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Josef Goradza Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 24 Aug 2015

Biographical History

Josef Goradza (1933-2008) was a German-American photographer and later Ramakrishna monk. Born in Silesia, Germany, Goradza came to the United States in 1953. He became an American citizen and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. In 1973 he joined the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York as a monastic member, taking the name Brahmachari Sadashiva Chaitanya.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Josef Goradza Collection consists of several hundred black and white photographs. Many are of individuals, of New York street scenes or of nature (flowers, leaves, etc.). Unfortunately none of the photographs are identified.

The collection also includes contact sheets, photographs of the work of artists Ezio Martinelli and some personal photographs, with a few negatives and color transparencies.

Arrangement of the Collection

No particular order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has the collections of a number of well-known photographers, including Margaret Bourke-White and Clara Sipprell. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index to locate this material.

Subject Headings


Goradza, Josef.
Martinelli, Ezio, 1913-1981.


Photographers -- United States -- 20th century.


New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 20th century.
New York (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.

Genres and Forms

Color transparencies.
Negatives (photographs)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Josef Goradza Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center of New York, 2015.

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