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Gertrude Abercrombie papers, circa 1880-1986, bulk 1935-1977

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Series 11: Photographs , circa 1880-1978
1 Linear foot
Boxes 5-7; OV 8

Photographs are of art work, people, places, and miscellaneous subjects; negatives, slides, and transparencies are included in this series, too.
Photographs of art include the work of Gertrude Abercrombie, Karl Priebe, and Charles Sebree.
People pictured are Gertrude Abercrombie and family, including her parents, Richard I. Livingston, Dinah Livingston, and Frank Sandiford. There are also 19th and early 20th century photographs of ancestors. Among the images of friends are: Ivan le Lorraine Albright, Arnold Blanch, Dudley Huppler, Doris Lee, Karl Priebe, and Richard Purdy. Photographs of jazz artists include: Louis Armstrong, George Davis, Erroll Garner, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Hines, Orlando, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughn, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. Of particular note the portraits of Gertrude Abercrombie and Dizzy Gillespie by Carl Van Vechten.
Among the photographs of places are interior views of Gertrude Abercrombie's home and studio, unidentified landscapes, travel pictures of San Francisco and commercially produced stereopticon slides of other locations. Miscellaneous subjects are automobiles, cats, exhibition installations, and a still life setup.
Photographs are arranged into 5 subseries:
  • Subseries 1: Art Work, 1978, undated
  • Subseries 2: People, circa 1880-1976, undated
  • Subseries 3: Places, 1958-1971, undated
  • Subseries 4: Miscellaneous Subjects, 1931-1961, undated
  • Subseries 5: Negatives, Slides, and Transparencies, 1963, undated
11.1: Art work, 1978, undated
Description Container
By Gertrude Abercrombie, 1935-1978, undated
5
35-36
By Other Artists (works by Karl Priebe, Charles Sebree, and unknown, owned by Gertrude Abercrombie), undated
5
37
11.2: People, circa 1880-1976, undated
Description Container
Gertrude Abercrombie (includes portrait by Carl Van Vechten), circa 1909-1970s
(see also: Box 7; OV 8)
5
38-44
Gertrude Abercrombie with Groups (including Cameron, Huppler, Sandiford, Priebe, and unidentified), 1953-1960, undated
(see also: Box 7)
5
45
Gertrude Abercrombie with Groups (unidentified), undated
5
46
Gertrude Abercrombie with Individuals (Alizier, Benjamin, Cameron), 1939-1954, undated
5
47
Gertrude Abercrombie with Individuals (unidentified), 1932-1966, undated
(see also: Box 7)
5
48
Gertrude Abercrombie and Friends, circa 1945
(26 Photomatic pictures in small metal frames)
5
49-50
Family
Emma Gertrude Stevens Christmas Abercrombie [grandmother], 19th century
5
51
Joseph Abercrombie [grandfather?], 19th century
5
52
Tom and Jane Abercrombie [parents] (some views with Gertrude), 19th century-1920s, undated
5
53
Dinah Livingston [daughter], circa 1942-1960s
(see also: Box 7)
5
54
Robert Livingston [first husband] (some views with Gertrude and Dinah), undated
5
55
Frank Sandiford [second husband] (some views with Gertrude, unidentified individuals, and groups), 1947-1959, undated
5
56
Mr. and Mrs. James Stevens (Christmas) [great grandparents], 19th century
5
57
Unidentified Relatives, 19th century-1931, undated
5
58
Groups (including Don Baum, Arnold Blanch, Lester Bridaham, Dudley Huppler, Doris Lee, and Karl Priebe), 1936-1970, undated
6
1
Groups (unidentified), 1942-1969, undated
6
2
Individuals (Albright-Pearson), 1934-1975, undated
  • Albright, Ivan le Lorraine
  • Burroughs, Margaret
  • Chunning
  • Gillman, Mack
  • Hevish, Jack
  • Hupler, Dudley
  • Krogh, Whitney
  • Mann, Helen
  • Meyer, Kenneth
  • Meyers, Dick
  • Pearson, Albert Raphael
  • Purdy, Richard ( see: Box 7)
6
3
Individuals (Priebe, Karl), 1970, undated
6
4
Individuals (Ruwolo [?]-Woolf), 1942, undated
  • Ruwolo [?]. Felix
  • Tichon, James
  • Velde, Rosabelle
  • Wilcox, Wendell
  • Woolf, Samuel
6
5
Individuals (Unidentified), 1936-1976, undated
(see also: OV 8)
6
6
Jazz Artists (Armstrong-Garner), undated
  • Armstrong, Louis
  • Bigard, Barney
  • Catlett, Sidney
  • Cooper, Nicholas F.
  • Davis, George ( see also: Box 7)
  • Garner, Erroll
6
7
Jazz Artists (Gillsepie, Dizzy; includes portraits by Carl Van Vechten), 1947, undated
6
8
Jazz Artists (Gordon-Washington), 1947, undated
  • Gordon, Dexter and Melba Liston
  • Harris, Bill
  • Hawkins, Coleman
  • Hines, Earl
  • Jackson, David
  • Krissly, Swiss
  • Liston, Melba ( see: Gordon, Dexter and Melba Liston)
  • McGhee, Howard
  • Orlando
  • Parker, Charlie
  • Phillips, Joe "Flip"
  • Potter, Tommy
  • Roach, Max
  • Rollins, Sonny
  • Sinatra, Frank
  • Thompson, Sonny
  • Vaughn, Sarah
  • Venturo, Charlie
  • Washington, Leon
6
9
Jazz Artists (unidentified), undated
6
10
Jazz Artists - Groups (Modern Jazz Quartet), undated
6
11
Jazz Artists - Groups (including Davis, Harris, Roach, Rollins, Vaughn, unidentified, Gertrude Abercrombie and Frank Sandiford), 1959, undated
6
12
Gertrude Abercrombie, undated
(see also: Box 5)
7
5
Gertrude Abercrombie with Others (school picture; with unidentified man), circa 1923, undated
(see also: Box 5)
7
6
Family and Individuals (Dinah Livingston [daughter]; Richard Purdy), undated
(see also: Box 6)
7
7
Jazz Artists (Davis, George; unidentified), undated
(see also: Box 6)
7
8
Gertrude (Raphael McPerhson, photographer); Unidentified Man, 19th century; undated
OV 8
11.3: Places, 1958-1971, undated
Description Container
Buildings - Exteriors (home of Gertrude Abercrombie [?]; unidentified), 1958, undated
6
13-14
Buildings - Interiors (home and studio of Gertrude Abercrombie), 1971, undated
6
15
Landscapes (unidentified), undated
6
16
San Francisco, undated
6
17
Stereopticon Slides (mainly travel pictures), circa 1880-1900
6
18
11.4: Miscellaneous Subjects, 1931-1961, undated
Description Container
Automobiles, undated
6
19
Cats, undated
(see also: Box 7)
6
20
Elephants, undated
6
21
Exhibitions (unidentified group show with self-portrait; "Shells from the Collections of Gertrude Abercrombie", 1931, undated
6
22
Sailboat, "Jolly Molly", 1961
6
23
Still Life Setup, undated, undated
6
24
Cats, undated
7
9
11.5: Negatives, Slides, and Transparencies, 1963, undated
Description Container
Art Work
Negatives, undated
6
25
Slides, 1963, undated
6
26
Transparencies, undated
6
27
People
Negatives, undated
6
28
Slides, undated
6
29
Transparencies, undated
6
30
Places
Negatives, undated
6
31
Slide, undated
6
32
Miscellaneous Subjects (negatives), undated
6
33

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