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Dan Weiner archive

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Identifier: AG 150

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Scope and Contents

The Dan Weiner archive is organized into seven series: Correspondence, 1950-1992; Activity files, n.d., 1941-1984; Financial records, 1958-1959; Biographical and personal papers, n.d., early 1950s-circa 1989; Publications, n.d., 1936-1993; Photographic materials, n.d., 1941-1971; and Artifacts, n.d.

Series 1, Correspondence, contains general correspondence, correspondence with Walter Rosenblum, Alan Paton, Sandra Weiner, and Peter Alexander.

Series 2, Activity files, is broken down into five subseries. Subseries 1, Photographic projects, contains notes and other materials related to Weiner’s projects. Subseries 2, The Photo League, contains correspondence, flyers, exhibition announcements, and materials related to the Photo League. Subseries 3 contains writings and interviews by Dan Weiner, while Subseries 4 is made up of writings about Dan Weiner. Subseries 5, Exhibition files, contains documents and photographic materials related to exhibitions by Weiner.

Series 3, Financial records, includes invoices and receipts between January of 1958 and January of 1959.

Series 4, Biographical and personal papers, contains documents and posthumous materials regarding Weiner’s life and death, as well as his notebooks from the 1950s.

Series 5, Publications, consists of tearsheets, monographs, and publications including photographs by Weiner; this series also contains two boxes of publications not related to Weiner.

Series 6, Photographic materials, is made up of five subseries. Subseries 1 contains photographic materials arranged chronologically and by project/publication. Subseries 2, Oversized photographic materials, consists of oversize photographic materials. Subseries 3, Slides, is made up of color and black and white 35mm slides of Weiner’s projects. Subseries 4, Negatives, contains black and white 35mm negatives in their original canisters. Subseries 5, Photographs, consists of two boxes of Dan Weiner photographs.

Series 7, Artifacts, consists of envelopes previously containing the collection materials.

There are also two appendices: Appendix A, Dan Weiner Bibliography; and Appendix B, List of projects, by year. Appendix A was compiled and annotated by Janae Huber in 1998 and contains information on books, magazine articles, newspaper articles, advertisements, interviews, and pamphlets either containing Weiner’s photographs or about Weiner himself. Appendix B is a list of Weiner’s photographic projects, organized by year, subject/project, and client.

Dates

  • 1936, 1941, 1946-1959, 1966-1969, 1971, 1973, 1977-1981, 1984-1993

Creator

Language of Materials

Material in English German

Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical Note

Dan Weiner (1919–1959) was an American photojournalist born in New York City in 1919. He received his first camera, a Voigtländer, in 1934. After attending New York City public schools, he studied painting at the Art Students League from 1937-1938. To further his career in painting he attended the Pratt Institute from 1939-1940, joined the Photo League, and came under the influence of Paul Strand, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and many others.

From 1940-1942, Weiner turned entirely to photography and went to work as an assistant to a commercial photographer. He served in the Air Force as a photographer and instructor from 1942-1946. After returning from the Second World War, Weiner opened his own commercial studio in New York where he photographed women’s hats for catalogues. In 1949 he gave up his studio and devoted himself full time to photojournalism, his work appearing in various magazines. He had his first one-man show in 1953 at the Camera Club of New York, which subsequently traveled around the United States, including the Eastman House, Rochester, New York.

In 1954 he traveled in Europe to photograph and in 1955 he traveled through South Africa with Alan Paton. “South Africa in Transition” (1956) became the result of his collaboration with Alan Paton, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. In 1956 Weiner covered the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott for Collier’s, one of the first major stories published on the rising militancy of the civil rights movement. From the years 1956 to 1957 he traveled extensively through Russia and Eastern Europe, much of his work being published by Fortune.

On January 26, 1959 Dan Weiner was killed in a plane crash while on assignment near Versailles, Kentucky when the pilot, the subject of one of his stories, collided with the side of a mountain during a freak snowstorm.

In 1994, Sandra Weiner gave the Center of Creative Photography this collection of papers and photographic material.

Chronology

1919
Born on October 12, in New York City.
1934
Received his first camera, a Voigtländer.
1937-1938
After attending New York City public schools, studied painting at the Art Students League.
1939-1940
Attended Pratt Institute. Joined the Photo League and came under the influence of Paul Strand, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and many others.
1940-1942
Turned entirely to photography and went to work as an assistant to a commercial photographer.
1942-1946
Served in the Air Force as a photographer and instructor.
1946
Opened his own commercial studio in New York; photographed women’s hats for catalogues.
1949
Gave up his studio and devoted himself full time to photojournalism.
1953
Had his first one-man show at the Camera Club of New York.
1954
Traveled and photographed in Europe.
1955
Traveled through South Africa with Alan Paton.
1956
South Africa in Transition, the result of his collaboration with Alan Paton, published by Charles Scribner’s Sons.
1956
Covered the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott for Colliers, one of the first major stories published on the rising militancy of the civil rights movement.
1956-1957
Traveled extensively through Russia and Eastern Europe, much of his work being published by Fortune.
1959
Killed in a plane crash while on assignment near Versailles, Kentucky, January 26.

Extent

25.5 Linear Feet

Metadata Rights Declarations

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Abstract

Papers and photographic materials (1936-1993) of Dan Weiner (1919-1959), American photographer and writer. Includes correspondence, pocket calendars, project files, publications, negatives, color transparencies, and contact sheets. Of special note are the materials related to the Photo League and to Weiner's book projects. A broad selection of American popular magazines of the fifties such as McCall’s, Collier’s, Sports Illustrated, and LIFE is included.

Arrangement

The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, 1950-1959, 1984, 1992

Series 2: Activity files, n.d., 1941, 1946-1950, 1952-1958, 1967-1969, 1980, 1984

  1. Subseries 1: Photographic projects, n.d., 1950-1961
  2. Subseries 2: The Photo League, n.d., 1941, 1946-1950, 1956
  3. Subseries 3: Writings and interviews by Dan Weiner, n.d., 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1955-1958
  4. Subseries 4: Writings about Dan Weiner, n.d., 1950
  5. Subseries 5: Exhibition files, 1953-1955, 1967-1969, 1980, 1984
  1. Series 3: Financial records, 1958-1959
  2. Series 4: Biographical and personal papers, n.d., 1950s, 1968, 1973, 1977-1981, circa 1989
  3. Series 5: Publications, n.d., 1936, 1948, 1950-1959, 1966-1967, 1979, 1980, 1984-1993

Series 6: Photographic materials, n.d., 1941, 1949-1959, 1971

  1. Subseries 1: Contact prints, n.d., 1949-1959
  2. Subseries 2: Oversized photographic materials, n.d., 1951-1954, 1956-1957
  3. Subseries 3: Slides, n.d., 1949-1959, 1971
  4. Subseries 4: Negatives, n.d., 1941, 1949-1950, 1952, 1954
  5. Subseries 5: Photographs, n.d.
  1. Series 7: Artifacts, n.d.
  2. Appendix A: Dan Weiner Bibliography
  3. Appendix B: List of projects, by year

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was a gift of Sandra Weiner in 1994.

General

  1. Paton, Alan, 1903-1988
  2. Weiner, Sandra, 1921-2014

Processing Information

The finding aid was updated by Tai Huesgen in 2020.

Creator

Title
Dan Weiner archive 1936, 1941, 1946-1959, 1966-1969, 1971, 1973, 1977-1981, 1984-1993
Author
Finding aid created by CCP Archives Staff
Date
© 2020
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

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