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Faurest Davis collection

Identifier: AG 111

Scope and Contents

The Faurest Davis collection consists of four folders contained in one box. Folder one houses a postcard from Edward Weston to Davis discussing exhibition prints. Folder two contains a photocopied list of Davis’ exhibitions and critiques. Folder three contains photographic materials related to Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, while folder four has photocopies of correspondence addressed to Davis about William V. Turnage.


  • 1937-1987


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Permission to read correspondence less than 25 years old must be obtained from the holder of literary rights. Other restrictions may apply. See the Archivist for information.

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

Faurest Davis was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1906 and shortly after moved with his family to Louisville, Kentucky where he learned to play piano and paint. In 1930 he began his studies in Astronomy at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He quickly found a connection with the art department and in 1930 embarked on creative projects with an 8”x10” view camera. He spent some time photographing tree rings for research and later became a commercial photographer in Tucson from 1939-1941. During this time he also met Ansel Adams, who exhibited Davis at the San Francisco Golden Gate Exposition, and Beaumont Newhall, who purchased a few of Davis’ photographs for the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Davis died in Tucson, Arizona in 1991.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

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


This collection contains miscellaneous materials documenting the life and career of Faurest Davis (1906-1991), photographer. Each group of materials will be described separately. The collection is active.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Activity files, 1937-1987, 1 box/4 folders

Other Finding Aids

Please visit the CCP website for a more descriptive version of the finding aid, which includes a detailed inventory list.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Faurest Davis, 1987.


  • Coke, Van Deren, The Photographs of Faurest Davis: [exhibition] San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 29 September – 11 November 1984.


  1. Davis, Faurest, 1906-1991
  2. Weston, Edward, 1886-1958
  3. Photography

Processing Information

The materials in series 1 were withdrawn from MISCELLANEOUS SMALL COLLECTIONS (AG 8, Subroup 37) by Kristi Bradford in May 1990.

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016 and by Tai Huesgen in November 2020.

Faurest Davis collection 1937-1987
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States