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Edward Weston miscellaneous acquisitions collection

Identifier: AG 6

Scope and Contents

The Edward Weston miscellaneous acquisitions collection comprises fifty-seven subgroups containing a variety of materials pertaining to the life and career of Edward Weston.

Subgroup 1 contains correspondence with J. Powell Scott, 1936-37.

Subgroup 2 includes correspondence with Jehanne Beatry Salinger Carlson, circa 1928.

Subgroup 3 is a manuscript by Weston titled Photography in America, 1929.

Subgroup 4 contains Lou Stoumen correspondence, 1948.

Subgroup 5 consists of the George Hoxie papers, 1945.

Subgroup 6 contains materials related to a Weston/Hagemeyer exhibition at Gump's, 1925.

Subgroup 7 contains Carl Wagley Culpepper correspondence, 1951.

Subgroup 8 consists of Merle Armitage Papers inventory, 1983-1984.

Subgroup 9 includes correspondence with Minor White, 1947-57.

Subgroup 10 contains the Esther Tuthill Compton papers, 1937-70s.

Subgroup 11 consists of "Edward Weston's Toilet," by Amy Conger, 1984.

Subgroup 12 is made up of Weston family album contact sheets, n.d.

Subgroup 13 is a questionnaire written by Beaumont and Nancy Newhall, circa 1945.

Subgroup 14 contains a Margrethe Mather letter to Betty Brandner, 1920s.

Subgroup 15 comprises a Tina Modotti letter to Betty Brandner, 1920s.

Subgroup 16 includes a Ramiel McGehee letter to Betty Brandner, 1920s.

Subgroup 17 consists of Edward Weston letters to Betty Brandner, 1920s.

Subgroup 18 is an Edward Weston letter to John Davenport, 1943.

Subgroup 19 contains an exhibition catalog for Fotografias de Edward Weston/Brett Weston, 1966.

Subgroup 20 comprises miscellaneous research files.

Subgroup 21 is made up of Edward Weston letters to Miriam Lerner Fisher, 1925-56.

Subgroup 22 contains "Edward Weston and Jake Zeitlin," by Constance W. Glenn, 1984.

Subgroup 23 includes research prints made by CCP staff.

Subgroup 24 consists of a videotape of "Edward Weston, Artist of the Camera," Pinhole Productions, 1981.

Subgroup 25 comprises letters between Walter Arensberg and Edward Weston, 1945-1954.

Subgroup 26 contains letters from Nancy Newhall to Rosario Mazzeo, 1955-1964.

Subgroup 27 is an etching of Edward Weston by Jack Coughlin, 1986.

Subgroup 28 is made up of photocopies of correspondence from Edward Weston to Mary Seaman and Jean Seaman, and photocopies of photographs associated with letters, n.d., 1941-1957.

Subgroup 29 contains letters to Daniel Masclett, 1949-1952.

Subgroup 30 comprises letters and a postcard to Imogen Cunningham from Edward Weston, 1928 and 1947.

Subgroup 31 is an interview with Brett Weston and James Enyeart about Edward Weston for CBS Sunday Morning, 1986.

Subgroup 32 contains letters from Llewellyn Bixby Smith to Sarah Bixby Smith, letters from Edward Weston to Sarah Bixby Smith, and "The Photography of Edward Weston" by Merle Armitage, Touring Topics, 1919-1930.

Subgroup 33 includes "A Contemporary Means to Creative Expression" by Edward Weston, 1932.

Subgroup 34 is made up of photographs by Edward Weston made in his Tropico, California studio, n.d., 1911-1915.

Subgroup 35 includes study prints made from Weston negatives of Tina Modotti, 1992.

Subgroup 36 contains a letter from Edward Weston to Karl Struss, circa 1923-27.

Subgroup 37 is a photocopy of a watercolor by Rose Krasnaw of Edward Weston’s house in Glendale, CA, 1930s.

Subgroup 38 consists of transcriptions of letters from Edward Weston to Jerome Hill, 1931-1936.

Subgroup 39 contains original negatives and portraits of Esperanza Velazquez Bringas, 1920s.

Subgroup 40 is a DVD, Eloquent Nude / The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston & Charis Wilson, 2007.

Subgroup 41 contains a photocopy of Ernest Raboff Gallery (Los Angeles) auction catalog, July 27-28, 1966.

Subgroup 42 comprises photocopies of letters from Weston to Candelario, 1940s.

Subgroup 43 contains photocopies of letters from Weston to Albert Bender, 1927-circa 1935.

Subgroup 44 includes photocopies of letters from Weston to Esther Compton, 1937.

Subgroup 45 is a VHS copy of “The Photographer” a film by Willard Van Dyke, 1948.

Subgroup 46 is a Edward Weston 8 x 10 inch negative, labeled DV-GC-4G, n.d.

Subgroup 47 contains black and white copy negatives from one Weston photograph and possibly more, n.d.

Subgroup 48 is an audio tape of talk given by Cole Weston, 1979.

Subgroup 49 contains a letter from Edward Weston to Dick McGraw, n.d., circa 1950s.

Subgroup 50 is made up of photocopies of letters from Edward Weston to May, Jean and Eloise Seaman, 1940s-1950s; and photocopies of typed daybook pages, 1920s.

Subgroup 51 contains a 15 ½ x 11 ¼ inches, enlarged positive film transparency (halftone) of “Two Shells, 1927” print by Edward Weston, n.d.

Subgroup 52 is an 8x10 copy negative by Kim Weston of N43-CH-1 Spring 1943.

Subgroup 53 is made up of photocopies of letters and photographs relating to Annita Delano, Pauline Schindler, and Una Jeffers, n.d., 1928-1936.

Subgroup 54 is a photocopy of a letter from Edward Weston to Rose Mandel, January 28, 1952.

Subgroup 55 contains eight black-and-white negatives, 3 ¼ x 4 1/4 inches of José Clemente Orozco, n.d.

Subgroup 56 consists of a photocopy of a letter from Edward Weston to James Chillman, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1930.

Subgroup 57 contains a copy of a guest book from Edward Weston house stored on USB flash drive, n.d.

Subgroup 58 comprises an 8x10 color transparency by Weston.


  • 1911-1915, 1919-1970s, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2007


Language of Materials

Material in English French

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Biographical Note

Edward Weston was born in Highland Park, Illinois on March 24, 1886. Weston was given his first camera by his father at age 16, and enrolled at the Illinois College of Photography in 1908. Weston cleverly completed the 12-month program in just six months and never received a certificate. In 1909, Weston married his first wife, Flora Chandler. His first son, Edward Chandler (born in 1910), and his second son, Brett Weston (born in 1911), both became successful photographers in their own right. In 1911, Weston opened a portrait studio in Tropico (now Glendale), California. Weston’s early pictorial work transitioned into more abstract photographs by 1919. Weston began keeping daily records of his life, called Daybooks, in 1915 and were published in the 1960s. In 1923, Weston traveled to Mexico where he opened a studio with Tina Modotti. Many of his well-known photographs were taken during this time, including portraits and nudes. In the late 1920s, Weston opened two studios in California with Brett. Weston also co-founded Group .f64 in 1932. Weston was the first photographer to ever receive a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1937, and he received a second one the next year. Weston used these funds to travel and photograph in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Weston’s work for a special edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was cut short after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, when he returned to Carmel. Weston was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1945. From 1946 to 1955, Weston had two major retrospective exhibitions in New York and Paris, experimented with color photography, and worked on thousands of prints with Brett’s help. Weston died in 1958.


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Miscellaneous materials documenting the life and career of Edward Weston (1886-1958), photographer. Includes correspondence, publications, photographic materials, artifacts, manuscripts and other materials. Each group of materials is described separately. The collection is still active.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance records are kept for each group of materials acquired from a different source.

Related Materials

AG 5, Edward Weston and Johan Hagemeyer collection

AG 38, Edward Weston archive

AG 64, G. Ray Hawkins Gallery collection

Separated Materials

Fine prints have been moved to the CCP Fine Print collection. One videotape has been moved to the CCP video collection.

Processing Information

The finding aid was updated in 2020 by Tai Huesgen.


Edward Weston miscellaneous acquisitions collection, 1911-1915, 1919-1970s, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2007
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