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Lucy Ashjian collection

Identifier: AG 209

Scope and Contents

The Lucy Ashjian Collection consists of materials related to the Clarence H. White School of Photography. It includes a 4 ¾ x 6 ¼ in. class photograph from 1937, in which Ashjian is on the right in the middle line, eyes looking to viewer’s right, hair short, dark, page-boy style, next to young man leaning against building. There is also a June 1937 diploma signed by numerous people from the Clarence H. White School of Photography, New York City, as well as one signed 9 ½ x 12 in. envelope in which prints were kept, one page, front and back, of notes on photography subject documentation numbered 0-9., 19 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ in. contact prints of New York scenes with empty, but numbered negative sleeves, a 2-sided 11 x 14 in. exhibition sign stating “New York City in the 30s Photography by Lucy Ashjian”, 9 empty, signed mounts, and two modern test prints dated 2004 by R. Wagner of the NYPL and Bowery


  • Majority of material found in 1937-2004


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Lucy Ashjian was born in 1907 in Indianapolis and graduated from the Clarence H. White School of Photography in 1937. That same year she joined New York’s Photo League which included greats such as Lewis Hine, Paul Strand, and Berenice Abbott. Ashjian died in 1993 leaving behind a small amount of photographs and negatives.


2 Boxes (1 linear foot)

Metadata Rights Declarations

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


Photo League archival materials relating to the career of Lucy Ashjian (1907-1993), photographer. Includes contact prints from 2 ¼ inch contact prints, original negative sleeves, signed original mounts, an exhibition sign, class photo from the Clarence White School of Photography, 1937 diploma from the White School, and other miscellaneous items.

Custodial History

The materials in this collection began arriving as a gift of Gregor Ashjian Preston, son of the photographer, in 2005. The collection is active.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in June 2016.

Lucy Ashjian Collection 1937-2004
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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Tucson Arizona 85721 United States