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Clarence John Laughlin collection

Identifier: AG 223

Scope and Contents

The Clarence John Laughlin Collection includes eight newsletters, miscellaneous small pamphlets and catalogs from 1959-1981, and papers related to Laughlin and his work.


  • undated


Language of Materials

Material in English

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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

Biographical Note

Clarence John Laughlin was born in Louisiana in 1905 and first picked up a camera at age twenty-five. He worked as a Civil Service photographer with the United States Engineer’s office, a photographer at Vogue magazine, and an assistant photographer at the National Archives in Washington D.C. He is best known for being one of the first surrealists in the United States, creating imagery that linked his love of literature with that of photography. Laughlin died in 1985.


3 Boxes

Metadata Rights Declarations

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


Miscellaneous materials documenting the career and life of Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985), photographer and author.


The Collection is arranged into 3 boxes.

Custodial History

The collection is composed of materials donated by Laughlin to the Center over many years.

Related Materials

Laughlin's library, comprising over 30,000 volumes, was purchased by Louisiana State University in 1986. The largest collection of Laughlin’s photographs is held by the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Processing Information

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in June 2016.

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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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