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Imogen Cunningham miscellaneous acquisitions collection

Identifier: AG 128

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises four series, each collected from a separate source. Among the materials are two letters written by Cunningham, an interview transcript, photographs of Cunningham, and bound photocopies of documents and ephemera related to the life and career of Cunningham.

Series 1, Correspondence, contains two original typed, signed letters from Imogen Cunningham to Anita Mozley, Curator, Stanford Museum of Art. Content of the letters is general. One letter is dated 3 May 1974, the other is undated.

Series 2, Interview transcript, consists of a 215 page transcript dated 1961 of a 1959 tape recorded interview with Cunningham conducted by Edna Tartsul Daniel for the Regional Cultural History Project of the University of California at Berkeley. Transcription was corrected and modified by Cunningham and includes a three page introduction by Beaumont Newhall. Original transcript was illustrated with photographs by William R. Heick of Mill Valley, California, but this copy contains no illustrations.

Series 3, Notebook, contains a bound volume of photocopies, entitled “IC Notebook,” of Cunningham’s documents, ephemera and letters, 1920s-1960s, related to her life and career. Compiler unknown, but notations made by “ICT,” possibly reference the Imogen Cunningham Trust. Volume is sectioned into topics. Of note are lists of sold prints, to whom sold, dates of prints, and prices.

Series 4, Photographs, includes five 8” x 10” black and white prints of Cunningham taken by photographer Jeanne O’Connor in 1973. Of note is an image of Cunningham with Lisette Model.


  • 1920s-1974


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Biographical Note

Imogen Cunningham was born in Portland, Oregon in 1883. She attended the University of Washington in Seattle for chemistry after being told by a professor that it would further her career in photography. After graduation she worked in Edward S. Curtis’ portrait studio. A few years later she opened her own studio in Seattle, photographing soft focus portraits of her and her friends. In 1914, Cunningham’s first solo exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences and ten of her photographs were exhibited in Film und Foto in Stuttgart, Germany. She was also an original member of the f.64 group. Cunningham died in 1976.


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Miscellaneous materials pertaining to the life and career of Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976), photographer. Each group of materials was collected from a separate source and is described individually as a series.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, n.d., 1974, 1 folder
  2. Series 2: Interview transcript, 1961, 1 folder
  3. Series 3: Notebook, 1920s-1960s, 1 folder
  4. Series 4: Photographs, 1973, 1 folder

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Series 1, gift of Anita Mozely, 1987.

Series 2, provenance unknown.

Series 3, provenance unknown.

Series 4, gift of Jeanne O’Connor, 2000.

Processing Information

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


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