Roman Vishniac (1887–1990)
This comprehensive archive comprises the most extensive photographic record, by a single photographer, of Jewish life in Central and Eastern European before the Holocaust. The collection includes Vishniac’s entire body of over 9,300 negatives and more than 5,000 vintage and later prints. Also represented are Vishniac's Berlin street photography from the 1920s and '30s, an extensive documentation of American Jewish life in New York in the 1940s, and his microscopic images of cells, insects, and animals from the 1950s and '60s. The archive includes early exhibitions boards, contact sheets, a lifetime of personal correspondence numbering more than 10,000 documents, and moving film footage, audio recordings, and ephemera. The core of the archive was donated by Vishniac's daughter, Mara Vishniac Kohn, in 2010, adding to significant holdings gifted by Vishniac in the 1970s and '80s.