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William Christenberry papers, circa 1917-2018

Christenberry, William, 1936-2016

Photographer, Painter, Sculptor, Educator

Collection Information

Size: 7.3 Linear feet; 14.76 Gigabytes

Summary: The papers of photographer, painter, sculptor, and educator William Christenberry (1936-2016) measure 7.3 linear feet and 14.76 GB and date from circa 1917-2018, with the bulk of the records dating from 1960-2018. The collection sheds light on Christenberry's career through personal papers, gallery and museum files, professional files, personal business records, printed and digital material, photographs, artwork, and sound and video recordings about his work.

Biographical/Historical Note

Washington, D.C. photographer, painter, sculptor, and educator William Christenberry (1936-2016) was a pioneer in the use of color photography and is known for his images of west-central Alabama and his explorations of the psychology of place.


The collection was donated in 2019 by Sandra Christenberry, William Christenberry's widow.

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Language Note

English .


The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.