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Max Obrist Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
Date: 1993-03-05

Biographical History

Max Obrist was a Swiss-born American amateur photographer.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Max Obrist Collection consists of autochrome photographs, stereoscopic photographs and miscellaneous.

Autochrome photographs comprises 23 images of Obrist family members and locations in and around St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Stereoscopic photographs consists of seventy-nine original glass clad photographs taken in and around St. Gallen, Switzerland by Max Obrist between 1914 and 1923 and include family portraits, architectural shots, a train accident and his father's embroidery factory.

Miscellaneous consists of a wood and metal stereoscope and a holographic identification list by Mr. Obrist of the stereoscopic images.

Arrangement of the Collection

The autochrome photographs have been given sequential numbers and are listed in that order. The stereoscopic photographs are in sequence by the numbers given them by Mr. Obrist (numbers 1 and 34-53 are not used in that sequence).


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Obrist, Max.


Architectural photography.
Avalanches -- Switzerland -- Photographs.
Color photography.
Embroidery industry -- Switzerland -- Photographs.
Photography, Stereoscopic.
Portrait photography.
Swiss Americans.
Travel photography.


Switzerland -- Pictorial works.

Genres and Forms

Autochromes (photographs)
Stereoscopic photographs.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Max Obrist Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alfred Obrist, 1985.

Table of Contents

Autochrome photographs

Stereoscopic photographs