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About this collection

The Lueders Studio Collection spans seventy years of commercial photographic work by Herbert Lueders, and his sons, Paul and John.  Herbert Lueders opened his studio at 427 Broadway Avenue in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in 1925.  A distinguished photographer, Herbert Lueders won 18 merit awards from the Professional Photographers Association of America for his portrait work.  H. L. Lueders’ oldest son, Paul, began the study of photography with his father at the age of eight.  Paul joined his father’s studio after returning from World War II, eventually taking over operations and running the studio until his death in 1995.

 

Paul Lueders earned national fame as a Master Retoucher, turning photographs into fine art.  He was the recipient of dozens of awards from the National Professional Photographers Association, as well as the Missouri chapter.  John Lueders, younger brother of Paul, worked for thirty years as the business manager for the studio, as well as a portrait printer and photo retoucher.

 

The Lueders Studio Collection is a “who’s who” of Southeast Missouri and the surrounding region, containing approximately 75,000 images of local people, families, politicians, businesses and events. While the Lueders Studio specialized in portrait photography, they also hired out for advertising work and photography related to insurance claims.

 

The photographs in the digital collection represent the studio’s commercial photography work, not portraiture.  Interior and exterior views of Cape Girardeau businesses in the mid-twentieth century are represented here, along with street scenes, images of downtown floods, churches and schools, events and community groups.

 

If you are looking for a specific portrait please browse the Lueders Studio Collection Finding Aid at Lueders Studio Collection Finding Aid or contact Special Collections and Archives at semoarchives@semo.edu.

 
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