Seherr-Thoss Photographs of Islamic Architecture

Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A2001.15
Creators:
Seherr-Thoss, Hans Christoph, Graf von, 1918-
Seherr-Thoss, Sonia P.
Dates:
circa 1960-1968
Languages:
No linguistic content; Not applicable
Physical Description:
4 linear feet
approximate: 1250 items
Repository:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Photographs and negatives of Sonia P. and Hans C. Seherr-Thoss. Mounted and unmounted color slides, transparencies, black and white negatives, mounted prints, contact sheets, and a photograph, circa 1960-1968. The majority of images, taken by Hans C. Seherr-Thoss, appear in their publication,
Design and Color in Islamic Architecture: Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey
, published by the,
Smithsonian Institution Press,
in 1968. Countries depicted are Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

Scope and Contents of the Collection
Scope and Contents of the Collection
Photographs and negatives of Islamic monuments. Photos taken by Hans C. Seherr-Thoss and most appear in his and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss' publication,
Design and color in Islamic architecture: Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey.
The mounted slides have been placed in cold storage due to preservation concerns and the transparencies and mounted photos have not yet been processed.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
This collection is arranged into three series by format: 1. Mounted slides, 2. Transparencies, and 3. Mounted photos. Only the mounted slides have been arranged and remain in their original order.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Count Hans Seherr-Thoss was born in Dobrau, Germany in 1912 (New York Times, October 29, 1992.) He later became a United States citizen and served in the United States' Army during World War II. Sonia Phipps Farrell married Seherr-Thoss in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 3, 1948 (The Washington Post, March 2, 1948.) Both had children from previous marriages. Mrs. Seherr-Thoss graduated from Columbia University with majors in economics and sociology. She served as president of the Litchfield (Connecticut) Historical Society and the Oliver Wolcott Library. She received the Paul Harris Fellowship for community service and the Connecticut Association of Schools awarded her the Distinguished Friend of Education Award. In 1968, the Smithsonian Institution Press published, Design and Color in Islamic Architecture: Afganistan, Iran, Turkey. Written by Mrs. Seherr-Thoss, the photographs were taken by Mr. Seherr-Thoss during their travels to the concerned regions. Many of the photographs featured in that publication are included in this collection. Hans C. Seherr-Thoss died on October 28, 1992 and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss currently resides in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Biography of Sonia P. and Hans C. Seherr-Thoss
Biography of Sonia P. and Hans C. Seherr-Thoss
Count Hans Seherr-Thoss was born in Dobrau, Germany in 1912 (
New York Times
, October 29, 1992.) He later became a United States citizen and served in the United States' Army during World War II.
Sonia Phipps Farrell married Seherr-Thoss in Palm Beach, Florida, on March 3, 1948 (
The Washington Post
, March 2, 1948.) Both had children from previous marriages. Mrs. Seherr-Thoss graduated from Columbia University with majors in economics and sociology. She served as president of the Litchfield (Connecticut) Historical Society and the Oliver Wolcott Library. She received the Paul Harris Fellowship for community service and the Connecticut Association of Schools awarded her the Distinguished Friend of Education Award.
In 1968, the Smithsonian Institution Press published,
Design and Color in Islamic Architecture: Afganistan, Iran, Turkey
. Written by Mrs. Seherr-Thoss, the photographs were taken by Mr. Seherr-Thoss during their travels to the concerned regions. Many of the photographs featured in that publication are included in this collection.
Hans C. Seherr-Thoss died on October 28, 1992 and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss currently resides in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Administration
Other Formats
Digital surrogates of the mounted slides are available for research purposes only.
Processing Information
Intern Sarah Stimson processed the mounted slides in 2005.
Author
Linda M. Raditz and Lara Amrod
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
This collection was donated by Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss, 2001

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Access is by appointment only, Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact the Archives to make an appointment: AVRreference@si.edu.
Preferred Citation note
Hans C. and Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss Photographs of Islamic Architecture. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss, 2001.
Restrictions on Access
Mounted slides are housed in cold storage but digital surrogates are available for reference purposes. Researchers wishing to view the original mounted slides must give a minimum of one week's notice.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to reproduce and publish an item from the Archives is coordinated through the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's Rights and Reproductions department. Please contact the Archives in order to initiate this process.

Related Materials
Other collections housed in the archives documenting Islamic monuments include: Ambassador Richard B. Parker Photographs of Islamic Monuments and the Lionel Bier Architectural Drawings.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Owned by Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss until she donated the photographs to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives in 2002.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Uzbekistan Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Iran -- Antiquities Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Turkey Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Decoration and ornament, Architectural -- Middle East Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Islamic antiquities Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mosques Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Islamic architecture Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Afghanistan Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Minarets Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Color slides Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Transparencies Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographic prints Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu
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