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Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged into ten series according to material type:

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Series 1: Biographical Material , undated, 1907-1981
4 Folders
(Box 1)

This series includes a hand-written birth certificate signed by Cunningham's parents (1934), an affidavit of birth (1950), five biographical sketches, four award certificates, a diploma for an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and miscellaneous family tree information. A copy of a letter from the Cunningham Family Bible, dated Apr 30, 1956, and a letter from Roger Cunningham dated August 8, 1968 that provides genealogical information, can be found in Series 2: Correspondence.
Biographical materials are on reel 5034.
Description Container Select
Biographical Material, 1907-1981
1
1-3
Miscellaneous Family Tree Information, undated, 1970
1
4

Series 2: Correspondence , 1909-1991, undated
3.6 Linear feet
(Boxes 1-4)

Correspondence found in this series is with both family members and business colleagues, reflecting both aspects of Cunningham's life.
Correspondence is arranged chronologically with undated correspondence at the beginning of the series, followed by dated correspondence.
Description Container Select
Unidentified Correspondents, undated
Reel 5034
1
5
Surnames Unknown, undated
Reel 5034
1
6
Surnames Known, A-P, undated
Reel 5034
1
7-10
Gryffyd Partridge Family, undated
Reel 5034
1
11
Padriac Partridge Family, undated
Reel 5034
1
12
Roi Partridge, undated
Reel 5034
1
13
Rondal Partridge Family, undated
Reel 5034
1
14
Surnames Known, P-Z, undated
Reel 5034
1
15-16
Correspondence, 1909-May 1956
Reel 5034
1
17-63
Correspondence, July 1956-1961
Reel 5035
1
64-99
Correspondence, 1962-Sept. 1964
Reel 5035
2
1-21
Correspondence, Oct. 1964-Dec. 1968
Reel 5036
2
22-67
Correspondence, Jan. 1969-Aug. 1969
Reel 5037
2
68-78
Correspondence, Sept. 1969-Sept. 1971
Reel 5037
3
1-43
Correspondence, Oct. 1971-Feb. 1974
Reel 5038
3
44-82
Correspondence, March 1974-Jan. 1975
Reel 5038
4
1-22
Correspondence, Feb. 1975-1976
Reel 5039
4
23-46
Correspondence, 1977-1982
Reel 5039
4
47
Correspondence, 1983
Reel 5039
4
48
Correspondence, 1984-1991
Reel 5039
4
49
Correspondence, 1931-1976
Unfilmed addition
4
50

Series 3: Personal Business Records , 1944-1976
15 Folders
(Box 4)

This series consists of legal documents including loan agreements, Cunningham's will, insurance policies, and financial material such as bank account records, check registers, household accounts, and records of the Imogen Cunningham Trust.
Personal business records are on reel 5039.
Description Container Select
Legal documents
Deposit receipts for real estate, 1944-1946
4
51
Loan agreements, 1954-1975
4
52
Permission contracts to reproduce art work, 1957-1974
4
53
Imogen Cunningham's will, 1962
4
54
Teaching contracts, 1969-1972
4
55
Insurance policies, 1973-1975
4
56
Petition for estate of Paula Daveney, 1976
4
57
Financial Material
Bank account records, 1944-1973
4
58
Check registers, 1966-1968
4
59
Sales and gift records, 1954-1975
4
60
Household accounts, 1950-1953
4
61
Stocks, 1957-1970
4
62
Imogen Cunningham Trust (see entry under Correspondence), 1974-1976
4
63
Medical receipts, 1976
4
64
Miscellaneous financial material, undated, 1973
4
65

Series 4: Notes , 1959-1968
10 Folders
(Box 4)

This series includes address books, a notebook, lecture notes, passenger lists, and a packing list for a circulating exhibition.
Notes are on reel 5039.
Description Container Select
Address books, undated
4 Books
4
66-68
Notebook, undated
4
69
Lecture notes, undated
4
70
Passenger lists (2), 1960
4
71
Packing list for circulating exhibition, circa 1965
4
72
Jane Foster's notes: Excerpts from My Ten Years as a Counterspy by Boris Morros, 1959
4
73
Notes on household appliances, undated
4
74
Miscellaneous notes, undated, 1968
4
75
Address book, undated
Unfilmed addition
4
76

Series 5: Teaching Files , 1964-1971
4 Folders
(Box 5)

These files contain photographs of students and their critiques of their own work in class. Teaching contracts can be found in Series 3: Personal Business Records.
Teaching files are on reel 5039.
Description Container Select
Teaching Files, 1964-1971
5
1-4

Series 6: Writings , circa 1910-1976
21 Folders
(Box 5)

This series includes essays and speeches by Cunningham and miscellaneous writings by others.
Writings are on reel 5039.
Description Container Select
Writings by Cunningham
"About the Direct-Development of Platinum Papers for Brown Tones,", circa 1910
5
5
Speech upon receiving California College of Arts and Crafts Degree, 1968
5
6
Miscellaneous writings, undated, 1958
5
7
Writings by Others
Exhibition captions by unidentified authors, undated
5
8
"Draft Letter: Photographer's Rights" by unidentified author, undated
5
9
"The Aspen Photo Conference" by Beaumont Newhall, 1951
5
10
Script: "Visit with Imogen Cunningham," the Jane Todd Program, KCBS Radio, July 1952
5
11
Script: "Art Festival #2; This is San Francisco," KCBS Radio, September 17, 1955
5
12
"Photography and the Critic" by Margery Mann, 1968
5
13
Review by Carol Atkins of book Imogen Cunningham: Photographs, 1970
5
14
Review by Steve Carr of book Imogen Cunningham: Photographs, 1970
5
15
Review by G. Goodger-Hill of book Imogen Cunningham: Photographs, 1970
5
16
Review by Jochen W. Hagberg of book Imogen Cunningham: Photographs, 1970
5
17
Review by Paul Neevel of book Imogen Cunningham: Photographs, 1970
5
18
Review by Lynn Reese of book Imogen Cunningham: Photographs, 1970
5
19
Typescript by David Haberstich for exhibition catalog "The Camera and the Human Facade,", 1970
5
20
Typescript by Margery Mann for exhibition announcement, 1973
5
21
"Notes on a 'Notebook' " by Peter Nicastro, 1973
5
22
"Imogen in Utopia" by unidentified author, circa 1974
5
23
Transcript of speech by Ernie Laszlo honoring Dr. Karl Struss, Apr 29, 1974
5
24
"Portrait: Active American - Imogen Cunningham" by Leif Wigh, 1976
5
25

Series 7: Interview Transcripts , undated, 1951
2 Folders
(Box 5)

This series contains transcripts of a video interview and of a radio interview.
Description Container Select
Unidentified video interview, undated
Reel 5039
5
26
Radio interview: "Standard Brands, Woman's Magazine of the Air,", Apr 20, 1951
Reel 5040
5
27

Series 8: Printed Material , 1903-1991
1.2 Linear feet
(Boxes 5-7)

This series include clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, press releases, calendars of events, programs, brochures, and reproductions of art work.
Clippings are on reel 5040. All other printed materials are on reel 5041.
Description Container Select
Clippings, 1913-1991
5
28-84
Exhibition announcements and catalogs for Cunningham, 1914-1971, undated
5
85-97
Exhibition announcements and catalogs for Cunningham, 1971-1981
5
98-100
Exhibition announcements and catalogs for Cunningham, 1982-1991
6
1-2
Exhibition announcements and catalogs for others, 1941-1990
6
3-7
Press releases, 1955-1978
6
8-9
Calendars of events, 1965-1985
6
10-12
Programs, 1954-1989
6
13-14
Brochures for Guggenheim fellowships, 1967-1970
6
15
Brochures for art museums and galleries, undated, 1973-1976
6
16
Brochures for art museums and galleries, undated, 1973-1976
7
1
Brochures for schools and workshops, undated, 1931-1973
7
2-6
Brochures for publications, concerning Cunningham, undated, 1973-1979
7
7
Brochures for publications, concerning others, undated, 1978
7
8
Brochures concerning individuals, undated, 1970
(Alice Eastwood and S. Groswold Morley)
7
9
Brochures for University of California at Berkeley Libraries, 1965-1985
7
10
Miscellaneous brochures, undated
7
11
Reproductions of art work, undated
7
12
Miscellaneous printed material, 1903-1967
7
13

Series 9: Photographs , 1916-1976
12 Folders

The photographs in this series are of Cunningham, family members, friends, residences, gallery openings and installations, and art work by others. Four unstable silver printing out images of an unidentified elderly woman have not been microfilmed. For records relating to photographs of friends, see also Series 2: Correspondence (Dresden, Maud) for 2 postcard photographs of Dresden with Cunningham and with Omer Foisie dated May 31, 1910.
Photographs are on reel 5041.
Description Container Select
Photographs of Imogen Cunningham (4), 1916-1976
7
14
Photographs of family members, Padraic, Marjorie, and Kayla Partridge (16), 1951-1952
7
15
Photographs of miscellaneous family members (5), undated and 1965
7
16
Photographs of residences (32), circa 1946
7
17
Photographs of miscellaneous friends (15), 1925-1968
7
18
Photographs of unidentified children, undated
7
19
Photographs of the gallery opening at Mount Angel Abbey (22), 1971
7
20-21
Photographs of gallery installations (58), 1969-1970
7
22-23
Photographs of award ceremonies (5), 1973
7
24
Photographs of art works by others (3), undated
7
25

Series 10: Oversized Material , 1967, undated, 1947-1948

Description Container Select
5 Imogen Cunningham Garden Plats, undated, 1947-1948
OV 8
Concert Poster , undated
OV 8
1967 Wall Calendar signed by Cunningham, 1967
OV 8

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