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Christel Gang collection

Identifier: AG 47

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.


  • 1932-1967


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights to the Edward Weston letters are held by the Center for Creative Photography.

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

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)

Metadata Rights Declarations

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


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:

  1. Series 1:Correspondence (Box 1)
  2. Series 2: Photocopies of portraits of Christel Gang by Brett Weston, n.d. (Box 1)
  3. Series 3: Printed material (Box 1)

Custodial History

The Christel Gang Collection was purchased from the Witkin Gallery in 1980.

Processing Information

Inventory revised July 1989, Leslie Calmes.

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016.

Christel Gang Collection 1932-1967
Finding aid created by Lenox Wiese
© 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