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Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984



  • Existence: 1902 - 1984


Adams began to photograph professionally in 1930, and in 1932 was a founding member of the f/64 group in San Francisco, California. In 1940 he created the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, along with Beaumont Newhall and David McAlpin. In 1941 Adams began to photograph landscapes. From 1942 to 1944 Adams acted as the photographic adviser to the United States Army. In 1962 Adams moved to Carmel, California where he founded the Friends of Photography in 1967. He continued to document the landscape of the American West. American photographer.

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

Ansel Adams archive

Identifier: AG 31
Description Papers, photographic materials, and memorabilia, 1920s -1984, of Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984), photographer, author, teacher and conservationist. Includes correspondence (1906 - 1984) between Adams and his family, friends, business associates, and other artists; activity files documenting his commercial projects (1930s - 1977); exhibitions (1936 - 1983); his associations with the Sierra Club (1937 - 1984), Friends of Photography (1967 - 1984), and Images and Words Workshop (1967 - 1972);...
Dates: 1906 - 1984

Ansel Adams miscellaneous acquisitions collection

Identifier: AG 66
Abstract Memorabilia, papers, audio tapes, compact disks, and photographic materials, 1947 to the present, relating to the career of Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984), photographer. The collection includes correspondence between Adams and the Polaroid Corporation regarding his books on Polaroid processes; a bound compilation of notices, tributes, and editorials relating to his death; a promotional package by Standard Oil Company entitled Scenic Views containing photographs by...
Dates: 1926-1941, 1940s-1960s, 1962-1998, 2000-2004, 2006-2012, 2018

Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust archive accrual

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: AG 203-2019-001

Ernest Bloch archive

Identifier: AG 11

Biographical information, correspondence, memorabilia, audio-visual materials, equipment, and photographic materials, 1897 - circa 1980, of Ernest Bloch (1880 - 1959), composer, teacher, and photographer. The bulk of the collection consists of more than 6,000 negatives and transparencies documenting Bloch's landscapes, cityscapes, and portraits from 1897 until 1951 as well as 2,000 prints.

Dates: 1897 - circa 1980s

Carolyn Caddes collection

Identifier: AG 171

Research files and interviews by Carolyn Caddes, 1981-1982. Includes research notes, correspondence, photographic materials, and biographical materials about the Weston family. Also included are a script of lecture and a draft of an essay on Flora Chandler Weston.

Dates: 1980-1989

Center For Creative Photography

Identifier: AG 1

Records, 1975 , of the Center for Creative Photography. Includes records pertaining to all phases of the Center's operation exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and administrative activities which evidence the evolution of the Center through its growth in programs and collections. The collection is still active. 206.5 linear feet.

Dates: 1975 - 2016

Friends of Photography collection

Identifier: AG 186
Scope and Contents The Friends of Photography records measure approximately 125 linear feet and date from 1964 to 2005, although the bulk of the material falls between 1985 and 2001 when the organization was based in San Francisco, California. Files from earlier years when the organization was located in Carmel, California were most likely lost during the group’s gradual move to San Francisco in the years following Ansel Adams death in 1984. Received in 2002 as a gift collection, records document the founding...
Dates: 1964-2005

Arnold Gassan archive

Identifier: AG 58
Abstract Papers, 1945 - 1989, of Arnold Gassan (1930 - 2001), photographer. Correspondents include Minor White, Walter Chappell, Syl Labrot, Ansel Adams, and Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Of interest are a transcription of a journal kept by Gassan during his participation in Adams’ Yosemite workshop in June 1959, a mimeographed review of notes from lectures given by Adams at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), in 1945, an author’s manuscript for a revised edition of A Chronology of Photography, and the...
Dates: 1945-1989

William Holgers archive

Identifier: AG 69

Printed materials and photographic materials, circa 1930-1980, of William Holgers (1904-1981), California photographer. Most of the clippings, negatives, and photographs relate to Edward and Charis Weston. Of special note are photographs documenting the 1940 U.S. Camera Photographic Forum in Yosemite, a workshop taught by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. Holgers' short memoir describing the workshop is also included.

Dates: 1930-1980

Images and Words collection

Identifier: AG 121

Correspondence, photocopies of photographs with text, and photocopies of contact sheets documenting the 1967 workshop “Images and Words” taught by Ansel Adams, and Beaumont and Nancy Newhall at the University of California, Santa Cruz. These materials were assembled in 1990 by Elizabeth Wilcox, a participant in the workshop.

Dates: 1990-1991

Beaumont and Nancy Newhall collection

Identifier: AG 48
Abstract Correspondence, writings, and subject files, 1930-1983, of Beaumont Newhall (l908-1993), and Nancy Newhall (l908-1974), art historians, curators, teachers, and authors. Includes correspondence with noted photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and others; published and unpublished manuscripts by Nancy Newhall concerning Ansel Adams, such as Death Valley (l953), The Eloquent Light (l963), and The Enduring Moment (ca.1971); writings by Beaumont Newhall including Photography: Essays and...
Dates: 1930-1983

Portraits of Photographers collection

Identifier: AG 73

Portraits of photographers, 1872 - 2013, from various sources. The collection includes postcards, transparencies, color, and black-and-white photographs, and snapshots of noted photographers.

Dates: 1872-2013

Series 3: Newspaper clippings, 1920s-1984

Scope and Contents Contains original and photocopied articles on Adams and his work. The bulk of the articles feature Adams at home and in the darkroom; review his new books and exhibitions; one clipping even uses his name in the daily crossword puzzle, "Down 99, Photographer Adams." The mastheads range from a local junior high school to the New York Times, although most are from California publications. There is a bound edition of obituaries, notices, and tributes compiled by Friends of Photography after...
Dates: 1920s-1984

Series 4: Publications, 1930s-1984

Scope and Contents Included are periodicals about Adams or with articles or photographs by Adams; monographs by Adams; monographs and miscellaneous materials that use Adams' photographs as illustrations; and materials in Adams' personal library which include monographs, periodicals, and sheet music.Note: All publications listed here are 1984 and earlier. The monograph, Ansel Adams: An Autobiography, published in 1985, is included here because most of the writing and...
Dates: 1930s-1984

Series 6: Memorabilia / Artifacts, circa 1900-1984

Scope and Contents

Consists of awards, certificates, cartoons, scrapbooks, autograph books, personal clothing, and other items, owned by or given to Adams during his lifetime. The awards are from universities, professional associations, and government offices, and were largely presented between 1960 and 1984. (16 linear feet)

Dates: circa 1900-1984

Series 7: Photographic materials, 1920s-1980s

Scope and Contents

Consists of lists of prints and negatives compiled by Adams, including Adams' detailed log of all his negatives with his unique numbering system; negatives; portfolios by Adams and others; contact prints; proof prints; reproduction prints; transparencies; murals; photographs given to Adams by other photographers; and portraits of Ansel and Virginia Adams by others.

Dates: 1920s-1980s

Series 8: Camera equipment

Scope and Contents

Contains cameras and other equipment used by Adams. (30 linear feet)

Dates: 1906 - 1984

Series 9: Biographical materials, 1929 - 1984

Scope and Contents Contains miscellaneous correspondence, photographic greeting cards and announcements, legal documents, and other records relating to the Adams family. Includes Bracebridge dinner correspondence, instructions, and proposed menus; a collection of limericks and jokes; guest lists for a birthday party and another for Adams' memorial; and other information. Of special note are the Christmas cards sent by Ansel and Virginia Adams from 1938-1978 and correspondence for some years that relates to...
Dates: 1929 - 1984

Series 10: Music Related Materials, 1800s-1984

Scope and Contents

Contains published scores and sheet music; unpublished music manuscripts; and commercial and privately produced sound recordings.

Dates: 1800s-1984

Todd Webb papers

Identifier: AG 2
Abstract Papers and photographic materials, circa 1880-2008 (mainly 1943-2002), created and collected by photographer Todd Webb (1905-2000) and his wife Lucille Webb (1906-2008) documenting Webb’s career in photography. The collection includes correspondence with prominent photographers, artists, galleries, and curators including Harry Callahan, Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Grace Mayer as well as correspondence relating to a number of Webb’s photographic projects including the Texas...
Dates: 1880-2008

Edward Weston archive

Identifier: AG 38
Abstract Nearly all periods of Weston's life and work are represented in the archive. Little documentation exists, however, regarding his childhood (1886-1906), early years in California (1906-1923), or life after he was stricken with Parkinson's disease (1947-1958). The archive is particularly rich in documentation of his years in Mexico (1923-1926), and years after he returned to California (1927-1940s). It also contains significant examples of Weston's writing. Many of his letters to his sons are...
Dates: 1870-1958