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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
Additional Online Media:

The photograph collector's guide / Lee D. Witkin, Barbara London ; foreword by Alan Shestack

Author:
Witkin, Lee D  Search this
London, Barbara 1936-  Search this
Physical description:
x, 438 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill. ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Photographs--Collectors and collecting  Search this
Call number:
TR6.5 .W57X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_122771

A Ten year salute : a selection of photographs in celebration, the Witkin Gallery, 1969-1979 / [selected] by Lee D. Witkin ; foreword by Carol Brown ; memories by Barbara Morgan, Dan Berley, and others

Author:
Witkin, Lee D  Search this
Witkin Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Witkin Gallery  Search this
Physical description:
199 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR654.T44X 1979
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_416977

Kyra Markham : American fantasist (1891-1967)

Title:
American fantasist (1891-1967)
Author:
Markham, Kyra  Search this
Witkin, Lee D  Search this
Witkin Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Markham, Kyra Exhibitions  Search this
Physical description:
16 p. : ill. ; 22 x 28 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1981
C1981
Call number:
N40.1.M33866 W5 1981
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_527590

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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