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 Herbert Jacob Seligmann  (1891 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: New York / Europe      Known for: genre, city view and portrait photography, city views, post World War I, art critic

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Biography from New York Public Library:
Herbert Jacob Seligmann (1891-1984), writer and civil rights activist, published books and articles on civil rights, World War II, artists, and related topics. Papers in the New York Public Library collection document the career and personal life of Herbert J. Seligmann through letters, writings and printed and visual materials.

A prolific writer, he published books and and contributed to many newspapers and magazines. His works include studies of the civil rights of African-Americans and the rise of Nazism during World War II, reviews of fine art books, and articles about artists such as Vincent A. Hartgen, John Marin and Georgia O'Keeffe.

Clippings of his articles are contained in the scrapbooks, 1920-1946. Visual materials consist of photographs, slides and negative roll films of Seligmann's trips through the United States and Europe. Photographs of Europe include pictures of Jews in the Netherlands, Poland and Romania. These pictures were taken by Seligmann when he traveled to Europe after World War I as publicity director for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

 Photograph album contains pictures of Haiti during the 1920's, the Adirondacks and western United States.

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