Guide to the Papers of Wolfgang Sievers


MS Acc08.070; MS Acc17.001

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Collection Summary

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Papers of Wolfgang Sievers
Date Range
Collection Number
MS Acc08.070; MS Acc17.001
3 metres (12 boxes + 1 folio box + 1 tube containing elephant folios + 3 sound/av carriers)
Language of Materials
Special Collections (Manuscripts)


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Conditions Governing Use

Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of Wolfgang Sievers, National Library of Australia, MS Acc08.070, [box number and series and/or file number]'.

Finding Aid Source(s)

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Item Descriptions

Class MS Acc08.070. Original consignment received 2008

War criminals in Australia - work of Wolfgang Sievers and its history from 1989-1998 (Includes clippings, letters, copies of articles, English and German language) (File) - Box 1

Prof. Dr. Johannes Sievers - father of Wolfgang Sievers - recollections of his time in the Royal Prussian Ministry of Culture 1912-1918 - originals in State Archive, Berlin (File) - Box 2

Newspaper articles - some pre WW1 and post WW2 but mainly about the important cultural life in Germany from 1918-1933 - also materials relating to the cultural activities related to that time when my father Prof. Dr. Johannes Sievers was in charge of cultural relations in the German foreign office, Berlin - originals in the State Archive, Berlin (File) - Box 2

Prof. Dr. Johannes Sievers - father of Wolfgang Sievers - papers on his activity in the department of cultural affairs of the German foreign office from 1918 until his dismissal by the Nazis in 1933 - originals in State Archive, Berlin (File) - Box 2

Prof. Dr. Johannes Sievers - father of Wolfgang Sievers - re. reduction of his art collection, book etc. - auction houses in Berlin - mostly 1950s - originals (File) - Box 3

Prof. Dr. Johannes Sievers - father of Wolfgang Sievers - correspondence - letters from victims of national socialism - most executed by behading in 1944-1945 - Ambassador Ulrich von Hassel - finance minister Prof. Dr. Popitz (who heped Wolfgang's emigration) - Count von Guttenberg von Mumm, my father's secretary - Kep, director, foreign office, Jagow, Archivar (shot himself 1945), Lewy-Lingen, Judge in Court of Justice - originals in the State Archive, Berlin (File) - Box 3

Photocopy of manuscript headed "1968 - back home from travel" (File) - Box 3

Prof. Dr. Johannes Sievers - father of Wolfgang Sievers - almost all post 1945 correspondence with foreign diplomats, dormer members of the foreign office, the present government (then still in Bonn), writers and artists friends - most well known - originals in State Archive, Berlin (File) - Box 3

Prof. Dr. Johannes Sievers - father of Wolfgang Sievers - his career and activities in charge of cultural affairs in the German foreign office 1918-1933 - also: artists, diplomats and cultural events, World War II, Hitler and the Nazis post war from 1945 - originals in State Archive, Berlin (File) - Box 3

German affairs and perspectives (ephemera, news clippings) (File) - Box 3

Judische portraits photos - German museums - foreign office - Correspondence (File) - Box 4

Political - Aust. Government and embassies, Keating, Parliament House, German embassy and German F.O. Bonn + Canberra 01 (correspondence) (File) - Box 4

Gesangbuch zum gottesdienstlichen Gebrauch (German hymn book) - 'Carl Sievers' embossed on cover (File) - Box 4

Photos: Herma Sievers - und ihre kinder Hans Gerhardt and Wolfgang auch Eltekn Johannes Herma - Familie Schiffer (File) - Box 4

Photos: Meine Eltern: Carl und Luise Sievers, Meine Schweter Elisabeth - Verwandstchaft (File) - Box 4

Photographs - Krieg 1914-1918 (File) - Box 5

Photographs - Wannsce (?) Haus - aufn von Familienbildern (File) - Box 5

Medals and awards - family Sievers (not Wolfgang Sievers AO) (File) - Box 5

Wolfgang Sievers - filme von aufnalmen der familie… (File) - Box 5

Sketchbook - Johannes Sievers 1928 (File) - Box 5

Published volumes (various authors) (File) - Box 6

Published volumes (various authors) (File) - Box 7

Bound typescript - Georg Sievers - Familie Sievers (File) - Box 8

Bound typescript - Johannes und Herma Sievers - Reise um die Erde 1909-1910 (File) - Box 8

Family Sievers - 20th century - letters (File) - Box 8

Photographs - Johannes Sievers (File) - Box 9

Framed portraits of Carl and Luise Sievers (File) - Box 9

Framed portraits (File) - Box 9

Mostly on art history, many in German (File) - Box 10-11

WW2 war crimes and war criminals in Australia - correspondence, research notes (File) - Box 12

Johannes Sievers and family - glass slide, tapes, family papers (marriage certificates etc) (File) - Box 12

[title in German plus 'I think the original Senate Film') (Item NLA.MS-SAV005242) - Cassette-Box 257

More info on case in German


Video 8 Sony

Physical Facet

Consumer formats - Betamax

Prof. J Sievers Opening Exhibition 28.8.92 Julie R 18.12.92, 28/08/1992 18/12/1992 (Item NLA.MS-SAV005240) - Cassette-Box 257


BASF Chrome 100

Physical Facet

Compact cassette tape

Diplomat, Schinkel-Forscher 28/08/1992, 1992 (Item NLA.MS-SAV005241) - Cassette-Box 257

More info on case, some in German


Philips FSX 90

Physical Facet

Compact cassette tape

All documents and letters re. will (File) - Box 13

War crimes - printed articles etc (File) - Box 13

Letters by my mother Herma Sievers mostly to her son Wolfgang Sievers and to her husband and letters by Wolfgang Sievers to his mother from journeys - Italy, France, Germany 1930-1932 (File) - Box 13

Johannes Sievers 1880- [containing correspondence, notebook, photos etc] (File) - Box 13

Carl Sievers 1834-91 (File) - Box 13

Sketchbooks of Carl Sievers 1855-1886 (File) - Box 14

Sketchbooks of Carl Sievers 1854-1887 (File) - Box 14

Sketchbooks of Carl Sievers - 1 dated 1890, 1 undated, 1 blank (File) - Box 14

Album containing black and white photographs, signed by Johannes and Hanna Sievers, 1955 (File) - Box 14

Band III: Material … 1957 (File) - Box 15

Important family Sievers documents, 1949 (File) - Box 15

Luise Sievers geb. Wittfeld 1844-1903 (File) - Box 15

Carl Wanschoff 1773-1848 (File) - Box 15

Diplom als Mitzlied des … 1929 (File) - Box 15

The political archive of my father Prof. Dr Johannes Sievers - The Weimar Republic from 1918 to 1932 (File) - Folio 16

Framed portrait of Georg and Friderike Sievers (File) - Folio 16

Etchings, sketches, watercolours (File) - Folio 16

Various rolled up diplomas, degrees etc. (File) - Folio 17

Class 1. Consignment received 2017, 1909-1910 - Box Shared, Volume 1 (MS Acc17.001)

The collection comprises the handwritten travel diary of Johannes and Herma Sievers (Wolfgang Sievers' parents) from 1909-1910. Professor Johannes Sievers was an art and architectural historian with the German Foreign Office (until his dismissal by the Nazi government in 1933), and author of the first four volumes of a monograph on the neo-classical architect Karl Schinkel. Wolfgang's mother was Herma Schiffer, a writer and educator of Jewish background who was Director of the Institute for Educational Films.The diary documents their study trip the United States, Japan, China and India.

Biographical / Historical

Sievers is one of Australia's most significant and influential photographers. Born in Germany in 1913, he trained at the Contemporary School for the Applied Arts in Berlin (an off shoot of the famous Bauhaus School) and took architectural photographs for his father's books on Berlin's historical buildings before emigrating to Australia in 1938. He opened his own studio in Melbourne and carried on a commercial practice for some years, gradually coming to specialise in industry and architecture.