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Beaumont Newhall miscellaneous acquisitions collection

Identifier: AG 125

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two subgroups, each collected from a separate source. Items consist of correspondence and a notebook of course materials.

Subgroup one consists of two photocopied letters, one from Newhall to Elliott Arnold, August 28, 1945 and one from Arnold to Newhall September 8, 1945. Both letters discuss Tomorrow Will Sing written by Arnold. Correspondence originals are housed in the Elliott Arnold Papers, Special Collections, University of Arizona Library.

Subgroup two contains one notebook (242 p.) of photocopied typed class notes used by Newhall for the Harvard course “Museum Work and Museum Problems,” taught by Paul Sachs in 1930.


  • 1930-1945


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Conditions Governing Use

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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

Beaumont Newhall was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on June 22, 1908. Degrees in art history from Harvard (A.B. in 1930, M.A. in 1931) led to a brief stint as a lecturer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, then a position in the Department of Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. After further studies at the Institut d'Art et d'Archéologie, University of Paris and the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, Newhall was hired as the librarian at MOMA in 1935. In 1937, Newhall presented "Photography 1839-1937," an exhibition surveying the history of the medium that he had prepared at the invitation of Alfred H. Barr, the museum's director. An expanded version of Mr. Newhall's catalogue essay was published by the museum the following year as "Photography: A Short Critical History." A Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in 1947 enabled Newhall to enlarge this essay into a book, now titled "The History of Photography, 1839 to the Present." Revised by Newhall several times over the next 35 years, this book has become a standard general history of photography. Newhall was appointed the first curator of photography at MOMA in 1940, a position he held until 1945. From 1948 to 1958 Newhall was curator of the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House. He was its director from 1958 to 1971, during part of which time (1968-1971) he was also professor of Art at State University of New York at Buffalo. In 1971, he moved to Albuquerque, where he became professor of Art at UNM until 1984. He was appointed professor emeritus upon his retirement. He died at his home in Santa Fe, from complications from a stroke, February 26, 1993.


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Miscellaneous materials documenting the life and career of Beaumont Newhall (1908-1993), photohistorian, photographer, writer, and curator.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Subgroup 1, 1945, unknown donor, 1 folder
  2. Subgroup 2, 1930, gift of Eugenia Parry in 1998, 1 folder

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Subgroup one, unknown donor.

Subgroup two, gift of Eugenia Parry, 1998.

Related Materials

AG 48 Beaumont and Nancy Newhall collection.

Processing Information

Finding aid was updated by Tai Huesgen in 2019 and 2020.

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Repository Details

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