The Archive of Fritz and Hedwig Weiss


The Archive of Fritz and Hedwig Weiss at Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin contains numerous documents and photographs from (and about) their time in China, 1899-1917.

Preserved are more than 1000 photographs. In addition to paper images, including an album of photographs of the departure from China in 1917, the archive contains nitrate negatives and glass plates. Condition and quality of the photographs and reproductions vary, but overall they provide a very authentic impression of the early years of the 20th century in the interior parts of China and offer a personal view of country and people.

Besides photographs, the archive contains numerous documents. Of Fritz Weiss’ writings, his memoirs are included, as well as numerous publications and typewritten manuscripts, such as travel reports, reports on the economic situation in Yunnan and Sichuan, and reports to the Foreign Office, letters and a route book. From Hedwig Weiss-Sonnenburg are included her memoirs, as well as diaries, journal articles in published or in manuscript form, travelogues, and children’s stories.

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Am Wannsee, Fritz und Hedwig während der Verlobungszeit, Frühjahr 1911

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