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Grey Silva collection

 Collection
Identifier: AG 134

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Scope and Contents

Papers and photographic materials of Grey Silva (1911-1997), photographer. Silva was a student and friend of William Mortensen. Some of the materials in this collection were given by William Mortensen to Silva. Included are negatives and contact prints of both Silva and Mortensen, correspondence, personal papers, and publications by Mortensen. The CCP print collection includes approximately 400 fine prints acquired at the same time.

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Dates

  • 1918-1980

Creator

Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

To access materials from this collection, please contact CCP-RefDesk@email.arizona.edu

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

Biographical Note

Grey Silva was born July 23, 1911 and died May 1, 1997. His interest in photography began in 1957, during which he studied with Pictorialist photographer and developer of the Metalchrome technique to color black and white photographs. Silva lived in San Diego, California but regularly commuted to Laguna Beach to study with Mortensen until Mortensen’s death in 1965. Silva was an active member of the Photographic Society of America.

Extent

14 Linear Feet

Metadata Rights Declarations

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

Abstract

Papers and photographic materials of Grey Silva (1911-1997), photographer. Silva was a student and friend of William Mortensen. Some of the materials in this collection were given by William Mortensen to Silva. Included are negatives and contact prints of both Silva and Mortensen, correspondence, personal papers, and publications by Mortensen. The CCP print collection includes approximately 400 fine prints acquired at the same time.

Arrangement

The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, n.d, 1965-1976, 1 box
  2. Series 2: Publications, n.d., 1969, 2 boxes
  3. Series 3: Exhibition materials, 1963-1980, 1 box
  4. Series 4: Damaged materials, n.d., 1 box
  5. Series 5: Artifacts and memorabilia, n.d., 2 boxes
  6. Series 6: Artwork, n.d., 1 box
  7. Series 7: Photographic materials, n.d., 10 boxes [?]
  8. Series 8: William Mortensen materials, n.d., 1920s, 12 boxes
  9. Series 9: Models, n.d., 1 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Grey Silva Collection was acquired from the Silva family in 1998.

Related Materials

The Center has several archival collections containing materials documenting the life and career of William Mortensen. Researchers are invited to consult the:

  1. William Mortensen archive (AG147)
  2. William Mortensen & George Dunham collection (AG43)
  3. William Mortensen miscellaneous acquisitions collection (AG191)

In addition, CCP has collections acquired from a number of Mortensen’s students:

  1. Robert Balcomb (AG180)
  2. Anson Beman (AG185)
  3. Richard Bennet (AG191)
  4. R. H. Cochran, Jr. (AG191)
  5. Ralph D. Hosenpud (AG227)
  6. Ben Maxey (AG112)
  7. Grey Silva (AG134)

CCP also has collections related to other photographers from the Pictorialist tradition:

  1. Paul L. Anderson (AG40)
  2. A. Aubrey Bodine (AG139)
  3. Adolf Fassbender (AG168)

Several boxes of fine prints have been relocated to the CCP Fine Prints collection.

Separated Materials

Approximately 400 fine prints by Grey Silva and William Mortensen have been transferred to the Center for Creative Photography fine prints collection.

Processing Information

Amy Linker completed initial processing, September 1998. Final processing has yet to be completed. Finding aid updated by A. Rule, September 2009. Finding aid was updated by Tai Huesgen in 2019.

Title
Grey Silva collection 1918-1980
Author
Finding aid created by CCP Archives Staff
Date
© 2021
Description rules
Finding Aid Based On Dacs (Describing Archives: A Content Standard)
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid encoded in English

Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

Contact:
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