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Katharina Otto-Dorn (1908-1999)

Prof. Katharina Otto-Dorn (b. Käthe Dorn) stood in direct succession of the founding generation of Islamic Art History, scholars and researchers as Friedrich Sarre (1865-1945) and Josef Strzygowski (1862-1941), the supervisor of Katharina Otto-Dorn in Vienna (dissertation thesis on Sassanian Silverware in 1933). 

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Eva Hoeck (1917-1995)

Dr. Eva Höck (1917-1995) can be considered as one of the few female European 'Yemen pioneers'. She worked as s doctor in the Harem of the Imam in Taizz (North Yemen) and in Hadramaut (South Yemen) in the late 1940s and 1950s. In Shibam she was able to build up the first hospital. About this time she published "Doctor amongst the Bedouins" (London 1962).

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Erich Holm von Prosch (1909-1994) 

The geologist Dr. Erich Holm von Prosch was one of the few Europeans who worked in the 1950s in Northern Yemen for a longer period. During the reign of Imam Ahmad bin Yahya (1948-1962) he lived from 1954 to 1956 in Salif on the Red Sea with a group of geologists, geophysicists and topographers (C. Deilmann, Prakla) in a newly built camp to explore the possibilities of a successful search for crude oil in the Tihama.

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The Archive originated in 1980 as a research archive for Classical Archaeology, Byzantine Art & Architecture, soon followed by Islamic Art and Architecture: slides and black and white photos taken during various travels in the Mediterranean, the Near East, and Central Asia. 

Later, also historical photo material of the Orient was collected, and due to the great changes in the Orient, images from the 1960s and 1970s can already be described as "historical".

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