Image archive of the LWL media center for Westphalia

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Image archive Westphalia
Glass plate packet

founding 1990
Duration 400,000 images (2015)
place Muenster

The Westphalia image archive is part of the LWL media center for Westphalia at the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Association (LWL) in Münster . It has the task of collecting and safeguarding historical photographs on regional studies and cultural history of Westphalia and of portraying the region in current photo documentation. The image holdings are systematically indexed and digitized. The images are made available to the public in low resolution (72 dpi) and provided with watermarks via an online image database.

Collection profile

In the year it was founded in 1986, the base stock of the image archive comprised around 60,000 photographs from the life's work of all photographers who had worked for the Landesbildstelle Westfalen - the name of today's LWL media center at the time - since its re-emergence after the Second World War in 1952. In the years that followed, the holdings grew to around 360,000 photo documents (as of 2012) through the takeover of numerous public and private image collections as well as extensive bequests from Westphalian photographers - such as those of Raesfeld's Ignaz Böckenhoff and Recklinghausen's teacher and local photographer Joseph Schäfer. The historical collections make up around two thirds of the archive and essentially consist of glass plates , 35mm films and paper originals. Large and important subject-related collections include, for example, the local history and historical classroom photo series from the Arnsberg district photography center from 1913–1935 and the photo estate of the founder of the German Youth Hostel Association, Richard Schirrmann. The current photography collection is fed by the production of photographers at the LWL media center as well as purchases of aerial photos or works by external photographers on special topics.

The collection activities of the picture archive concentrate on Westphalia, but the very different provenance of the holdings results in a wide variety in the genre and thematic content of the collections. The focus in the historical as well as in the current picture inventory is: Landscapes, cities and villages of Westphalia, industry and handicrafts, architecture typical of the region, culture and customs, traffic and technology as well as social life and everyday life in the course of time. Part of the photo-documentary work applies to the institutions of the landscape association.

Examples of historical collections (available online)

  • Photo-historical collection
From the beginnings of photography: portraits of people from around 1850 and pictures by the Westphalian photography pioneer Friedrich Hundt
  • Arnsberg Media Center Collection
Historical series of teaching pictures from the early days of the Westphalian picture system, focus on the 1920s and 1930s
  • Savio collection
Münster from the middle of the 19th century, Westphalia and neighboring regions 1900 to 1930s
  • Joseph Schäfer Collection
Vest Recklinghausen 1900 to 1920s
Life and work of the founder of the German Youth Hostel Association, 1910 to 1950s
  • Ignaz Böckenhoff estate (1911–1994)
Village life in Raesfeld (Münsterland), 1930s to 1970s
  • Hermann Reichling's estate (1890–1948)
Nature photography (e.g. Krammetsvogelfang)

Aerial photo collection Westphalia

The aerial photo collection Westphalia comprises around 3,000 colored steep and oblique photographs from 1970. Among them are 830 large-format vertical aerial photographs by the aerial photographer Lothar Kürten, which illustrate all the regions of Westphalia from western Münsterland to eastern Westphalia and from the Ruhr area to Siegerland in their unique landscape and settlement structure. The oblique aerial photos offer a portrait of rural and urban communities in Westphalia, its cultural landscapes and natural spaces as well as numerous individual structures - be they art-historically prominent buildings or regionally important industrial plants and traffic structures.

Online image database

The archive has been processing its collections with EDP support and optical image storage since 1992 - initially with analog technology, since 1999 with digital equipment. The online image database has also been available on the Internet since 2004 - both for image research and for online processing of image orders. The database currently contains around 50,000 images (as of 1/2013) and is continuously being expanded.

Offers from the image archive for school lessons

In the online area of ​​the LWL media center, teachers can find a selection of images with commentary on typical teaching topics in history, such as the First World War or National Socialism. In addition, all photos available online for school use can be downloaded directly and free of charge. In addition, there are interactive computer modules for the promotion of image competence on historical photos.

Individual evidence

  1. Hermann Reichling (1890-1948) , on pp. 3–13

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