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Ruth Rogers-Altmann Collection

Identifier: AR 11944

Scope and Content Note

The documents in this collection are mostly photocopies, and include Altmann's Austrian Heritage Collection questionnaire; biographies, CVs, resumes, references, and other professional documents relating to her career as a ski fashion designer; a small amount of personal correspondence; clippings; postcards for Altmann's art shows; and some correspondence regarding restitution of a painting by Albin Egger-Lienz that had belonged to her father-in-law, Bernhard Altmann. The photographs include two original prints of Altmann skiing in 1946. Also found here are photocopies of what were probably two separate albums, filled with portraits of Ruth and snapshots with family and friends in various informal settings such as at home, skiing, and on vacation.


  • 1920s-2002


Language of Materials

This collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

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.

Biographical Note

Ruth Lotte Rogers-Altmann née Karplus (1917- ), fashion designer and artist, was born in Vienna (Austria). Her father Arnold Karplus was an architectural engineer, as well as an amateur ski teacher. He taught her skiing as a child, and she won numerous prizes in the Swiss Alps and Austrian Tyrol while studying fashion design at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna between 1934 and 1938. She also worked as a stylist at Herzmansky, Vienna’s largest department store. In May 1938 she immigrated to the United States, and in September 1938 she married Dr. Martin Rogers. She became one of the leading ski and sports clothing designers in America, and also wrote for various fashion magazines. In New York she established her own consulting firm, and she launched Bloomingdale’s first skiwear center. In 1951 she established Ruth Rogers Enterprises (RRE), a management consulting service for apparel manufactures, specializing in design and styling. She later married Hans Altmann.


2 Folders


This collection contains materials about fashion designer and artist Ruth Lotte Rogers-Altmann née Karplus (1917- ). Documents found here include photocopies of professional materials and clippings relating to her career as a ski fashion designer, as well as some photographs.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Related material

The LBI Archives holds an oral history with Ruth Altmann (AHC 276).

Separated material

A family photo album has been removed to the LBI Photographs collection (ALB OS 11).


Ruth Rogers-Altmann contributed to the publication "Verlorene Nachbarschaft : die Wiener Synagoge in der Neudeggergasse, ein Mikrokosmos und seine Geschichte," which is held by the LBI Library.

Processing information

Materials were rehoused. A photocopy of the family album was removed.

Guide to the Ruth Rogers-Altmann (1917- ) Collection circa 1920s-2002 AR 11944
Processed by Kevin Schlottmann and LBI staff
© 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Processed as part of the Leon Levy Archival Processing Initiative, made possible by the Leon Levy Foundation. Digitization made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Revision Statements

  • August 2015: dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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