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John V. Tellaisha collection

Identifier: AG 8

Scope and Contents

There are five folders in this collection, which contain correspondence, magazine/ journal pages, and photographic materials. Correspondence includes 7 postcards and 5 letters, dating between 1944-1951, from Weston to Tellaisha concerning a purchase of photographs, and 1 letter dated 1956 from Brett Weston (1911-1993), photographer and son of Edward Weston, to Tellaisha proposing a meeting. Other materials include a review from Saturday Review of the film "The Photographer" (1947) directed by Willard Van Dyke; an Encyclopedia Britannica Library Resource Service report on Edward Weston (5 pages); a wrapper from photographs in Weston's handwriting (1944); and a portrait of Weston.


  • 1944-1956


Language of Materials

Material in English

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Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by this person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Biographical Note

John V. Tellaisha was born February 15, 1913 in Rockford, Illinois. A musician and educator, Tellaisha was a graduate of both Illinois Wesleyan and Northwestern Universities with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. In 1940, he met photographer Edward Weston at a Camera Craft Conclave in Oakland, California. It was through Weston that Tellaisha became acquainted with Ansel Adams, and went on to attend the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco where he worked with Minor White, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and other photographers. Tellaisha passed away on August 1, 2006 in Plantation, Florida.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

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


This collection contains information pertaining to photography and specifically to the life and career of Edward Weston (1886-1958), photographer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was a series of gifts from John V. Tellaisha starting in 1990.

Related Materials

There are other collections in the CCP archives relating to Edward Weston: AG38 consists of the Edward Weston archive; AG6 contains miscellaneous materials on Edward Weston; AG5 contains papers, with the bulk of materials containing letters between Edward Weston and Johan Hagemeyer. There is also an archive for Brett Weston, AG143, and a miscellaneous collection, AG247.

Separated Materials

Books donated by Tellaisha have been integrated into the CCP Library holdings.

Processing Information

Processed in 1990 by Amy Rule.


John V. Tellaisha collection 1944-1956
Finding aid created by Amy Rule
© 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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