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Imogen Cunningham letter to Ansel Easton Adams

Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Adams, Ansel Easton, 1902-1984  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1964 February 10
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15586
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Laura Andreson at wheel trimming a pot

Photographer:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Subject:
Andreson, Laura F.  Search this
Type:
Photographs
Date:
ca. 1940
Topic:
Artists at or with their work  Search this
Ceramicists  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1769
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Laura Andreson papers, 1932-1991
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Archives of American Art
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Imogen Cunningham, San Francisco, Calif. letter to Janet Partridge

Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Partridge, Janet  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1970 Apr. 15
Topic:
Celebrations  Search this
Parties  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)9147
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Roi Partridge papers, 1909-2003, bulk 1909-1984
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Oral history interview with Imogen Cunningham, 1975 June 9

Interviewee:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Interviewer:
Kurabi, Louise Katzman, 1949-  Search this
Subject:
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Curtis, Edward S.  Search this
Van Dyke, Willard  Search this
Adams, Ansel Easton  Search this
Weston, Edward  Search this
Dixon, Maynard  Search this
Partridge, Roi  Search this
Group f.64  Search this
Topic:
Interviews  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Sound recordings  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)12850
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216482
AAA_collcode_cunnin75
Theme:
Photography
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_216482
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Linda Connor Christmas card to Imogen Cunningham

Creator:
Connor, Linda, 1944-  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
1973 Dec. 15
Topic:
Christian art and symbolism  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)10275
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Merle Armitage letter to Imogen Cunningham

Creator:
Armitage, Merle, 1893-1975  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Type:
Correspondence
Date:
October 1955
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)15587
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Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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"Women, Cameras, and Images" Photography Exhibition

Creator:
Unknown  Search this
Subject:
Cunningham, Imogen 1883-1976  Search this
National Museum of History and Technology (U.S.)  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
35mm;
Type:
Black-and-white negatives
Date:
1969
May 16, 1969
Local number:
SIA Acc. 11-008 [OPA-1505]
Restrictions & Rights:
No restrictions. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by the Smithsonian Institution Archives. Contact SIA Reference Staff for further information (email photos@si.edu)
Public Domain
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_372521

Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991

Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Subject:
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Mann, Margery  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László  Search this
Bristol, Horace  Search this
Noskowiak, Sonya  Search this
Coburn, Alvin Langdon  Search this
Weston, Edward  Search this
Van Dyke, Willard  Search this
Adams, Ansel Easton  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Kanaga, Consuelo  Search this
Andreson, Laura F.  Search this
Schoener, Allon  Search this
Witkin, Lee D.  Search this
Steinert, Otto  Search this
Partridge, Roi  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont  Search this
Bullock, Wynn  Search this
Butler, John Davidson  Search this
Steichen, Edward  Search this
Toklas, Alice B.  Search this
Newman, Arnold  Search this
Hellman, Lillian Florence  Search this
Aalto, Alvar  Search this
Bourke-White, Margaret  Search this
Bissantz, Edgar  Search this
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Graves, Morris  Search this
Struss, Karl  Search this
Strand, Paul  Search this
George Eastman House  Search this
Group f.64  Search this
Henry Art Gallery  Search this
Witkin Gallery  Search this
Topic:
Photographs  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Portrait photography  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Illustrated letters  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9453
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211651
AAA_collcode_cunnimog
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211651
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Imogen Cunningham papers

Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Names:
George Eastman House  Search this
Group f.64  Search this
Henry Art Gallery  Search this
Witkin Gallery  Search this
Aalto, Alvar, 1898-1976  Search this
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Andreson, Laura  Search this
Bissantz, Edgar, 1901-  Search this
Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904-1971  Search this
Bristol, Horace  Search this
Bullock, Wynn  Search this
Butler, John Davidson, 1890-1974  Search this
Coburn, Alvin Langdon, 1882-1966  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Graves, Morris, 1910-  Search this
Hellman, Lillian, 1905-1984  Search this
Kanaga, Consuelo, 1894-  Search this
Lange, Dorothea  Search this
Mann, Margery  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László, 1895-1946  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993  Search this
Newman, Arnold, 1918-2006  Search this
Noskowiak, Sonya, d. 1975  Search this
O'Keeffe, Georgia, 1887-1986  Search this
Partridge, Roi, 1888-1984  Search this
Schoener, Allon  Search this
Sheeler, Charles, 1883-1965  Search this
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973  Search this
Steinert, Otto, 1915-  Search this
Strand, Paul, 1890-1976  Search this
Struss, Karl, 1886-  Search this
Toklas, Alice B.  Search this
Van Dyke, Willard  Search this
Weston, Edward, 1886-1958  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Witkin, Lee D.  Search this
Zorach, William, 1887-1966  Search this
Extent:
5.9 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Interviews
Illustrated letters
Photographs
Date:
1903-1991
Summary:
The papers of photographer and teacher Imogen Cunningham, date from 1903 to 1991. The collection measures 5.9 feet of material, including correspondence, business and financial records, writings, printed matter, and photographs, and provides a good overview of Cunningham's life and career.
Scope and Content Note:
The papers of photographer and teacher Imogen Cunningham, date from 1903 to 1991. The collection measures 5.9 feet of material, including correspondence, business and financial records, writings, printed matter, and photographs, and provides a good overview of Cunningham's life and career. 3.6 linear feet of correspondence comprise the bulk of the collection.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into ten series according to material type:

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1907-1981, undated (box 1; 4 folders)

Series 2: Correspondence, 1909-1991, undated (boxes 1-4; 3.6 linear feet)

Series 3: Personal Business Records, 1944-1976 (box 4; 15 folders)

Series 4: Notes, 1959-1968 (box 4; 10 folders)

Series 5: Teaching Files, 1964-1971 (box 5; 4 folders)

Series 6: Writings, circa 1910-1976 (box 5; 21 folders)

Series 7: Interview Transcripts, 1951, undated (box 5; 2 folders)

Series 8: Printed Material, 1903-1991 (boxes 5-7; 1.2 linear feet)

Series 9: Photographs, 1916-1976 (box 7; 12 folders)

Series 10: Oversized Material, 1947-1948, 1967, undated
Biographical Note:
Born in Portland, Oregon on April 12, 1883, Cunningham's family moved to Seattle in 1889. Inspired by Gertrude Kasebier's work, she purchased her first camera in 1901. After studying chemistry and botany at the University of Washington, she worked for the Edward S. Curtis Studio, Seattle, from 1907 to 1909. Receiving a scholarship, Cunningham studied for a year at the Technische Hochschule, Dresden.

Upon her return to Seattle in 1910, she opened a studio and had the first major exhibition of her work at the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences in 1912.

In 1915, Cunningham married printmaker Roi Partridge and gave birth to her first son, Gryffyd. Two years later, her family moved to California, where she gave birth to twin sons, Padraic and Rondal. In 1920, the family moved to Oakland, where her husband taught at Mills College. During the 1920s, she exhibited her art work and began photographing plant forms.

Along with Ansel Adams, John Paul Edwards, Sonya Noskowiak, Henry Swift, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston, Cunningham formed the f/64 Group, a society of purist photographers in 1932. During the same year she began working for Vanity Fair and other magazines and began a career as a portrait photographer, including Martha Graham, Cary Grant, Morris Graves, Alfred Stieglitz, and Spencer Tracy as her subjects. She divorced her husband in 1934.

In 1947, Cunningham established a studio in her San Francisco home, and continued to exhibit extensively until her death on June 24, 1976.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by Imogen Cunningham in 1974 and 1976, and by her son, Gryffyd Partridge, in 1991.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Rights:
The Imogen Cunningham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Photographers -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area  Search this
Photographers  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Portrait photography  Search this
Genre/Form:
Interviews
Illustrated letters
Photographs
Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cunnimog
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Legal documents

Collection Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Imogen Cunningham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Financial Material

Collection Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Imogen Cunningham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Writings by Cunningham

Collection Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Imogen Cunningham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Writings by Others

Collection Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Imogen Cunningham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Laura Andreson papers

Creator:
Andreson, Laura  Search this
Names:
University of California, Los Angeles  Search this
Black, Harding, 1912-  Search this
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Heino, Otto, 1915-2009  Search this
Heino, Vivika, 1910-1995  Search this
King, Albert Henry, 1900-1982  Search this
Maloof, Sam  Search this
Natzler, Gail  Search this
Wood, Beatrice  Search this
Extent:
1.9 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Date:
1932-1991
Summary:
The papers of ceramicist and educator Laura Andreson measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1932 to 1991. The collection is comprised of correspondence, professional files, gallery records, writings and notes, artwork, and photographic materials that document her pioneering work in ceramics.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of ceramicist and educator Laura Andreson measure 1.9 linear feet and date from 1932 to 1991. The collection is comprised of correspondence, professional files, gallery records, writings and notes, artwork, and photographic materials that document her pioneering work in ceramics.

Correspondence is with clients, colleagues, artists Vivika and Otto Heino, Gail Natzler, Harding Black, Albert Henry King, Beatrice Wood, Imogen Cunningham, Sam Maloof, and others.

Professional files include curriculum vitae, employment records, a portfolio, publicity files, material from UCLA, and scrapbook. Gallery records document Andreson's personal business with galleries and museums. Andreson's writings consist of artist's statements, notes on ceramic history, nine glaze formula notebooks, and a sabbatical report.

Artwork includes sketches of pottery and case diagrams for an unidentified exhibition. Photographic materials consist of photographs and negatives of Andreson, family and colleagues, exhibitions, and works of art by Andreson's students.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as six series.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1935-1988 (Box 1; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 2: Professional Files, 1932-1989 (Box 1, OV 4; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 3: Gallery Records, 1940-1991 (Box 1-2; 0.4 linear feet)

Series 4: Writings and Notes, circa 1940-1986 (Box 2-3; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 5: Artwork, circa 1960-1970s (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet)

Series 6: Photographic Materials, circa 1940-1986 (Box 3; 0.2 linear feet)
Biographical / Historical:
Laura Andreson (1902-1999) was a ceramicist and educator in Los Angeles, California. She received a bachelor's degree in education at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1932 and a master's degree in painting from Columbia University in 1937. She began her career in ceramics studying under the influential ceramicist Glen Lukens. In 1933 she founded the ceramics department at UCLA where she taught from 1933 to 1970.

Andreson was a pioneer in ceramics, experimenting and developing glaze and clay techniques during a time when equipment was limited and only a few books were available on ceramics. Her work has been widely exhibited, primarily after her retirement from UCLA in 1970. Andreson died in Los Angeles, C.A. in 1999.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives of American Art is an interview of Laura Andreson conducted May 20, 1981 by Ruth Bowman, for the Archives of American Art.
Provenance:
The papers were donated by Laura Andreson and her companion Pauline Blank in 1991 and 1996.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Occupation:
Educators -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Topic:
Art -- Study and teaching  Search this
Ceramicists--California--Los Angeles  Search this
Ceramics  Search this
Decorative arts  Search this
Women artists -- California -- Los Angeles  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Citation:
Laura Andreson Papers, 1932-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.andrlaur
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Archives of American Art
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Interview Transcripts

Collection Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Extent:
2 Folders ((Box 5))
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
1951
Scope and Contents note:
This series contains transcripts of a video interview and of a radio interview.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Imogen Cunningham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cunnimog, Series 7
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Unidentified video interview

Collection Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 26
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Scope and Contents:
Reel 5039
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Imogen Cunningham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Radio interview: "Standard Brands, Woman's Magazine of the Air,"

Collection Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 5, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
Apr 20, 1951
Scope and Contents:
Reel 5040
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Imogen Cunningham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Printed Material

Collection Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Extent:
1.2 Linear feet ((Boxes 5-7))
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1903-1991
Scope and Contents note:
This series include clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, press releases, calendars of events, programs, brochures, and reproductions of art work.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Imogen Cunningham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cunnimog, Series 8
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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Brochures concerning individuals

Collection Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated, 1970
Scope and Contents note:
(Alice Eastwood and S. Groswold Morley)
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Imogen Cunningham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Imogen Cunningham papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-cunnimog-ref119

Photographs

Collection Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Extent:
12 Folders
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1916-1976
Scope and Contents note:
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.
Collection Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Patrons must use microfilm copy.
Collection Rights:
The Imogen Cunningham papers are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Collection Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.cunnimog, Series 9
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Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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