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Mark Kauffman miscellaneous acquisitions collection

Identifier: AG 159

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials collected from separate sources at different times.

Subgroup One consists of tear sheets, contact sheets, and reproduction prints of the commercial, documentary, and creative photography of Mark Kauffman. Small amounts of biographical materials and portraits of the artist are included, as well as several boxes of family snapshots.

Subgroup Two consists of photographs, letters, publications, and awards related to LIFE magazine grand prize for the photograph, “I only want to see Ike and Mamie,” 1952.


  • 1952-1992


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

To access materials from this collection, please contact

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to the photographic works of Mark Kauffman is held by the Kauffman estate. Contact G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, 908 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401 for further details.

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

Mark Kauffman (1922-1994) became the youngest person to ever photograph a LIFE magazine cover after his photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt was chosen, when Kauffman was a 17 year-old high school student. Kauffman went on to photograph around the world for LIFE for 30 years. In World War II he became a combat photographer in the U.S. Marines before returning to the staff of LIFE in 1945. During his career he received the Photographer of the Year Award from Encyclopedia Britannica and the White House News Photographers’ Grand Award. Kauffman was known for innovations in sports photography, including designing a motorized camera with a telephoto lens, and was chosen as the founding photo editor of Sports Illustrated, with one of his photographs of a baseball game featured on the first cover of the magazine in 1954. Between 1971 and 1976 Kauffman worked as director of photography at Playboy Magazine. He taught as professor of photography in the Art and Design Department of California Polytechnic State University from 1986 to 1992. He died in 1994 at the age of 71.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

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


Papers and photographic materials of Mark Kauffman (1922-1994), 1952-1992.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Subgroup 1: Photographic materials and tear sheets, n.d., 6 boxes
  2. Subgroup 2: Documents, photographs, ephemera, n.d., 1952-1992, 1 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Subgroup 1, donation of Kenneth W. Slutsky in 1999.

Subgroup 2, donation of James C. Scott, Librarian / Archivist, Special Collections of the Sacramento Public Library. The materials were an unsolicited gift from an unidentified donor, 2019.


  • Kauffman, 71. Cal Poly Report, Vol. 47, No. 38, California Polytechnic State University, 19 August 1994. Accessed 06 July 2020.
  • Mark Kauffman; Life Magazine Photographer. Los Angeles Times, 09 August 1994, Accessed 06 July 2020.
  • Mark Kauffman; Photographer, 71. New York Times, The New York Times Company, 11 August 1994, Section D, page 20, Accessed 06 July 2020.
  • The Photography of Mark Kauffman. LIFE, Accessed 06 July 2020.

Processing Information

Preliminary processing was completed by A. Rule in July 2004.

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

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Repository Details

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