Stieglitz-Mathieu correspondence

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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

0.25 linear feet (1 box) of correspondence between the American photographer Alfred Stieglitz and publisher Aron M. Mathieu between 1943 and 1945. This collection describes the relationship between Stieglitz and Mathieu as well as their relationship to the copy of Camera Work now held by the University of Chicago Library. Included is Stieglitz-Mathieu correspondence from a four-month period in 1943 during which Mathieu solicited Stieglitz's contributions for Minicam. The collection also includes a typescript with autograph corrections by Mathieu in which he describes his first meeting with Stieglitz; a copy of a letter from Edward Steichen to Mathieu; an undated layout for Minicam; two black and white photographs (one by Stuyvesant Peabody); and three articles.

Biographical Historical Note

Aron M. Mathieu was the founder and publisher of Minicam Photography (founded in 1937 and later renamed Modern Photography). In 1942 Mathieu met the photographer Alfred Stieglitz and as a result of that meeting obtained Stieglitz's complete set of Camera Work.