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Karl Schneider papers, 1910-1962 (bulk 1925-1945)

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Finding aid for the Karl Schneider papers, 1910-1962, bulk 1925-1945

Scope and Content of Collection

The Karl Schneider papers (c. 2000 items) contain photographs, correspondence, original documents, glass slides, and many original drawings. Most of the photographic materials (c. 850 items) document Schneider's first career in Germany (1921-1938), and the architectural achievements of his contemporaries. There are also a small number of official documents from both Weimar and Nazi Germany (ca. 1911-1933). All of the original drawings and sketches (c. 1000 items) date from after Schneider's immigration to the United States in 1938-39. About half of these are his designs for consumer products produced by his employer Sears, Roebuck, and Company (1938-1945). The collection, therefore, offers an interesting glimpse into an artist/designer's collaboration with commercial industry.

Arrangement note

The collection is organized into four series:
Series I. Personal and Professional Papers;
Series II. Sketches and Drawings;
Series III. Photographs and Slides;
Series IV. Glass Negatives.

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