Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Princeton Dignitaries, 1957-2003 (mostly 1957-1971)

4 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists primarily of contact sheets, approximately 3600 black-and-white negatives, and photographic prints in various sizes, portraying notable Princeton professors, visiting scholars, politicians, scientists, artists, and musicians, mostly during the late 1950s through the early 1970s, though some were taken later. While some photographs pertain to assignments for the Princeton Packet, where Steltzer worked, many were shot independently in her studio on Tulane Street, often for passport photos. Steltzer's subjects include such diverse characters as J. Robert Oppenheimer and his family, Adlai Stevenson, Igor Stravinsky, George McGovern, Bob Dylan, Roger Sessions, Richard Rorty, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Benny Goodman, Paul Dirac, and David Lilienthal. Correspondence pertaining to later usage of prints, Xerox copies of prints and contact sheets, and CD-ROMs are also occasionally included with photographic materials. Though 8x10" prints are frequently interleaved with matching contact sheets and negatives, a group of oversize mounted prints, 16x20" and smaller, is also present in this series.

Dates were attributed to undated photographs, when possible, by locating the matching contact sheet or print of a different size. When a specific date could not be pinpointed, a date range was provided based on context.


This series is arranged into two subseries.

Collection History


Duplicate copies of bound volumes were removed from the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in September - November, 2013. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in November, 2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Trustees of Princeton University hold the copyright for materials in this collection that were created by Ulli Steltzer. Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to The Trustees of Princeton University and researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of donor-created materials within the collection. For materials in the collection not created by the donor, or where the material is not an original, the copyright is likely not held by the University. In these instances, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Princeton Dignitaries; Ulli Steltzer Papers, C1454, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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