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James J. Rorimer papers, 1921-1982, bulk 1943-1950

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Series 6: Photographic Materials , 1921-1966
0.7 Linear feet
Box 1-2, 4

Photographic materials include black and white photographs, negatives, and contact prints. Aside from a few travel photographs, the bulk of the series is dedicated to Rorimer's work in the Monuments, Fine Arts & Archives section during the war. There is one photograph album given to Rorimer from the headquarters of the Office of Military Government in Baden-Wurttemberg titled War Damage in Wurtemmberg: A Selection of Photographs. The rest of the photographs depict MFAA activities such as recovery and transportation of cultural artifacts from stolen art repositories such as Buxheim monastery and Neuschwanstein castle, documentation of bomb damage in Germany and other countries, the protection of historic sites in France, and restitution and exhibitions at the Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point. Many of the photographs have annotations written on the verso. Photographs of people, including Rorimer, Stanislaw Lorentz, Edith A. Standen, and Rose Valland, are scattered throughout the series, and indicated with notes at the folder level.
The photographs album is at the beginning of the series. The rest of the photographs are grouped by subject, the arranged chronologically within each grouping.
Description Container Select
Album War Damage in Wurttemberg: A Selection of Photographs, 1945
Oversized material housed in Box 4, Folder 2.
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37
Personal Photographs of Travels in Europe, 1921-1926
1
38
Alfred Rosenberg, 1942
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39
Buxheim Monastery, ERR Photograph and Restoration Lab, circa 1945-1946
1
40
Buxheim Monastery, Looted Antiques and Rothschild Furniture, circa 1945-1946
1
41
Buxheim Monastery, Transporting Recovered Art by Trucks and Trains, circa 1945-1946
1
42
Neuschwanstein Castle
Views of the Castle Up Close and From a Distance, circa 1945-1946
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43
Official Signal Corps Photographs of Art Recovery, circa 1945-1946
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44
Storage Rooms and Transportation of Art, circa 1945-1946
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45
Photographs Signed and Annotated by Rose Valland, 1945
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46
Monuments Men at Berchtesgaden Looted Art Repository, circa 1945-1946
Includes blurry photographs of James Rorimer, Captain Anderson, Captain Hathaway, and P.F.C. Miller.
1
47
Art Recovery at Gufflaum and Neuenstein, Germany, circa 1945-1946
1
48
Art Recovery of Famous Paintings at Unidentified Location, circa 1945-1946
Mostly photographs of specific paintings with some photographs of the soldiers holding the frames, probably in the midst of transporting the art.
1
49
Rooms in Unidentified Looted Art Repository, circa 1945-1946
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50
Unidentified Looted Art, circa 1945-1946
1
51
Hungarian Train, circa 1945-1946
Two photographs labeled "Hungarian Train" on the verso, possibly photographs of the Hungarian Gold Train.
1
52
Protecting Cultural Monuments and Historic Sites in France
Camouflage Netting Over Sculptures in Versailles Gardens, Paris, circa 1945-1946
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1
Special Services Tent at the Grand Trianon in Versailles, Paris , circa 1945-1946
2
2
James Rorimer with Soldiers and Civilians at the Louvre, Paris, circa 1945-1946
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3
Christ in Majesty Tympanum at the Chartres Cathedral, circa 1945-1946
2
4
Bomb Damage to Buildings in Germany
St. George's Church, Nordlingen, and a "Nearby" Church, circa 1945-1946
2
5
Cathedral, Rathaus, and Other Buildings in Ulm, circa 1945-1946
2
6
Palace, Museum, and Theater in Darmstadt, circa 1945-1946
2
7
Fulda Cathedral and St. Michael's Church IN Fulda, circa 1945-1946
2
8
Rothenburg Town Hall, circa 1945-1946
2
9
St. Andreas Church and Museum in Worms, circa 1945-1946
2
10
National Theater and Residences at Max Joseph Platz, Munich, circa 1945-1946
2
11
Unidentified Building in Kurhessen, circa 1945-1946
2
12
Bomb Damage to Innsbruck Cathedral in Austria, circa 1945-1946
2
13
Bomb Damage to Monuments at Unidentified Locations, circa 1945-1946
2
14
U.S. Jeeps and Soldiers at Unidentified Locations, circa 1945-1946
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15
Unidentified Cultural Monuments, circa 1945-1946
2
16
Unidentified Cultural Monuments, circa 1945-1946
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17
View of Heidelberg, Germany, Across the Neckar River, 1945
2
18
Room inside "Buxhein ERR Textiles" in Memmingen, Germany, circa 1945-1946
2
19
Wiesbaden Collecting Point
Exterior Views of Building, 1945-1946
2
20
Storage Rooms with Racks of Paintings and Crates of Recovered Art, 1945-1946
2
21
Exhibitions of Recovered Art, 1946
Includes one photograph of Edith Standen.
2
22
Restitution Shipments to France, 1946
Includes several photographs of Edith Standen and Rose Valland, and one image with Joe Kelleher. There are also a few photographs of Aristide Maillol sculptures being prepared for shipment.
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23
Edith Standen Conducting Tour of U.S. Guards, 1946
2
24
Edith Standen and Two Others Inspect "Berlin Sculptures" , 1946
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25
Negatives of Cultural Monuments, circa 1945-1946
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26
Contact Prints of Cultural Monuments, circa 1945-1946
Oversized material housed in Box 4, Folder 3.
2
27
Small Album of Rooms in Hohenschwangau Castle, 1946-1950
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28
Rorimer Awarded Legion of Honor in France, circa 1947
2
29
Stanislaw Lorentz and Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, circa 1950-1966
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30
Heilbronn Reunion, 1956
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31
Miscellaneous Notes and Photographs Captions, 1945-1963
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32
Oversized Photograph Album from Box 1, Folder 37, 1945
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2
Oversize Contact Prints from Box 2, Folder 27, circa 1945-1946
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3

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