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Robert Frank miscellaneous acquisitions collection

Identifier: AG 102

Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into three series of materials related to audiovisual items connected to Frank.

The first series contains audiotapes of dialogues with Robert Frank at the Advanced Studies Workshop, George Eastman House, 1967, made from the original reel-to reel tapes at IMP/GEH. Also included are handouts and schedules from the workshop.

Series Two consists of photocopies of typed transcripts of interviews conducted for the videotape Fire in the Sky: A Portrait of Robert Frank prepared for the exhibition, Robert Frank: New York to Nova Scotia, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1986. Researchers should note that the transcriptions are in rough draft form. They were not intended as final copies. Please note there may be errors. NOTE: Permission to quote from these transcripts must be obtained from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, as well as the person interviewed.

Series three consists of a record album cover for Allen Ginsberg, First Blues, with photographs by Robert Frank, 1982


  • 1967-1982


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

Robert Frank was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1924 and immigrated to New York in 1947 where he became a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar. After almost a decade in the United States, Frank won a Guggenheim Fellowship and left on a two year trip across the country to photograph for the well-known book The Americans. In 1959, Frank began his career as a filmmaker, which he currently continues to pursue.


2 Boxes (1.25 linear feet)

Metadata Rights Declarations

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


This collection contains miscellaneous materials documenting the career and life of Robert Frank (1924- ), photographer and filmmaker. Each group of materials will be described separately.


The Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Series 1: Audiotapes
  2. Series 2: Transcripts
  3. Series 3: Photographs

Custodial History

Series one, Gift of Stuart Alexander, 1986.

Series two, Gift of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1986.

Series three, Gift of Peter MacGill, 1987.

Processing Information

The materials found in Subgroups 1 and 2 were withdrawn from MISCELLANEOUS SMALL COLLECTIONS (AG 8, Subgroup 39) by Kristi Bradford in July, 1990. The materials found in Subgroup 3 were withdrawn from MISCELLANEOUS SMALL COLLECTIONS (AG 8, Subgroup 47) by Kristi Bradford in July, 1990.

File name: AG102RFR

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016.

Robert Frank Miscellaneous Acquisitions 1967-1982
Finding aid created by Lenox Wiese
© 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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Tucson Arizona 85721 United States