Guide to the Ruth Rogers-Altmann (1917- ) Collection
circa 1920s-2002

AR 11944

Processed by Kevin Schlottmann and LBI staff

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Kevin Schlottmann in 2013. Description is in English.
August 2015 dao links and digitization information added by Leanora Lange.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rogers-Altmann, Ruth, 1917-
Title: Ruth Rogers-Altmann Collection
Dates:circa 1920s-2002
Abstract: This collection contains materials about fashion designer and artist Ruth Lotte Rogers-Altmann née Karplus (1917- ). Documents found here include photocopies of professional materials and clippings relating to her career as a ski fashion designer, as well as some photographs.
Languages: This collection is in German and English.
Quantity: 2 folders
Identification: AR 11944
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Ruth Lotte Rogers-Altmann née Karplus (1917- ), fashion designer and artist, was born in Vienna (Austria). Her father Arnold Karplus was an architectural engineer, as well as an amateur ski teacher. He taught her skiing as a child, and she won numerous prizes in the Swiss Alps and Austrian Tyrol while studying fashion design at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna between 1934 and 1938. She also worked as a stylist at Herzmansky, Vienna’s largest department store. In May 1938 she immigrated to the United States, and in September 1938 she married Dr. Martin Rogers. She became one of the leading ski and sports clothing designers in America, and also wrote for various fashion magazines. In New York she established her own consulting firm, and she launched Bloomingdale’s first skiwear center. In 1951 she established Ruth Rogers Enterprises (RRE), a management consulting service for apparel manufactures, specializing in design and styling. She later married Hans Altmann.

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Scope and Content Note

The documents in this collection are mostly photocopies, and include Altmann's Austrian Heritage Collection questionnaire; biographies, CVs, resumes, references, and other professional documents relating to her career as a ski fashion designer; a small amount of personal correspondence; clippings; postcards for Altmann's art shows; and some correspondence regarding restitution of a painting by Albin Egger-Lienz that had belonged to her father-in-law, Bernhard Altmann. The photographs include two original prints of Altmann skiing in 1946. Also found here are photocopies of what were probably two separate albums, filled with portraits of Ruth and snapshots with family and friends in various informal settings such as at home, skiing, and on vacation.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

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Access Points

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Related material

The LBI Archives holds an oral history with Ruth Altmann (AHC 276).

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Separated material

A family photo album has been removed to the LBI Photographs collection (ALB OS 11).

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Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Ruth Rogers-Altmann Collection; AR 11944; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing information

Materials were rehoused. A photocopy of the family album was removed.

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Ruth Rogers-Altmann contributed to the publication "Verlorene Nachbarschaft : die Wiener Synagoge in der Neudeggergasse, ein Mikrokosmos und seine Geschichte," which is held by the LBI Library.

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Container List


Ruth Altmann Collection, circa 1920s-2002

1 1 Documents1930-2002

Mostly photocopies

1 2 Photographscirca 1920s-circa 1970s

Mostly photocopies

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