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Magnum Photos collection

Identifier: AG 104

Scope and Contents

The Magnum Photos Collection consists of four series organized into twelve boxes. Series one contains internal memos, logs, and photocopies of memos of the Magnum Photo collective, dated 1950 - 1989. Series two contains research materials and correspondence for the book, In Our Time. Series three contains the Magnum photographers’ research files, arranged alphabetically by photographer. Series four contains documentation on the book, In Our Time, which includes press releases, press packets, reviews, and more.


  • 1950-1990


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

Historical Note:

The book and exhibition In Our Time: The World as Seen by Magnum Photographers was sponsored and co-published by the American Federation of Arts. In addition to the American Federation of Arts, contributing authors include the Eastman Kodak Company, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Jean Lacouture, William Manchester, and Fred Ritchin. Originally published in 1989, In Our Time captures fifty-five years of the world in over three hundred photographs, from the Spanish Civil War through the 1980s. Subject matter focuses on humanity, from war, poverty, crime, and famine, to family life, religion, high society and celebrities. Each picture represents the twentieth century experiences compiled by the Magnum photographers, which was a collective established in 1947 to give photojournalists artist license and control over the rights to their own works. One of the photographers featured in the book is W. Eugene Smith, who has a very large archival collection held at the Center for Creative Photography.


12 Boxes (3 linear feet)

Metadata Rights Declarations

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


Research files assembled during work on the book and exhibition In Our Time: The World as Seen by Magnum Photographers. The files were brought together by Stuart Alexander (1955- ), photohistorian, during 1986-1990. Included are copies of Magnum publications and memos, biographical materials, bibliographies, chronologies, correspondence, and clippings pertaining to the history of Magnum Photos and its members. Of special note are the detailed files on individual Magnum photographers.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1:Magnum Photos: Internal memos and logs (Boxes 1-3)
  2. Series 2: Research materials for In Our Time (Boxes 4-5)
  3. Series 3: Magnum photographers research files (Boxes 6-11)
  4. Series 4: In Our Time: The World as Seen by Magnum Photographers (Box 12)

Custodial History

The collection was a gift of Stuart Alexander and the American Federation of Arts, which sponsored the exhibition and co-published the book. The archival Magnum materials were a gift of John G. Morris.

Processing Information

Organized and described by A. Rule, February 1991.

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016.

Magnum Photos Collection 1950-1990
Finding aid created by Lenox Wiese. Finding aid updated in 2022 by Elias Larralde
© 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States