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Otto Ludwig Bettmann

Otto Ludwig Bettmann, German picture archivist, graphic historian.

Background

  • Bettmann, Otto Ludwig was born on October 15, 1903 in Leipzig, Germany. Came to the United States, 1935, naturalized, 1939. Son of Hans and Charlotte (Frank) Bettmann.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy, University Leipzig, 1927. Master of Science in liberal studies, University Leipzig, 1932.

    Career

    • Associate editor C.F. Peters Company (music publications), Leipzig, 1927-1928. Editor Axel Juncker Public, Berlin, 1928-1930. Curator rare books Prussian State Art Library, 1930-1933.

      Founder picture library on history civilization, New York City, 1941. Proprietor, president The Bettman Archive Inc., 1937-1981. Founder, owner Picture House Press, Inc., pictorial research publications, advertising agencies, television producers.

      Picture editor, consultant graphic history, organizer picture filing systems. Adjunct professor history Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, 1973-1980.

    Works

    • Bettmann Portable Archive; a Graphic History of Almost Everything
    • Hardcover in Slipcase; 10 3/4 inches tall; attractive cloth binding with pasted-on front cover illustration, brown spine lettering; in Slipcase with window on front through which front cover illustration can be seen; 229 pages including index; profusely illustrated; very cleverly presented illustrations; gold end pages; Subtitle: .

    Connections

    • Married Anne Clemens Gray, March 4, 1938.
    • father: Hans Bettmann
    • mother: Charlotte (Frank) Bettmann
    • spouse: Anne Clemens Gray
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    Born October 15, 1903
    Died May 1, 1998
    (aged 94)
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    • 1927
      University Leipzig
    • 1932
      University Leipzig
    • 1927 - 1928
      Associate editor C.F. Peters Company (music publications)
      Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany, Sachsen, Germany
    • 1928 - 1930
      editor Axel Juncker Public
      Berlin, Germany, Germany
    • 1930 - 1933
      curator rare books Prussian State Art Library
    • 1937 - 1981
      proprietor, The Bettman Archive Incorporated
    • 1937 - 1981
      president, The Bettman Archive Incorporated
    • 1941
      founder picture library on history civilization
    • 1973 - 1980
      adjunct professor, history Florida Atlantic University
      Boca Raton, Florida, United States
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