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Friends of Photography collection

Identifier: AG 186

Scope and Contents

The Friends of Photography records measure approximately 125 linear feet and date from 1964 to 2005, although the bulk of the material falls between 1985 and 2001 when the organization was based in San Francisco, California. Files from earlier years when the organization was located in Carmel, California were most likely lost during the group’s gradual move to San Francisco in the years following Ansel Adams death in 1984. Received in 2002 as a gift collection, records document the founding and growth of the Friends organization, its governance, administration, finances, programming, exhibitions and publications.

Records of the Board of Trustees seem to be complete, ranging from the years 1967 to 2001, and contain correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, and committee files. While director files exist for James Alinder (1977-1987, 1989), Andy Grundberg (1993-1997), Deborah Klochko (1997-2001), and Richard Edwards (2001-2005, acting director during the dissolution process), there are no files from directors William Turnage (1972), Fred R. Parker (1972-1974), William H. Rusher (1974-1976), Jim Enyeart (1976-1977), Lynn Upchurch (1987-1988), or Ronald Sterling Egherman (1989-1992). It is possible that files from these directors’ tenures were lost or discarded during the move to San Francisco.

Documentation of the Friends’ facilities in San Francisco is plentiful. The construction of the Friends of Photography’s second home on Mission Street in San Francisco (completed in 2000) is well recorded in the files of then-director Deborah Klochko. Included are architectural proposals, blueprints, plans, memos, notes and photographs of the project’s progression.

The collection contains extensive files for exhibitions shown between 1988 and 2001, including slide libraries documenting the individual pieces from each exhibition. Some documentation, particularly mailings and announcements, exists for exhibitions held prior to 1988. The Friends created recordings, both audio and video, of their exhibitions as well as guest lectures, interviews, and educational programming. These recordings span events held from 1987 to 1997. Many tapes are missing labels and/or dates.

Development records contain grant applications and foundation files, as well as annual auctions and other fundraising programs. The education department of the Friends is well documented with correspondence, files, photographs, and memos from the early 1990s through 2001. Earlier records, back to 1972, are available for the workshop programs.

A highlight of the collection is the complete run of Friends of Photography publications, including the newsletter re:view, journals See and Untitled, and all monographs from 1969-2001. A file of Ansel Adams papers includes original correspondence about the early years of the Friends, and a dismantled scrapbook documents exhibitions from 1990 to 1993.


  • 1964-2005


Language of Materials

Material in Predominantly English

Conditions Governing Access

In addition to the copyright protection described by law, the Center enforces a twenty-five year privacy rule on personal correspondence. Permission to read letters written within the past twenty-five years must be obtained in advance from the correspondent.

Certain personnel and tax forms have been restricted.

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Historical Note

The Friends of Photography was formed in 1967 in Carmel, California of eleven members, including Ansel Adams, Beaumont & Nancy Newhall, Brett Weston, and other figures involved in 20th century photography. After Ansel Adams’s death in 1984, the Friends began searching for gallery space in San Francisco, first moving into office space and eventually opening the Ansel Adams Center in the Yerba Buena cultural district in 1989. In 2001 the Friends moved into a new facility on Mission Street in San Francisco but, facing financial difficulties, decided to close within the year. The Friends’ final exhibitions ended on September 30, 2001 and the group closed its doors to the public in October, 2001.


125 Linear Feet

Metadata Rights Declarations

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


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

Series 1: Organizational records, n.d., 1967-2002, 6 boxes

  1. Subseries 1: General files, n.d., 1967-2000, 1 box
  2. Subseries 2: Buildings, leases, 1972-2000, 1 box
  3. Subseries 3: Carmel residence, endowment, 1981-1996, 1 box
  4. Subseries 4: Awards and events, 1982-2002, 1 box
  5. Subseries 5: Miscellaneous, n.d., 1988-2001, 2 boxes

Series 2: Board of Trustees, n.d., 1967-01, 5 boxes

  1. Subseries 1: General files, n.d, 1985-2001, 1 box
  2. Subseries 2: Meeting files, 1967-2001, 4 boxes

Series 3: Director files, n.d., 1967-2005, 10 boxes

  1. Subseries 1: James Alinder, n.d., 1978-1988, 1 box
  2. Subseries 2: Andy Grundberg, 1967-1997, 1 box
  3. Subseries 3: Deborah Klochko, 1984-2000, 3 boxes
  4. Subseries 4: Richard Edwards, 1975-2005, 5 boxes
  1. Series 4: Financial records, n.d., 1967-2001, 2 boxes

Series 5: Development, n.d., 1972-2002, 14 boxes

  1. Subseries 1: Foundation files, n.d., 1983-2001, 5 boxes
  2. Subseries 2: Grant files, n.d., 1973-2002, 6 boxes
  3. Subseries 3: Membership/collector print programs, n.d., 1980-2001, 1 box
  4. Subseries 4: Auction files, 1982-2000, 1 box
  5. Subseries 5: Miscellaneous, n.d., 1972-2001, 1 box

Series 6: Education, n.d., 1972-2001, 11 boxes

  1. Subseries 1: Programs, n.d., 1992-2001, 6 boxes
  2. Subseries 2: Workshops, n.d., 1972-2000, 5 boxes
  1. Series 7: Public relations/press files, n.d., 1979-2001, 4 boxes
  2. Series 8: Exhibitions, n.d., 1967-2002, 18 boxes
  3. Series 9: Audiovisual materials, n.d., 1987-1997, 5 boxes

Series 10: Photographic materials, n.d., circa 1970s-1996, 6 boxes

  1. Subseries 1: Miscellaneous, n.d., circa 1970s-1980s, 1988, 1996, 1 box
  2. Subseries 2: Exhibition slides, n.d., 4 boxes
  3. Subseries 3: Portraits of Ansel Adams, n.d., 1 box
  1. Series 11: Publications, n.d., 1969-2001, 9 boxes
  2. Series 12: Miscellaneous materials, n.d., 1964-1993, 3 boxes

There are three appendices:

  1. Appendix A: Bibliography of Friends of Photography Publications
  2. Appendix B: History of the Friends
  3. Appendix C: Exhibition Chronology

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Friends of Photography. Collection arrived in 2002, with subsequent boxes sent in 2006.


Additional materials were acquired in 2006.

Related Materials

Researchers may also wish to view the following CCP archives for further information on the Friends of Photography: Ansel Adams (AG 31), Wynn Bullock (AG 10 and AG80), John Gutmann (AG173 and AG242), Robert Heinecken (AG45 and AG235), Bill Jay (AG184), Beaumont and Nancy Newhall (AG48 and AG125), Oracle Conference Collection (AG110), Marion Palfi (AG46 and AG130), Aaron Siskind (AG30, AG141, and AG26), W. Eugene Smith (AG33 and AG79), Frederick Sommer (AG28 and AG36), Paul Strand (AG17 and AG94), Willard Van Dyke (AG77 and AG97), Brett Weston (AG143 and AG247), Lee Witkin/Witkin Gallery (AG62 and AG259), and Max Yavno (AG136).

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Meredith Friedman in 2007. The finding aid was updated by Tai Huesgen in 2019 and 2020.

Friends of Photography archive 1964-2005
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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