Fed and Ella Winterfeldt Archive - Several boxes of letters, documents, manuscripts, photos, and four rare slide carousels of Baba ( Rehousing letters and documents, photo and document scanning)
The great work of saving the stories, letters, films, photos, and prescious relics from this avataric advent has been underway for years, but now you too can help. Never before has technology made physical and digital preservation and sharing so easy nor allowed access to so many to learn more of Meher Baba.
A Note on Photos
Photos of Meher Baba have been shared over and over since the 1920's and figuring out who actually took the original photo is not always possible. Original negatives are also rare and can give hints but do not always provide surety about copyright or who took a photo. Even to be the first to scan an old print and put a copyright symbol on a website does not necessarily tell us all we need to know. Insofar as possible, MAC strives to provide copyright info. Most of the collection holders expressed a desire to have their collections shared online with few strings attached. Sometimes the historical interest of what collection a close disciple of Meher Baba owned has its own value. Jean Adriel probably didn't take most of the photos in her collection (Elizabeth probably did), but Jean did write notes on the back of many of the prints so it is of some historical interest to scan and share this info.
This is not to diminish others who might have a better copy of the same image somewhere, only to share these little snapshots in history. As the various Baba archives find better ways to coordinate, they can share resources and better determine who has the best copy of each image and who took them, as well as information that might be more important to the general public, such as who is with Baba or what year and place a photos was taken.
There is an assumption that any photo shared here will not be published elsewhere without some attempt to figure out if permission of a copyright holder is warranted, especially for film and print.