Alvin and Irene Steinkopf papers, 1902-1999 (bulk 1938-1999)

Steinkopf, Alvin, 1897-1981

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  • Format Mixed Materials
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  • Physical Details
    • 4.0 cubic feet (2 record center cartons, 3 archives boxes and 2 flat boxes)
    • 2 tape recordings
    • 2.6 cubic feet of photographs (11 archives boxes and 1 card box), and
    • 1.0 cubic feet of negatives (4 flat boxes and 1 card box); plus
    • additions of 0.2 cubic feet of photographs and ephemera
  • OCLC ocn173711883, ocn173699920
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  • Papers of Alvin Steinkopf, an Associated Press correspondent, documenting his work in Berlin, Poland, and Russia, 1938-1942, and in post-World War II Britain, as well as papers of his wife, Irene Steinkopf, also a journalist. The career papers include printed and draft news stories and photography of news events in Poland and Smolensk, 1940-1941. There are frequent letters exchanged while the couple lived apart during the early war years. The correspondence includes only limited contacts with AP executives, although there are exchanges chiefly of a social nature with Louis Lochner, Glen Stadler, and Clifton M. Utley. Other papers document World War II internment at Bad Nauheim and military service during World War I. Irene's papers include diaries and Chicago radio station WJJD scripts about the role of women during World War II. In addition to his wartime photography in Poland and Russia, Steinkopf photographed Queen Elizabeth's visit to Nigeria in 1956, as well as the couple's life and associates in Milwaukee, Vienna, Prague, Sarajevo, London, and their European vacations.


  • Presented by Alvin and Irene Steinkopf, San Francisco, California, and Sheboygan and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1967-2001.
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