The Werner von Boltenstern Shanghai Photograph and Negative Collection

The Shanghai Project: About


The Shanghai Project centers on the Werner von Boltenstern Shanghai Photograph and Negative Collection, an array of images that capture the lives of Chinese citizens, Jewish Holocaust refugees, Baghdadi and possibly Sephardic and Russian Jewish communities, French and British nationals and the Japanese military presence in 1937-1949 Shanghai. Both the Identifying Images effort and the Digital Projects seek to discover more information about this collection as well as to inspire scholarship around it.

The Shanghai Project is housed in the William H. Hannon Library and is managed by Melanie Hubbard, Digital Scholarship Librarian.

The Collection

The Werner von Boltenstern Shanghai Photograph and Negative Collection offers a valuable photographic record of life in Shanghai, China, in the war-torn years from 1937 through 1949. Every-day life in the city is captured in photographs of a sports rally for schoolchildren in Shanghai, the railroad station, or glassblowing. The greatest importance of the collection rests in its remarkable photographic documentation of the Jewish community of Shanghai, consisting mostly of Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. Examples of subjects of these photographs and negatives include businesses, cultural life, living quarters, and government documents of Jewish refugees.

Collection description written by Dr. Clay Stalls. For more on the collection see the research guide.

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