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Schardt (Alois) Papers and Photographs, 1917-1983, undated, bulk 1917-1956
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This collection is comprised of photographs, negatives, lectures, transcripts, correspondences, and other ephemera documenting Alois Schardt's career as a German art historian and museum director before, during, and after World War II. After being forced from job at the National Gallery of Berlin in 1933, Schardt was censored by the Nazi party. He left for the United States in 1940 with his photographs. The bulk of this collection consists of photographs and negatives, primarily of Christian art and architecture. His photographs for publication can also be found in the collection. Also present are lectures in English, transcripts of Schardt's published and unpublished manuscripts, and personal and professional correspondence.
Alois Schardt was a German art historian and museum director. He was already serving as director of the Moritzburg Museum in Halle in 1933 when he was appointed director of the National Gallery in Berlin, replacing Ludwig Justi, who was forced from his job by the Nazis. Schardt was dismissed within months, and his newly-hung galleries, like those of Justi before him, were not opened to the public. Later he was forbidden to teach at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, to speak in public, or to publish. He left for the United States in 1940, bringing some installation photographs with him.
6.5 Linear Feet (18 boxes)
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