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Bernard Gotfryd Photograph Collection PR 276

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Kelly McAnnaney with additions by Twila Rios; finding aid revised 2013 by Twila Rios

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 31, 2013
Description is in English

Scope and Contents note

The Bernard Gotfryd Photograph Collection contains over 1000 photographs and several folders of manuscript material spanning the period from 1961-2011. The collection primarily contains portraits of prominent people, photographs of New York City, material related to Gotfryd’s career as a photographer, and materials related to his activities as a Holocaust Survivor speaker and author. The bulk of the photographs and career-related manuscript material range from 1963-1988, while the bulk of the Holocaust Survivor material ranges from 1990-2009. The collection is divided into five series: Slides, Photographs, Oversize Material, Manuscript Material, and Holocaust Survivor Material

Series I. Slides is comprised of mainly 35mm, mounted slides as well as several 120mm slides taken from 1963 to 1991. Images include portraits, locations and events and are divided into three subseries: Portraits; Subjects; Subjects-New York City. See the container list for the names of portrait subjects and the topics of events.

Series II. Photographs is primarily comprised of gelatin silver prints and a few color photographs between 8 x 10 and 16 x 20, taken between 1962 and 1987. It is divided into five subseries comprising unmounted and mounted photographs of prominent individuals and of events and locations. Subject names or topics are listed in the container list.

Series III. Oversize Material contains mounted and unmounted photographic prints larger than 16 x 20 as well as various oversize clippings and ephemera.

Series IV. Manuscript Material contains material related to Gotfryd’s career as a photojournalist and his work as an author and lecturer. The material is divided into two subseries: Correspondence and Ephemera.

Series V. Holocaust Survivor Material, dating between 1990 and 2011, contains materials relating to Bernard Gotfryd's speaking engagements and writings about the Holocaust. The series includes copies of three of Gotfryd's books, general correspondence, thank you notes and artwork from students and adults, writing drafts, and magazines with his articles or stories.

Arrangement note

The collection is divided by format and subject into five series: Slides, Photographs, Oversize Material, Manuscript Material, and Holocaust Survivor Material. The series are further divided by topic, with Portraits and Subjects arranged separately. Portraits are arranged alphabetically by the sitter's name. Subjects are arranged alphabetically by topic. In some cases where multiple prints exist of a subject a separate folder is assigned.

The cross-reference "See:" indicates that the item is filed elsewhere under the listed name. "See also:" indicates where additional related materials are filed for that subject.