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David Levinthal collection

Identifier: AG 177

Scope and Contents

The David Levinthal Collection consists of two series organized into four boxes. Series one is made up of eleven research books collected by Levinthal that relate to German World War II military history. Series two consists of artifacts used by the artist in his Hitler Moves East project from 1972-1975. The series is organized into four different groups based on how the objects were originally housed. Those in box one are housed in a metal box with 24 drawers, therefore the container list lists the objects by drawer. The model soldiers in this box are painted and 1:35 scale unless otherwise specified, while the tanks and other vehicles are HO scale. Those objects in box two were originally housed in a metal cookie tin and have since been sorted and transferred to numbered thirty-nine plastic bags, therefore the container list lists the objects by bag number. The objects in box three were originally housed in a shoebox and have since been sorted and transferred to twelve numbered plastic bags, therefore, again, the container list lists the objects by numbered bag. All model vehicles contained in the box are HO scale unless otherwise specified. Objects stored in box four were originally housed in a cardboard box and have since been sorted and transferred to eight numbered plastic bags.


  • Creation: 1956-1978


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Biographical Note

David Levinthal was born in 1949 in San Francisco, California and currently lives and works in New York City. He received a BA in studio art in 1970 from Stanford University and an MFA from Yale University in 1973. Levinthal is known for his creation of miniature environments using small toys and props with dramatic lighting. (Wiki)


4 Boxes (4 linear feet)

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Artifacts and research materials used by David Levinthal (1949 - ) in his photographic dioramas. Includes: books about German military history, toy soldiers and toy military equipment.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Books (Box 1)
  2. Series 2: Artifacts (Boxes 1-4)

Custodial History

Gift of the artist, 1999.

Processing Information

Initial inventory prepared by Carl Anderson, December 1999.

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016.

David Levinthal Collection 1956-1978
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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