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Identifier: P0652

Title: Schweig Studio Collection

Description: Morris Schweig, who previously worked at the J.C. Strauss studio, founded the Schweig Studio in 1889. First located on Franklin Avenue, the studio later moved to Delmar Avenue in the Central West End, then to Maryland Avenue, and is now located on Euclid Avenue. His son, Martin Schweig, Sr., and his grandson, Martin Schweig Jr, succeeded Morris. The studio is currently owned and operated by Martin Schweig III. The Schweig Studio Collection consists of 377 boxes of 5x7, 4x5, 2x2 and 35mm negatives of wedding and portrait photos taken by the Schweig Studio from 1941 to 1985. The wedding series is divided into formal and candid photographs; the portrait series includes both formal and candid portraits. The collection is arranged numerically using the studio job numbers. Access is available through use of the Schweig Studio's Client Card Index which is arranged alphabetically by the client's last name. The Schweig Studio suffered a serious fire in 1940; as a result only scattered examples of studio work are available for the years 1936-1940. Examples of early Schweig Studio work are an album of identified businessmen's portraits (ca. 1915), and other albums, photographs, glass and film negatives, and photographica from the personal collection of Martin Schweig, Jr. Martin Schweig, Sr. led the studio into a motion picture filmmaking venture in the 1920s and 1930s. Examples of this work, including the only known surviving news film of the Lindbergh St. Louis welcome parade in 1927 and footage of his family, are found in the MHS Media Archives.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1935 - 1985

Type(s): Collection

Maker/Creator: Schweig Studio (St. Louis); Morris Schweig; Martin Schweig, Sr.; Martin Schweig, Jr.; Martin Schweig III



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