Fonds F0087 - Gertrud Lessmann Fonds

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Gertrud Lessmann Fonds


  • 1905-1945 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 hollinger box containing:

2 cm of textual records
142 photographs

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Name of creator

(fl. 1900-1950)

Biographical history

This institution has little biographical information about Gertrud Lessman. During WWII she lived in Bonn, Germany and had two sons. One son was in the Luftwaffe and was wounded at some point during the war. The other son was in the infantry and evidence indicates that he was part of the Blitzkrieg to France and was later sent to the Russian front and was likely involved in the Battle of Smolensk.

Archival history

Items were given to Elisabeth Schevardo at an indeterminate date and kept by her until her death in Bonn, Germany in 1987. After that time they were kept by Schevardo's daughter, Hannelore Hepp.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Hannelore Hepp, July 7, 2016.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of one three ring binder with 19 double-sided pages in plastic sleeves and 13 single-sided pages taken from a photo album and placed in the three ring binder. At the end of the binder there is a single plastic sleeve with 2 inserts relating to an Belgian individual who died in Buchenwald. The collection also contains a certificate from the offices of Adolf Hitler, received by Gertrud Lessman and accompanied by a large photo.

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No further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

Arrangement of photographs in the scrapbook is partially original to Lessman with some later arrangement and commentary provided by the donor.

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Conditions governing access

No restrictions on access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Archival materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the TMM Library and Archives Reading Room. Duplication of materials in the collection may be subject to copyright and other restrictions. Please contact TMM Library and Archives staff for guidance on reproduction.

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  • German

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Processed by Yvonne Hinks, September 2016.




Archivist's note

This AtoM record was created by Jason Nisenson, October 2016.

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