came out in 1994 when her daughter Zoé was born. Ms. Springer gave the baby an unusual welcome gift: a love letter from actress Juliette Drouet to Victor Hugo. This was the genesis of a unique collection of over 2,000 intimate letters written by nearly 260 famous figures. The inquisitive-minded Ms. Springer shares this legacy of love, literally and figuratively, with the public through her books, lectures, private tours of her collection in Switzerland and museum loans.