Christel Gang collection
Scope and Contents
Consists primarily of correspondence from Edward Weston to Christel Gang, 1932-1956. These letters are expressions of love, thanks, and greetings in response to Gang's annual letters to Weston on their "anniversary" August 9, on Weston's birthday March 24, and on Christmas. Other topics mentioned are: Museum of Modern Art exhibition, Guggenheim Fellowship project, personal and family activities during the war, and the national elections in the l940s. Correspondence in the 1950s is chiefly about Weston's failing health, gratitude for Gang's regular letters and shipments of fruit, and news of family and friends.
(36 letters and 28 postcards)
Also includes 4 letters from Brett Weston; 9 brochures, pamphlets, and announcements; 13 clippings about Edward Weston (many about his death); 2 photocopies of Brett Weston portraits of Christel Gang
All correspondence are arranged in chronological order.
- Gang, Christel, 1892-1966 (Person)
Language of Materials
Material in English
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Christel Gang was born in Germany in 1892 and later immigrated to Los Angeles in 1906, where she worked as a stenographer and translator. In 1925, she met photographer Edward Weston who hired her to take dictation of his original daybooks. Gang and Weston became lovers and he photographed her frequently. Even after their romantic relationship ended they continued to be friends, writing letters to each other regularly. Gang died in 1966.
1 Box (fraction of a linear foot)
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Correspondence, 1932-1956, primarily to Christel Gang from Edward Weston (1886-1958), photographer. Also includes correspondence from Edward Weston to Seymour Stern; four letters from Brett Weston to Gang; and clippings and brochures relating to Edward, Brett, and Cole Weston, ca. 1950-1967. Gang was a friend of Edward Weston and briefly provided secretarial services to him.
The Collection is arranged into the following series:
- Series 1:Correspondence (Box 1)
- Series 2: Photocopies of portraits of Christel Gang by Brett Weston, n.d. (Box 1)
- Series 3: Printed material (Box 1)
The Christel Gang Collection was purchased from the Witkin Gallery in 1980.
Inventory revised July 1989, Leslie Calmes.
Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016.
- Guggenheim Fellowship Project (Organization)
- Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Department of Film (Organization)
- Group f.64 (Organization)
- Christel Gang Collection 1932-1967
- Finding aid created by Lenox Wiese
- © 2016
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