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Ansel and Virginia Adams letters from Imogen Cunningham, 1966

Adams, Ansel Easton, 1902-1984



Collection Information

Size: 2 Items

Summary: The Ansel and Virginia Adams letters from Imogen Cunningham consist of two letters from Imogen Cunningham to Ansel and Virginia Adams. One letter is regarding the death of Charles Mayhew, the Adams' son-in-law; the other is regarding a Group f/64 meeting, a photography group organized by Ansel Adams.

Biographical/Historical Note

Ansel Adams (1902-1984) was an American landscape photographer known for his black and white images of the American West. He took some of his earliest photographs at national parks and as a member of the Sierra Club, which he joined at the age of 17. He was later contracted with the United States Department of the Interior to make photographs of national parks. In 1980, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work and environmental advocacy.


Donated 2009 by Anne Adams Helms, Ansel Adams' daughter.

Related Materials

The Archives of American Art also holds the Ansel Adams correspondence with Imogen Cunningham, 1949-1976; the Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991; and an oral history interview with Imogen Cunningham, 1975 June 9 conducted by Louise Katzman and Paul Karlstrom. The University of California, Berkeley Bancroft Library holds the Ansel Adams collection and the University of California, Los Angeles Charles E. Young Research Library holds the Ansel Adams Papers, 1938-1944. The University of Arizona, Center for Creative Photography holds the Ansel Adams archive, the Ansel Adams Miscellaneous Acquisitions collection, the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust, and the Imogen Cunningham Miscellaneous Acquisitions Collection, 1920s-1974.

How to Use This Collection

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How to Cite This Collection

Ansel and Virginia Adams letters from Imogen Cunningham, 1966. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.