Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ursula Wolff Schneider, 1906-1977

Ursula Wolff Schneider, 1906-1977


Ursula Schneider was the Photographer of the Oriental Institute from 1942 until her retirement in 1973. She was killed in a car accident on August 4, 1977. She collaborated with Erich Schmidt in the publication of the final reports on Persepolis:
She wrote the introduction to, and selected the photographs for:
She was an accomplished photographer, with a long and interesting career. The Oriental Institute Museum organized an exhibition of her work in 1978.

The Ursula Wolff Schneider collection is curated at the Milne Special Collections Department of the University of New Hampshire Library.

The Ursula Wolff Schneider collection consists of more than 7,000 negatives as well as hundreds of prints and proof sheets. The materials span the dates 1923 to 1976, and a substantial portion of it focuses on her early work in Germany (1928-1937). Subjects represented in the collection include: her work as a photo-journalist for German newspapers (1930s), studies of Greek art and architecture (1930s & 1960s), travels in Greece (1930s, 1966 & 1976), Guatemala (October 1961), Italy (1930 & 1936), Mexico (1946), the United States (1940s-1960s), and Yemen (1930-31) as well as her commercial portrait work in Germany and the United States.

This essentially photographic collection is further supplemented by manuscript materials that document Schneider’s life and work. The collection also contains scrapbooks, clippings from publications within which Schneider’s work appeared, exhibit catalogs, and biographical information.

The Miln Special Collections has an interesting biography.

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