Contents and Arrangement

Series 12: India, 1991-2005 (mostly 1992-1993)

3 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of contact sheets, approximately 3000 black-and-white negatives, prints, correspondence, research notes, diaries, drafts, and a bound volume pertaining to Steltzer's travels in India from 1991 to 2005. A small quantity of color negatives, prints, and slides are also included where noted. Materials feature rural villages affected by the construction of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada River near Navagam, Gujarat, a development project which has been a subject of controversy in environmental justice since the late 1980s due to its displacement of hundreds of rural villages. Some photographs in this series appear in Sardar Sarovar: The Report of the Independent Review, published in 1992 with Hugh Brody, a social scientist and Resettlement Senior Advisor for the Independent Review. Correspondence suggests that Steltzer intended to publish another book focusing on Medha Patkar, leader of the Narmada Bachao Andolan Movement, and other Indian community activists protesting the building of the dam, although it appears this project was never completed. Notable items include letters from Medha Patkar and activists detained in Indian prisons, detailing prison conditions and treatment of protesters by local police.

Folders contain contact sheets and negatives with interspersed prints, unless otherwise noted on folder title or description.


Original order was preserved.

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

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The Trustees of Princeton University hold the copyright for materials in this collection that were created by Ulli Steltzer. When copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from Firestone Library.

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 12: India; Ulli Steltzer Papers, C1454, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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