Carl Van Vechten Photograph collection

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

21 linear feet (7 boxes) 347 of material consisting of mounted photographs taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten between 1932 and 1956. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait photographs of artists, entertainers and other prominent subjects, including Jacob Epstein, Gaston Lachaise, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Diego Rivera. A smaller portion of the collection is an assortment of American landscapes.

Biographical Historical Note

Carl van Vechten was an American photographer and writer. In the 1930s Van Vechten he began taking portrait photographs.