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Lotte Jacobi Photographs, 1930s-1960s


35 photographs


These photographs by Lotte Jacobi may have been purchased by UMass/Boston's Healey Library.


Photographer Lotte Jacobi was born in Thorn, West Prussia in 1896. From a family of photographers, she had a studio in Berlin before fleeing Nazi Germany in 1935. In the United States she worked in New York City, and Deering, New Hampshire. Jacobi's portrait subjects have included many well-known men and women in Europe and the U.S. For additional biographical information, see Lotte Jacobi, edited by Kelly Wise (Danbury, N.H.: Addison House, 1978).

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 35 black and white portraits, most of well- known American and European men and women, taken in Berlin and the U.S. Jacobi signed some of the photos and etched her signature into the negatives of others. All of the photographs are matted and some are framed. Few of the photos have more than the subject's name and Jacobi's name and address (which may help researchers date the prints) on the back. Dates and other information were added to the photo list by the processor, based on information in Lotte Jacobi.

The University of Massachusetts at Boston does not own copyright of these photographs. The university cannot make copies or lend these images to exhibits off-campus. To do so, individuals must obtain permission from Lotte Jacobi's literary heir(s) who own(s) copyright and Jacobi must be credited in any exhibit including her work. Copyright of at least one of these photographs belongs to Folkwang Archive, Berlin.


    1. W.H. Auden (1907-1973), writer, 1940s? Framed.
    2. Samuel Nathaniel Behrman (1893-1973).
    3. Marc Chagall (1887- ), artist, 1942?
    4. Theodor Daubler (1876-1934), writer.
    5. Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945), writer, NY, 1944. Framed.
    6. W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois (1868-1963), historian, writer. Framed.
    7. Albert Einstein (1880-1952), physicist, Princeton, N.J., 1938. Framed.
    8. Albert Einstein (1880-1952), physicist, and Thomas Mann (1875-1955), writer, Princeton, N.J., 1938.
    9. Howard Melvin Fast (1914- ), writer.
    10. Antonio Frasconi, artist, writer.
    11. Robert Frost (1874-1963), poet, 1959. Framed.
    12. Robert Frost (1874-1963), poet, 1959?
    13. Gerhart Hauptmann (1862-1946), 1934.
    14. Fanny [Fannie] Hurst (1889-1968), prize: $50.-.
    15. Freda Kirchway, editor, The Nation.
    16. Egon Erwin Kisch (1885-1948), journalist, Berlin, ca.1930.
    17. Karl Krausl. Framed
    18. Heinrich Mann (1871-1950), Czech writer.
    19. Thomas Mann (1875-1955), writer, 1930s. Framed.
    20. Thomas Mann (1875-1955), writer.
    21. Thomas Mann (1875-1955), writer, and wife Katja, Princeton, N.J., ca.1936.
    22. Eng. Emilio Filippo Tommaso Marinetti [Filippo Tommaso Marinetti] (1876-1944), Italian poet.
    23. Karen Michaelis (1872- ).
    24. Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) and unidentified men.
    25. Christopher Morley (1890-1957).
    26. Scott Nearing (1883- ), writer, naturalist.
    27. Helene (von Hindenburg) von Nostitz (1878-1944) (and undentified man).
    28. Max Pechstein (1881-1955) and wife, German writer, 1932, Berlin. Copyright Folkwang Archive, Berlin.
    29. Gustav Reglaer (1898-1963), German writer, photoflood.
    30. May Sarton (1912- ), writer.
    31. C.P. Snow, writer.
    32. Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), photographer, 1938?
    33. Carl Zuckmayer (1896-1977) and family, Berlin, ca.1930.
    34. Unidentified man. Framed.
    35. Unidentified woman: probably Lotte Jacobi. Framed.