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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Russ 145

José María Castañé collection of war photographs by Soviet photojournalists


Photographs taken by the Soviet war correspondents, and portraits of war photographers


  • Creation: 1941-1946

Language of Materials

Materials in the collection are in Russian

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Contains photographs taken by the Soviet photojournalists during World War II showing action at the fronts, civilian casualties of war on occupied territories between 1941 and 1945 in Russian, Polish and in German cities. Also includes photographs of the Soviet Army in Berlin, and images of the German Chief of the Army General Staff, general Hans Krebs in front of the Soviet Army Headquarters in Berlin on May 1st 1945 waiting to offer the terms of surrender; the famous photograph by Evgenii Khaldei of Russian sodliers installing Soviet flag on the roof of Reishstag bulding, images of the Victory Parade in Moscow on June 24th 1945, and portraits of the Soviet marshals and generals and war photographers.

Biographical / Historical

José María Castañé is a Spanish businessman and patron of the arts. His collection of artifacts and documents relating to the major conflicts of the 20th century, of which the military portraits form one part, was compiled over some 25 years. A substantial portion of the Castañé Collection was donated to Harvard University's Houghton Library in 2015.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of photographer

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2014M-120. Gift of José María Castañé and the Fundación José María Castañé, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Irina Klyagin, 2018


Castañé, José María, collector. José María Castañé collection of photographs by Soviet photojournalists, 1941-1946 (MS Russ 145): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
2018 May 9
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Repository Details

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