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Doris Ulmann collection

Identifier: AG 84

Scope and Contents

The Doris Ulmann Collection consists mostly of various photographic equipment such as a 4x5" Korona view camera with Unifocal l:4.5f 24cm lens, a camera case containing Kodak film pack adapter, lens cleaning paper, Agfa information brochures, and film holders. The collection also includes oversize materials consisting of three of Ulmann’s tripods. []


  • undated


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical Note

A New Yorker by birth, Doris Ulmann preserved the rural cultures of the southeastern United States through her photographs. She worked particularly in the "Southern Highlands" of the Appalachian Mountains, creating portraits of the residents. In 1933, she contributed photographs to Roll, Jordan, Roll, a book by novelist Julia Peterkin about the vanishing black culture, known as Gullah, of the South Carolina islands and coastal areas. In collaboration with musician, actor, and folklorist John Jacob Niles, she made what Niles called annual "folklore and photographic expeditions" to the Southern Highlands between 1928 and 1934.

Ulmann's equipment was somewhat cumbersome and old-fashioned for her time. She most often used a 6½ x 8½ inch, tripod-mounted view camera, although the lightweight, hand-held camera was more prevalent, and she produced soft-focus platinum prints. The muted, warm tonality of the platinum image was a gentle complement to her respectful, sympathetic portrayals of subjects whose lives were different from her own.


1 Linear Foot (plus oversize material)

Metadata Rights Declarations

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


Photographic equipment of Doris Ulmann (1882-1934), American photographer. Includes tripods, lens, film holders, and camera.

Custodial History

This material was a gift of Mrs. John Jacob Niles in 1981.

John Jacob Niles was Ulmann's assistant, friend, and co-author of The Appalachian Photographs of Doris Ulmann (1971).

Processing Information

Processed in January 1987 by CCP archives staff. The finding aid was updated in 2017 by Paloma Phelps.

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Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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