• EA-002521_1700377.jpg Albert Stächelin: Bau der Gürtellinie im Bereich der Haltestelle Währingerstraße, 1897, EA-002521, © Technisches Museum Wien
  • Archiv Bestand Wiener Weltausstellung Josef Löwy: main entrance with the Rotunde pavilion, photograph, 1873, © Technisches Museum Wien
  • Archiv Bestand Wiener Weltausstellung Bazar Michael Frankenstein: Tunisian bazaar, photograph, 1873, © Technisches Museum Wien
  • Archiv Bestand Wiener Weltausstellung Rotunde Bau Start of construction work on the Rotunde pavilion with main portal, collotype by J. B. Obernetter, 1873, © Technisches Museum Wien
  • Archiv Bestand Wiener Weltausstellung Pavillon Oscar Kramer: Pavilion of the Photographers‘ Association, photograph, 1873, © Technisches Museum Wien
  • Archiv Bestand Wiener Weltausstellung Urkunde Certificate of the Austrian UNESCO Commission: Inventory for Vienna’s Universal Exposition of 1873
  • Archiv Nachlass Viktor Kaplan Portrait of Viktor Kaplan, photographic negative, c 1920, © Technisches Museum Wien
  • Archiv Nachlass Viktor Kaplan Urkunde Certificate of the Austrian UNESCO Commission: Estate of Victor Kaplan
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Archive collections now part of World Heritage

The Inventory for Vienna’s Universal Exposition of 1873 and the Estate of Viktor Kaplan from the Technisches Museum’s own archives have been included in Austria’s National Memory of the World Register along with 17 other significant historical documents.

Inventory for Vienna’s Universal Exposition of 1873

The inventory for Vienna’s Universal Exposition of 1873 comprises around 250 photographs of the Vienna Photographers’ Association, which was established in Vienna in 1873 to coincide with the Universal Exposition. The large-format photographs and stereoscopic images were taken by renowned photographers such as Michael Frankenstein, Oscar Kramer, György Klösz, and Josef Löwy.

The collection of photographs documents the major event held at the Prater public park in Vienna at which 53,000 exhibitors from 35 countries took part. These historical images depict the Exposition grounds and its halls as well as the pavilions, cafés, bazaars, and a multitude of exhibits. Particularly worth mentioning are the 64 photographs of the building work involved, which are preserved at the Technisches Museum as a complete series.

Estate of Viktor Kaplan

The estate of Viktor Kaplan (1876-1934) comprises approx. 1,600 technical drawings and 72 cardboard boxes filled with documents from the turbine laboratory in Brno, experiment protocols for various turbine installations, documents on patent applications, patent disputes, and documents pertaining to the founding of the Kaplan corporation.

The collection is further complemented by photographs, manuscripts, newspaper articles and concepts for lectures, Kaplan’s dissertation, private and business correspondence with licensees, and personal documents.

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