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Subseries 6.1: | A Finding Aid to the Thomas Carr Howe papers, 1932-1984

Thomas Carr Howe papers, 1932-1984

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6.1:: Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section Photographs, 1940-1949

There are many photographs documenting bomb damage to cultural monuments during World War II, mostly in Germany though there are a few in Austria and France; art recovery at the Altaussee salt mines in Austria, as well as the Berchtesgaden and the Neuschwanstein castle in Germany; transportation of famous artwork such as Michelangelo's
The Madonna and Child
, also known as the Bruges Madonna, and Hubert and Jan van Eyck's
Adoration of the Mystic Lamb
, also known as the Ghent Altarpiece; restitution activities at Wiesbaden and Munich Central Collecting Points, mostly storing and packing crates of recovered art; and photographs of artwork.
Howe and fellow Monuments Man James Rorimer exchanged photographs of bomb damage to cultural monuments for research purposes, since they both wrote books about their MFAA experiences after the war. Consequently, some of the photographs are labelled "James J. Rorimer" on the verso.
There are many photographs of the Monuments Men, including Thomas Carr Howe, George Stout, Stephen Kovalyak, Bancel LaFarge, Lamont Moore, Patrick J. Kelleher, Edith Standen, and Rose Valland.
The photographs are grouped together by subject, such as documentation of bomb damage according to the country, looted art repositories, and collecting points for art restitutions. The photographs taken by James Rorimer are also grouped together. Miscellaneous photographs of unidentified locations or sight-seeing can be found toward the end of the subseries.

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