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Norbert Troller Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR 7268 / MF 500

Scope and Content Note

Extensive autobiographical manuscript by Troller, with illustrations and other supporting material, discussing his family and community, his early life, and his experiences during and after the Holocaust.

Material relating to Troller's career as an architect, including educational documents, professional papers, clippings, and blueprints.

Extensive photograph collection documenting Troller's life and work in Czechoslovakia and the United States, including photos of buildings designed by him in both countries; photocopies of artwork by Troller, many from his time at Theresienstadt, including items from the Leo Baeck Institute's art collection.

Material relating to an exhibit of Troller's work at the Yeshiva University Museum in 1982.

See inventory list.

Dates

  • 1900-1993

Creator

Language of Materials

This collection is in German, English, Czech.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection is microfilmed, use MF 500 (Addenda not microfilmed).

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:

Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

Biographical Note

Born in Bruenn, Austria-Hungary (now Brno, Czechoslovakia) in 1896, Norbert Troller served as a soldier in World War I, spending time as a prisoner-of-war in Italy. After the war he studied architecture in Brno and Vienna and worked as an architect in Brno until the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. He was deported to Theresienstadt in 1942, where he worked as an architect for the Jewish self-adminstration of the camp, and produced works of art as well. In 1944 he was imprisoned by the Gestapo, and was sent to Auschwitz later that year. After liberation, he lived briefly in Cracow, and then reopened his architectural business in Prague and Brno. He emigrated to the United States in 1948 and worked for the National Jewish Welfare Board in New York designing Jewish community centers, before opening his own practice. He died in 1981.

Extent

7 Linear Feet

Overview

Extensive autobiographical manuscript by Troller, with illustrations and other supporting material, discussing his family and community, his early life, and his experiences during and after the Holocaust.

Arrangement

  1. Box LIST (Overview):
  2. Box 1. MEMOIR MANUSCRIPTS; GENEALOGY; DRAWINGS;PHOTOS; DOCUMENTS(COPIES); BROCHURES; NOTES; CLIPPINGS; CURRENT INVENTORY AND OLD Box LISTS; undated, 1724, c.1900-1998
  3. Box 2. MANUSCRIPTS; DRAWINGS; CAPTIONS; PHOTOS; CORRESPONDENCE; POST CARDS; ART WORK; AUTOBIOGRAPHY; Box LISTS, ETC.; undated, c1900-1982
  4. Box 3. PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTS; MEMOIR MANUSCRIPTS; REFERENCES; CORRESPONDENCE; PHOTOS; ARTWORK; NOTES; CLIPPINGS; OLD Box LISTS; undated, c1900-c1982
  5. Box 4. MANUSCRIPTS, DRAFTS; SPECIFICATIONS; PHOTOS; ARTWORK; CLIPPINGS; Box LISTS; ETC.; undated, c1900-1993
  6. Box 5. ARCHITECT PLANS AND BLUEPRINTS; ALSO MAP; U.S.A. AND CANADA; 1949-1958 (OSL 23)
  7. Box 6. STAMMBAUM; c1945; ARCHITECT PLANS AND BLUEPRINTS; U.S.A.; 1950-1957 (OSL 24)
  8. Box 7. Clippings (concentration camp); ARCHITECT PLANS AND BLUEPRINTS; U.S.A.; undated, 1944-c.1980 (OS 45)
  9. ADDENDA (not microfilmed); undated, 1919-1993

Other Finding Aid

See inventory list

Microfilm

Collection is available on 9 reels of microfilm (MF 500).
  1. Reel 1: 1/0 - 1/15
  2. Reel 2: 1/16 - 1/27
  3. Reel 3: 1/28 - 2/11
  4. Reel 4: 2/12 - 2/35
  5. Reel 5: 2/36 - 3/13
  6. Reel 6: 3/14 - 3/38
  7. Reel 7: 4/1 - 4/16
  8. Reel 8: 4/17 - 4/43
  9. Reel 9: 5/1 - 7/13

Related Material

The art collection of the LBI also has an extensive collection of artwork of Troller's from his time in Theresienstadt.

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed to the LBI Photograph Collection.
Title
Guide to the Norbert Troller Collection, 1900-1993 AR 7268 / MF 500
Status
In Progress
Author
Processed by LBI Staff
Date
© 2009
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2010-11-29 : encoding of linking to digital objects from finding aid was changed from <extref> to <dao> through dao_conv.xsl

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States