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Ansel Adams correspondence with Imogen Cunningham, 1949-1976

Adams, Ansel Easton, 1902-1984



Collection Information

Size: 73 Items (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Correspondence between Ansel and his wife Virginia Adams and Imogen Cunningham. Most are letters from Cunningham. They write about their work and about both artistic and technical problems of photography, about various proposals for a monograph on Cunningham, about Nathan Lyons and Karl Struss, and about personal matters. In one letter, Mrs. Adams offers Cunningham detailed advice on the disposition of her works and papers after her death.

Biographical/Historical Note

Photographer; Carmel, Calif.; d. Apr. 1984.


Photocopies of the letters were donated 1978 by Ansel Adams and microfilmed on reel 1410. Photocopies discarded after microfilming.

Location of Originals

  • Original letters are owned by the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 1410 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Letters are photocopies.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American Art does not own the originals. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce must be obtained from: Executor of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, Box 181, Route 1, Carmel, California 93921. Items for which publication permission is received must carry the following credit: "Courtesy of the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona at Tucson."

How to Cite This Collection

Ansel Adams correspondence with Imogen Cunningham, 1949-1976. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.