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Arnold Gassan archive

Identifier: AG 58

Scope and Contents

The first series, Correspondence, includes correspondence with notable artists such as Ansel Adams, Minor White, and others, along with correspondence with Center for Creative Photography staff. A selected index is included in the container list.

Series two, Activity Files, includes several articles written by notable American photographers, transcribed notes and interview, Ansel Adams lecture notes and Yosemite workshop journal, portfolio announcement, exhibition slides, and two Many materials are missing dates.

Series three, Publications, includes publications, exhibition catalogs, and Gassan’s 1986 Ph.D. dissertation.

Series four, Photographic materials, includes the last photogravure plate in the portfolio The Grottoes (1969) and a photogravure test print of William Jenkins in 1967, along with photographic proofs from Syl Labrot’s Pleasure Beach.

Series five, Personal papers, includes papers over the period of 1968 to 1989 as well as publishing correspondence.


  • 1945-1989


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

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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

Arnold Gassan (1930-2001) was an American photographer, author, and psychologist. Notable photographic books written by Gassan include of A Chronology of Photography (1972) and Exploring Black and White Photography (1989). Gassan became a licensed psychologist in Arizona in 1991.


11 Boxes (4 linear feet)

Metadata Rights Declarations

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Papers, 1945 - 1989, of Arnold Gassan (1930 - 2001), photographer. Correspondents include Minor White, Walter Chappell, Syl Labrot, Ansel Adams, and Ralph Eugene Meatyard. Of interest are a transcription of a journal kept by Gassan during his participation in Adams’ Yosemite workshop in June 1959, a mimeographed review of notes from lectures given by Adams at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), in 1945, an author’s manuscript for a revised edition of A Chronology of Photography, and the working notes for an article in Aperture (1955) by Minor White and Walter Chappell.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Activity Files
  3. Series 3: Publications
  4. Series 4: Photographic Materials
  5. Series 5: Personal Papers

Custodial History

This collection was a gift to the Center for Creative Photography from Arnold Gassan beginning in 1982.

Processing Information

Processed in 1985 by Roger Myers. Revised July 1988. Bulk of the collection is unprocessed.

For a detailed inventory list of the archive, please see the finding aid on the CCP website.

Arnold Gassan archive, 1945-1989
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

1030 N. Olive RD
Tucson Arizona 85721 United States