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Finding aid for the World War I photograph albums

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2014 June

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Sennecke, Robert, 1885-1940
Title
World War I photograph albums
Collection no.
6060
Date
circa 1915-1918
Extent
4.58 linear ft., 5 boxes
Language
English
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.

Preferred Citation

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

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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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 June
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

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.

Acquisition

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photograph albums

Personal Name(s)

  • Sennecke, Robert, 1885-1940 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Soldiers--Germany--1914-1918--Photographs
  • World War, 1914-1918--Germany--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Box

 Robert Sennecke albums 

1-3

 German grenadier album 

4

 Soldiers album 

5

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