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Title: Lloyd A. Strickland Collection of 1936 Olympics Souvenir Materials

Collection Date(s): 1936

Extent and Forms of Material: .50 cubic feet (2 boxes)

Creator: Lloyd A. Strickland

Abstract: Lloyd A. Strickland purchased these souvenir cards while attending the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin, Germany.

Repository: Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. archivescenter@si.edu 202-633-3270 www.americanhistory.si.edu/archives

Collection Number: AC0743

Processing Note: Processed by Cathy Keen, archivist, and Franklin A. Robinson, Jr., archives technician, March 2002; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist. Finding aid revised, June 2008.

INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access: Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with gloves.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use: Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.

Preferred Citation: [Title and date of item,] Lloyd A. Strickland Collection of 1936 Olympics Souvenir Cards, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXXX

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Administrative/Biographical History: In 1931 the city of Berlin was awarded the summer Olympic games for 1936. The 1936 games (the 11 th Olympiad) featured athletes from 49 countries and some 4,000 athletes participated in 148 events. The games were memorable for many reasons, including the beginning of the tradition of the torch relay, advances in media coverage, and the introduction of canoeing and basketball as Olympic sports. But in particular, they are remembered for the politically charged atmosphere in which they took place, with World War II in Europe just three years away. With Adolf Hitler’s election in 1933 and the Nazi Party’s rise to power, the games were seen by those in power in Germany as a means to advance the Party’s ideologies. As events unfolded and information spread about the persecution of Jews and others by the Nazis, there were more and more demands upon the International Olympic Committee to remove the games from Germany. These efforts did not succeed, and the German government went on to spend huge amounts of money to make the games successful. The Reich Sports Field, a new sports complex built for the summer games, was draped in Nazi regalia for the games. The success of a number of black athletes, notably American track and field star Jesse Owens, was a blow to the notions of “Aryan supremacy” touted by Hitler and the Nazis. The games proceeded to their conclusion without incident. The souvenir cards in this collection provide a cross-section of images of the games of the 11 th Olympiad.

Mr. Strickland had the souvenir cards in his possession for over 60 years.

Scope and Content: This collection consists of 149 photomechanical reproductions of scenes and events from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The scenes are not only of the competition, but include opening and closing ceremonies, officials, crowd scenes, candid shots of the athletes while not competing, medal ceremonies, scoreboards, artworks, and close-ups of Olympic medals. Adolf Hitler appears in three of the souvenir cards. Athletes are pictured on the cards with printed captions. Some of the athletes pictured include Jesse Owens, and Kitei Son [i.e., Son Gi-jeong of Korea]. *

All but seven of the souvenir cards are 3 x 4-1/ 2”, while the remainder are 4-1/ 2 x 6-1/ 2". The souvenir cards are part of a set, as they are numbered on the reverse up to the number 200 (not all numbers are present). The printed inscriptions on the reverse sides indicate that this is a follow-up set to another set from the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch. Each card also has a printed caption on the reverse, in German. Also included are two postcards of hotels: Hotel Bender and Niederbreisig, which have no clear connection to the Berlin Olympics.

The two albums, Die Olympischen Spiele 1936 in Berlin und Garmisch-Partenkirchen document the Olympic games through text and photographs of events and athletes. Both albums are in German.

* Note: When Korea was occupied by Japan (1910-1945), Son Gi-jeong competed for the Japanese in the 1936 summer Olympics, but was forced to use the Japanese name “Kitei Son,” and this incorrect name was the one printed on the card.

System of Arrangement: This collection is organized into two series.

Series 1, Olympics Souvenir Cards, 1936
Series 2, Olympics Souvenir Albums, 1936

Languages: Some materials in German.

Acquisition Information: This collection was donated to the Archives Center, NMAH, Smithsonian by Lloyd A. Strickland in 2000. Additional materials were donated by Joyce McDermott on February 14, 2003.

Accruals: The Archives Center added two volumes relating to the 1936 Olympics: Die Olympischen Spiele 1936 in Berlin und Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Access Points:

Subject/Names:
Arai
Arden, Alice
Arendt, Gisela
Barwirth, Anita
Brendel
Beresford, J.
Bladstrom, Eric
Blask, Erwin
Bramfield Campbell, Jeanette
Chand, Rob
Charpentier, Robert
Clark, Robert
Csak, Ibolya
Csik, Ference
Cunningham, Glenn
den Ouden, Willie
Eckstein
Eichhorn, W.
Elek-Schacherer, Ilona
Fischer
Fleischer, Tilly
Frey, Konrad
Gaber
Gaudini, Giulio
Gerhard, Friedrich
Handrick
Hab, Hedwig
Hamuro
Hanni, Paul
Harangi
Hardin, Glen
Hasse, Kurt
Hein, Karl
Hitler, Adolf
Hockert, Gunner
Hornfischer
Huber, Erwin
Jamonnieres
Johansson, Sven
Johnson, Cornelius
Kaiser, Willi
Karl
Keller, Thea
Kiefer, Adolf
Kraus, Kathy
Krebs, Ernst
Landen, Ludwig
Loaring, John
Long, Luz
Lovelock, Jack
Mack
Maehata, Siegerin H.
Maier
Manger, Sepp
Mastenbroek, Ria
Mauermayer, Gisela
Mayer, Helene
Meadows, Earle
Medica, Jack
Menne
Metcalfe, Ralph
Mollenhauer, Paula
Moris-Hancock, Ruthley
Morris, Glenn
Owens, Jesse
Padilla
Palusalu
Pollay, Heinz
Preis, Ellen
Ringen
Rogeberg, Willy
Rom
Salminen, Ilmari
Semoff
Schafer, Gustav
Schulze, Sturmer
Schwarzmann, Alfred
Schweickert
Senff, Dina
Sietas, Erwin
Sollner
Son, Kitei [i.e., Son Gi-jeong of Korea]
Southwood, L.
Stubbendorff, Hauptmann
Stephens, Helen
Straub, H.
Sugiura
Taguchi
Tajima, Naoto
Terlazzo, Anthony
Towns, Forrest
Ullman, Torsten
Valla, Lu
Volle
Volz
Walasiewicz, Stella
Wechsel, Erster
Wevers, Paul
Whitlock, Harold
Wilson, Sieger
Williams, Archie
Wykoff, Frank
Yusa

Subject/Topical:
Olympic Games


Geographic:
Berlin (Germany)

Form/Genre:
Souvenir Postcards

Occupations:
Athletes


CONTAINER LISTING

 

Box Folder  

 

 

Series 1, Olympics Souvenir Cards, 1936

1

1

Two postcards of German hotels

 

2

7 photographs, 4-1/ 2” x 6-1/2", depicting events from the 1936 Olympics

 

3

142 photographs, 3 x 4-1/2", depicting events from the 1936 Olympics

    Series 2, Olympics Souvenir Albums, 1936
2 1 Die Olympischen Spiele 1936 in Berlin und Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Volume 1.
  2 Die Olympischen Spiele 1936 in Berlin und Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Volume 2.

 

 


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