Volkmar Wentzel Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
FSA.A1998.02
Creators:
Wentzel, Volkmar Kurt, 1915-2006
Dates:
1947-1994
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
59 Items
items (5 linear ft.)
20 x 24 or smaller
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Papers, 1947-1994, of photographer and author Volkmar Kurt Wentzel, regarding a two year survey conducted for the National Geographic Society during 1946-1947, to visually document caves, temples, and sculpture of India, including: his typescript draft (photocopy), [after 1946], written for the National Geographic Magazine on the Ajanta and Ellora temples; a proof, 1953, of his article entitled "India's Sculptured Temple Caves"; a lecture typescript entitle "A Walter Mitty Fantasy," presented to the Literary Society, 1994, along with a brochure and checklist for his related exhibition of photographs of Indian rock-cut temples and sculptures held at the Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.; and 54 photographs, silver prints and five cibachromes, 1947, many signed by the photographer, dated, and captioned. Photographs depict the temples, sculpture, and frescoes of Ellora, Ajanta, Khajuraho, Halebid, Fatehpur Sikri, and Red Fort ,Delhi.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Records; Organized in four boxes ; Arranged by form of material: Boxes 1-3: Photographs. Box 4: Typescript, Brochure, Printed Material, Photographs.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Volkmar Kurt Wentzel (1915-2006) was an accomplished photographer, particularly in the 1940's. Born in Dresden, Germany, he emigrated to the United States at around the age of 20 and immediately began work as a photojournalist at Underwood and Underwood. He served as an aerial photographer and photo-intelligence officer during World War II. After the war he spent extensive time photographing Ladakh (western Tibet), Nepal, and India. He photographed widely in the United States, Europe, and Africa as well. He wrote and documented photographically cave temples in India as a correspondent for the National Geographic Society between 1946-1946. He received many accolades for his photography and has exhibited his work both in the United States and abroad.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
FSA A1998.02

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Donated by Volkmar Wentzel, 1998

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Indian art Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cave temples Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ajanta Caves (India) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ellora Caves (India) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Khajuraho (India) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Fatehpur Sikri (India) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lal Qila (Delhi, India) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- 1940-1950 -- Color -- Reproductions Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Typescripts Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Papers Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives
Washington, D.C. 20013
AVRreference@si.edu
https://www.freersackler.si.edu/research/archives/