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World War I Photographs Album, circa 1916-1920


Overview of the Collection

Title: World War I Photographs Album
Inclusive Dates: circa 1916-1920
Quantity: 1 binder (0.3 linear feet)
Abstract:Pages from an album containing photographs related to German military aviation during and immediately following World War I, as well as aerial reconnaissance photographs.
Identification: MS-017
Language: Photograph captions are in German, with some captions translated into English.
Repository: Aviation Safety and Security Archives, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, Arizona 86301-3720
Phone: 928-777-3949

Scope and Content

This collection consists of pages from a photograph album related to the Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte (German Air Force) during and immediately following World War I. The album includes photographs of aircraft, military personnel, and a small number of images of airfield and flying school facilities. A few commercial postcards depict aircraft in flight. Aircraft photographs include photographs of wreckage with notes regarding the accident, damage, and injuries. Also included in the album are aerial reconnaissance photographs (circa 1916-1917). Captions are in German, with English translations provided for the aircraft and aircraft wreckage photographs.


Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Prior to being transferred to the archives, this collection was held by the Hazy Library at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott Campus. The collection had been donated to the library by Robert Sweginnis in 2004. The photographer was a friend of Sweginnis' wife's grandfather. The photographer's name is not known, but based on labels written on a few of the photographs, he may have been Otto Bossert.

Preferred Citation

[Item title or description]. World War I photographs album (MS-017). Aviation Safety and Security Archives, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, Arizona.

Acquisition Information

This collection was transferred to the Aviation Safety and Security Archives from the Embry-Riddle's Hazy Library (Prescott Campus library) in February 2012. Archives accession number 2012.003.