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A.D. Coleman collection

Identifier: AG 20

Scope and Contents

The A.D. Coleman Collection contains six series, correspondence, writings, research notes and press releases, printed materials, unprocessed acquisitions, and records of the Photography Media Institute.

Series one, correspondence, includes materials from 1968-1976. The folders are arranged alphabetically, although one folder is restricted.

Series two, writings, contains ten writings of Coleman, ca. 1970-1975, arranged in alphabetical order by title.

Series three is entitled research notes and press releases from 1969-1975. It contains one folder of papers.

Series four, printed materials, ca. 1970-1976, includes 1 folder of printed materials.

Series five, new, unprocessed acquisitions, is made up of nine boxes, including one containing posters and another photocopies of Coleman’s Photometro columns.

Series six includes materials regarding the Photography Media Institute. The records are made up of orders paid and filled, cancelled orders, accounts payable, correspondence, bank records, check register, grant applications, and tax records.


  • 1968-1989


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Access is restricted on a folder containing confidential letters of recommendation. Permission to view must be obtained from Coleman and the subject of the recommendation. Much of this collection is currently unprocessed but available for research with the assistance of archives staff.

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biographical Note

A.D. Coleman was educated at Hunter College (B.A., 1964) and San Francisco State College (M.A., 1967). He began writing for The Village Voice, Popular Photography, Camera 35, and The New York Times as an independent critic on photography in 1968. He has taught courses at the Pratt Institute, New York School for Social Research, and Maryland Institute of the Arts and has also written introductions to books by Leslie Krims, Edward Curtis, Brassaï, and Robert D. Brown. He was co-founder and co-director of the Center for Visual Communication.


13 Boxes (45 linear feet)

Metadata Rights Declarations

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


Correspondence, writings, miscellaneous personal papers, and notes, 1968 - 1991, of A.D. Coleman, photography critic and writer. The bulk of the collection is correspondence received by Coleman from photography galleries, publishers, photographic associations, and photographers concerning exhibition openings and reviews, criticism, lectures, and other activities involving photography. The writings by Coleman, dating from 1970 - 1986, some with handwritten annotations, are about specific photographers or broader issues in photography. Included is an essay, "Photovisions", by Clyde Dilley, and an interview of Coleman by Alex Harsley describing the circumstances which contributed to Coleman's resignation from The Village Voice in 1973. Also included are research notes by Coleman relating to photography exhibitions and a symposium, and two appointment calendars and press passes used by Coleman. Of special note are the records of the Photography Media Institute, 1979-1988. The Collection is still active.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, 1968-1976 (Boxes 1-2)
  2. Series 2: Writings, circa 1970-1975
  3. Series 3: Research notes and Press Releases, 1969-1975
  4. Series 4: Printed Materials, circa 1970-1976
  5. Series 5: New, unprocessed acquisitions
  6. Series 6: Records of the Photography Media Institute, 1979-1988

Custodial History

This collection is on long-term loan to the Center for Creative Photography.

Processing Information

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in June of 2016.

A.D. Coleman collection 1968-1989
Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan
© 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States