World War I photograph albums Edit

Summary

Identifier
6060
Finding Aid Author
Sue Luftschein
Finding Aid Date
2014 June
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Dates

  • circa 1915-1918 (Creation)

Extents

  • 4.58 Linear Feet (Whole)
    5 boxes

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Notes

  • Abstract

    5 photograph albums containing over 500 photographs and related ephemeral items. The first three albums were created by photojournalist Robert Sennecke and are propagandistic in nature, with images from the front showing officers, war heroes, weaponry, politicians, and soldiers; all images are accompanied by typewritten captions. Sennecke's albums contain a mounted identification slip from Sennecke's studio. The fourth album, created by a German grenadier, contains 210 photographs, many accompanied by extensive handwritten descriptions; it also includes some documents and letters, a small medals, and pieces of his uniform. The fifth album contains images depicting scenes of soldiers at work and at rest; urban and industrial scenes, including railways, sawmills, and factories; and locations such as Verdun, Somme, La Bassee, and Flanders. As a collection, the photograph albums provide a well-documented German perspective on World War I.

  • Biographical note

    Robert Sennecke, who created three of the five albums, was a well known photojournalist in Germany during the 1920s. He was best known for his sports photography and ran a successful agency before succumbing to mental illness in the 1930s.

  • Scope and Content

    5 photograph albums containing over 500 photographs and related ephemeral items. The first three albums were created by photojournalist Robert Sennecke and are propagandistic in nature, with images from the front showing officers, war heroes, weaponry, politicians, and soldiers; all images are accompanied by typewritten captions. Sennecke's albums contain a mounted identification slip from Sennecke's studio. The fourth album, created by a German grenadier, contains 210 photographs, many accompanied by extensive handwritten descriptions; it also includes some documents and letters, a small medals, and pieces of his uniform. The fifth album contains images depicting scenes of soldiers at work and at rest; urban and industrial scenes, including railways, sawmills, and factories; and locations such as Verdun, Somme, La Bassee, and Flanders.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], World War I photograph albums, Collection no. 6060, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

  • Acquisition

    Purchased from F.A. Barnett Booksellers, April 19, 2014.

Instances

  • Type
    photographs
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    1-5

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