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Laurence Salzmann photograph collection

Call Number: MS 1314

Scope and Contents

The Laurence Salzmann Photograph Collection was donated to Manuscripts & Archives in 1981 by Laurence Salzmann, the photographer. Salzmann spent 20 months during 1974-1976 in Romania on a Fulbright grant in philosophy. The photographs in this collection originated in Salzmann's desire to photograph what remained of Jewish life in the town of Radauti in northeast Romania.

Before World War II Radauti had a Jewish population of 8,000. The small remnant in Radauti in the mid-1970s was, for the most part, elderly Jews who preserved a traditional way of life. The photographs contain many striking portraits as well as scenes of the shops, the cemetery, a funeral, a brit milah, and other ceremonies of Jewish life. Photographs taken in the bathhouse are particularly noteworthy.

All photographs have been previously exhibited in shows of Salzmann's work. The collection includes exhibition catalogues for "La Baie/Bath Scenes" and "The Last Jews of Radauti". The photographs are arranged by size with the exhibition catalogues placed at the end of the collection.


  • 1974-1980


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Laurence Salzmann in 1981.


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Seventy-three black and white photographs of the Jewish community in Radauti, Romania, taken between 1976-1978. Shown are portraits of individuals, street scenes, and photographs of Jewish ceremonial occasions. Exhibition catalogues (1978-1980) are also included.

Guide to the Laurence Salzmann Photograph Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Tina Fagas and Diane Kaplan
May 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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