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Finding aid prepared by Celia Hartmann.
Machine-readable finding aid created by Celia Hartmann. Description is in English.

Overview of the Collection

Creators: Edward Steichen; Grace M. Mayer
Title: Edward Steichen Archive
Dates: 1880s-1996 (bulk 1880s-1986)
Quantity: 55.3 linear feet
63 5" manuscript boxes
2 2.5" manuscript boxes
7 12x17" flat boxes
4 16x20" flat boxes
2 19x25" flat boxes
1 23x31" flat box
1 18x22" flat box
1 15x17" flat box
1 15.25x40.5" box
1 12.5x48.5" box
1 6.75x11.75" flat box
1 6.5x13.5" album box
1 5x8" negative box
1 flat file
Abstract: Research collection amassed in the 1960s-1980s documenting the life and work of Edward Steichen (1879-1973): painter, designer, photographer, museum curator, exhibition organizer, filmmaker.

Arrangement

In the following series, the dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation: I.A-C,E; II; III.A,D; IV.A,B,D; VII.A, B.i, C, D; VIII; X.A,C; and XI.A.
In the following series, the dates provided for folders are the dates of the items' creation, not the dates referred to in their contents: I.D,F; III.B,C,E; IV.C,E; VI.A; VII.B.ii,E; IX; X.B; XI.B; XII.
In the following series, the dates given in the folder titles are both the dates referred to in their contents and the dates of the items' creation: III.D; IV.F; V; VI.B.
The collection is arranged in 12 series, as follows:
Series I. Personal, Family, and Correspondence
Subseries I.A. Luxembourg
Subseries I.B. United States and Paris
Subseries I.C. Steichen family
Subseries I.D. Carl Sandburg
Subseries I.E. Umpawaug property
Subseries I.F. Important correspondence
Subseries I.F.i. Culled correspondence from Edward Steichen home files
Subseries I.F.ii. Photocopied correspondence from other collections

Series II. Early Photography and Design Work
Subseries II.A. Photo-Secession, Camera Work, introduction of modern art to America
Subseries II.B. World War I period
Subseries II.C. Early design work

Series III. Professional Photographic Career
Subseries III.A. Professional photography, exhibitions, studios
Subseries III.B. Vanity Fair tear-sheets
Subseries III.C. Vogue tear-sheets
Subseries III.D. Advertising work
Subseries III.E. Engravers proofs, advertising and Condé Nast publications

Series IV. World War II Period and Navy Service
Subseries IV.A. Non-naval photographic work
Subseries IV.B. Navy service )
Subseries IV.C. Exhibition Road to Victory
Subseries IV.D. Film The Fighting Lady
Subseries IV.E. Exhibition and publication Power in the Pacific
Subseries IV.F. Publication The Blue Ghost

Series V. MoMA Years
Subseries V.A. Directorship of Department of Photography, MoMA
Subseries V.B. The Family of Man [MoMA Exh. #569, January 24-May 8, 1955]: Planning, installation, showing, and press coverage
Subseries V.B.i. The Family of Man [MoMA Exh. #569, January 24-May 8, 1955] at MoMA
Subseries V.B.ii. The Family of Man [MoMA Exh. #569, January 24-May 8, 1955] at other venues
Subseries V.C. Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961]
Subseries V.C.i. Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961] at MoMA and in the U.S.
Subseries V.C.ii. Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961] at overseas venues

Series VI. Post-MoMA Exhibitions, Publications, and Anniversaries
Subseries VI.A. A Life in Photography
Subseries VI.B. Chronological files

Series VII. Documentation of Edward Steichen's Painting, Photography, and Other Works
Subseries VII.A. Paintings
Subseries VII.B. Photographs
Subseries VII.B.i. Background information
Subseries VII.B.ii. Documentation of Edward Steichen photographs in other collections
Subseries VII.C. Portfolios, books, and photomurals
Subseries VII.D. Delphiniums
Subseries VII.E. The shadblow tree

Series VIII. Portraits of Edward Steichen

Series IX. Speeches, Interviews, and Articles
Subseries IX.A. Print publications: Magazines, newspapers, and journals
Subseries IX.A.i. Writings about and mentioning Edward Steichen
Subseries IX.A.ii. Writings by Edward Steichen
Subseries IX.B. Interviews, lectures, participation, and personal appearances
Subseries IX.C. Radio and television broadcasts
Subseries IX.D. Sound recordings
Subseries IX.E. Still and moving images

Series X. Honors, Awards, and Citations
Subseries X.A. Award documents
Subseries X.B. Medals and plaques
Subseries X.C. Clippings and background information

Series XI. Memorabilia and Objects
Subseries XI.A. Memorabilia
Subseries XI.B. Objects

Series XII. Published Material
Subseries XII.A. Books
Subseries XII.B. Posters


Historical Note

The Edward Steichen Archive was established in MoMA’s Department of Photography in 1968. According to the Museum’s then-Director René d’Harnoncourt, “The function of the archive will be to collect, catalog and supervise the use of research materials that will amplify and clarify the meaning of Steichen’s contribution to the art of photography, and to modern art generally…” He noted that it was designed to complement Steichen’s work in various media in the Museum context, “where it could be studied in proximity to the Museum’s rich collection of works by Steichen and by many of the other artists with whom he has been most closely associated.”

The Archive was created by Grace M. Mayer, who began her career in the Department of Photography as Assistant to the Director in 1959, and became Curator of Photography in 1962. She retired in 1968, returning to serve as Curator of the Edward Steichen Archive until the mid-1980s. As well as seeking, amassing, and organizing materials by, about, and related to Edward Steichen from individuals, institutions, and published sources, she created detailed card catalogues of various groups of these materials. These are now housed in The Grace M. Mayer Papers (see Series IV).


Biographical Note

Edward Steichen (1879-1973) was a major figure in the evolution of American photography and exhibition design. Having begun his artistic career as a painter, he was later a founding photographer of the Photo-Secession group, together with Gertrude Kasebier, Clarence White, Alvin Langdon Coburn, and Alfred Stieglitz. With Stieglitz, he first exhibited European "modern art" at Gallery 291 in New York City, and published the seminal journal Camera Work.

During World War I, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a photographer, leading the aerial reconnaissance division in France. In 1923, he began a 15-year career at Condé Nast, serving eventually as Chief Photographer and creating iconic portraits of politicians, actors, and socialites for publications including Vogue and Vanity Fair. He was also a prolific breeder of delphiniums, some of which he exhibited at MoMA in 1936, and served as President of the American Delphinium Society.

Recalled to service during World War II, he formed the U.S. Navy's photographic division and also organized the exhibitions Road to Victory (1942) and Power in the Pacific (1945) at MoMA, utilizing innovative forms of design and layout. His patriotic film The Fighting Lady received the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1945.

In 1947, he succeeded Beaumont Newhall as Director of MoMA's Department of Photography. During his tenure he organized more than 40 exhibitions, including the legendary The Family of Man (1955), one of the most popular and well-attended exhibitions the Museum ever presented both at MoMA and in its traveling versions. He attended its opening in Moscow in 1959, together with his friend and brother-in-law, poet Carl Sandburg, who had assisted in the exhibition's design and written some of its accompanying text.

His final exhibition at MoMA, Steichen the Photographer, marked his retirement in 1962, after which he devoted his professional attention to the documentation, in still photographs and later in moving images, of a single tree on his Connecticut property. Throughout his life he was the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, culminating in the Presidential Medal of Freedom which he was nominated for by John F. Kennedy and received from Lyndon Johnson in 1963.

Edward Steichen is the subject of many extensive biographies, and researchers are referred to these and others for more detailed examinations of all aspects of his long life. A chronology of dates relevant to information and items in the Edward Steichen Archive is also provided below.

Bibliography

Brandow, Todd; Ewing, William A. Edward Steichen: Lives in photography. Minneapolis: Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography; Lausanne: Musée de l'Elysée; New York: in association with W.W. Norton & Co., 2007.

Johnston, Patricia A. Real fantasies: Edward Steichen's advertising photography. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997.

The Museum of Modern Art. Steichen the photographer. Texts by Carl Sandburg [and others]. Biographical outline by Grace M. Mayer. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1961.

Niven, Penelope. Steichen: A biography. New York: Clarkson Potter, 1997.

Sandeen, Eric J. Picturing an exhibition: The Family of Man and 1950s America. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995.

Steichen, Edward. A life in photography. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1963.

Steichen, Joanna. Steichen's legacy: photographs, 1895-1973. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.

Chronology

See the Additional Descriptive Data section for Chronology of Exhibitions During Edward Steichen's Directorship, Department of Photography, 1947-1962

1879 Born Luxembourg, March 27
1881 Steichen family moves to the United States; Edward Steichen naturalized as citizen
1894-1898 Apprentice at lithography company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1899 First photographs exhibited at Philadelphia Photographic Salon
1900 First solo exhibition at private home, Milwaukee, WI; studies at Academie Julian, Paris; meets Rodin
1901 Paintings and photographs exhibited in Paris; elected member of Linked Ring: London photographic society
1902 Among founders of Photo-Secession group; first solo exhibition at Maison des Artistes, Paris; establishes studio at 291 Fifth Avenue
1903 Marries Clara Smith (divorced 1922; two daughters: Dr. Mary Steichen [Martin] Calderone [1904-1998] and [Charlotte] Kate Rodina Steichen [1908-1988])
1905 Stieglitz opens Little Gallery of the Photo-Secession, later Gallery 291, in Edward Steichen's former studio and first shows "modern" art (Cézanne, Picasso, Maurer, and others)
1906 Returns to Paris
1907 Lumière Brothers introduce autochrome color process
1908 Arranges through Leo and Gertrude Stein for Ecole de Paris artists to be seen in the United States; rents farmhouse at Voulangis, France; sister Lilian marries Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
1910 First creates delphinium hybrids at Voulangis
1911 First fashion photography, of gowns by Poiret
1911-1914 Creates painted murals (In Exaltation of Flowers) for residence of Agnes and Eugene Meyer
1913 First experimental photographs of plant forms, flowers, and insects
1914 Returns to United States at outbreak of war
1917 Commissioned as Lieutenant in U.S. Army Signal Corps Photographic section; supervises aerial reconnaissance photography in France
1919-1922 Continues experiments in object photography; burns paintings in garden of Voulangis studio
1920 Travels to Greece with Isadora Duncan
1922 Divorces Clara Smith Steichen
1923 Marries Dana Desboro Glover (d. February 20, 1957)
1923-1934 Occupies photographic studio at 80 W. 40th Street, New York City
1923-1938 Chief Photographer, Condé Nast publications; photographs appear in Vogue and Vanity Fair; begins photographic work for J. Walter Thompson advertising agency
1928 Designs pianos; begins breeding delphiniums at Umpawaug farm, Redding, CT
1929 Carl Sandburg's Steichen the Photographer published
1930-1931 Collaborates with daughter Mary on The First Picture Book: Every Day Things for Babies, and The Second Picture Book
1932 Completes photo murals for Men's Smoking Room of the Center Theater, Radio City, New York City
1932 First color cover of Vogue
1933 Designs photomurals for New York State building, Chicago World's Fair
1935-1937 Occupies photographic studio at 139 E. 69th Street; selects photographs for U.S. Camera Annuals
1936 Exhibits delphiniums at MoMA: Edward Steichen's Delphiniums [MoMA Exh. #50, June 24-July 1, 1936]
1938 Retires from Condé Nast, moves to Umpawaug farm, Redding, CT
1941 Joins U.S. Navy as organizer of Naval Aviation Photographic Unit; by 1945, is in command of all naval combat photography
1942 Designs Road to Victory [MoMA Exh. #182, May 21-October 4, 1942] in collaboration with Carl Sandburg
1943 Aboard U.S.S. Lexington
1944 Supervises U.S. Navy film The Fighting Lady, winner 1945 Academy Award for Documentary Film
1945 Named director U.S. Navy Photographic Institute, which was established "to promote and encourage photography on Naval subjects" (see folder IV.B.29); creates Power in the Pacific [MoMA Exh. #275, January 23-March 20, 1945]
1947 Named Director, Department of Photography MoMA; discontinues photographic career to promote younger photographers
1952 Begins preparations for The Family of Man [MoMA Exh. #569, January 24-May 8, 1955], assisted by Wayne Miller, including travel in the United States and Europe to obtain photographs for selection
1954 75th birthday dinner hosted by MoMA trustees at which establishment of The Edward Steichen Purchase Fund is announced
1955 The Family of Man opens at MoMA: 503 photographs by 273 amateur and professional photographers from 68 countries; duplicate exhibitions travel to Japan, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, and Munich
1955-1960 Begins color exploration, on still and moving image film, of shadblow tree on Umpawaug property
1957 Grace M. Mayer, on leave as Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photography at The Museum of the City of New York, first collaborates with Edward Steichen on 70 Photographers Look at New York [MoMA Exh. #624, November 27, 1957-Apr. 15, 1958]; Dana Steichen dies
1959 Travels to Russia with Carl Sandburg for Moscow opening of The Family of Man; GMM named Assistant to the Director, Department of Photography, having resigned from The Museum of the City of New York
1960 Marries Joanna Taub (1933-2010)
1961 Last exhibition at MoMA: Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961]; establishment of Edward Steichen Photography Center in planned new MoMA building
1962 Retires and named Director Emeritus; John Szarkowski becomes Director of Photography, Grace M. Mayer Curator of Photography
1963 A Life in Photography published; Edward Steichen awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom by John F. Kennedy, presented by Lyndon Johnson; The Family of Man exhibition given to Luxembourg and displayed at Château de Clervaux
1964 Edward Steichen Photography Center opens at MoMA with exhibition Edward Steichen Photography Center [MoMA Exh. #736, May 27, 1964- ]
1966 Visits Luxemburg with Joanna Steichen
1968 Establishment of Edward Steichen Archive: Grace M. Mayer, Curator; Peter Bunnell, Associate Curator
1973 Dies March 25, two days before 94th birthday
1975 Permanent installation of The Family of Man opens at Château de Clervaux, Luxembourg (restored 1989-1991, reopened 1994)

Scope and Content

The Edward Steichen Archive consists of deliberately selected primary and secondary materials (a so-called artificial collection) about Edward Steichen's personal and family life; his work in painting, design, photography, museum administration, exhibition organization, horticulture, and film; his contact with and promotion of modern artists in the United States; the awards and citations he received; and documentation of all these activities in print and on television, radio, and film.

It includes original and photocopied correspondence and notes; photographic prints and negatives, glass and film slides, and moving images; clippings, tear-sheets, catalogues, and engravers' proofs; audio tapes, records, and cassettes; awards, citations, medals, and plaques; as well as published books and posters.

The Archive is overwhelmingly material about Steichen, not created by him. Its curator Grace M. Mayer researched tirelessly: following leads, maintaining extensive correspondence, and documenting new discoveries as well as errors and inconsistencies in the previous written record by and about Edward Steichen, while collecting both information and physical objects for the Archive. She preferenced scope and completeness over original material, as evidenced by the large amount of photocopies, news clippings, and typed excerpts from previously published material that she included, as well as her own notes and cross-references. The range of her correspondents - including artists, collectors, critics, curators, Steichen family members, as well as some of their current and ex-spouses and lovers - and her detailed notes on events both small and large give evidence of her thoroughness and determination to elucidate every aspect of Edward Steichen's personal and professional life.

The Archive is valuable for researchers interested in all facets of Edward Steichen's personal and professional accomplishments. It serves as an encyclopedic introduction and points to the variety of other sources of information on him, including MoMA and other museums, libraries, government repositories, and archival collections.

Unique to the Archive are documentation from the 1980s of Edward Steichen's paintings (see Series VII.A) that is the closest to a catalogue raisonée currently available on these works; information on and extensive photographic documentation of his delphinium breeding (see Series VII); and installation photographs by Apeda Studio of the flight-themed photomurals he created for the Men's Smoking Room at the Center Theater, Radio City (see Series VII), since dismantled.

Also notable are the many portraits taken of Edward Steichen (see Series VIII), for publication and as gifts to him and Joanna Steichen, by a range of notable 20th century photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Lotte Jacobi, Wayne Miller, Irving Penn, and Milton Rogovin.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The records are open for research and contain few restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Edward Steichen Archive is the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with The Museum of Modern Art. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archivist.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in DADABASE, the library catalogue of The Museum of Modern Art. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons and Organizations
Mayer, Grace M.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) -- Employees -- History -- Sources.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) -- Exhibitions -- History -- Sources.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Dept. of Photography -- History -- Sources.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Family of man. 1955.
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973.
Subjects:
Art museum curators -- New York (State) -- New York -- History-Sources.
Painters -- United States -- History -- Sources.
Painting, American -- 20th century -- Sources.
Photographers -- United States -- History -- Sources.
Photography -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Document Types:
Architectural plans
Books
Catalogues
Clippings
Color slides
Correspondence
Degrees (academic)
Engraver's proofs
Manuscripts
Medals
Photocopies
Photographic prints
Plaques
Tear-sheets
Transcripts


Related Material

Within the MoMA Archives, the Public Information Records include extensive clippings regarding nearly every Museum exhibition, personality, and event.

For complementary exhibition-related materials, please consult the Museum's Exhibition Files. Similarly, the Department of Circulating Exhibitions (C/E) Records include information regarding MoMA exhibitions that toured domestically, and the International Program Records include documentation regarding its International Circulating Exhibitions (ICE).

The Grace M. Mayer Papers at MoMA contain information on her daily routine as assistant to Edward Steichen, her research correspondence regarding the acquisition of both factual information and material objects for the Edward Steichen Archive, and correspondence regarding outside research requests. It also contains card catalogues that provide item-level information on items in the Edward Steichen Archive.

The International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, holds the papers and ephemera of Edward Steichen in its Edward Steichen Manuscript Collection.

The U.S. Naval Academy, Nimitz Library, Special Collections and Archives Division, holds The Edward J. Steichen Photography Collection.

Information on ES's work for the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency can be found at Duke University's John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

The original Edward Steichen/Alfred Steiglitz correspondence is in the Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O'Keeffe archive at Yale University's Beinecke Library.

The Steichens' original correspondence with the Meyers is in the Eugene Meyer papers at the Library of Congress.

The film The Fighting Lady has been digitized and made available on the National Archives' website.

The Edward Steichen Miscellaneous Collection at the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography contains the Noel Deeks papers.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Long version: Edward Steichen Archive, [series.folder]. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York.

Short version: ESA, [series.folder]. MoMA Archives, NY.

Provenance

The Edward Steichen Archive was collected in the Department of Photography from 1968 until the mid-1980s. Materials were donated by him, his family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and the general public, during and after Edward Steichen's lifetime. Grace M. Mayer periodically published requests for materials, beginning in 1972.

Materials in the collection labeled "Steichen Bequest" were donated to the Edward Steichen Archive between March and August of 1973 (after Edward Steichen's death) by Joanna Steichen, who requested the specific wording be used for such gifts.

Processing and Condition Information

Funding for the processing of the Edward Steichen Archive was provided by The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Geoffrey and Sarah Gund, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Bernard Lee Schwartz Foundation, The Gage Fund, Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla, The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Coville Photographic Art Foundation, Israel and Caryl Englander, and Anne Kennedy.

The ESA was originally housed in custom-made Solander print boxes. The boxes' contents were either loose (in the case of publications and catalogs) or in manila envelopes or folders identified with typed labels (correspondence, clippings, and other paper materials).

Materials have been rehoused in archival folders and appropriate-sized boxes, according to accepted professional practice. Paperclips and staples were removed. Photographs, transparencies, and negatives were rehoused, individually or in groups, in Mylar sleeves. Fragile and difficult to handle sizes of newspaper clippings have been preservation photocopied and the originals discarded. Other acidic materials were enclosed or isolated as appropriate.

In November 2000, MoMA's Conservation Department undertook treatment of all the silk swatches and garments in Series II.C. Twenty individual swatches were placed in Mylar envelopes (ironed before, if necessary) on white un-buffered acid-free photographic folder paper. The six swatch sets were transferred into booklets of Mylar, graded in length to facilitate observation without the need to touch the fabric. Each of the swatch booklets was placed in a larger Mylar folder on a sheet of the acid-free paper. Staples were removed and the booklets and swatches sewn with cotton thread. The larger swatch and three garments (one dress, two blouses) were rolled, supported on appropriate mounts, and stored in corrugated boxes. The blouses are printed as cyanotypes, a photographic process using Prussian Blue (ferric ferrocyanide). Fabrics printed using this method are particularly susceptible to fading from exposure to visible and UV light, bleaching from exposure to an alkaline pH substance, and dispersing or washing away. They should be handled only by a trained conservator or archivist.


Additional Descriptive Data

Explanation of Abbreviations

MoMA is The Museum of Modern Art.
ALS is an Autograph Letter Signed.
TL is a Typed Letter.
TLS is a Typed Letter Signed.
re: stands for regarding.
AHB stands for Alfred H. Barr., Jr.
AS stands for Alfred Stieglitz.
BN stands for Beaumont Newhall.
CS stands for Carl Sandburg.
DCM stands for Dorothy C. Miller.
ES stands for Edward Steichen.
ESA stands for Edward Steichen Archive.
GMM stands for Grace M. Mayer.
JS stands for John Szarkowski.
MW stands for Monroe Wheeler.
RDH stands for René D'Harnoncourt.
WM stands for Wayne Miller.

Chronology of Exhibitions During Edward Steichen's Directorship, Department of Photography, 1947-1962

1947

Three Young Photographers (Leonard McCombe, Wayne Miller, Homer Page) [MoMA Exh. #359, September 30-December 7, 1947]

Music and Musicians [MoMA Exh. #364, December 16, 1947-February 23, 1948]

1948

In and Out of Focus [MoMA Exh. #373, April 6-July 11, 1948]

50 Photographs by 50 Photographers [MoMA Exh. #382, July 27-September 26, 1948]

Photo-Secession (American Photography 1902-1910) [MoMA Exh. #386, September 29-November 28, 1948]

Photographs by Bill Brandt, Harry Callahan, Ted Croner, Lisette Model [MoMA Exh. #394, November 30, 1948-February 10, 1949]

1949

The Exact Instant [MoMA Exh. #399, February 8-May 1, 1949]

Roots of Photography (Hill-Adamson, Cameron) [MoMA Exh. #406, April 26-July 24, 1949]

Realism in Photography: Ralph Steiner, Wayne Miller, Tosh Matsumoto, and Frederick Sommer [MoMA Exh. #416, July 26, 1949-September 25, 1949]

Photography (Six Women Photographers) (Margaret Bourke-White, Helen Levitt, Dorothea Lange, Tana Hoban, and Hazel and Frieda Larsen) [MoMA Exh. #425, October 11-November 15, 1949]

Roots of French Photography [MoMA Exh. #431, November 29, 1949-January 15, 1950]

1950

Photographs of Picasso by Gjon Mili and Robert Capa [MoMA Exh. #435, January 24-March 19, 1950]

Photography Recent Acquisitions: Stieglitz-Atget [MoMA Exh. #442, March 28-May 7, 1950]

Color Photography [MoMA Exh. #445, May 9-July 4, 1950]

Photographs by 51 American Photographers [MoMA Exh. #454, August 1-September 17, 1950]

Photographs by Lewis Carroll [MoMA Exh. #458, September 26-December 3, 1950]

1951

Korea - The Impact of War in Photographs [MoMA Exh. #470, February 13-April 22, 1951]

Abstraction in Photography [MoMA Exh. #476, May 1-July 4, 1951]

12 Photographers [MoMA Exh. #483, July 12-August 12, 1951]

Forgotten Photographers [MoMA Exh. #486, August 23-November 4, 1951]

Memorable Life Photographs [MoMA Exh. #493, November 20-December 12, 1951]

Christmas Photographs [MoMA Exh. #495, November 29, 1951-January 6, 1952]

Five French Photographers [Brassai, Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau, Ronis, Izis] [MoMA Exh. #497, December 18, 1951-February 24, 1952]

1952

Diogenes with a Camera I [MoMA Exh. #511, May 20-September 1, 1952]

Then (1839) and Now (1952) [MoMA Exh. #516, August 5-August 18, 1952]

Diogenes with a Camera II [MoMA Exh. #525, November 25, 1952-March 8, 1953]

1953

Always the Young Strangers [MoMA Exh. #532, February 26-April 1, 1953]

Postwar European Photography [MoMA Exh. #537, May 26-August 23, 1953]

1955

The Family of Man [MoMA Exh. #569, January 24-May 8, 1955], New York and other U.S. venues

1955-1960

The Family of Man travels in the U.S. and overseas

1956

Diogenes with a Camera III [MoMA Exh. #596, January 17-March 18, 1956]

Diogenes with a Camera IV [MoMA Exh. #599, April 4-June 3, 1956]

Language of the Wall - (Graffiti) [MoMA Exh. #608, October 24, 1956-January 13, 1957]

1957

70 Photographers Look at New York [MoMA Exh. #624, November 27, 1957-April 15, 1958]

1958

Photographs from the Museum Collection [MoMA Exh. #636, November 26, 1958-January 18, 1959]

1959

The Family of Man opens in Russia

Photography section of 30th Anniversary Special Installation - Towards the "New" Museum [MoMA Exh. #654, November 18-November 29, 1959]

1960

The Sense of Abstraction in Contemporary Photography [MoMA Exh. #659, February 17-April 10, 1960]

Portraits from the Museum Collection [MoMA Exh. #664, May 4-July 5, 1960 (Auditorium and First Floor)] [MoMA Exh. #664, July 6-September 18, 1960 (Auditorium (re-installation)]

Photographs for Collectors [MoMA Exh. #671, October 1-October 16, 1960] [ALS Penthouse Exhibition]

1961

Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961]

Diogenes with a Camera V [MoMA Exh. #694, September 26-November 12, 1961]

1962 (Mounted by Edward Steichen as Director Emeritus)

Photographs by Harry Callahan and Robert Frank [MoMA Exh. #701, January 30-April 1, 1962]

The Bitter Years [MoMA Exh. #711, October 18-November 25, 1962]


Container List

 

Series I. Personal, Family, and Correspondence

Arrangement

The series is arranged into six subseries, in approximate chronological order of the subject of the materials, corresponding to GMM's original organization of personal and family materials at the beginning of the ESA, followed by two distinct groups of correspondence she had placed with these materials.

The six subseries are as follows:

Subseries I.A. Luxembourg
Subseries I.B. United States and Paris
Subseries I.C. Steichen family
Subseries I.D. Carl Sandburg
Subseries I.E. Umpawaug property
Subseries I.F. Important correspondence
Subseries I.F.i. Culled correspondence from ES home files
Subseries I.F.ii. Photocopied correspondence from other collections

Scope and Content

Series I includes materials relating to the Steichen family in Luxembourg both before their emigration to the United States and later visits and contact there, including the permanent installation of The Family of Man at Château de Clervaux, as well as background information on the country; ES's early life and art education in the United States and Paris; his three wives, two daughters, and their families; his sister Lilian and brother-in-law Carl Sandburg; the Steichen property, Umpawaug, in Redding, CT, including the donation of part of it to the Audubon Society in 1971, the 1973 dedication of a park on it named for ES, the property's owners after ES's death, and the Steichen dogs; and two collections of correspondence: one apparently culled from ES's personal collection and one consisting of photocopies of ES's correspondence with Alfred Stieglitz (copies from Yale University) and Eugene Meyer (copies from the Library of Congress).

For additional documentation of The Family of Man's installation at Château de Clervaux, see Series V.B. For additional photographs of Steichen family members, see "Bequest of Edward Steichen" folders in Series VI.B.

 

Subseries I.A. Luxembourg

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Folder Title Date
I.A.1* 1680-1970s: Genealogical chart

Annotated by Kate Rodina Steichen as given to her in Luxembourg, April 1980

I.A.2 1880s: Family history and genealogical charts

Photocopied birth certificate, baptismal record; GMM queries and replies

I.A.3 Before 1881: "Carte de visite" photo of ES as toddler

Photographic prints, correspondence

I.A.4 1950s-1979: The Family of Man at Château de Clervaux; other ES exhibits and visits

Correspondence and clippings; includes postcard from Eric Landeen, author of Picturing an Exhibition: The Family of Man and 1950s America (1995)

I.A.5 1963-1966: ES and Joanna Steichen visits to Luxembourg; events sponsored by government

Snapshots with distant family members, residents of home village

I.A.6 1967-1979: ES 100th anniversary

Clippings

I.A.7* [1960s?]: Mock Herald Tribune of March 27, 1879

Gag article inserted on ES's birth date; removed from folder I.A.6

I.A.8 1960s-1970s: Background clippings and publications

I.A.9 1970: Photographs by Tom Maloney

Editor of the influential photography publication U.S. Camera from 1935-1969, Maloney had regularly featured ES in its pages and was a lifelong supporter and promoter of his work, as well as a member of MoMA's Photography Committee; 13 uncaptioned color slides.

I.A.10 1972-1980: GMM correspondence with Luxembourg institutions

I.A.11 1979, 1983, 1986: ES exhibitions in Luxembourg

Catalogues from Exposition Edward Steichen; Edward Steichen: Photographies Originales; Visions Sans Frontiers

I.A.12 1981: Kate Rodina Steichen visit to Luxembourg

Clippings

 

Subseries I.B. United States and Paris

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Folder Title
I.B.1 1886-1887: Hancock, Michigan

Photocopies of correspondence researching ES's link to the area

I.B.2 1888-1900: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

GMM correspondence confirming dates of residence; photocopied clippings

I.B.3 1888-1900: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Clippings re: Art Students' League; ephemera from 1970s dedication of ES Court, at University of Wisconsin, Madison

I.B.4 1889: F.E.M. Robinson

1972 correspondence re: ES's first art exhibit in Milwaukee

I.B.5 1889: Academie Julien, Paris

1989 review of exhibit about Academie Julien

I.B.6* 1898, 1901: Harper's Weekly excerpts

Photostats

I.B.7 1900: London Photographic Salon

I.B.8 1900-1901: Paris, London

GMM notes; photocopies

I.B.9* 1900-1901: "If this should be my last trip to Europe" (Esquire, February 1969)

Article on where ES, James Durante, and James Farley would return to for a final visit; removed from folder I.B.8

I.B.10 1900-1901: Chicago

Includes photocopies from The Photo-Beacon

I.B.11* January 1901: The Photogram, "The American School"

Photostat of article by "Eduard J. Steichen"; removed from folder I.B.10

I.B.12 1900-1901: Carl Bjorncrantz

Photocopied correspondence with ES; GMM correspondence with son regarding 1900 travels, and founding of Milwaukee Art Students League. A friend of ES's from Milwaukee who traveled with him on his first visit to Paris, Bjornkrantz took a much-reproduced photograph of ES riding a bicycle (see Series VIII).

I.B.13* 1900-1902: Marie Steichen's scrapbook

Disbound "Album" with original boards; original pages, photostats, photocopies. The pages had been previously housed individually in glassine folders. Brittle newspaper clippings and other items were adhered to the highly acidic album pages. They are now encapsulated in archival sleeves. Some pages are annotated by GMM; all are extremely fragile. Some of the glassine envelopes had been numbered; photocopies of those precede the items they describe. Envelope 22 also bears a Study Collection number from the Department of Photography; other numbered items may also have been photographed for use by the Department.

I.B.14* March 8, 1900: "Old 1900s clippings and later"

Envelope in ES's hand; includes clipping about ES with label from Henry Romeike clipping service: Hawk Eye, Burlington, IA. Removed from folder I.B.13.

 

Subseries I.C. Steichen family

Arrangement

The subseries is in order of ES's family involvement: material relating to each of his wives Clara Smith, Dana Glover, and Joanna Taub is followed by that about his two daughters Mary and Kate Rodina; other more distant relatives; and a final folder of mixed family-related materials.

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Scope and Content

As in the rest of the Archive, there is little original material in the folders on ES's daughters (I.C. 9-17), except photographs - donated by them - of them and their families (some taken by ES), and correspondence especially with Kate Rodina Steichen. The latter attests to the warm and humor-filled relationship she enjoyed with GMM.

Documentation of Mary Steichen Calderone (folders I.C. 9-16) includes her annual Christmas letters to family and friends (and some from her daughter Francesca and family), as well as information on her children and grandchildren, and their relationships to ES. The clippings and other ephemera pertain mostly to Mary's role as founder of the Sex Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), and an outspoken supporter of open conversation, and access to information, about sex and sexuality during the 1960s and 1970s.

Folder Title Date
I.C.1 Clara Smith Steichen: beginning 1903

Photograph; photocopied ALS ES-CS (9/17/03) during their engagement; wedding announcement, divorce decree (photocopies); correspondence

I.C.2* Clara Smith Steichen: [1906]

Photograph "Mary and her mother," gift of Dr. Mary Steichen Calderone

I.C.3* Dana Glover Steichen: 1923

"The Blue Sky:" mounted photograph with "Photography by Steichen" stamp; gift of Dr. Mary Steichen Calderone

I.C.4 Dana Glover Steichen: 1930s-1980

I.C.5 Joanna Taub Steichen: 1959-1987

GMM correspondence, clippings. Predominantly information on Joanna Steichen's 1981 Network for Learning workshop "How to Marry Money," and press coverage; 1983 book, Marrying Up: An American Dream - and Reality. Also clippings on May/December marriages including ES and Joanna Steichen, among other notable couples; and Joanna Steichen's later writings about her life and relationship with ES.

I.C.6* Joanna Taub Steichen: 1970s

Removed from folder I.C.5

I.C.7 Joanna Taub Steichen: 1981-1986

Clippings and background re: Network for Learning workshop: "How to Marry Money"

I.C.8 Joanna Taub Steichen: 1982, 1983

Standard audio cassette, "How to Marry Money;" book, Marrying Up: An American Dream - and Reality

I.C.9 Mary Steichen Calderone: 1905-1962; 1 of 2

Family photographs, by ES and others. Photographs also show her mother, Clara Smith Steichen (see folder I.C.1). Some are noted in GMM's hand as gifts of Mrs. Flora S.[tieglitz] Straus, niece of photographer Alfred Stieglitz.

I.C.10 Mary Steichen Calderone: 1905-1967; 2 of 2

I.C.11* Mary Steichen Calderone: 1925-[1935]

Photographs of Mary [then Martin] and daughter Nell Martin

I.C.12* Mary Steichen Calderone: circa 1930

Mounted photograph of Mary [then Martin] at Umpawaug with daughters Nell and Joan, stamped "Photography by Steichen;" gift of Dr. Mary Steichen Calderone

I.C.13 Mary Steichen Calderone: 1963-1987

Correspondence, GMM notes; daughter Francesca's family Christmas letters

I.C.14 Mary Steichen Calderone: 1968-1980

Clippings, invitations related to SIECUS

I.C.15 Mary Steichen Calderone: 1970-1986

Christmas letters

I.C.16 Mary Steichen Calderone and Kate Rodina Steichen: [1909]-1969

Photographs

I.C.17 Kate Rodina Steichen: [1917-1980s]

Photographs, by ES and others

I.C.18* Photograph of unidentified house with family: undated

Removed from folder I.C.17

I.C.19 Kate Rodina Steichen: 1956-1988

Clippings, correspondence

I.C.20 Other Steichen family: 1986, undated

Clippings, correspondence with Felicien and Michele Steichen

I.C.21* Mrs. Jean Steichen: undated photograph

Includes GMM note on her death date; removed from folder I.C.20

I.C.22 Various family materials: June 25, 1931; 1975; undated

Undated AL Joanna Taub Steichen with list of ES family members and typed transcript; GMM notes on Voulangis house and Steichens with Stieglitz at Lake George

 

Subseries I.D. Carl Sandburg

Arrangement

The subseries begins with a run of Sandburg portraits in numerical order (some of which are missing), followed by photocopies of correspondence between ES and CS in the collection of the University of Illinois/Urbana Champaign (UI/UC), and then additional materials in chronological order. A folder of published material about CS ends the subseries.

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries includes photocopied correspondence (see Arrangement Note), clippings, and notices about the poet's life, work, and death, including his address to Congress (he was the first private citizen to do so) on the occasion of Abraham Lincoln's 150th anniversary, February 12, 1959; his death in 1967; and the 1968 exhibition Carl Sandburg: A Tribute, at the Hallmark Gallery in New York City. Because many of the photographs of CS were by ES, among GMM's duties was handling permissions requests for their use and reproduction by a variety of publishers and broadcasters.

The portraits in folders I.D.1-5 were originally housed individually in glassine sleeves numbered in GMM's hand according to her typed list ("Carl Sandburg items in the Steichen Archive at the Museum of Modern Art"; folder I.D.1). She may have created the list to document the images' placement in Sandburg: Photographers View Carl Sandburg, edited by ES, and published by Harcourt, Brace and World in 1966. That numbering has been transferred in pencil to the back of each print as "GMM: 1; GMM: 2", and so on. The numbers on the back of each print enclosed in a square refer to a list of images chosen for inclusion in a 1978 National Educational Television planned documentary on CS (see folder I.D.7 for the list and associated correspondence).

Folder Title Date
I.D.1 Portraits 2-4

Includes GMM numbered caption list

1890s-1930s
I.D.2 Portraits 36-81

1925-1964
I.D.3 Portraits 87-90

1935-1959, undated
I.D.4* Portraits 32, 65

1936, undated
I.D.5* Portraits 9, 10, 14, 23, 38, 53, 55, 58, 61, 62, 73, 74, unnumbered

1907-1960s
I.D.6 CS/ES correspondence, 1 of 3

UI/UC photocopies, with GMM correspondence (1986-1987); includes letters from Dana Smith Steichen. Items are ordered as received from UI/UC, in approximate chronological order; each yellow page indicates the beginning of a new folder.

1904-1935
I.D.7 CS/ES correspondence, 2 of 3

1942-1960s
I.D.8 CS/ES correspondence, 3 of 3

The photocopied items are in approximate chronological order, except for some correspondence from the period 1900-1920.

1910s-1920s, 1960s
I.D.9 Photographs of CS; ES with Lilian Steichen Sandburg

Not taken by ES

1890s-1960s
I.D.10 Other photographs

CS, ES and Lilian Steichen Sandburg, Marie Steichen

1923, undated
I.D.11 Clippings

Including coverage of CS's death (July 22, 1967) and memorial service at Lincoln Memorial

1953-1986
I.D.12 Carl Sandburg: A Tribute, Hallmark Gallery, January-February 1968

GMM correspondence

1967-1968
I.D.13 Carl Sandburg: A Tribute, Hallmark Gallery, January-February 1968

Clippings, including photocopies from Gallery's clipping service provided to the ESA as a record of the exhibition's American press coverage. Although repetitive, they provide an idea of the country-wide appeal and recognition of Sandburg one year after his death.

1968
I.D.14 Carl Sandburg: A Tribute, Hallmark Gallery, January-February 1968

Installation photographs, correspondence

1968, 1970
I.D.15 Permissions

GMM correspondence with publishers and broadcasters to use ES images of CS

1968-1969, 1985
I.D.16 Clippings

1960s-1970s
I.D.17 Correspondence

GMM; copies of CS correspondence to ES

1960s-1970s
I.D.18 Correspondence

Poems by Helga Sandburg; transcribed letter CS-Lilian Steichen (1908); Kate Rodina Steichen and Penelope Niven correspondence to GMM: Niven consulted the Sandburg archives at Connemara as background for her 1991 book Carl Sandburg: A Biography; in 1997 Niven published Steichen: A Biography.

1960s-1980s
I.D.19 Planned NET documentary on Sandburg by Perry Miller Adato

Correspondence, including numbered list of portraits

1978
I.D.20 Published material

Book Bulletin of the Chicago Public Library; Carl Sandburg Farm National Historic Site: A Proposal; Carl Sandburg, by Mark Van Doren

1948, 1968, 1969
 

Subseries I.E. Umpawaug property

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged chronologically, with two folders of information on ES's dogs placed at the end.

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries includes GMM's documentation of the Umpawaug property, in Redding, CT, before, during, and after ES's lifetime, including the derivation of its name, the house's construction, and the disposition of some of the Steichens' land after ES's death. The house was designed by architects Almus Evans (from the firm of Evans, Moore, & Woodbridge) and Louis Gelders in a modernist style and completed in 1939. Some of GMM's 1972 correspondence was directed to Chris Brown, who worked at the Steichen's home as a secretary and aide from February 1964 through August 1972; and to Bobbi Carrey, who assisted Joanna Steichen in the disposition of some of ES's photographs after his death.

Historical Note

In 1971, a series of local hearings was held to approve the Steichens' sale of 117 acres of their land to Redding Open Lands Inc. (ROLI), which then donated 43.5 acres of wetlands to the Audubon Society of Connecticut. In August 1973, these acres were dedicated as the Edward Steichen Wildlife Preserve, with musical performances by Paul Winter and Mary Travers. Kate Rodina Steichen attended the event. ES's ashes were later buried on the property.

Folder Title
I.E.1 1920s-1970s: Letterhead, directions to house

The property's name on the letterhead is "Umpawaug Plant Breeding Farm." See Series VII.B for information on, and extensive photographic documentation of, the property's use in ES's 1930s delphinium-breeding experiments.

I.E.2 1920s-1980s: GMM research and correspondence, clippings

I.E.3* 1920s-1980s: New Haven Register, Sunday Pictorial, October 17, 1965 - "Edward Steichen's Shadblow Tree"

Removed from folder I.E.2

I.E.4* 1938-1939: Evans, Moore, & Woodbridge, Architects: plans for "Colonel Steichen residence"

Copies of blueprints; GMM note that they are owned by Neil Patterson.

I.E.5 1952: GMM research on purported Umpawaug fire

Includes correspondence with ES's printer Noel Deeks, who had worked at the house during the period when some early negatives were reportedly destroyed.

I.E.6 [pre-1957], 1973: photographs

ES (by Dana Steichen?); Kate Rodina Steichen at 1973 dedication; photographs annotated by Noel Deeks

I.E.7* 1968, undated: Jim Matthews photo of trees; enlarged map of property, clipping on modular homes

The b/w photo is inscribed to ES "with greatest respect"

I.E.8 1971-1972: Clippings

Mostly from Redding Pilot: local debate and vote over land sale; ES's 93rd birthday

I.E.9 1973, 1979: Clippings

Redding Open Lands Inc.'s property donation to CT Audubon Society; ES Memorial Wildlife Preserve dedication; study of preserve

I.E.10 1983, 1984, undated: House after ES's death

Clippings and information on the house and purchasers Neil and Ippy Patterson; Ippy Patterson drawing portfolio

I.E.11* Steichen Irish wolfhounds, 1914-1971

Photographs: dogs, ES with dogs

I.E.12* Steichen Irish wolfhounds, 1930s: "The Dog Observed Calendar 1987"

Includes image of ES with dog; with invitation to the exhibition The Dog Observed: Photographs 1844-1983, September 1984

I.E.13 Steichen Irish wolfhounds, 1950s-1970s

GMM research, clippings

 

Subseries I.F. Important correspondence

Arrangement

The subseries is organized in two parts:

Subseries F.i. Culled correspondence from ES personal files
Subseries F.ii. Photocopied ES correspondence from other collections

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

A list of photographers represented in The Family of Man, and a scrapbook of clippings documenting ES's search for photographs to include in the exhibition, were originally housed in the same box with these materials. They have been relocated to Series V.B.i. ES may have given them to GMM at the same time as the collected correspondence, or they may have been misfiled here.

 

Subseries I.F.i. Culled Correspondence from ES home files

Arrangement

GMM had organized the materials into individual folders for each letter of the alphabet, and one devoted entirely to correspondence of Wayne Miller. The original folder containing his photocopied letters was marked in her hand "made available by Wayne Miller, 1975." Letters have been grouped together here in pairs and threes, and only notable correspondents are listed in the folder notes. Some documents were misfiled alphabetically, and have been relocated to their correct order. The last folder (folder I.F.i.16) contains a list "Correspondence found in Steichen Archives" that is not typed on GMM's characteristic Olivetti Lettera and probably postdates her organization of the materials.

Scope and Content

The letters in the subseries appear to have been culled from personal correspondence ES would have had at home in Connecticut, and include originals, carbon copies, and photocopies. Many are annotated in GMM's hand as gifts of ES to the Archive in 1972. The date ranges for the folders are those of the letters themselves, not the period referred to, as elsewhere in the series. The names mentioned are not a complete listing, but provide an idea of the range of ES's famous and notable contacts in the fields of photography (Cecil Beaton, Brassai, Harry Callahan, Alfred Stieglitz, Minor White), entertainment (actors Charlie Chaplin and Adolphe Menjou, Walt Disney), literature and publishing (author Willa Cather, playwright Eugene O'Neill, publisher Ken McCormick), and politics (Dwight D. Eisenhower, Adlai Stevenson).

Many are thank you notes sent to ES acknowledging receipt of a print of the sitter's portrait. Such a "high point" collection, removed from its original context and grouped together because of the fame of the senders, represents an older style of collecting and organization that does not reflect modern archival precepts of original order or the maintenance of a document's physical or historical context or provenance.

Folder Title Date
I.F.i.1 A, B

Includes Alexander Alland, Cecil Beaton, Brassai, William A. Burden

1938-1977, undated
I.F.i.2 C

Includes Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Willa Cather, Charlie Chaplin, Ivan Chermayeff, E. Gordon Craig, Frank Crowninshield

1925-1972, undated
I.F.i.3 D, E

Includes Roy deCarava, Jacob Deschin, Walt Disney, David Douglas Duncan, Dwight D. Eisenhower

1933-1962
I.F.i.4 F, G

Includes Kay and Phil Graham, Fritz Gruber

1948-1967
I.F.i.5 H

Includes Langston Hughes

1933-1983
I.F.i.6 I, K

Includes Lincoln Kirstein

1935-1974
I.F.i.7 L

Includes Dorothea Lange (TL DL-ES [9/25/1958] datelined Saigon, Viet-Nam, on the effect of The Family of Man), Herbert Lehman, John Lewis, Sinclair Lewis

1933-1958
I.F.i.8 M

Includes Tom Maloney, John Marin, Grace M. Mayer, Adolphe Menjou, Ken McCormick, Agnes Meyer, Wright Morris

1927-1958
I.F.i.9 Wayne Miller

1946-1955, undated
I.F.i.10 N

Includes Condé Nast, Dorothy Norman (photocopied TLS DN-ES [8/13/1946] about ES's rift with Stieglitz)

1927-1969
I.F.i.11 O, P

Includes Georgia O'Keeffe, Eugene and Carlotta Monterey O'Neill

1932-1972
I.F.i.12 R

Includes Mary C. [Mrs. Nelson] Rockefeller, Auguste Rodin (photocopy)

1909, 1947, undated
I.F.i.13 S

Includes Charles Sheeler, Carmen (Mrs. W. Eugene) Smith, Carmel Snow, Alfred Stieglitz (envelope only), Adlai Stevenson, Leopold Stokowski, Paul Strand, Roy Stryker

1928-1981
I.F.i.14 T, V, W

Includes Paul Taylor, Carl Van Vechten, Lila Wallace, [Rabbi] Stephen Weiss, Edward Weston, Monroe Wheeler, Minor White

1933-1979
I.F.i.15 Y, unidentified correspondents

1938, 1949, 1962
I.F.i.16 "Correspondence found in Steichen Archives"

Typed list "Correspondence found in Steichen Archives," not typed on GMM's characteristic Olivetti Lettera, probably postdates her organization of the materials.

Undated
 

Subseries I.F.ii. Photocopied correspondence from other collections

Arrangement

The Stieglitz and Meyer correspondence was originally unfoldered; it has been divided as appropriate for file size and ease of access. The original letters to AS had been numbered consecutively, but not all are included here; GMM also numbered them in pencil on the back and many are annotated in her hand with clarifications as to people, places, and/or dates. The dates given are approximate, since many of the letters are undated.

Scope and Content

The subseries consists of photocopies of correspondence from ES to AS (copies from the Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O'Keeffe Archive at Yale University) as well as correspondence ES and Joanna Steichen sent to and received from financier and patron Eugene Meyer and his wife Agnes Ernst Meyer (copies from the Eugene Meyer papers at the Library of Congress).

Folder Title Date
I.F.ii.1 1910s-1970s: "Letters"

GMM research and correspondence in finding and amassing ES correspondence

I.F.ii.2* Steichen to Stieglitz

#28-110

1900-1907
I.F.ii.3* Steichen to Stieglitz

#111-187

1908-1915
I.F.ii.4* Steichen to Stieglitz

Includes list of undated letters, subjects, and possible dates; #188-280, unnumbered

1908-1919
I.F.ii.5* Steichen to Stieglitz

#284-354

1907-1918
I.F.ii.6 Eugene Meyer correspondence 1906-1952
I.F.ii.7 Eugene Meyer correspondence 1924-1940, undated
I.F.ii.8 Eugene Meyer correspondence 1932-1969
I.F.ii.9 Eugene Meyer correspondence 1968-1969, undated

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Series II. Early Photography and Design Work

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

The series is arranged in three subseries:

Subseries II.A. Photo-Secession, Camera Work, introduction of modern art to America
Subseries II.B. World War I period
Subseries II.C. Early design work

Scope and Content

Series II includes research into, and documentation of, ES's early photographic work in New York and Paris; his affiliation with Alfred Stieglitz in the establishment of the Photo-Secession, publication of Camera Work, Gallery 291 and the introduction of modern art from Europe to the United States, and their eventual rift; his service during World War I in the U.S. Army Air Service's Photography Section providing aerial reconnaissance photography in France, especially for the second Marne offensive; and his designs for silk fabrics manufactured by the Stehli Company and pianos by Hardman Peck & Co.

The series includes some materials in French and German.

 

Subseries II.A. Photo-Secession, Camera Work, introduction of modern art to America

GMM's research in the subseries included many of the photographers, artists, and critics associated with ES in this period, including Sadakichi Hartmann, Charles Henry Caffin, Charles Marin, Gertrude Kasebier, and others, represented mostly in exhibition catalogs and clippings, and with some original correspondence. Among her most important sources for this period was research conducted by Robert M. ("Mac") Doty in preparation for the 1960 exhibit and catalogue Photo Secession - Photography as a Fine Art at George Eastman House (now the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House), Rochester, New York. Photocopies of sections of his research are included in many folders in the series.

Folder Title
II.A.1 1893-1911: Sadakichi Hartmann

Clippings, research, GMM correspondence

II.A.2 1895-1927: Steichen: The Master Prints, 1895-1914 [MoMA Exh. #1200]; Edward Steichen: The Early Years 1900-1927 (print portfolio)

Exhibition checklist; New York Times review; promotional brochure for print portfolio

II.A.3* 1895-1914: Steichen: The Master Prints, 1895-1914 [MoMA Exh. #1200], 1978

Exhibition poster; removed from folder II.A.2; oversize, see flat file at MoMAQNS

II.A.4 1899-1903: Clarence White

Clippings; GMM notes; catalogue for 1977 exhibition Symbolism of Light: The Photographs of Clarence H. White inscribed to the ESA and GMM by Maynard White

II.A.5 1899-1907: Catalogues of museum exhibitions of ES works

Photocopied items in collection of The Metropolitan Museum; GMM correspondence with BN and others; GMM numbered chronological list of ES shows

II.A.6* 1900: "Steichen mount with his signature"

GMM typed note: "came with his self-portrait;" shows pencilled ES monogram and barely visible handwritten "…friend Louis Mayer 1900." Mayer was an artist and friend of ES's in Milwaukee, unrelated to the movie producer.

II.A.7 1900-1910: Notes on ES and the period by Robert M. Doty

II.A.8 1901: ES's Paris studio

GMM notes; studio photographs copied from Yale's ES/AS correspondence (see Series I.F.ii)

II.A.9 1901, 1918, 1952: Gertrude Kasebier, Charles Marin, "bohemian NY artists"

Clippings, photo of Marin's 82nd birthday

II.A.10 1901-1905: "Comments about Steichen in the Photo-Secession Period"

GMM typed notes

II.A.11 1901-1908: Stieglitz and O'Keeffe, Gallery 291, introduction of modern art to the United States

GMM notes; clippings; correspondence; exhibition catalogs

II.A.12 April 15, 1902: "Mr. Steichen's pictures," Photographic Art Journal

Original

II.A.13* 1902, 1903, 1910: The New York Sun

Photostats

II.A.14 1902, 1904: Photographische Rundschau

Original articles in German; translations; notes

II.A.15* 1902, 1908: The Century Magazine

Photostats; GMM notes

II.A.16 1902-1920: Photo-Secession period

GMM notes; transcripts; clippings; photocopies; catalogues

II.A.17 1902-1920: Photo-Secession period

GMM notes; transcripts; clippings; photocopies; catalogs

II.A.18 1902-1920: Photo-Secession period

GMM notes; transcripts; clippings; photocopies; catalogs

II.A.19 1902-1920: Photo-Secession period

GMM notes; transcripts; clippings; photocopies; catalogs

II.A.20* 1902-1920: Clippings

Photostats; removed from folders II.A.17-19

II.A.21 March 1903: The Critic, "Four portrait-photographs by Eduard Steichen"

Original, notes

II.A.22* March 1903: The Critic, "Four portrait-photographs by Eduard Steichen"

Photostats; removed from folder II.A.21

II.A.23 1903-1917: Camera Work

Catalogues and publications; December 1969 issue of Camera devoted to Camera Work and Stieglitz

II.A.24 1903-1917: Camera Work

Clippings; notes; GMM's article in March 1974 issue of AfterImage: "Brilliant Introduction to an Illustrious Parent" reviews Aperture's publication of Camera Work: A Critical Anthology," including background on the entire period.

II.A.25 1903-1950: Camera Club of New York

Original and photocopied programs; notes; clippings; research. Some of the materials are numbered consecutively in GMM's hand. There is no explanation for this numbering in the collection.

II.A.26 1903, 1913: Auction catalogue: Graphics International #3, November 1973

Includes one item each of Steichen and Stieglitz

II.A.27 January 1906: "Photo-Secession"

Original rice paper poster by ES for exhibits at Gallery 291: figure on an inclined ground shows Japonaise influences; appeared in Camera Work No 13

II.A.28 1906: Goerz American Optical catalogue

Cover by ES (original): Art Nouveau design

II.A.29 1906-1911: Exhibitions during the Photo-Secession period

Photocopies; research; images from Camera Work

II.A.30 1906-1911: Exhibitions during the Photo-Secession period

GMM note cards detailing sources and information

II.A.31 1906-1920: Introduction of modern art to America

GMM notes and correspondence; photographer Paul Strand (TLS PS-GMM [5/22/1973]) recounts a 1956 conversation with Picasso about Steichen's role in modern art.

II.A.32 1906-1920: Clippings

Introduction of modern art to America

II.A.33* 1906-1920: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Pictures supplement, May 5, 1963: "Fabled Art Show is Re-created on its 50th Anniversary"

Includes photo of ES and Joanna Steichen; removed from folder II.A.32

II.A.34 1908: Century Magazine, vol. LXXV, No. 4

Original, American version, with Charles Caffin article: "Progress in Photography. With special reference to the work of Eduard J. Steichen"

II.A.35 1908: Century Magazine, vol. LXXV, No. 4

Original, English version, with Charles Caffin article: "Progress in Photography. With special reference to the work of Eduard J. Steichen"

II.A.36 1908: David Putnam Brinley

Clippings; photocopies; correspondence; catalogs

II.A.37 1908-1912: The New Society of American Artists in Paris, 1908-1912

Catalog of 1986 exhibition

II.A.38 [1900-1910?]: [Gertrude] Kasebier

1979 exhibition catalog; GMM correspondence to identify sitters in ES photo

II.A.39 early 1900s: Camera, Christmas, 1966

Issue devoted to early 1900s Paris artists

II.A.40 early 1900s: Ex Libris, 1-5

Auction catalogues, 1974-1975, containing ES items; some GMM annotated with page numbers

II.A.41 1909-1930: Steichen and Matisse

Clippings; Kate Rodina Steichen letter about donation to MoMA; GMM notes on mentions of Matisse in Camera Work and Vogue

II.A.42 January, April 1910: New York Sun: James Hueneker reviews of ES shows

Typed transcripts; envelope in ES hand (photocopy)

II.A.43 December 1910: The Forum, "Fifth Avenue and the Boulevard Saint-Michel"

Spoof of Gallery 291 and its artists, annotated by GMM (photocopy)

II.A.44 1910-1920s: Exhibition catalogues

Photo-Secession, Lunn Gallery, 1977; Art for a New Era: The Societe Anonyme, 1920-1950, Yale University Art Gallery

II.A.45 1910-1940s: Arthur B. Carles

Correspondence; catalogue of 1984 retrospective

II.A.46 April 1911: Art et Decoration

Photo reproductions of fashion photographs for Paul Poiret

II.A.47 September 30, 1911: Archives of American Art Journal, vol 27, no. 1, 1987, "Carles and Marin: Kindred spirits"

Clipping; print of photograph showing ES and other American artists in Paris

II.A.48 1913: Charles Caffin

Photocopied transcript of 1973 Archives of American Art oral history with daughter Donna Layton

II.A.49 1913-1946: Rift with Stieglitz

AS's lover and biographer Dorothy Norman's letter documents the two photographers' disagreements (photocopied TLS DN-ES [8/13/1946]); photographer Todd Webb recalls being at An American Place gallery when ES and AS reunited in 1946 (TLS TW-GMM [2/26/1972], original and annotated photocopy)

 

Subseries II.B. World War I period

The subseries includes prints of aerial photographs taken by photographers under ES's command in the U.S. Army Signal Corps's Photographic Section, original documents pertaining to his induction into and release from the U.S. Army, and photographs of him from this period.

Folder Title
II.B.1* July 16, 1917: Commission, Officers Reserve Corps of U.S. Army

Original

II.B.2 1917 [November 24]: Rodin funeral, Meudon

Multiple prints (and copy negative) by unidentified photographer

II.B.3 1917-1920: Army papers

Cables; induction and discharge papers; clippings, correspondence

II.B.4* 1921: Legion of Honor certificate; clipping

Original certificate; removed from folder II.B.3

II.B.5 [1917-1919]: Aerial photographs

Various locations, some identified on the back; unknown photographer

II.B.6 [1917-1919]: Catalogue, Frumkin Gallery, 1973

Includes ES aerial photographs

II.B.7 1917-1921: Photographic prints

ES in uniform; some copy prints by Rolf Petersen

II.B.8 1917-1921: General information

GMM notes and correspondence on ES's war service

II.B.9 1917-1921: General information

Clippings; includes 1975 article from Artforum, and criticism of it in The New York Times, on the function of war photography after the fact, when such images are considered outside of their immediate context.

 

Subseries II.C. Early design work

Scope and Content

Folders II.C.2-5 include both documentary evidence about ES's designs for silk manufactured by the Stehli Silk Co. and examples of the fabrics themselves: individual and grouped swatches, rolled fabric, and three garments. The two blouses (II.C.8*) were printed using a cyanotype photographic process infrequently used for fabrics because of its delicacy and instability; they might be considered as photographs on fabric. See Note on Condition below for details of their conservation treatment in 2000, and recommendations for their handling.

Note on Condition

In November 2000, MoMA's Conservation Department undertook treatment of all the silk swatches and garments in this subseries. Twenty individual swatches were placed in Mylar envelopes (ironed, if necessary, before) on white un-buffered acid-free photographic folder paper. The six swatch sets were transferred into booklets of Mylar, graded in length to facilitate observation without the need to touch the fabric. Staples were removed and the booklets and swatches sewn with cotton thread. Each of the swatch booklets was placed in a larger Mylar folder on a sheet of the acid-free folder paper.

The larger swatch and three garments (one dress, two blouses) were rolled, supported on appropriate mounts, and stored in corrugated boxes. The blouses are printed as cyanotypes, a photographic process using Prussian Blue (ferric ferrocyanide). Fabrics thus printed are particularly susceptible to fading from exposure to visible and UV light, bleaching from exposure to an alkaline substance, and dispersing or washing away. They should be handled only by a trained conservator or archivist.

Folder Title Date
II.C.1 1918: Horwitt wristwatch

1960 note from George Horwitt; GMM's 1985 correspondence with German photography scholar Fritz Gruber indicates that the Horwitt watch, a precursor of the popular Movado Museum watch, was not designed by ES.

II.C.2 1926-1927: Stehli silk designs

Notes, correspondence; undated slides of restored fabrics; photo of "Thread" design; (see also folder III.C.3 for published images of the fabric)

II.C.3* February 1, 1927: Stehli silk designs featured in Vogue

Photographic prints and photostats; removed from folder II.C.2

II.C.4* 1926-1927: Stehli silk samples

1 swatch; 2 sample books

II.C.5* 1926-1927: Stehli silk samples

2 swatches, 4 sample books

II.C.6* 1926-1927: Stehli silk samples

16 swatches

II.C.7* 1926-1929: Stehli silk samples

Beans, Rice, Buttons and Thread, Thread designs; these had been mounted and given SC2007.13-16 numbers for outgoing loan that year

II.C.8* 1926-1927: Stehli silk garments

One dress, three blouses: the latter are printed cyanotypes on fabric; to be handled only by trained conservator or archivist.

II.C.9* 1926-1927: Stehli silk fabric sample rolls
II.C.10 1928-1929: Designs for pianos by Hardman, Peck, & Co.

Clippings, correspondence; 1989 auction catalog. The "Vers Libre" baby grand piano, which ES designed for Hardman & Peck as part of their "Modernique" line, he also photographed in assignments for Vogue (see Series III).

II.C.11* [1928]: Luna Moth piano

Color transparency, given SC2007.23 number for outgoing loan that year


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Series III. Professional Photographic Career

Arrangement

The series is arranged in five subseries:

Subseries III.A. Professional photography, exhibitions, studios
Subseries III.B. Vanity Fair tear-sheets
Subseries III.C. Vogue tear-sheets
Subseries III.D. Advertising work
Subseries III.E. Engravers proofs, advertising and Condé Nast publications

Scope and Content

Series III documents ES's extensive photographic career in the 1920s and 1930s: his image of Isadora Duncan taken in Greece; experiments photographing teacups; work in color; inclusion in exhibitions including Film und Foto (Stuttgart, 1929), and Photography 1839-1937 (MoMA Exh. #60, March 17-April 18, 1937); for magazines published by Condé Nast (Vogue, Vanity Fair, and others) and for the N.W. Ayer and J. Walter Thompson advertising agencies; and some of his other photographic output during this period. It includes information on his studio locations at 80 W. 40th and 139 E. 69th streets, GMM's background research on advertising during these years, as well as original tear-sheets and engravers' proofs from the publications in which ES's advertising photographs appeared.

There are some items in German and French.

Information about other of ES's photographic projects, including his extensive documentation of delphinium-breeding experiments, during this period is included in Series VII.B and D.

 

Subseries III.A. Professional photography, exhibitions, studios

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries provides general background information on ES's career predominantly during the 1920s and 1930s. Information on his studio locations includes photographs taken in, and from the windows of, 80 W. 40th Street; items provided to ESA by ES's electrician Jim McKeon; and letters to GMM from ES's printer Noel Deeks (see folder II.A.17) detailing the studio's locations, staff, and procedures.

There is little written material originating from ES: a small binder with details of prints sent to exhibitions in 1937 (folder II.A.19); and a 1938 response to Jacob Deschin's question about his teacup experiments, in which he notes that they were similar to a musician's finger exercises. Deschin (1900-1983) was at that time writing for Popular Photography magazine; from 1941 until his retirement in 1970, he was the camera editor of The New York Times.

Folder Title
III.A.1 1893: First ES photo to appear in Vanity Fair

GMM correspondence with Gladys Pohl at Condé Nast

III.A.2 1918-1924: General articles

Specifically related to Vogue and Vanity Fair

III.A.3 1920: Isadora Duncan

GMM notes from Duncan's autobiography My Life re: 1920 trip to Greece; clipping from February 1971 DanceMagazine article with ES photo

III.A.4 1920-1931: Clippings about the period

III.A.5 1920-1937: Books by and references to ES

Clippings, GMM notes one in Swedish; see also Series IX.A for writings by and about ES

III.A.6 1921, 1938: Teacup experiments

Photocopied TLS ES-Jacob Deschin (1/24/1938) responding to a question about the teacup photographs: characterizing them as "finger exercises"

III.A.7 1922-1938: Articles by and about ES, 1 of 2

One in French

III.A.8 1922-1938: Articles by and about ES, 2 of 2

Includes GMM list "references to ES in The Art Index," 1929-1970

III.A.9 1923-1938: General articles

On ES in the period

III.A.10 1923-1942: Steichen's models

Clippings, background info

III.A.11 1926-1942: Fashion photography

Clippings and GMM notes

III.A.12 1929: Film Und Foto exhibition, Stuttgart

GMM notes; photocopied exhibition catalogue. Curated by Heinz Schwartz, Film Und Foto was one of the first important exhibitions of photography in Europe. The American photographers represented in it were ES and Edward Weston.

III.A.13 1920s-1950s: GMM notes on ES and advertising

III.A.14 1930-1938: Exhibitions

Both contemporary and later (1970s-1980s) exhibitions of ES's work from this period

III.A.15 1934-1938: Steichen studio

Predominantly information on 139 E. 69th Street, with some on 80 W. 40th Street: GMM notes, photo, Noel Deeks 1970s correspondence with photocopies of his diary excerpts from 1937.

III.A.16 1935, 1941: Color printing

Clippings; photocopy from Vanity Fair, April 1935, by ES on his color printing technique

III.A.17 1936: Steichen studio 80 W. 40th Street

Photographs, some by Dana Steichen; notes from Noel Deeks about studio procedures; photographs of the staff

III.A.18* 1936: Envelope with studio address

Removed from folder III.A.17

III.A.19 1937: "Photographic prints sent to exhibitions"

Binder with list of prints; includes ES works in Photography 1839-1937 [MoMA Exh. #60, March 17-April 18, 1937]

III.A.20 1937: ES representation in Photography 1839-1937 [MoMA Exh. #60, March 17-April 18, 1937]

Includes photocopy of draft checklist and captions for exhibition; BN note to GMM with photocopy of catalogue

III.A.21 1937-1938: Notes and correspondence

Includes TLS Patricia Johnston-GMM (1/2/1984) re: her dissertation research on ES commercial work; itinerary of ES 1937 trip to Mexico

III.A.22 Undated: Vanity Fair and Vogue tear-sheets included in Steichen the Photographer

GMM note: "to be located and dated;" photocopies

 

Subseries III.B. Vanity Fair tear-sheets

Arrangement

The tear-sheets were originally housed in individual folders for each year, with the hard board cover of the January issue enclosing the pages on which ES's photographs appeared from that year. Each folder's year was written on the outside in a hand not GMM's. Author Patricia Johnston in Real Fantasies: Edward Steichen's Advertising Photography, describes them as "tear-sheet files… that were compiled from contemporary magazines each month by the photographer's wife, Dana Steichen" (p. 257). Some individual pages are annotated in pencil in GMM's hand or, beginning in 1932, bear inked numbers in another hand; there is no explanation in the collection for this numbering system.

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

Scope and Content

According to her undated photocopied memo, GMM had planned to compare the tear-sheets with a card catalogue list of images by ES (organized alphabetically by subject) that is included in the Grace M. Mayer Papers, Series IV.A.2.

Folder Title Date
III.B.1 Vanity Fair tear-sheets

Includes photo of one page and copy negative

1923
III.B.2 Vanity Fair tear-sheets

No cover boards

1923-1930
III.B.3 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1924
III.B.4 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1925
III.B.5 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1926
III.B.6 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1927
III.B.7 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1928
III.B.8 Vanity Fair

Entire issue, includes self-portrait of ES (p. 67)

October 1929
III.B.9 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1929
III.B.10 Vanity Fair tear-sheets

Clare Booth Luce; includes Bobbi Carrey query to GMM (2/5/1979) re: identity of sitters

1920s
III.B.11 Vanity Fair tear-sheets July 1930
III.B.12 Vanity Fair tear-sheets

Entire issue

November 1930
III.B.13 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1930
III.B.14 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1931
III.B.15 Vanity Fair tear-sheets

Includes a photostat

1932
III.B.16 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1932-1936
III.B.17 Vanity Fair tear-sheets

Entire issue; has book mark at Rabbi Weiss page; see Series I.F.i for Weiss's letter to ES re: the portrait

June 1933
III.B.18 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1933
III.B.19 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1934
III.B.20 Vanity Fair tear-sheets

Includes photostats

1935
III.B.21 Vanity Fair tear-sheets 1936
 

Subseries III.C. Vogue tear-sheets

Arrangement

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

Folder Title Date
III.C.1 Vogue tear-sheets

Includes a photostat

1923
III.C.2* Vogue tear-sheets; GMM note, display sign

The explanatory sign was possibly from a display of tear-sheets; no further information is provided.

1923-1928
III.C.3 Vogue tear-sheets

Includes ES's fashion photographs and silk designs

1923-1930
III.C.4 Vogue tear-sheets

Includes a photostat

1924
III.C.5 Vogue tear-sheets 1925
III.C.6 Vogue tear-sheets

Includes photostats

1926
III.C.7 Vogue tear-sheets 1927
III.C.8 Vogue tear-sheets 1928
III.C.9 Vogue tear-sheets

Includes photostats

1929
III.C.10 Vogue tear-sheets

Includes photostats

1930
III.C.11 Vogue tear-sheets 1931
III.C.12 Vogue tear-sheets 1931, 1932, 1937, 1961
III.C.13 Vogue tear-sheets 1932
III.C.14 Vogue tear-sheets 1933
III.C.15 Vogue tear-sheets, Advertising Arts

Vogue's first color photographic cover; includes some photostats; July 1934 issue of Advertising Arts includes ES nudes

1934
III.C.16 Vogue tear-sheets 1935
III.C.17 Vogue tear-sheets

Includes GMM note and her correspondence with Noel Deeks to confirm date and location of an image

1936
III.C.18* Vogue tear-sheets

Mounted tear-sheet, photostat; removed from folder III.C.17

1936
III.C.19 Vogue tear-sheets 1937
III.C.20 Vogue tear-sheets

Includes photocopied professional recommendation, TLS Condé Nast-ES (9/27/1937)

1937, 1938
III.C.21 Vogue tear-sheets

Includes portfolio of ES work from 1923-1938, and an article by Margaret Case Harriman

January 1, 1938
III.C.22 Vogue tear-sheets

GMM note on folder: "Also House & Garden Dec. 1939"

1939
III.C.23 Vogue tear-sheets 1940
III.C.24* Vogue tear-sheets

Mounted tear-sheets, removed from folder II.C.23

1940
III.C.25 Vogue tear-sheets

Entire issue

June 15, 1941
III.C.26 Vogue tear-sheets 1941
III.C.27 Vogue tear-sheets

Portrait of ES by Irving Penn

1948
III.C.28* Vogue tear-sheets

Photostat of layout for article "50 Photographs by 50 Photographers" re: 50 Photographs by 50 Photographers [MoMA Exh. #382, July 27-September 26, 1948]

1948
III.C.29 Vogue tear-sheets

Alexander Liberman article "Steichen's Eye" accompanying ES's choice of his five "best" photographs

1959
 

Subseries III.D. Advertising work

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are both the dates referred to in their contents and the dates of the contents' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries includes images ES took for the advertising agencies N.W. Ayer and J. Walter Thompson as they appeared on tear-sheets from publications including McCall's, Vogue, Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times, Ladies Home Journal, and Good Housekeeping. Most are for household goods (e.g., Canon towels, Scot Tissue) and beauty products (e.g., Jergen's Lotion) targeted to women; images from an advertising campaign for the Matson shipping line are also included.

In Patricia Johnston's book Real Fantasies: Edward Steichen's Advertising Photography, the "Appendix: Documented Advertising Photographs by Steichen" is an extensive (but not exhaustive) chronology of images that includes the client, publication, and date. Many came from the ESA or George Eastman House collections.

Folder Title Date
III.D.1 1922-1942: Work for N.W. Ayer and J. Walter Thompson

Includes copy of contract with J. Walter Thompson (12/6/1924); Thompson's recommendation of ES to Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air for work in its Photographic Unit, based on his integrity and advertising experience (1/16/1942; see Series IV.B); GMM research; article by Patricia Johnston, based on her dissertation, which became the basis for Real Fantasies: Edward Steichen's Advertising Photography

III.D.2 1929-1938: Advertising, general

Background and clippings

III.D.3 1932, 1936: Clippings - Pond's, Hexylresorcinol, Hollander and Son, Simmons Mattress
III.D.4 1933: Clippings - Packard
III.D.5 1933-1936: Clippings - Jergen's Lotion
III.D.6 1934, 1936: Clippings - Ivory Soap
III.D.7 1934, undated: Clippings - Scot Tissue
III.D.8 1934, 1935, undated: Clippings - Matson Line, Oceanic Line

Includes GMM note on Hawaiian model used in advertisement

III.D.9* [1934]: Clippings - Kodak Verichrome film
III.D.10 1935: Clippings - Coty
III.D.11 1935-1936: Clippings - Cannon towels
III.D.12 1935, 1936: Clippings - New York Central
III.D.13 1936: Clippings - Steinway
III.D.14 1936: Clippings - Woodbury soap
III.D.15 1936-1938: Clippings - Community Plate [Hollowware]
 

Subseries III.E. Engravers' proofs, advertising and Condé Nast publications

Arrangement

In this subseries, only the advertising proofs were individually organized by client and those original titles (possibly in Dana Steichen's hand) are provided in quotation marks; the others were in no apparent order and are now foldered as appropriate for their size and weight: all are printed on heavily coated paper. Where larger sheets were together with smaller versions of the same image, they have been left together and housed as appropriate for the largest size. The proof sheets appear to have been stored at one time exposed to the elements: a few show water damage or discoloration, and many were originally sooty.

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

Historical Note

The engravers' proofs would have been provided to ES to correct before the magazine went to press; see letter in folder III.E.1 from the engraver to ES as an example of this communication. Some are printed on form sheets that, on the front, include a color range against which ES would check the images' quality of printing; on the back are instructions for how to note any desired changes.

Folder Title Date
III.E.1 Letter to ES from Beck Engraving Company accompanying proofs January 7, 1931
III.E.2* Engravers' proofs, Vogue, Vanity Fair 1931, 1935, undated
III.E.3* "Color engraving proofs - Vogue" 1932, undated
III.E.4* Engravers' proofs 1932, 1934, undated
III.E.5* "Engraving proofs - Eastman Kodak"

Includes tear-sheets

1933-1934, undated
III.E.6* Engravers' proofs, color and black & white 1934, 1935, undated
III.E.7* Engravers' proofs

Includes mounted tear-sheets

1934-1939
III.E.8* Engravers' proofs, mounted tear-sheet

Includes extensive ES penciled corrections

March, October 15, 1935; undated
III.E.9* Engravers' proofs, Vanity Fair 1935, undated
III.E.10* "Engraving proofs - Cannon towels" 1935-1936, undated
III.E.11* "Engraving proofs misc."

Includes tear-sheets

July 1936; undated
III.E.12* Engravers' proofs

Includes ES changes in pencil and pen on two sheets

1936, undated
III.E.13* Engravers' proofs 1936-1937
III.E.14* "Color engraving proofs - Matson Line ads"

Includes ES changes in ink on one sheet

1939, undated

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Series IV. War Years and Navy Service

Arrangement

Series IV is arranged chronologically into six subseries:

Subseries IV.A. Non-naval photographic work
Subseries IV.B. Navy service
Subseries IV.C. Exhibition Road to Victory
Subseries IV.D. Film The Fighting Lady
Subseries IV.E. Exhibition and publication Power in the Pacific
Subseries IV.F. Publication The Blue Ghost

Scope and Content

The series includes material about ES's work between his retirement from Condé Nast in 1938 and his appointment as Director of MoMA's Department of Photography in 1947. Most relates to his service in the U.S. Navy, creating the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit, and culminating in his 1945 appointment as Director of the U.S. Navy Photographic Institute, in charge of all Navy combat photography. It includes documentation of his first collaboration with his brother-in-law Carl Sandburg in organizing the photography exhibition Road to Victory (MoMA Exh. #182, May 21-October 4, 1942); time spent aboard U.S.S. Lexington in the Pacific (1943); supervision of the U.S. Navy film The Fighting Lady (1944); the 1945 book and exhibition, Power in the Pacific (MoMA Exh. #275, January 23-March 20, 1945); and the publication in 1947 by Harcourt Brace of The Blue Ghost, a portrait of U.S.S. Lexington and its crew during wartime.

Information about ES's delphinium-breeding work during this period, including many of his photographs of plants taken at the Umpawaug Breeding Farm, is included in Series VII.D.

 

Subseries IV.A. Non-naval photographic work

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Folder Title
IV.A.1 1938-1943: Clippings, background research

Photocopied TLS Noel Deeks-GMM (4/27/1976) about printing Sandburg photomontage in 1939

IV.A.2* 1938-1947: Clippings

Especially from Popular Photography and U.S. Camera, documenting portraits of Paul Robeson, Eleanor Roosevelt, ES judging the annual Graflex camera contest, and other professional activities

IV.A.3 1946: Alfred Stieglitz

Information on AS memorial; excerpts (2/20-7/13) from diary of photographer Todd Webb re: ES/AS reconciliation

 

Subseries IV.B. Navy Service

Scope and Content

The subseries includes photographs of and by ES (many in folder IV.B.10 are duplicates, uncaptioned, and/or unattributed); information on the members of his photographic unit; contemporary clippings and publications in which their photographs appeared; and later research by GMM on the period, including correspondence with Victor Jorgensen, who took the often-reproduced photo of ES, camera in hand, aboard U.S.S. Lexington (see folder IV.B.10 and elsewhere); and correspondence with Wayne Miller.

Historical Note

Among the young members of ES's photographic unit (his so-called "chickens"; see folder IV.B.18) was Wayne Miller (b. 1918) who, starting in 1953, would assist ES in the editing, compilation, and design of The Family of Man (see Series V.B).

Folder Title Date
IV.B.1 1941-1945: U.S. Navy War Photographs: Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay, edited by Edward Steichen

Second edition (1980) of book originally published in 1945, with text by Tom Maloney, editor of U.S. Camera; with 12/26/1944 letter from Jean Gilmer Cooper to ES re: publication of original edition (see folder IV.B.30 for earlier edition)

IV.B.2 1941-1958: Correspondence

GMM and older correspondence with researchers and others re: ES naval photographs, war service, ESA holdings; copies of correspondence to ES re: war photographs, and personal correspondence from Admiral Felix Stump (see also Series I.F.i).

IV.B.3* 1942; September 2, 1945: Mounted photographs

CS and ES planning Road to Victory; Japanese surrender aboard U.S.S. Missouri, signed to ES by Admiral Chester Nimitz

IV.B.4 1942-1945: "Steichen and His Men"

Brochure, invitation, correspondence, background on exhibition, subtitled "A portrait of WWII," organized by the Navy Museum (Washington, DC) and presented at the Boston National Historic Park in October 1989

IV.B.5* 1942-1945: "Steichen and His Men"

Poster from exhibition, subtitled "A portrait of WWII," organized by the Navy Museum (Washington, DC) and presented at the Boston National Historic Park in October 1989; with cover letter

IV.B.6 1942-1947: Naval career background

Clippings

IV.B.7 1942-1947: Naval career background

Clippings, correspondence, GMM notes

IV.B.8 1942-1959: Navy Department

Correspondence, orders, appointments, itineraries, processing for ES's release from naval service

IV.B.9* 1943: War photographs by Steichen

Prints documented by GMM as being by ES

IV.B.10 1943-1945: photographs of ES

From Naval Aviation Photographic Unit; includes oft-reproduced image (1943) by Victor Jorgensen of ES on U.S.S. Lexington; also many duplicates, uncaptioned, and/or unattributed photographs

IV.B.11 1943-1945: "Twelve Great Pictures of the War"

Published in 1963 in Art News Annual with photographs chosen by ES

IV.B.12 1943-1945: Naval Aviation News

Issues from 1945, 1947, and 1969, each containing photographs from the Naval Aviation Photographic Unit

IV.B.13* 1943-1947: Clippings

Articles featuring Naval Aviation Photographic Unit and ES photographs

IV.B.14 1943-1968: Naval War Photographic Center

Photocopied "Command History" of the Center; per cover letter to GMM (12/13/1977) "the Center is not a descendant of the U.S. Navy Photographic Institute"

IV.B.15 June 3, 10, 1944: New Yorker magazine profile

"Commander with a Camera", parts I and II, by Matthew Josephson

IV.B.16 1944: National Archives

Information on ES photographs in collection, with GMM notes from ES

IV.B.17 1944-1945: Training films

Clipping, GMM note

IV.B.18 1944-1947: Navy Photographic Unit

Clippings, correspondence; includes letters from WM (2/7/1980 and 1/23/1974) detailing members of ES's Naval Aviation Photographic Unit

IV.B.19 1945: Navy Photographic Unit

GMM and older correspondence re: ES items in Naval Archives, personnel in Unit, and postwar disposition of collection

IV.B.20 June, December 1945: Clippings

ES's election to Photographic Society of America; color cartoon: "Combat photographer in two wars"

IV.B.21* October 27, 1945: U.S. Navy Photographic Institute citations

Photocopy of Morris Engel's citation; original blank citation forms

IV.B.22 October 27, 1945: U.S. Navy Photographic Institute citations

Carbon copies; original citations would have been signed by Admiral Forrestal and ES

IV.B.23 1945: Publication Carrier War

Compilation of official Navy photographs, edited by Oliver Jensen

IV.B.24 1945-1951: Navy Department

ES's undated draft "annual qualifications questionnaire"; 1947 report of Civilian Advisory Committee (on which ES served) on post-war Navy

IV.B.25 1945-1961: Honors, etc.

Correspondence, clippings re: award to ES of Distinguished Service Medal and other Navy commendations; personal correspondence to ES from Admiral Felix Stump (see also Series I.F.i)

IV.B.26 1945-1978: U.S. Naval Academy

GMM correspondence. To celebrate ES's 90th birthday in 1969, Tom Maloney (USNA, '27), publisher of U.S. Camera and frequent collaborator with ES, donated to the Nimitz Library at the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) the Edward J. Steichen Photography Collection, including approximately 3,000 photographs by Steichen and others, and a library of 582 published volumes.

IV.B.27 1945, 1974, undated: Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Guam

Navy photographs of ES; clippings; unattributed written reports of action

IV.B.28 1945, 1980, undated: "Flattop" aircraft carriers

GMM research

IV.B.29 [1946]: "Semper Paratus" booklet

Unpublished humorous photographs of ES by WM, perhaps created for Navy Secretary Forrestal's "postwar party"

IV.B.30* 1947: "U.S. Navy War Photographs"

Compiled by ES, published by U.S. Camera; with TLS Rear Admiral Felix Johnson, Director of Public Relations, U.S. Navy-ES (4/23/1947)

IV.B.31 November 8, 1950: "Combat Camera Units, U.S. Pacific Fleet"

Manuscript carbon by Felix B. Grosso, 31 pp

IV.B.32 1950-1951: Korea

Clippings and notes re: ES service in Korea and exhibition at MoMA: Korea - the Impact of War in Photographs [MoMA Exh. #470, February 13-April 22, 1951]

IV.B.33 1956-1959

Correspondence re: effort to have ES named Rear Admiral in Naval reserves. Per GMM note, the promotion never occurred.

IV.B.34 1967-1972: Vietnam

Clippings re: photography exhibitions mentioning Steichen and Navy photographs

 

Subseries IV.C. Exhibition Road to Victory

Arrangement

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

Historical Note

The exhibition Road to Victory [MoMA Exh. #182, May 21-October 4, 1942] was ES's first collaboration with his brother-in-law Carl Sandburg in the design of an exhibition at MoMA, described in the Museum's press release (folder IV.C.1) as a "powerful propaganda effort." They would reprise this relationship, and many of the design approaches used in this exhibition, in their later collaboration on The Family of Man (see Series V.B).

Folder Title Date
IV.C.1 Clippings; original invitation; MoMA Bulletin 5-6, vol. IX, June 1942; installation photographs by Samuel Gottscho May 1942-1945
IV.C.2* Comb-bound volume of mounted installation photographs by Samuel Gottscho [May-October 1942]
 

Subseries IV.D. Film The Fighting Lady

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Historical Note

The Fighting Lady was created by the U.S. Navy, under ES's supervision, using his unit's photographs with narration by actor Robert Taylor. A portrait of an anonymous aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Yorktown), it won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In October 1975, U.S.S. Yorktown was dedicated as a museum at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum, Charleston, SC.

Folder Title
IV.D.1 1944

Showing of film in Sweden, 1988

IV.D.2 1944-1945

Background information, press releases, GMM research

IV.D.3 1945

Clippings

IV.D.4* 1945

Clippings

IV.D.5* 1945

U.S. Navy Public Relations Office publication showing sample advertisements, posters

IV.D.6* 1945

Theatrical poster; oversize, see flat file at MoMAQNS

IV.D.7 1945-1946

Correspondence about preservation, deposit of film with National Archives; unattributed list of Naval Aviation Photographic Unit members

IV.D.8* October 10-12, 1975: "Important Charleston/ South Carolina's gateway to the world"

Supplement to The News & Courier/Charleston Evening Post announcing arrival of U.S.S. Yorktown

 

Subseries IV.E. Exhibition and publication Power in the Pacific

Arrangement

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

Folder Title Date
IV.E.1 Book and exhibition reviews, announcements, clippings January 1945
IV.E.2 Copy of the book

Subtitled "A Navy picture record compiled by Capt. Edward Steichen USNR"; marked with individual print numbers

1945
IV.E.3 Exhibition photographs: Power in the Pacific [MoMA Exh. #275, January 23-March 20, 1945]

Includes TLS Historian of Naval Operations Samuel E. Morrison-ES (1/20/1947) asking for copies

1945, 1947
 

Subseries IV.F. Publication The Blue Ghost

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are both the dates referred to in their contents and the dates of the contents' creation.

Folder Title Date
IV.F.1 Publisher's dummy

Not consistently paginated, but in same order as in its original box. Includes photocopies of notations on the box, TLS editor Donald Brace-ES (6/13/1944) on book's length, costs, etc.

1944
IV.F.2 Publisher's dummy

Not consistently paginated, but in same order as in its original box.

1944
IV.F.3 Publisher's dummy

Not consistently paginated, but in same order as in its original box.

1944
IV.F.4 Photographs of ES (b/w 8x10)

Taken aboard U.S.S. Lexington and U.S.S. Proteus, on shore, at 1945 exhibition opening at Corcoran Gallery (many duplicates, uncaptioned, and/or unattributed photographs); and at presentation to ES of Distinguished Service Medal in 1945 (given for "exceptionally meritorious service to the government of the United States in either a senior government service position or as a senior officer of the United States armed forces or other uniformed services"); see also Series X.

1944-1945
IV.F.5 Photographs of ES

B/w prints 8x10, 4x5

1944-1945
IV.F.6 Photographs of ES

B/w prints 4x5 and smaller

1944-1945
IV.F.7 Clippings, correspondence

Includes TLS Victor Jorgensen-GMM (2/15/1980)

1947, 1980

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Series V. MoMA Years

Arrangement

The series is arranged in chronological order in three subseries:

Subseries V.A. Directorship of Department of Photography, MoMA
Subseries V.B. The Family of Man [MoMA Exh. #569, January 24-May 8, 1955]: Planning, installation, showing, and press coverage
Subseries V.B.i. The Family of Man [MoMA Exh. #569, January 24-May 8, 1955] at MoMA
Subseries V.B.ii. The Family of Man [MoMA Exh. #569, January 24-May 8, 1955] at other venues
Subseries V.C. Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961]
Subseries V.C.i Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961] at MoMA and in the U.S.
Subseries V.C.ii Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961] at overseas venues

The dates provided in the folder titles are both the dates referred to in their contents and the dates of the contents' creation.

Scope and Content

The series includes information, mostly in the form of newspaper and magazine clippings, from the years in which ES served as Director of MoMA's Department of Photography, including his appointment to and resignation from MoMA; exhibitions he organized there (see the Additional Descriptive Data section, at the beginning of this finding aid, for a Chronology of Exhibitions); and exhibitions in which he was represented at MoMA and elsewhere, especially Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961]. There is extensive documentation, including many installation photographs, of The Family of Man [MoMA Exh. #569, January 24-May 8, 1955] at MoMA and other venues worldwide.

Historical Note

GMM joined the Department of Photography in 1958 as Assistant to ES. She collected much of the material in this series contemporaneously with the events they documented. Some clippings are annotated by ES, and some include notes indicating that they had originally been sent to Kate Rodina Steichen, who then donated them to the ESA.

 

Subseries V.A. Directorship of Department of Photography, MoMA

Arrangement

The subseries is organized in general chronological order. Clippings about exhibitions that ES organized are grouped together, separately from those referring more generally to his career and work in this period. Groups of clippings about a specific exhibition are foldered together. The subseries ends with a run of MoMA press releases (originals, photocopies, and photostats), in chronological order, which are often annotated and/or include the dates added in GMM's hand or in red ink from her typewriter. Folder V.A.33 included a photocopied annotated chronology from the book Steichen the Photographer, which has been moved to Subseries V.C.i.

Scope and Content

The subseries consists mostly of newspaper and magazine clippings documenting ES's tenure as Director of the Department of Photography at MoMA, with emphasis on the exhibitions he organized during that time. Those that opened after his retirement are included here because they were organized and arranged while he held the Directorship. Documentation of exhibitions of ES's own work during and after his years at MoMA are also included here, according to GMM's original order.

Among the writers on photography documented in the subseries are Margaret R. ("Peggy") Weiss, Saturday Review's photography editor from 1960-1969, and a close friend of GMM's; and The New York Times' photography editor, Jacob Deschin.

Folder Title Date
V.A.1 1935-1970: Various exhibitions of ES's work not at MoMA

Catalogues, newspaper clippings, GMM notes

V.A.2 1937: Photography 1839-1937 [MoMA Exh. #60, March 17-April 18, 1937]

Photocopy of table of contents and catalogue of the exhibition from book's first edition, with TLS BN-GMM (12/4/1968)

V.A.3 1942, 1964, 1973: Articles and biographies

Entries on ES in Current Biography; posthumous tribute in Saturday Review by Peggy Weiss

V.A.4 1947, 1962, 1964, 1976: Appointment and resignation

MoMA press release, clippings; includes Wilton Bulletin 8/6/1947 with annotation [probably Kate Rodina Steichen's]; Camera, June 1976, with BN interview detailing his reaction to ES's appointment to MoMA

V.A.5 October 1947: Three Young Photographers [MoMA Exh. #359, September 30-December 7, 1947]

Newspaper clippings, introduction to catalogue

V.A.6 1947-1958: Specific exhibitions at MoMA

Clippings; includes unattributed snapshots of visitors to The Exact Instant [MoMA Exh. #399, February 8-May 1, 1949] sent to the Dept. of Photography 7/15/1996

V.A.7* 1948-1957: Specific exhibitions at MoMA

Clippings removed from folder V.A.6

V.A.8* February 6, 1949: Specific exhibitions at MoMA

New York Times coverage of The Exact Instant removed from folder V.A.6

V.A.9 April 1948: In and Out of Focus [MoMA Exh. #373, April 6-July 11, 1948]

Newspaper clippings

V.A.10 1951: In and Out of Focus

Installation at Photokina, Cologne; 5x7 and 8x10 prints by Charles E. Fraser, UK

V.A.11 1948, 1950: ES on photography

Excerpts from Jacob Deschin's Say It With Your Camera

V.A.12* 1949-1961: General articles on ES

Magazine clippings

V.A.13 1949-1958: Specific exhibitions at MoMA

Newspaper clippings

V.A.14 1949-1982: MoMA exhibition program generally, and ES

Newspaper clippings

V.A.15* 1950, 1969: General articles on ES

Includes one in Czech, with TLS Kate Rodina Steichen-GMM

V.A.16 1951: Korea - the Impact of War in Photographs [MoMA Exh. #470, February 13-April 22, 1951]

Clippings

V.A.17 1951-1961: General articles about ES

Clippings, GMM notes; includes 1959 ES snapshot of Khruschev in Moscow, program for ES 75th birthday dinner, 1954

V.A.18 1955-1956: Diogenes with a Camera exhibition series

Clippings

V.A.19 1955-1963: General articles about ES

Clippings

V.A.20 1955-1962, 1970, 1974: General articles about ES

Saturday Review articles by Peggy Weiss; undated [post-1958] article by ES

V.A.21 1958: Saturday Review article, Reader's Digest issues

"Edward Steichen: Dissatisfied Genius" appeared in the December 14, 1957, Saturday Review and was picked up by Readers' Digest worldwide; issues in English, French, Dutch, Swedish, Italian

V.A.22 1958: Reader's Digest issues

"Edward Steichen: Dissatisfied Genius" appeared in the December 14, 1957, Saturday Review and was picked up by Readers' Digest worldwide; issues in German, Japanese, Arabic, Finnish

V.A.23 1958: Reader's Digest issues

"Edward Steichen: Dissatisfied Genius" appeared in the December 14, 1957, Saturday Review and was picked up by Readers' Digest worldwide; issues in English, from U.S., Canada, United Kingdom

V.A.24 [1950s]: Exhibitions, general

GMM chronology of ES exhibitions, research, notes

V.A.25 1962-1972, 1995: The Bitter Years [MoMA Exh. # 711, October 18-November 25, 1962]

Newspaper clippings, correspondence: original installation at MoMA, 1995 installation in Luxembourg

V.A.26* November 4, 1962: The Bitter Years [MoMA Exh. # 711, October 18-November 25, 1962]

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "A Backward Look at the Bitter Years"

V.A.27* 1962: The Bitter Years [MoMA Exh. # 711, October 18-November 25, 1962]

Catalogue from exhibition at Casino Luxembourg, 1995

V.A.28 1966: Edward Steichen The Photographer

Exhibition at Northwood Institute, Midland, MI: clippings, correspondence, catalogue

V.A.29 MoMA press releases, 1932-1947

Includes 1955 chronology of MoMA shows organized by ES, some featuring his work; announcement of his appointment

V.A.30 MoMA press releases, 1948-1950

Release for In and Out of Focus is heavily annotated in ES's hand; releases for 50 Photographs by 50 Photographers, Photo-Secession, The Exact Instant, Roots of Photography include lists of photographers and works; release for Realism in Photography includes draft with ES edits; May 10, 1950, announcement includes citation from American Institute of Architects award to ES.

V.A.31 MoMA press releases, 1951-1957

Includes 9/11/1952 announcement of ES traveling to find photographs for The Family of Man; 3/25/1954 (ES's 75th birthday) announcement of establishment of ES Photography Fund "for purchase of photographs for the Museum Collection"

V.A.32 MoMA press releases, 1958-1964, 1973, 1980

Includes comments at 82nd birthday (3/27/1961) by Henry Allen Moe, Vice Chairman, MoMA Board of Trustees, Mrs. Eugene Meyer; 3/4/1962 appointment of JS to head Department of Photography; release for Toward the New Museum of Modern Art includes checklist.

Note: This folder originally included a photocopied annotated chronology from the book Steichen the Photographer, which has been moved to Subseries V.C.i.

 

Subseries V.B. The Family of Man exhibition: Planning, installation, showing, and press coverage

Arrangement

The subseries is organized into two parts:

Subseries V.B.i. The Family of Man at MoMA
Subseries V.B.ii. The Family of Man at other venues

Each subseries ends with folders of relevant clippings. Most of the clippings were originally loose in the storage boxes. For those that were housed, the original identification is included in quotation marks as the folder title. Some clippings are annotated in ES's hand; some appear to have been sent to Kate Rodina Steichen and then donated by her to the ESA. GMM's typed notes were originally found among some groups of clippings; these have been removed to separate folders. For wire service stories that appeared in multiple newspapers, one original version of each article has been retained, and a listing of other publications in which the article appeared is included.

Historical Note

In preparation for the exhibition, ES sought photographs from all over the world. In the United States (see Subseries V.B.i), Dorothea Lange contacted photographers and photography groups in the San Francisco area, with whom ES then met at locations including the home of Wayne and Joan Miller, in Orinda, CA. Photographer Shirley Burden likewise organized the contribution of photographs by professionals and amateurs in the Los Angeles area. In Europe (see Subseries V.B.ii), ES's travels and meetings with photographers and organizers were widely publicized and documented.

 

Subseries V.B.i The Family of Man at MoMA

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged chronologically, with materials specific to various venues followed by more general newspaper clippings (which begin at folder V.B.i.49). Some groups of folders are in their own chronological order within the subseries' overall order. Documentation of the exhibition's planning, and statistics related to attendance at its various venues, was originally unorganized and the folder titles and dates are approximate. Researchers interested in this topic are advised to consult all the "Preparation, NYC" folders for full documentation of this period.

The various sets of installation photographs taken by Ezra Stoller and Rolf Petersen (folders V.B.i.28-45) were rehoused in the 1990s for ease of handling in the Department of Photography's Study Center. The labels given at that time to groups of images are provided in quotation marks; photographs have been separated into smaller groups here for ease of handling.

Scope and Content

The subseries consists mostly of newspaper and magazine clippings documenting the organization and installation of The Family of Man at MoMA, some GMM notes and later research on the exhibition's planning and attendance, and multiple copies of installation photographs.

Folder Title Date
V.B.i.1 1952-1955: People involved

GMM list of staff and Steichen family members' contact information; Homer Page photographs of ES, WM, exhibition designer Paul Rudolph, assistant Kathleen Haven in loft; description of exhibition about Paul Rudolph (location undocumented); TLS (photocopy) WM-GMM (2/7/1980) in answer to question about Kathleen Haven and other assistants.

This list was originally in Series I: it may have been given to GMM by ES in 1972 with the correspondence now housed in Series I.F.i.

V.B.i.2 Preparation NYC, 1952-1955

GMM research on 52nd Street loft rented for organization of show; Homer Page photographs of ES, WM

V.B.i.3 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

5x7 photographs by WM: ES with Kathleen Haven and others

V.B.i.4 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

5x7 photographs by Homer Page: ES with WM, Paul Rudolph, and others

V.B.i.5 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

5x7 photographs by WM: ES with CS

V.B.i.6 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

8x10 and 5x7 photographs by WM: ES with MoMA staff: RDH, MW, Porter McCray, William S. Burden, Elizabeth Shaw, others; CS, Nell Dorr, Mrs. DeWitt (Lila Acheson) Wallace, Fritz Gruber; Miller children at loft [and San Francisco opening?]; opening reception at MoMA

V.B.i.7 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

5x7 photographs by Homer Page: ES with WM, Paul Rudolph, Kathleen Haven, Elizabeth Shaw

V.B.i.8 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

5x7 photographs by Homer Page and WM: ES and Dorothea Lange

V.B.i.9 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

5x7 photographs by Homer Page: ES alone and with WM, Paul Rudolph, Kathleen Haven, Elizabeth Shaw

V.B.i.10 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

5x7 photographs by Homer Page: ES with Paul Rudolph

V.B.i.11 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

5x7 photographs by WM: ES with Joan Miller, Miller children

V.B.i.12 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

5x7 photographs by WM: ES with Dorothy Norman, Kathleen Haven, Dana Steichen, Mrs. DeWitt (Lila Acheson) Wallace

V.B.i.13 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

5x7 photographs by WM: ES alone and with RDH, William A. Burden, others (possibly MoMA trustees)

V.B.i.14 Preparation NYC, [1953-1955]

5x7 photographs by Homer Page: ES with WM, Paul Rudolph

V.B.i.15 Preparation NYC, 1953-1977

List of photographers, photocopy TLS WM-ES (4/6/1953) accepting position as assistant; GMM notes; photocopy TLS Joanna Steichen-Jerry Mason (10/5/1977) excoriating his publication of book The Family of Children

V.B.i.16 Preparation NYC, 1954

9.5 x 6.5 photographs by Homer Page taken for publication in U.S. Camera: ES with Dorothea Lange, WM, Paul Rudolph, Kathleen Haven

V.B.i.17 Preparation California, 1953

Contact prints by Bob Willoughby: Dorothea Lange and others in LA; print by Sam Cohen: group in Oakland

V.B.i.18* Preparation LA, 1953

Mounted print by Phil Stern, annotated on back in ES's hand: Dorothea Lange and others looking at work in LA submitted for The Family of Man

V.B.i.19 1953-1955: "FOM Misc. Photos"

5x7 photographs by Homer Page, WM, Don Honeyman, Fred Lyon; Originally boxed together, some captioned on back in ES hand, showing Orinda group, Paris opening, MoMA preview opening, ES in loft; lynching photo from exhibition; unidentified podium shot with ES

V.B.i.20 1953-1955: "Random Family of Man Photographs"

"Rebels Gallery/ 2 negatives from Venezuela installation/ photos from Minneapolis show/ 1 cardboard mounted print: Stoller 18-Q-3"

V.B.i.21 1954-1968: GMM notes, correspondence

Program, ES 75th birthday party 1954; information on The Family of Man book, exhibition attendance, photocopied USIS attendance information, clippings, MoMA fact sheet on exhibition; installation photostat

V.B.i.22 1955-1986: Press, correspondence postdating the exhibition

See also folders V.B.i.62 and V.B.i.63

V.B.i.23* 1955: Sandburg wall text for exhibition

"Retouched negative state of Sandburg text"

V.B.i.24* 1955: Exhibition layout - blueprints and white prints, floor plans; oversize, see flat file at MoMAQNS
V.B.i.25* 1955: Exhibition layout - whiteprints
V.B.i.26 January 24, 1955: Exhibition, NYC

Invitation, contact prints of opening reception by Robert Frank

V.B.i.27 January 24, 1955: 5x7 photographs by Don Honeyman

Attribution according to accompanying WM note 4/1995

V.B.i.28 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Incomplete set (2 copies print #4, #16, 20-26 missing)": 8x10 prints by Rolf Petersen (1 of 3)

V.B.i.29 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Incomplete set (2 copies print #4, #16, 20-26 missing)": 8x10 prints by Rolf Petersen (2 of 3)

V.B.i.30 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Incomplete set (2 copies print #4, #16, 20-26 missing)": 8x10 prints by Rolf Petersen (3 of 3)

V.B.i.31 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Random copies of Stoller shots made by Petersen": 8x10 prints by Rolf Petersen

V.B.i.32 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Rolf Petersen, incomplete set, missing #55": 8x10 prints (1 of 3)

V.B.i.33 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Rolf Petersen, incomplete set, missing #55": 8x10 prints (2 of 3)

V.B.i.34 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Rolf Petersen, incomplete set, missing #55": 8x10 prints (3 of 3)

V.B.i.35 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Rolf Petersen (?) extra copies": 8x10 prints

V.B.i.36 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Rolf Petersen complete set (1-66)": 8x10 prints (1 of 2)

V.B.i.37 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Rolf Petersen complete set (1-66)": 8x10 prints (2 of 2)

V.B.i.38 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Rolf Petersen complete set (1-66)": 8x10 prints (1 of 2)

V.B.i.39 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Rolf Petersen complete set (1-66)": 8x10 prints (2 of 2)

V.B.i.40 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Rolf Petersen complete set (1-66)": 8x10 prints (1 of 2)

V.B.i.41 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Rolf Petersen complete set (1-66)": 8x10 prints (2 of 2)

V.B.i.42* Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

Mounted prints by Ezra Stoller, some signed

V.B.i.43* Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

Mounted prints [also by Ezra Stoller?]

V.B.i.44 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Complete set (1-24) of enlarged mounted installation photographs"; two sets of 8x10 prints by Ezra Stoller

V.B.i.45 Installation photographs, MoMA: January 24 - May 8, 1955

"Incomplete set (24 is complete) - missing #6; duplicates of others": 8x10 prints by Ezra Stoller

V.B.i.46 1957-1964: Exhibition, worldwide

GMM notes, correspondence, USIS figures for attendance

V.B.i.47 [1955]: WRCA-TV broadcast from MoMA exhibition

5x7 photographs by WM: ES, CS

V.B.i.48 1972-1986: Clippings and GMM notes

Transcript of WM oral history (undated, hand annotated by GMM); 1967 WM profile in Popular Photography; 1984 PS1 show taking off from The Family of Man

V.B.i.49 1952-1955: "FM Clips"

ES's European travels to collect photographs; USIS report on Vienna meetings; exhibition coverage (in English and German)

V.B.i.50 1952-1974: Clippings, NY newspapers

V.B.i.51 February-May 1954: Preparation NYC

Scrapbook of press clippings about planning for exhibition.

Relocated from Series I: this may have been given to GMM by ES in 1972 with the correspondence now housed in Series I.F.i.

V.B.i.52 1954-1955, 1970: Clippings, U.S. photography magazines

V.B.i.53 June 1955-July 1956: Catalogues, promotion US venues

Exhibitions in Minneapolis; Washington, DC; Baltimore; Dearborn, MI; Utica, NY; Dallas, TX

V.B.i.54 1954-1957: Clippings, U.S. newspapers

V.B.i.55 1955-1959: Clippings, U.S. magazines and journals

V.B.i.56* 1954, 1955: Clippings, U.S. magazines and journals

Removed from folder V.B.i.55

V.B.i.57 1955-1959: Clippings, U.S. newspapers

Materials collected by ES

V.B.i.58 1955-1960: Newspaper and magazine clippings, overseas press

In German, English, Polish, Japanese, Hindi, Swedish; includes USIS summary of Indian press coverage, summary of "reaction of the French Press to the 'Family of Man' Exhibition"

V.B.i.59 1955-1956, 1968, 1972: Newspaper and magazine clippings, overseas press

In Swedish, French, Japanese, Dutch, German, Spanish, Italian

V.B.i.60* 1955-1956, 1959: Magazine clippings, overseas press

In Italian, French, Swedish, Spanish, German

V.B.i.61 1968-1993: Critical writings on The Family of Man

Reprints and clippings; includes works by Christopher Phillips, John Morris, Allan Sekula, Roland Jacques Barzun; in English and French

V.B.i.62 1968-1988: Newspaper clippings postdating show

Some at time of book's publication; other mentioning The Family of Man in other contexts

 

Subseries V.B.ii The Family of Man at other venues

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged chronologically, with materials specific to various venues followed by more general newspaper clippings (which begin at folder V.B.ii.29).

Scope and Content

The subseries includes mostly newspaper clippings that document ES's 1952 travels to Europe to find photographs for inclusion in the exhibition; its various venues around the world and reactions in the international press, including two scrapbooks from the exhibition's French showings and extensive coverage of ES and CS's 1959 attendance at the exhibition's opening in Moscow, attended by Nikita Khruschev; as well as installation photographs at some of the international venues.

The film by Jerome Liebling has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

Folder Title Date
V.B.ii.1 1952: Preparation Paris

Photo of ES with exhibition model; visit with photographers

V.B.ii.2 1952: Preparation, "S": Switzerland and Sweden

Includes ALS Robert Frank-GMM (8/1980): "I did accompany Steichen in 1952 to Switzerland (Zurich) and to Paris"

V.B.ii.3 1952: Preparation, Europe

Photographs of ES with photographers in Dusseldorf, Cologne, Brussels, Vienna, Stockholm; international participants at November 3-5 USIS meeting, Hotel Talleyrand, Paris

V.B.ii.4 [1952]: Preparation Luxembourg

photographs of ES, including with Julia and Paul Child

V.B.ii.5 [1952]; Preparation Amsterdam

photographs of ES with group of photographers

V.B.ii.6 June-September 1955: Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN

Invitation, announcements, bumper sticker, clippings

V.B.ii.7* June-September 1955: Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN

Exhibition poster; installation photo, clipping

V.B.ii.8 1955: Film reel - Family of Man

Print of film "Family of Man" made at Minneapolis Institute of Art opening; provided to MoMA by filmmaker Jerome Liebling, Amherst, MA, per 1994 accompanying note (see folder V.B.ii.6)

Note: This film has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

V.B.ii.9 1955: Exhibition Tokyo

Visitors in front of Hiroshima photo; Hiroshima addition to Japanese exhibition

V.B.ii.10 1955, 1957: Exhibition Tokyo

Entry ticket, floor plan, correspondence; commemorative booklet for ES from 8/17/1955 roundtable talk, sponsored by Japanese photographic organizations

V.B.ii.11 1955, 1958: Exhibition Tokyo

Correspondence about Japanese edition of catalogue; attendance figures

V.B.ii.12* 1955: Exhibition Warsaw

Mounted prints; photographs by ES

V.B.ii.13 January 23-February 26, 1956: "Family of Man Paris"

Originally boxed together: photographs of ES, installation, visitors at Musée d'Art de la Ville de Paris

V.B.ii.14 January 15-February 26, 1957: Exhibition San Francisco

Prints and contact sheets, opening; Joan Miller and girls

V.B.ii.15 June/July-September 1957: Exhibition Venezuela

"Rolf Petersen: Copies of Venezuela Installation": 8x10 prints

V.B.ii.16 1957, undated: Traveling exhibitions program

Summary of copies and distribution; schedule of U.S. and foreign exhibitions

V.B.ii.17 1958, 1960: Exhibition, Zagreb, Yugoslavia; Poland

photographs of visitors

V.B.ii.18 [1958-1962]: Exhibition, Victoria, Australia

Installation photographs by WM: 5x7 prints

V.B.ii.19 July 20, 1959: Exhibition Russia

MoMA press release announcing CS and ES visit to Moscow; guide to American pavilion inscribed CS to Joanna Steichen

V.B.ii.20 1959: Exhibition Russia

photographs by ES; TL ES-his Russian guide (10/5/1959); snapshots of ES and CS in Leningrad: color slides and prints, gift of Mary Steichen Calderone

V.B.ii.21 1959: Exhibition Russia

ES at Moscow exhibition: photographs by Elliott Erwitt

V.B.ii.22 1959: Exhibition Russia

Originally boxed together and labeled "Russia B&W and Color Prints": ES's color snapshots of Khruschev and b/w photographs of visitors to exhibition (5x7) show crop marks

V.B.ii.23 1959: Exhibition Russia

Originally boxed together and labeled "F.O.M. Russia B&W 8x10": ES photographs

V.B.ii.24 January 26-February 22, 1957: Exhibition Belgrade

Photographs of young visitors

V.B.ii.25* 1950s-1960s; Exhibition unidentified location

Gallery with Towne quotation; two shots of same alcove; mounted print from show (Mrs. Steichen with plate)

V.B.ii.26 March, April 1960: Exhibition Poland

5x7 prints of visitors at exhibitions in Cracow, Wroclaw, and Poznan

V.B.ii.27 July 10-August 15, 1965; Exhibition Luxembourg

Exhibition catalog

V.B.ii.28 1970, 1974, 1975, 1994: Permanent installation, Château de Clervaux, Luxembourg

Photocopied correspondence to GMM about dates of installation; press coverage in English, French, German, Luxembourgish, Japanese

V.B.ii.29 1952-1955: Newspaper clippings: Holland, Sweden, UK, Canada

Some in Dutch; some in Swedish with English translation

V.B.ii.30 1952-1955: Newspaper and magazine clippings

Materials sent to ES: in various languages

V.B.ii.31 September 24, 1955: Newspaper clippings: Cologne

Photocopies of loose clippings and clippings mounted on onionskin paper; in German

V.B.ii.32 1955: Newspaper and magazine clippings

Materials sent to ES; in Japanese and Arabic

V.B.ii.33 1955-1958: Newspaper and magazine clippings

Materials sent to ES, including correspondence, translations

V.B.ii.34* January-March 1956: Press Book, Vol I (Paris)

Mounted installation and exhibition photographs (unattributed), newspaper and magazine clippings, captions; includes summary of excerpts from French press, list of outlets

V.B.ii.35* January-March 1956: Press Book, Vol II (Provinces)

Mounted installation and exhibition photographs (unattributed), newspaper and magazine clippings, captions

V.B.ii.36 1956, undated: Foreign press coverage: transcriptions

From Times of India, Spectator, New Statesman, and Truth (all London): carbon typescripts

V.B.ii.37* September-October 1959: Newspaper clippings, Poland

Mounted newspaper clippings (in Polish)

V.B.ii.38 July-September 1959: U.S. press coverage of exhibition in, and CS/ES visit to, Russia

Clipping service items, mounted

V.B.ii.39 July-September 1959: U.S. press coverage of exhibition in, and CS/ES visit to, Russia

Clipping service items, mounted

V.B.ii.40 July-September 1959: U.S. press coverage of exhibition in, and CS/ES visit to, Russia

Clipping service items, mounted

V.B.ii.41 July-September 1959: U.S. press coverage of exhibition in, and CS/ES visit to, Russia

Clipping service items, mounted

V.B.ii.42 July-September 1959: U.S. press coverage of exhibition in, and CS/ES visit to, Russia

Clipping service items, mounted

V.B.ii.43 July-September 1959: U.S. press coverage of exhibition in, and CS/ES visit to, Russia

Loose clippings

V.B.ii.44* August 1959: Newspaper clippings - Sweden

In Swedish

V.B.ii.45 1959: Newspaper clippings: Russia

English-language, contemporaneous and later

V.B.ii.46 December 23, 1992-March 28, 1993: Photocopied press booklet - Toulouse, France

Clippings reporting last showing of exhibition before permanent installation in Luxembourg

 

Subseries V.C. Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961]

Arrangement

The subseries is organized in two parts:

Subseries V.C.i. Steichen the Photographer at MoMA and in the U.S.
Subseries V.C.ii. Steichen the Photographer at overseas venues

Many of the clippings in this series were received from commercial clipping services, and therefore there were many duplicates, especially of articles from the wire services (Associated Press, United Press International) and from syndicated columnists (Irving Desfors, Mel Heimer). One original version of each such article has been retained, and a listing of other publications in which it appeared is included.

 

Subseries V.C.i. Steichen the Photographer at MoMA and in the U.S.

Scope and Content

The subseries consists mostly of press coverage of the exhibition at MoMA as well as installation photographs, announcements, the exhibition checklist, and GMM notes.

Folder Title Date
V.C.i.1 1961-1970: Exhibition at MoMA

Exhibition checklists, MoMA press release, invitation, calendars, promotional table tent, compilation of "Selections from recent press clippings;" photocopy of GMM chronology created for the book; GMM notes

V.C.i.2 1961: Exhibition at MoMA

Installation photographs by Rolf Petersen: 8x10 b/w prints

V.C.i.3 1961-1970: Exhibition at MoMA and elsewhere

Magazine clippings; in English and German

V.C.i.4 1961: Newspaper clippings

V.C.i.5 1961: Newspaper clippings

In English and German

V.C.i.6 1961: Newspaper clippings

V.C.i.7 1961: Newspaper clippings

V.C.i.8 1961: Newspaper clippings

Including syndicated articles by Mel Heimer, Irving Desfors, Jacob Deschin

V.C.i.9 August 1965: Installation photographs: "Ridgefield Episcopal Church fair, Aug 1965"

4x5 b/w prints

 

Subseries V.C.ii Steichen the Photographer at overseas venues

Scope and Content

The subseries consists primarily of newspaper clippings, with some correspondence and promotional material (brochures, posters) from the international venues to which the exhibition traveled under the auspices of MoMA's International Circulating Exhibitions Program (ICE-F-72-62). Its tour included stops in Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, England, Portugal, Italy, France, a second group of Italian venues, Yugoslavia, Greece, Israel, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Poland.

Folder Title Date
V.C.ii.1 1961-1968, 1978: Background materials

Checklists, announcements, itinerary, GMM notes

V.C.ii.2 1963: Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Venice, France

Announcements, clippings, photographs

V.C.ii.3 1964: Stockholm

Compilation of newspaper clippings, in Swedish

V.C.ii.4 1964: London

Announcements, invitation, installation photographs (color slides), correspondence (photocopies and carbons)

V.C.ii.5* April 1965: Turin

Exhibition poster; oversize, see flat file at MoMAQNS

V.C.ii.6 1968: Prague

Installation photographs; includes images of photographer Josef Sudek looking at the exhibition

V.C.ii.7 [1968]; Prague

Hard cover exhibition catalogue "Steichen Fotograf"

V.C.ii.8 1966-1970: Yugoslavia, Poland, Czechoslovakia

Catalogues, correspondence, clippings

V.C.ii.9 1968-1969: Hungary

Correspondence, clippings, installation photographs: 8x10 b/w prints; photographs by Milos Csak with TLS Csak-ES (1/31/1969)

V.C.ii.10 1968-1970: Romania

Correspondence, invitations, clippings, installation photographs: 4x9 b/w prints

V.C.ii.11* 1968-1970: Hungary, Romania, Poland

Exhibition posters; oversize, see flat file at MoMAQNS

V.C.ii.12* [1960s]: Unidentified location

Installation photographs ["#327" on original folder]


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Series VI. Post-MoMA Exhibitions, Publications, and Anniversaries

Arrangement

The series is arranged in two subseries:

Subseries VI.A. A Life in Photography
Subseries VI.B. Chronological files

The dates provided in the folder titles are both the dates referred to in their contents and the dates of the contents' creation.

Scope and Content

Series VI documents the years after ES's retirement as Director of the Department of Photography at MoMA, including his publications, exhibitions of his work, sales and auctions of his prints, establishment of the Edward Steichen Archive, as well as the various events marking his later birthdays, especially preparation for the 1963 publication of A Life in Photography, and his 90th birthday dinner at the Plaza Hotel in 1969. It does not include his actual photographic work during this period, such as his documentation of the shadblow tree on the Umpawaug property (see Series VII.E). Extensive information on ES's death; obituaries; the memorial at MoMA on April 3, 1973; his burial at Umpawaug; and the 100th birthday events in 1979, including Joanna Steichen's donation of 1,500 prints to George Eastman House, is included in Series II of the Grace M. Mayer Papers.

 

Subseries VI.A. A Life in Photography

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged in order of the book's production rather than in strict chronological order. Folder titles in quotation marks are taken from GMM's original envelopes and file folders.

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries includes detailed documentation of the preparation, editing, and 1963 publication of A Life in Photography, including GMM's work on the book's chronology of ES's life in the form of her note cards, draft chronologies, photographs used for layouts, and corrected book proofs. These are complemented by materials in the Grace M. Mayer Papers (Series III.E), especially her chronological card index there of ES's life and accomplishments, which she used as the basis for the book's chronology.

Folder Title Date
VI.A.1 "Letters from publishers re: proposed book by Mr. Steichen"

Correspondence with publishers other than Doubleday about possibly publishing and/or distributing an ES book

June-August 1961
VI.A.2 "Correspondence with Doubleday etc."

GMM transmittance of ES's corrections to proofs of captions and chronology; photocopies and carbons to and from editor T. O'Conor Sloane III; other book-related correspondence

July 1961-July 1963, 1964-1968
VI.A.3 "Credits"

Original and corrected (in GMM's hand) master lists of image credits

July 1963
VI.A.4 "Chronology"

Correspondence with MoMA Director of Publications MW and others with questions and corrections to ES chronology

May-August 1962
VI.A.5 Chronology: notecards, 1879-1960

In ink in GMM's hand, with her corrections in pencil

[1962]
VI.A.6 "Drafts of article (Chronology)"

Detailed GMM notes and background information; versions of chronology, some sent to ES and MW, with their edits

[1962]
VI.A.7* "Drafts of article (Chronology)"

Corrected proofs; removed from folder VI.A.6

[1962]
VI.A.8 "Box 2 Chronology," 1 of 2

From original box labeled "Steichen's Way: Volume II (Work in Progress) Chronology by Grace Mayer:" photocopy of chronology with her annotations

[1962]
VI.A.9 "Box 2 Chronology," 2 of 2

From original box labeled "Steichen's Way: Volume II (Work in Progress) Chronology by Grace Mayer:" photocopy of chronology with her annotations

[1962]
VI.A.10 "Captions and identification shots of photographs in book"

Draft and corrected captions; list of images by number and type (negative, copy prints, etc.); panoramic b/w photographs of prints aligned on shelf for draft book layout

[1962]
VI.A.11 "Signatures, etc."

Publisher's proofs of chronology, text with GMM's corrections

June 3, 1963
VI.A.12* "Signatures, etc."

Publisher's proofs of images, front matter; removed from folder VI.A.11

June 3, 1963
VI.A.13 Publicity

Captioned press photographs, for distribution to news services and publications

October-November 1963
VI.A.14 Publicity

Scrapbook album of clippings: U.S. and foreign publications (no indication of compiler); these items duplicate many of the clippings in folders VI.A.15-18

October-December 1963
VI.A.15 Publicity

Newspaper clippings

November 1963-February 1964
VI.A.16 Publicity

Magazine and catalogue clippings

1963-1964
VI.A.17* Publicity

Oversized clippings; removed from folders VI.A.15, 16

1963-1964
VI.A.18 Publicity

Foreign press clippings: in English, Spanish, German, Finnish

1963-1964
VI.A.19 Publicity

Notes and correspondence removed from clippings files; includes some early ES biographical information used in Chronology

1949-1970
 

Subseries VI.B. Chronological files

Arrangement

Some materials were loose in the original boxes; others were foldered or housed in large envelopes. Folder titles in quotation marks are taken from GMM's original envelopes and file folders. Significant amounts of correspondence or GMM notes were removed and foldered separately from clippings. Materials on the formation of the Edward Steichen Archive are included after the 1968 folders: although the information in them predates that time, the Archive's formation was announced in 1968. Likewise, the documentation of ES's 90th birthday celebration in 1969 follows the general 1969 materials.

Scope and Content

The subseries documents mentions of ES in the form of exhibitions, sales, and auctions that included his works; establishment of the Edward Steichen Archive at MoMA in 1968; and his anniversary celebrations, especially his 90th birthday dinner at the Plaza Hotel in 1969. Hosted by MoMA trustee Henry Allen Moe, and U.S. Camera publisher Tom Maloney, the event gathered photographers, editors, writers, and museum professionals. It is documented in correspondence, response cards, and event planning materials. The materials in the remaining folders in this series are predominantly newspaper and magazine clippings, exhibition announcements, sale and auction catalogues, and GMM's notes to the file. Files on the 1979 George Eastman House bequest of ES's prints and other materials include photographs of Steichen family members that were returned to MoMA at the request of Joanna Steichen; these complement the personal photographs in Series I.C.

Folder Title Date
VI.B.1 1960-1967: "1960s general"

Clippings, exhibition notices, book reviews, updates to ES chronology, GMM notes; includes November 1963, clippings of Richmond News Leader, featuring one large Steichen photo in each daily issue for the month

VI.B.2* 1960-1967: "1960s general"

Removed from folder VI.B.1

VI.B.3 1960-1964

Clippings, exhibition notices, GMM notes, Current Biography ES entry (December 1964)

VI.B.4 1965

Clippings, exhibition notices, catalogues

VI.B.5* 1965

Removed from folder VI.B.4

VI.B.6 1965

GMM notes, Joanna Steichen letter from Barbados vacation 2/1/1965; photo of ES and Joanna with President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson at the October 1965 White House Festival of the Arts

VI.B.7 1966

Loose material: clippings, publications, exhibition notices and catalogues, GMM notes; book The Living White House includes photo of ES at the 1965 Festival of the Arts

VI.B.8 1966

Clippings; publications; exhibition notices and catalogues; GMM notes; itinerary of Steichens' trip to Luxembourg, France, and London, July 20-August 11, 1966

VI.B.9 1966

Clippings, publications, exhibition notices and catalogues, GMM notes; includes ES chronology updated to 1969 with ES edits

VI.B.10 1967

Newspaper and magazine clippings, exhibition notices

VI.B.11* 1967

Clippings; removed from folder VI.B.10

VI.B.12 1967

GMM notes and correspondence re: exhibition of The Bitter Years in Luxembourg and other topics; updates to ES chronology

VI.B.13 1967-1968: "Chicago exhibition: Correspondence"

A version of A Life in Photography was shown at Exchange National Bank of Chicago (October 23-December 23, 1967), which also had a permanent collection of photography. Includes checklists and print orders.

VI.B.14 October 1967: "Chicago exhibition: Catalogue, checklist"

Includes invitation, catalogue, press clippings; no checklist present

VI.B.15 October 1967: Chicago exhibition: publicity

Local press clippings

VI.B.16* October 1967: Chicago exhibition: publicity

Clippings; removed from folder VI.B.15

VI.B.17* 1967: "Big Brother and the Holding Company" poster

Originally housed with other general oversized materials, image incorporates ES photo of Gloria Swanson: GMM thank you note, Life Magazine clipping about posters as art

VI.B.18 1968: Correspondence, memos, exhibition information
VI.B.19 1968: Clippings, catalogues
VI.B.20 The Edward Steichen Archive, 1961-1972

Memos, information on ES Study Center

VI.B.21 The Edward Steichen Archive, 1967-1985

Publicity about formation of ESA; GMM list of categories, memo on tasks, projects, timing; information on NY State Historic Documents Inventory

VI.B.22 The Edward Steichen Archive, 1968-1971: "Publicity re Archive"

Clippings (in English and German), congratulatory note from photographer Nicholas Dean

VI.B.23 The Edward Steichen Archive, 1968-1989

GMM list of categories, definitions, correspondence, memos

VI.B.24 The Edward Steichen Archive, 1971-1972: "Letters requesting material, for publication in newspapers, magazines, etc."

Drafts to JS, sample request letters, printed versions of notices to publications seeking ES material in private hands to be donated to ESA

VI.B.25 The Edward Steichen Archive, 1965-1967: "Material from Archives of American Art"

GMM consulted the Archives of American Art in the formation of the ESA.

VI.B.26 1969-1971: Photo Expo 69

Held at New York Coliseum, June 7-15, 1969, and included photographs by ES as part of his 90th birthday celebrations: GMM correspondence with ES and others re: printing, photo choices; checklist, captions, clippings, promotional material

VI.B.27 1969: Clippings, catalogues
VI.B.28* 1969

Clippings; removed from folder VI.B.27

VI.B.29 1969: JS speech at 90th birthday celebration; clippings

VI.B.30 January-March 1969: 90th birthday dinner

Draft guest list, guest list with responses noted, invitations

VI.B.31 January-March 1969: 90th birthday dinner

Congratulatory telegrams, cards, regrets; correspondents include musicians Pablo Casals and Rudolf Serkin, President Lyndon Johnson, Nelson Rockefeller, photographers Osborn and Jorgensen from ES's Naval Photographic Unit, Irving Penn, Bill Brandt, Paul Strand, Jerry Uelsman, Lotti Jacobi; collectors Helmut and Alison Gernsheim; art director Alexander Liberman

VI.B.32 March 1969: 90th birthday dinner

Plaza Hotel arrangements: menus, correspondence

VI.B.33 March 1969: 90th birthday dinner

Response cards returned to MoMA

VI.B.34* March 27, 1969: 90th birthday dinner

Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz: 8x10, 11x14; gift of the photographer. Numerical notations from the original glassine envelope housing have been transferred to the prints' backs.

VI.B.35 [March 27, 1969]: 90th birthday dinner

Contact print of event by David Vestal

VI.B.36* March 28, 1969: 90th birthday dinner

Framed clippings in handmade cardboard folder by Zachary Gitlin

VI.B.37 March-April 1969: 90th birthday dinner "Master list"

Guest list, responses, table assignments, sample invitation and response card

VI.B.38 March-April 1969: 90th birthday dinner

Replies, regrets, pre- and post-party correspondence to GMM and organizer Henry A. Moe. Correspondents include photographers Harry Callahan, Brassai, Shirley Burden, Imogen Cunningham, Danny Lyon, WM, W. Eugene Smith, Paul Strand.

VI.B.39 1969-1972: 1969

Information on Edward J. Steichen Collection at U.S. Naval Academy; clipping Luxembourg News

VI.B.40 1970

Clippings, MoMA notices, catalogues

VI.B.41 1970

Clippings, MoMA notices (including checklist and wall captions for Photo-Eye of the 20's [MoMA Exh. #931, June 4-September 8, 1970]), catalogues

VI.B.42 1970

Clippings, catalogues, framed clipping [by Zachary Gitlin?]

VI.B.43* 1970

Clipping removed from folder VI.B.42

VI.B.44 April 1971: Photo Expo 71

Held at McCormick Place, Chicago, April 17-25, 1971, sponsored by the National Association of Photographic Manufacturers Inc., and included an exhibition of ES's photographs: promotional material

VI.B.45 1971

Clippings, catalogues

VI.B.46* 1971

Issues of USIS publication Amerika, in Russian and Polish, devoted to photography; removed from folder VI.B.45

VI.B.47 1972

Clippings, catalogues; GMM New York Times Book Review query seeking donation of privately held materials for the ESA

VI.B.48* January 1972: 1972

Issue of Du magazine on "Utopia," removed from folder VI.B.47

VI.B.49 1972

Issues of U.S. Camera Annual, Photography Annual, Photographien 1900-1970

VI.B.50* March 26, 1973: New York Times obituary

Photo reproduction and photostat

VI.B.51 1973

Catalogues, clippings

VI.B.52 1973

Catalogues and publications

VI.B.53 1973

Clippings; correspondence; GMM notes; resumé of Bobbi Carey, who assisted with Steichen estate materials in Connecticut

VI.B.54* 1973

Clippings, removed from folder VI.B.53

VI.B.55 1973

Catalogues

VI.B.56 1974

Clippings, correspondence

VI.B.57 1974

Catalogues and publications; includes drafts and corrections of MoMA curator Peter Pollack's ES entry in Encyclopedia Britannica

VI.B.58* 1974/1975

Calendars from the Fogg Art Museum (Davis Pratt, Associate Curator of Photographs, had been at MoMA)

VI.B.59 1975

Material related to The Family of Man at Château de Clervaux, Luxembourg (opened May 15 on permanent exhibition); clippings in English, French, and Luxembourgish

VI.B.60 1975

Catalogues and publications

VI.B.61 1975

Clippings, correspondence

VI.B.62 1976

Auction and sale catalogues (1/2)

VI.B.63 1976

Auction and sale catalogues (2/2)

VI.B.64 1976

Announcements, exhibition catalogues, checklists for ES exhibit at Helios Gallery (May 4-June 19)

VI.B.65* 1976

Posters, Helios Gallery exhibition

VI.B.66 1976

Clippings, correspondence

VI.B.67 1976

Publications

VI.B.68 1976

"Photography: The First 80 Years," Colnaghi print sale catalog, GMM copy

VI.B.69 1977

Announcements, correspondence, clippings

VI.B.70 1977

Publications, catalogues

VI.B.71* 1977

Poster, Photo Secession exhibition, Munich, April/May; oversize, see flat file at MoMAQNS

VI.B.72 1978

Announcements, correspondence, clippings

VI.B.73 1978

Publications, catalogues

VI.B.74* 1978

Poster and invitation, Edward Steichen, David Mirvish Gallery

VI.B.75 1979

Announcements, correspondence, clippings

VI.B.76 1979

Publications, catalogues

VI.B.77 1979

Centennial exhibition at George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, marking donation by Joanna Steichen of 1,500 ES prints to their permanent collection

VI.B.78* 1979

Poster, centennial exhibition, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

VI.B.79 "Zurich exhibition 1980"

Correspondence with Swiss photographer René Burri and Kunsthaus Zurich curator Rosselini Bischof Burri re: ES exhibition there

VI.B.80 "Zurich exhibition 1980"

Clippings and announcements (in English and German)

VI.B.81 "Zurich exhibition 1980"

Photocopies from 1900-1902 exhibitions that included ES work, and ES portraits in Vogue and Vanity Fair; exhibition loan checklist; installation photographs by René Burri, 8x10 b/w prints

VI.B.82 "Zurich exhibition 1980"

Clippings (in German) with translations and correspondence [from photography editor and writer Inge Bondi?]

VI.B.83 1980

Exhibition notices, clippings, correspondence

VI.B.84 1981

Exhibition notices, clippings, correspondence; typescript [of presentation?] by John Morris, detailing his experience with ES, and as photo editor at Magnum Photos, The New York Times, and elsewhere

VI.B.85 1982

Exhibition announcements, clippings

VI.B.86 Bequest of Edward Steichen, 1982-1983

GMM correspondence with George Eastman House; b/w prints by ES and others of Steichen family members including Kate and Mary Steichen, granddaughters Nell and Linda Martin, Sandburgs: returned to GMM for the ESA from George Eastman House, at the direction of Joanna Steichen

VI.B.87 Bequest of Edward Steichen, 1982-1983

B/w prints by ES and others of Steichen family members including Kate and Mary Steichen, granddaughters Nell and Linda Martin, Sandburgs: returned to GMM for the ESA from George Eastman House, at the direction of Joanna Steichen

VI.B.88 Bequest of Edward Steichen, 1982-1983

B/w prints by ES and others of Steichen family members including Kate and Mary Steichen, granddaughters Nell and Linda Martin, Sandburgs: returned to GMM for the ESA from George Eastman House, at the direction of Joanna Steichen

VI.B.89 Bequest of Edward Steichen, 1982-1983

B/w prints by ES and others of Steichen family members including Kate and Mary Steichen, granddaughters Nell and Linda Martin, Sandburgs: returned to GMM for the ESA from George Eastman House, at the direction of Joanna Steichen

VI.B.90 Bequest of Edward Steichen, 1984

Photocopied typescript Chronology and Bibliography (Volume II) of GMM's unpublished biography of ES, Steichen's Way (see also GMM Papers, Series III); returned to GMM for the ESA from George Eastman House, at the direction of Joanna Steichen

VI.B.91 Bequest of Edward Steichen, 1984

Photocopied typescript Chronology and Bibliography (Volume II) of GMM's unpublished biography of ES, Steichen's Way (see also GMM Papers, Series III); returned to GMM for the ESA from George Eastman House, at the direction of Joanna Steichen

VI.B.92 1983

Exhibition announcements, clippings

VI.B.93 1984

MoMA's Edward Steichen Photography Center inaugural installation checklist; exhibition announcements, auction catalogue

VI.B.94* 1985

Exhibition catalogue

VI.B.95 1986

Exhibition announcements

VI.B.96 1988

Program/catalogue from University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee Steichen 109 exhibition, part of School of Fine Arts 25th anniversary celebrations (see also Series I.B).


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Series VII. Documentation of ES's Painting, Photography, and Other Works

Arrangement

The series is arranged chronologically in five subseries:

Subseries A. Paintings
Subseries B. Photographs
Subseries C. Portfolios, books, and photomurals
Subseries D. Delphiniums
Subseries E. The shadblow tree

Scope and Content

Series VII includes documentation of works by Steichen in a variety of media: painting, photography, books, horticulture, and film, including some of his photography (especially portraits) for the Condé Nast publications Vogue and Vanity Fair.

 

Subseries VII.A. Paintings

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries includes contemporaneous information on ES's career as a painter, as well as catalogues of exhibitions of his work in the 1980s; it duplicates some of the clippings and references on this subject from Series II.A. GMM corresponded extensively with collectors and museum curators to verify their holdings of Steichen items, and responded to inquiries about specific works' dates and provenance. Folder titles in quotation marks are GMM's; those in italics refer to specific paintings. Many such folders include prints and/or transparencies of the images. Because there was no catalogue raisonée of ES's paintings at the time this collection was processed, their detailed documentation here is probably unique.

This subseries also documents some paintings by others in ES's collection, including both GMM and Kate Rodina Steichen's files on Matisse's Vue de Collioure avec l'eglise, and installation photographs (negatives only) from Charles Sheeler [MoMA Exh. #90, October 2-November 1, 1939], which included works from ES's collection.

Folder Title
VII.A.1* 1895, 1900: Original painting

Untitled (Two Soldiers); with letter carbon GMM-Mrs. John Nicolas Brown (11/18/1976) requesting information on basis of painting, and GMM annotations

VII.A.2* Undated [1890s]: Original paintings

Cherry Trees in Bloom, Untitled (Seascape)

VII.A.3 1895-1900: "Photographs of Steichen Paintings"

8x10 b/w prints, copy negatives; TL carbon AHB-Eliot Fitch Bartlett (5/3/1963) re: donation of painting to the MoMA Building Fund. Originals of Untitled (Two Soldiers); Cherry Trees in Bloom; and Untitled (Seascape) are in folders VII.A.1* and VII.A.2*.

VII.A.4 1895-1915: ES painting background

GMM correspondence, notes to the file, 8x10 b/w prints and copy negatives of Oochens painting and murals Exaltations of Flowers painted for Agnes and Eugene Meyer. The Oochens were imaginary characters ES created for his children's entertainment and painted to illustrate various stories about them.

VII.A.5 1897-1910: "ES, Data on Paintings by"

GMM correspondence, notes to the file; includes ALS Aline Meyer Liebman (daughter of Eugene Meyer, original owner of ES's painted mural)-GMM (12/11/1982), signed note ES-GMM (undated) re: mentions of his paintings in New York Sun

VII.A.6 1897-1910: Auction catalogues, clipping, Seven Springs Center newsletter

Seven Springs Center was established in 1973 in what had been the Mt. Kisco home of ES's friends and patrons, Eugene and Agnes Meyer (see folders VII.A.5 and VII.A.42 for information on the ES mural found there in 1980). Clipping is William Innes Homer's 1974 American Art Journal article "Eduard Steichen as Painter and Photographer, 1897-1908."

VII.A.7 1900-1910: Moonlight in the Valley of the Morin

GMM correspondence with F.E.M. Robinson, whose mother hosted ES's first painting exhibition in 1900 at her home in Milwaukee, WI

VII.A.8 1900-1910: Provenance inquiries and correspondence

GMM corresponded with appraisers (Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan); museum, gallery, and auction house specialists (Weston Naef, J. Paul Getty Museum; Catherine J. Morris, Grand Central Art Galleries; dealer Edward A. Boerner; Robert J. Elowitch, Barridoff Galleries); and private collectors and owners (Tom McKeon, Lawrence and Frances Miller, Dale Hover, William Hewitt) to trace the ownership and sale of specific ES paintings and answer provenance queries.

VII.A.9 [1900-1910]: Paintings

GMM notes to file

VII.A.10 [1900-1910]: "Letters re paintings: no photographs of these works"

GMM correspondence to and from various individual and institutional owners and holders of Steichen paintings

VII.A.11 [1900-1910]: Provenance inquiries and correspondence

GMM correspondence to and from various individual and institutional owners and holders of Steichen paintings; some include photographic images

VII.A.12 [1900-1910]: Provenance inquiries and correspondence

GMM correspondence to and from various individual and institutional owners and holders of Steichen paintings; some include photographic images

VII.A.13 [1900-1910]: Provenance inquiries and correspondence

GMM correspondence to and from various individual and institutional owners and holders of Steichen paintings; some include photographic images

VII.A.14 [1900-1910]: Provenance inquiries and correspondence

GMM correspondence to and from various individual and institutional owners and holders of Steichen paintings; some include photographic images

VII.A.15 1900-1920: Heckscher Museum exhibition "The Paintings of Eduard Steichen," 1985

GMM correspondence, checklist, clippings

VII.A.16 1900-1920: Heckscher Museum exhibition "The Paintings of Eduard Steichen," 1985

8x10 b/w prints of images in the exhibition, some captioned on the back; two include auction information

VII.A.17 1900-1920: Heckscher Museum exhibition "The Paintings of Eduard Steichen," 1985

GMM correspondence, clippings

VII.A.18 1900-1920: Heckscher Museum exhibition "The Paintings of Eduard Steichen," 1985

Draft text for catalogue, printed catalogue, invitations, Heckscher Museum Annual Report 1984/85

VII.A.19 1901: "Steichen owned by Robert Misch"

Charcoal by Steichen once in collection of Gertrude Kasebier; GMM correspondence, b/w prints, copy negatives

VII.A.20 1901-1910: Exhibitions

Photostats, GMM correspondence, notes to the file on exhibitions that included ES's work during this period

VII.A.21 1901-1922: Exhibitions, sales

Clippings, catalogues, correspondence

VII.A.22 1902: Auction catalogue, GMM notes

"Stieglitz, Steichen and the Photo-Secession," Phillips, New York, 1980: includes entries for ES photographs and 1902 landscape oil painting; annotated in GMM's hand with prices paid, some purchasers' names, corrections to text

VII.A.23 1902: Portrait in Grey and Black, San Diego Museum

GMM correspondence, b/w print of images

VII.A.24 1902: "Beethoven Painting by Steichen"

In collection of Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY; GMM notes, b/w print

VII.A.25 1903: "Collection of Helga Sandburg Crile"

Photocopied correspondence of Crile (daughter of CS) with dealer Alexander Bylica, and originals to GMM re: paintings

VII.A.26 1903: Oaklawn

GMM correspondence with owner Barry Novak; color transparency, b/w print, copy negative

VII.A.27 1903-1913: "Federal Reserve Exhibition" ["From Tonalism to Modernism: The Paintings of Eduard J. Steichen" 1988]

Color slides, catalogue worksheet, GMM correspondence

VII.A.28 1903-1913: "Federal Reserve Exhibition" ["From Tonalism to Modernism: The Paintings of Eduard J. Steichen" 1988]

Invitation and catalogue, GMM correspondence

VII.A.29 1903-1932: "ES, Data on Paintings by"

Clippings, photostats, typed transcripts of newspaper articles, some with accompanying GMM notes

VII.A.30 1904-1910: Exhibition catalogues, clipping

"American Imagination and Symbolist Painting," Grey Art Gallery, 1979; "Into the Melting Pot: The Immigration of American Modernism (1909-1929)," Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William & Mary, 1984: inscribed to GMM by guest curator Percy North

VII.A.31 1905: Night Landscape

GMM notes, photocopied TLS ES-GMM (5/17/1967) re: painting in Whitney Museum collection; b/w print

VII.A.32 1905: "Steichen, Edward - Matisse painting in the collection of"

GMM notes, clippings. Kate Rodina Steichen's Vue de Collioure avec l'eglise, by Matisse, was given to ES by Matisse at Kate's birth, and to her by ES in 1961. She had loaned it to MoMA and later bequeathed it to her grandniece Francesca Calderone-Steichen.

VII.A.33 1905: Kate Rodina Steichen file on Matisse gift

Correspondence about her Vue de Collioure avec l'eglise, including loan to Louvre Museum for 1970 centennial, film by Hans Namuth, and 1990 law suit.

VII.A.34 1908: In our garden at Voulangis - white phlox

B/w image only, with ownership information on back in GMM's hand

VII.A.35 1908-1911: "Furness Family Collection"

Correspondence and inquiries re: landscape and two other ES paintings in possession of Marie-Merrill Ewing, of her mother and grandmother

VII.A.36 1908-1911: "Steichen collection of works of other artists"

GMM notes; photocopied TLS Kate Rodina Steichen-GMM (4/29/1971) about work by Rodin and Brancusi in the family's collection

VII.A.37 1910: The Lotus Screen

Inquiries to GMM, and her correspondence to Mary and Kate Rodina Steichen about the painting, which was in the collection of Joanna Steichen

VII.A.38 1910: "Steichen paintings owned by Dickerman"

Correspondence, images re: Nocturne - Temple d'Amour donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others

VII.A.39* 1911-1915: Meyer murals

Photostat of New York American 2/1/1915 article, "Novel mural decorations by Eduard J. Steichen;" 16x20 enlargements of contact sheets from two rolls of b/w film taken by MoMA curator Dennis Longwell of the unrolling of ES and Picabia murals on 3/27/1974 at a restorer's studio, Newark, NJ. The murals, painted for Eugene and Agnes Meyer, had been found rolled up in Mt. Kisco, NY, and were restored before being returned to MoMA in 1975.

VII.A.40 1911-1915: Meyer murals

GMM note; negatives for the Dennis Longwell contacts in folder VII.A.39

VII.A.41 circa 1913: Mary McFadden Conklin and daughter, Rosemary

GMM correspondence with sitter's niece

VII.A.42* 1914: Mural "In Exaltation of Flowers: Petunia, Caladium, Budleya"

10.5x13.5 b/w print by Rolf Petersen; shows one of a series of seven panels ES had painted for Agnes and Eugene Meyer and, before being found in Mt. Kisco, NY, had been considered lost; they were presented to MoMA in 1975. Print is annotated on back in GMM's hand.

VII.A.43 1918: "Painting by Steichen's Gardiner [sic]"

Oil on cardboard, 8x10.5; captioned on back in ES's hand "Painting by Francois/ my gardener/ at Voulangis/ set m. [?] France," with 8x10 b/w print and copy negative; GMM notes, including "For description of this painting, see Wisdom Series telecast, p. 52" (now in Series IX.C). ES recounts in A Life in Photography that when he took up painting again after World War I and saw that his gardener could paint as well as he could, he made the decision to return to photography.

VII.A.44 1919-1922: "Material relating to the Oochens"

GMM notes, 8x10 b/w print reproductions of geometric ES painting. The Oochens were imaginary characters ES created for his children's entertainment and painted to illustrate various stories about them.

VII.A.45* 1919-1922: Oochen painting

Acrylic on paper, 9.25x10.5. The Oochens were imaginary characters ES created for his children's entertainment and painted to illustrate various stories about them.

VII.A.46 circa 1920: "Abstraction by Steichen"

Image, encyclopedia extracts, and June 1989 inaugural issue of Mirabella with photo essay on gallerist Robert Miller's apartment showing Steichen's abstract painting

VII.A.47 1922: "Sheeler Interior with Stove in the collection of Mrs. Edward Steichen"

GMM note, photographic negative, correspondence re: use of Sheeler in 1965 planned exhibition at Albany Institute of History and Art

VII.A.48* 1939: Installation photographs, Charles Sheeler exhibition at MoMA

Negatives only; ES owned items that were exhibited in Charles Sheeler [MoMA Exh. #90, October 2-November 1, 1939]

VII.A.49 1939: Installation photographs, Charles Sheeler exhibition at MoMA

Photocopy of original container for negatives in folder VII.A.48; ES owned items that were exhibited in Charles Sheeler [MoMA Exh. #90, October 2-November 1, 1939].

VII.A.50 Undated: "Watherson, Margaret (restorer)"

Paintings conservator who worked on ES paintings and an icon in his collection; correspondence, photographic prints of works before and after conservation

VII.A.51 Undated: "Painting o[w]ned by Regis Collection (formerly owned by Miss Roach)"

GMM correspondence re: Across the Crest of the Great Divide, auctioned at Sotheby Parke-Bernet in 1979

VII.A.52 Undated: Provenance inquiries and correspondence

With Marie Czach about museums and dealers; and note for file re: correspondence between JS and Maynard White

VII.A.53 Undated: Lake George at Midnight

1987 request from Robert Miller Gallery for assistance in dating painting; matted color transparency

VII.A.54 Undated: "Two Steichen paintings in the collection of Flora S. Straus"

GMM correspondence with niece of Alfred Stieglitz; color slides

VII.A.55 Undated: Looking East from New York

Letter from Ira Spanierman Gallery (10/23/1985) identifying location of work as Bouquet Lodge, Willsboro, NY, home of the Simpson family; transparency

VII.A.56* Undated: Unidentified drawing

Pencil and crayon drawing, matted

 

Subseries VII.B. Photography

Arrangement

The subseries is organized in two parts

Subseries VII.B.i. Background information
Subseries VII.B.ii. Documentation of ES photographs in other collections

 

Subseries VII.B.i. Background information, 1899-1963

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged chronologically. Some groups of folders (e.g., Color, Portraits, Rodin) are in their own chronological order within the subseries' overall order.

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries includes documentation of photographs by ES, including those he made as an employee of Condé Nast for Vogue and Vanity Fair, with emphasis on his portraits. Some of the prints included here were specifically made for use in A Life in Photography (published 1962) and were returned from Doubleday; a few were printed contemporaneously and bear either ES's signature or his studio stamp. Some of this information duplicates that in Series III, which also includes tear-sheets from the publications that show ES's photographs in their originally published context.

There is extensive information on ES's photographs of sculptors Auguste Rodin and Constantin Brancusi, each of which are the best-known images of these artists.

ES's work in color documented here ranges from his 1904 autochromes to his wartime images from the film Fighting Lady. There is no explanation for the mounted images in the latter folders.

Folder Title
VII.B.i.1 1899, undated: "Nature"

GMM correspondence, copy prints of Magnolia Blossom, Melting Snow

VII.B.i.2 1900: "Nudes"

Clippings, correspondence

VII.B.i.3 1901: "Snapshots"

GMM notes; copy print of image from Charles Caffin papers, Archives of American Art

VII.B.i.4 1900-1942: "Portraits by Steichen"

GMM notes, correspondence, clippings

VII.B.i.5* 1902, 1908, 1922, 1925, 1927: Portraits - Brancusi, Rodin with The Thinker, Pola Negri, unidentified sitter

11x14 b/w prints; one of the Rodin prints is by George Tice (1973) who, at the time, had sole permission to print ES's work posthumously

VII.B.i.6 1902-1931: "Portraits by Steichen"

Clippings, catalogues, invitations

VII.B.i.7* 1902-1931: "Portraits by Steichen"

Clippings removed from folder VII.B.i.6

VII.B.i.8 [1903-1907]: Portraits: Demachy, Maynard White autochrome

8x10 b/w prints; TLS Center for Creative Photography-GMM (10/12/1978) re: Demachy portrait

VII.B.i.9 1903-1939: "Portraits by Steichen"

Clippings

VII.B.i.10 1907, 1913, 1931-1933: Portraits - Paul Robeson, H.G. Wells, Carl Sandburg, Tallulah Bankhead, Sinclair Lewis

8x10 and 5x7 b/w prints

VII.B.i.11 1909, 1934, 1936, undated: Portraits - Eugene O'Neill, Alfred Stieglitz, Hugo Knudsen, mother of "Mrs. McGrath"

8x10 b/w prints; Eugene O'Neill includes ES stamp and signature

VII.B.i.12 1910, 1920, 1927, 1932: Portraits - Baca-Flor's portrait of J.P. Morgan, Gerhard Hauptmann, Fred Astaire, Isadora Duncan

8x10 b/w prints, GMM note on Baca-Flor portrait

VII.B.i.13 1922, 1930-1932, undated: Portraits - Brancusi, Alexandre de Salzman, Carl Sandburg, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

8x10 b/w prints

VII.B.i.14 1923, 1930, 1933, 1934, undated: Portraits - Child in water, Elisabeth Bergner, Thomas Mann, Dana Steichen, Heywood Broun

8x10 b/w prints; Dana Steichen portrait captioned in ES's hand

VII.B.i.15 Color, 1903-1908

GMM notes, correspondence re: ES autochromes

VII.B.i.16 Color, 1903-1957

Clippings, catalogue re: introduction of color in general, as well as ES specifically

VII.B.i.17 Color, 1907-1947

Clippings, catalogue

VII.B.i.18 Color, 1920-1957

GMM notes; photocopied TLS Noel Deeks-GMM (5/30/1972, 3/25/1975, 4/4/1975) quoting from his diary re: printing color for ES. See Series III.A for more on this subject.

VII.B.i.19 Color, [1930s-1950s]

Photo reproductions of ES images, some marked "2 color" or "4 color;" no other explanation provided

VII.B.i.20 Color, [1941-1945]

Mounted 6.5 x 8.5 color print, marked on back in ES's hand as from the film The Fighting Lady

VII.B.i.21* Color, [1941-1945]

Mounted color prints: "Admiral McCain (naval aviation);" "Admiral King, photo by U.S. Navy Steichen" on back in ES's hand

VII.B.i.22* Color, [1941-1945]

8.5 x 6 matted trifold of transparencies "Series of the 3. U.S. Navy carrier based plane shooting down a Japanese fighter plane;" print "World War II version of 'The Star Spangled Banner;' U.S. rocket ship firing at shore defenses, Balik, Japan held Borneo" in ES's hand on back

VII.B.i.23* Color, [1941-1945]

Five mounted prints from The Fighting Lady; captioned on back in ES's hand

VII.B.i.24 Color, [1944]: "Navy planes aerial combat shots from film Fighting Lady; Bombing island of Truck"

4x5 color negatives; description on original envelopes in ES's hand

VII.B.i.25* Color, 1947, 1950

Clippings

VII.B.i.26 Color, 1955

Prints of shadblow tree, one signed by ES. See Series VII.E for ES films of the shadblow tree.

VII.B.i.27 Rodin, 1907-1908: General clippings

Includes GMM notes

VII.B.i.28 Rodin, 1907-1910

Museum and gallery catalogues, publications

VII.B.i.29 Rodin, 1907-1910

GMM notes; print of Pierre Choumoff's photograph of Rodin's funeral; clippings, correspondence; see Series II.A for more on this subject.

VII.B.i.30 1903-1913: "Articles re Steichen photographs"

GMM notes and correspondence, postcard reproductions, clippings

VII.B.i.31 1903-1933: "N.Y. and Paris scenes"

GMM notes, clippings, copy prints; "Perfect Portfolio" reproduction prints are labeled on outside in ES's hand

VII.B.i.32* 1903-1933: "N.Y. and Paris scenes"

Removed from folder VII.B.i.31

VII.B.i.33 1903-1939: "Photography general"

Catalogues and publications

VII.B.i.34 1903, 1933-1935: "Theatre"

Clippings, GMM notes, copy prints: Robeson, Duse, Pavlova

VII.B.i.35* 1933-1937: "Theatre"

Clippings removed from folder VII.B.i.34

VII.B.i.36 1903-1942: "Fashion"

Clippings, notes to file, two mounted tear-sheets from January 1934 Vogue. See Series III for more detailed coverage of this subject.

VII.B.i.37 1905-1906: "Steichen, Edward posters by"

GMM notes, copy negative of Goerz poster. See Series III.A for more on this subject.

VII.B.i.38 1908: "Balzac by Rodin: Moonlight Series"

Clipping, print. Per GMM's 4/17/1969 print order, "This is to see what other negatives must be made at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to have a complete record of the Moonlight Series."

VII.B.i.39* 1911: Rodin

Poster for 1976 Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition Rodin & Balzac showing ES photo Balzac - The Open Sky; oversize, see flat file at MoMAQNS

VII.B.i.40 Brancusi, 1911-1928

GMM notes, correspondence

VII.B.i.41 Brancusi, 1911-1928

Clippings

VII.B.i.42* Brancusi, 1911-1928

Clippings removed from folder VII.B.i.41

VII.B.i.43 Brancusi, 1911-1928

Catalogues: Space and Dream, Knoedler Gallery, 1967; Artist's Choice: Burton on Brancusi [MoMA Exh. #1514, April 7-July 4, 1989]

VII.B.i.44 Brancusi, 1928: Brancusi vs. United States

Court judgment in the landmark case that upheld Brancusi's Bird in Flight as a work of art; photocopied courtroom transcript

VII.B.i.45 1911-1937: Fashion

Photostats of 1911 publication Art de la mode; clippings, GMM notes. See Series III.A for more on this subject.

VII.B.i.46 circa 1920: "Still Life"

MoMA postcard of ES's Three pears and an apple

VII.B.i.47 1921: "Duncan, Isadora"

Clippings, background information on Duncan in general, 1970s correspondence re: use of photographs

VII.B.i.48 [1930-1938]: "Steichen, Edward (Negatives of)"

GMM research into fire that reportedly destroyed some early ES negatives stored at Umpawaug

VII.B.i.49* circa 1933: "Mexico"

B/w prints: one 8x10, one 11x14 (captioned and signed by ES) of The man child

VII.B.i.50 1939, Spring 1949: "Photo Notes, The Photo League"

Photocopies of The Photo League's quarterly publication

VII.B.i.51 October 1939: "Photographing Paul Robeson by Edward Steichen"

Guide prints, internegatives from article in U.S. Camera

VII.B.i.52 May 15, 1955: Rodin - Balzac in the MoMA garden

Clippings re: 1955 gift of Balzac sculpture to MoMA

VII.B.i.53* May 9, 1955: Rodin - Balzac in the MoMA garden

Clippings re: 1955 gift of Balzac sculpture to MoMA; removed from folder VII.B.i.52

VII.B.i.54 1955: Rodin - Balzac in the MoMA garden

Correspondence and notes about ES photographs taken in MoMA garden

VII.B.i.55 1955: Rodin - Balzac in the MoMA garden

ES prints; contacts of photographs by WM showing sculpture, ES, Joan Miller, galleries, garden

VII.B.i.56* 1955: Rodin - Balzac in the MoMA garden

ES photographs, 11x14 prints; removed from folder VII.B.i.55

VII.B.i.57 1958-1959, 1963: "Article on portraits for Art in America"

"Problems of portraiture: Photography," vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 38-51, winter 1958-1959; "Problems of portraiture: A great American photographer discusses some great portraits," vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 124-133, August 1963

VII.B.i.58* 1963: "Article on portraits for Art in America"

"Problems of portraiture: A great American photographer discusses some great portraits," vol. 51, no. 4, pp. 124-133, August 1963; uncorrected photo proofs

VII.B.i.59 Undated: Carl Sandburg captions for ES photographs

Typescript carbon; no other explanation provided

VII.B.i.60 Undated: "Landscapes"

GMM note to file

VII.B.i.61 Undated: Grey scale

Used for b/w copy photography

 

Subseries VII.B.ii. Documentation of ES photographs in other collections,

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged alphabetically by name of institution or collector.

The dates provided are those of the correspondence in a folder, not of the works described therein.

Scope and Content

The subseries documents holdings of ES photographs in individual and institutional collections in the United States and overseas, detailed through GMM's research and correspondence. Among the institutions she contacted were those to which prints from Joanna Steichen's 1979 gift to George Eastman House had been distributed, to determine which specific prints each institution had received.

Historical Note

In 1979, ES's widow, Joanna Steichen, donated to George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) approximately 1,500 prints of photography by ES, and related items. The gift stipulated that the prints would be distributed to 13 other educational and cultural institutions, which occurred in 1982. The material in this subseries shows that GMM corresponded with each of the institutions and received lists of the items each had received from the 1982 distribution.

Folder Title Date
VII.B.ii.1 Albright-Knox Art Gallery

TLS curator-GMM re: photograph in their collection

March 1, 1983
VII.B.ii.2 Art Institute of Chicago

List of works in its collection, GMM note and correspondence, George Eastman House press release and list of works received, b/w print reproductions

1960-1982
VII.B.ii.3 Bjorncrantz collection

Grandson of Carl Bjorncrantz, who traveled to Paris with ES in 1900; see also Series I.B.

July 26, 1975
VII.B.ii.4 Dr. Mary Steichen Calderone collection

GMM typed list of photographs in collection

January 1983
VII.B.ii.5 Camera Club of New York

GMM note to file re: Marion Morehouse Cummings photograph on display

May 23, 1972
VII.B.ii.6 Cantor collection

GMM note re: shipment of prints to Cantor

February 22, 1973
VII.B.ii.7 Deeks collection

Photocopied TLS Noel Deeks-GMM, with information about ES studio in New York. See Series II for more on this subject.

May 30, 1972
VII.B.ii.8 Detroit Institute of Arts

GMM correspondence, b/w copy of print in collection

1977
VII.B.ii.9 Dickerman Collection

GMM note on paintings and photograph in Watson B. Dickerman's collection

1971
VII.B.ii.10 Watson Bradley Dickerman

Correspondence, Polaroid photographs of items in his collection

1983
VII.B.ii.11 George Eastman House

GMM notebook with her comments on exhibition Steichen: A Centennial Tribute

August 10, 1979
VII.B.ii.12 George Eastman House

Catalogue, publicity, card catalogue photocopies, printout from accession database; press release announcing distribution of ES prints to other museums, per Joanna Steichen's bequest

1972-1985
VII.B.ii.13 Fogg Museum of Art

George Eastman House press release, distribution list, GMM correspondence, notes

1965-1982
VII.B.ii.14 Freer Gallery

GMM correspondence; photocopied images

1980
VII.B.ii.15 Furness collection

Photocopied ALS Eliz. M. Furness-GMM

October 24, 1974
VII.B.ii.16 Gilman Paper Company

GMM notes, order form for book Photographs from the Collection of the Gilman Paper Company

1985, undated
VII.B.ii.17 Mrs. Katharine Graham

TLS Kay Graham-GMM re: photographs in her collection; she was the daughter of ES's friends and patrons Eugene and Agnes Meyer and publisher of The Washington Post; correspondence from McCord Museum, Montreal

1969; January 14, 1983
VII.B.ii.18 Guggenheim Museum

Copy of ES photo of Brancusi studio once in the Museum's collection

Undated
VII.B.ii.19 Hallmark collection

GMM correspondence, clipping. ES photographs in the Hallmark collection were assembled by Margaret R. Weiss, photography editor of Saturday Review; see Series V for her articles on ES.

January, February 1983
VII.B.ii.20 G. Gordon Hertslet

Correspondence to identify a print in collection

1976
VII.B.ii.21 Howard Kopelson

TLS to GMM with GMM note appended

June 1977
VII.B.ii.22 Lincoln Rochester Trust Company

GMM note re: purchase of The Matriarch and George Washington Bridge

August 25, 1972
VII.B.ii.23 Sue Davidson Lowe

GMM note on Steichen portrait of Lowe's grandfather, Dr. Leopold Stieglitz

August 15, 1974
VII.B.ii.24 Lunn collection

GMM note extracting from Inge Bondi letter

October 9, 1974
VII.B.ii.25 Grace M. Mayer collection

GMM note

Undated
VII.B.ii.26 McKeon collection

GMM list. James J. McKeon ("Mack") worked as an electrician in Steichen's studio; see Series II for material on this subject.

1973
VII.B.ii.27 Metropolitan Museum of Art

Robert M. Doty notes; accession list, MMA Bulletin, March 1969, devoted to "Photographs in the Metropolitan"

1960, 1969, undated
VII.B.ii.28 Minneapolis Institute of Art

Correspondence, list of items, exhibition information and catalogue

1982-1983
VII.B.ii.29 Musée des Beaux Arts, Catskill Center for Photography, International Center for Photography

Exhibition brochures, GMM note to file. These items were originally loose between folders of named collections.

1985-1986
VII.B.ii.30 Musée d'Orsay

Postcard from Davis Pratt-GMM

April 21, 1987
VII.B.ii.31 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

George Eastman House press release; list of items

1982, undated
VII.B.ii.32 Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida

Correspondence, list from George Eastman House works received

February 2, 1983
VII.B.ii.33 The Museum of Modern Art

Photo reproductions of MoMA acknowledgment to ES of donation of 181 photographs from the recent exhibition Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961]

June 1961
VII.B.ii.34 National Portrait Gallery

George Eastman House press release; TLS photography curator-GMM

January 3, 1983
VII.B.ii.35 New Orleans Museum of Art

Press release, list from George Eastman House distribution

August 30, 1982
VII.B.ii.36 Oberlin College, Allen Memorial Art Museum

George Eastman House press release and list from distribution

1982, undated
VII.B.ii.37 Philadelphia Museum of Art

8x10 b/w print reproductions

Undated
VII.B.ii.38 Preus Fotomuseum collection

Inventory, cover letter

April 5, 1993
VII.B.ii.39 Bradley Ramsey

GMM note

1969
VII.B.ii.40 Rijksuniveriteit te Leiden

TLS curator-GMM with information about Garbo portrait in collection

August 3, 1972
VII.B.ii.41 George R. Rinhart

GMM note to file

Fall 1974
VII.B.ii.42 Robinson collection

Photocopied TLS F.E.M. Robinson-GMM: Robinson's mother hosted ES's first painting exhibition in 1900 at her home in Milwaukee, WI.

October 29, 1972
VII.B.ii.43 Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain

Copy negatives, b/w print reproductions, GMM list, photocopied clipping

1961, 1971-1972
VII.B.ii.44 Saint Louis Art Museum

Correspondence, photocopied detailed accession records from George Eastman House distribution

1982-1983
VII.B.ii.45 Carl Sandburg home

Descriptions of Steichen photographs from catalogue of the museum at CS's home

1976
VII.B.ii.46 Miss Jean Simpson

Daughter of the first patrons of Steichen, John and Kate Simpson, for whom Kate Rodina Steichen was named

1974-1986
VII.B.ii.47 Smith College Museum of Art

TLS curator-GMM re: ES works in the collection

July 2, 1975
VII.B.ii.48 Smithsonian Institution

George Eastman House distribution list, GMM correspondence, b/w print reproductions

1975-[1982]
VII.B.ii.49 Joanna T. Steichen collection

GMM list of "Rare old prints belonging to Joanna T. Steichen"

May 1976
VII.B.ii.50 Kate Steichen collection

List of items, TLS Kate Rodina Steichen-GMM (2/26/1978), request for MoMA photography of items in her collection

1974, 1978
VII.B.ii.51 Philip Trager

Correspondence to GMM re: photographs in collection

May 2, August 11, 1972
VII.B.ii.52 U.S. Naval Academy

Printed information on their Edward Steichen Collection

May 17, 1972; undated
VII.B.ii.53 University of Arizona, Center for Creative Photography

Correspondence, list from George Eastman House distribution

January 11, 1983
VII.B.ii.54 Sandburg Library, University of Illinois collection

GMM note to file

1972
VII.B.ii.55 University of Michigan Museum of Art

TLS curator-GMM with information about Garbo portrait in collection

July 3, 1975
VII.B.ii.56 University of New Mexico, University Art Museum

George Eastman House press release; list of items

1982, undated
VII.B.ii.57 University of Texas, Gernsheim collection

George Eastman House press release and list from distribution

1982-1983
VII.B.ii.58 Victoria and Albert Museum

GMM typed list of photographs in collection

April 1977
VII.B.ii.59 Elizabeth Weymouth

GMM note to file; Weymouth was a granddaughter of Eugene Meyer

August 21, 1975
VII.B.ii.60 Yale University Art Gallery

GMM note, b/w print copy of Katherine S. Drier portrait

September 28, 1965
VII.B.ii.61 Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

TLS curator-GMM re: images in collection

July 15, 1974
VII.B.ii.62 Other collections

Robert M. Doty notes re: Morgan Library, Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art; GMM correspondence, notice from Virginia Museum of the Arts

1974, 1986
 

Subseries VII.C. Portfolios, books, and photomurals

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries provides information about ES's 1932 photomurals created for the Men's Smoking Room of the Center Theater, Radio City, at Rockefeller Center (since dismantled); and for the 1933 New York State Building at the Century of Progress Exposition, Chicago. It includes contemporary clippings, photocopies, correspondence and GMM's notes, and later auction and sale information. A set of prints and negatives (folders VII.C.5-9) documents the Radio City photomurals' original placement. The subseries also includes GMM's notes on ES's collaborations with his daughter Mary Steichen Martin (later Calderone) on The First Picture Book.

Folder Title
VII.C.1 1917-1928: Portfolios

Promotional material, GMM notes on the 1984 sale by Witkin Gallery of a 25-photograph portfolio of images printed by George Tice

VII.C.2 1927-1933: "Broadway Lights" photomurals

Photomural created for the New York Building of the Chicago World's Fair, 1933: background information, GMM correspondence, auction catalogue documenting 1980s sale of mural

VII.C.3 1930: Books

In 1930, Mary Steichen Martin published The First Picture Book, including photographs by ES. GMM notes, correspondence, clippings

VII.C.4 May 1932: Radio City photo murals

Carbon transcript of ES "Radio address for College Art Association over [CBS];" GMM manuscript transcription of MoMA press release for Murals by American Painters and Photographers [MoMA Exh. #16, May 3-May 31, 1932]

VII.C.5 1932: Radio City photo murals, folder 1 of 3

Installation photographs by Apeda Studios of ES's photo mural in the Men's Smoking Room at Rockefeller Center's Center Theater: 5x7 b/w prints include numerous duplicates

VII.C.6 1932: Radio City photo murals, folder 2 of 3
VII.C.7 1932: Radio City photo murals, folder 3 of 3

Includes original negatives

VII.C.8* 1932: Radio City photo murals

Mounted installation photograph; this had been assigned Department of Photography Study Collection number SC2007.22 for an outgoing loan in 2007

VII.C.9* 1932: Radio City photo murals

Mounted installation photographs; these had been assigned Department of Photography Study Collection numbers SC2007.6-8 for an outgoing loan in 2007

VII.C.10 1932-1934, 1975: Radio City photo murals

Clippings

VII.C.11 1932-1938: Radio City photo murals

GMM correspondence about location, sales information; notes to the file

VII.C.12 1933: "New York State Building in Chicago World Fair 'Century of Progress' "

GMM notes, correspondence, clipping

 

Subseries VII.D. Delphiniums

Arrangement

The subseries is organized into two parts:

Subseries VII.D.i. Photographs
Subseries VII.D.ii. Notes, correspondence, and publications

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries documents ES's work as a grower and breeder of hybrid delphiniums, including the "Connecticut Yankee" and "Carl Sandburg" strains that he hybridized; and the exhibition of his live plants at MoMA: Edward Steichen's Delphiniums [MoMA Exh. #50, June 24-July 1, 1936].

Historical Note

While living in France before World War I, ES had grown delphiniums. In the early 1930s, he retired as chief of photography for the Condé Nast publications and devoted himself to horticulture on his Umpawaug farm, in Connecticut. He served as president of The American Delphinium Society from 1934 to 1939, during which time he contributed extensively to its annual publication.

 

Subseries VII.D.i. Photographs

Arrangement

The subseries is arranged chronologically, with items that originated in a subject-titled box (title provided in quotation marks) grouped together.

Scope and Content

The subseries consists of photographic prints (and some negatives) of delphinium plantings at ES's Umpawaug, CT, home and farm, some taken by him; as well as of horticulture shows, delphinium specimens, and visitors to his property. There are also installation photographs from the exhibition of his live flowers at MoMA: Edward Steichen's Delphiniums [MoMA Exh. #50, June 24-July 1, 1936]. Many of the photographs were reproduced in contemporary publications and the annual yearbooks of The American Delphinium Society, which, together with GMM's notes and correspondence, form Subseries VII.D.ii.

Folder Title
VII.D.i.1 1928: CS with "Carl Sandburg" delphinium

B/w prints and copy negative

VII.D.i.2 1934-1942: "Experiment in negative color"

Slide duplicates of ES dye-transfer print in the collection of the International Center for Photography: sent to GMM 10/28/1982 with question about work's date and Noel Deeks as possible printer; GMM's typed annotations give her explanation and dates for the work.

VII.D.i.3 June 1936: Installation photographs, invitation for Edward Steichen's Delphiniums [MoMA Exh. #50, June 24-July 1, 1936]; Steichen in fields

Includes 1970 copy negative

VII.D.i.4 June 1936: Installation photographs Edward Steichen's Delphiniums [MoMA Exh. #50, June 24-July 1, 1936]

Installation of plants with model; hands and dolphin sculpture from installation photo; from original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.5 1938, undated: Plantings, individual specimens, Delphinium Society group

8x6 and smaller b/w prints; many captioned on back in hand not ES's; from original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.6 1938, undated: Individual plant images; cyclamen mites

B/w prints of various sizes, some annotated in ES's hand; from original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.7 Undated: So-called smoking of outdoor delphinium plantings

8x10 b/w prints; from original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.8 Undated: Interior and exterior plantings

B/w prints of various sizes; from original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.9 Undated: ES and Dana in garden, cultivars, CS, Mary Steichen in cap and gown

2-1/4" contact sheets; from original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.10 Undated: Individual specimens, potted and root balls

Contacts and prints; from original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.11 Undated: Individual specimens, plantings

4x5 and smaller prints and negatives, some with ES annotations; from original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.12 Undated: Exterior plantings

8x10 and smaller; from original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.13 Undated: Exterior plantings, growers and breeders, Delphinium Society members

8x10 and smaller; from original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.14 June 1936: "Exhibit Modern Museum NYC, Delphiniums 1936"

8x10 negatives; installation shots of Edward Steichen's Delphiniums [MoMA Exh. #50, June 24-July 1, 1936]; from original box "Delphinium Negs. Tech. and Prints"

VII.D.i.15 Undated: Potted specimens, notes on gardens

10x4 prints; from original box "Delphinium Negs. Tech. and Prints"

VII.D.i.16 Undated: "Delphinium pots"

8x10 prints and negatives (some groups fused together) of individual specimens; from original box "Delphinium Negs. Tech. and Prints"

VII.D.i.17 Undated: Individual specimens, outside plantings

5x7 prints and negatives; from original box "Delphinium Negs. Tech. and Prints"

VII.D.i.18 Undated: Individual specimens, outside plantings

5x7 and smaller prints and negatives (some groups fused together); from original box "Delphinium Negs. Tech. and Prints"

VII.D.i.19 Undated: Vases of delphiniums indoors

8x10 prints and negatives; from original box "Delphinium Negs. Tech. and Prints"

VII.D.i.20* June 1936: Installation photograph Edward Steichen's Delphiniums [MoMA Exh. #50, June 24-July 1, 1936]

VII.D.i.21 1936, 1940, undated: Outdoor plantings, individual potted specimens

8x10 and smaller prints, one annotated in ES's hand, one installation photo from Edward Steichen's Delphiniums [MoMA Exh. #50, June 24-July 1, 1936] with Steichen stamp; from second original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.22 December 1954: Outdoor individual plants

8x8 and smaller color prints, one annotated in ES's hand; from second original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.23 Undated: Outdoor plantings

8x10 prints; includes New York Times press print, print annotated in ES's hand re: hybridization of "Connecticut Yankees;" from second original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.24 Undated: Outdoor plantings, individual potted specimens

8x10 and smaller prints, one annotated in ES's hand; 4x5 contacts; from second original box "Delphiniums"

VII.D.i.25 November 4, 1937: Various images

3x5 prints and negatives, envelope, notes addressed to ES from "Wheeler Croft," grower of irises and delphiniums, Portland, OR; from original box "Work Box Delph Book 1937"

VII.D.i.26 1937, undated: American Delphinium Society

Printed notice over ES signature; caption list (possibly for photographs reproduced in yearbook); GMM notes; from original box "Work Box Delph Book 1937"

VII.D.i.27 [1937]: Visitors at Umpawaug, ES

8x10 and smaller prints; from original box "Work Box Delph Book 1937"

VII.D.i.28* [1937]: Visitors in fields at Umpawaug, ES with plants, Dana with plants

10.5x13.5 prints; from original box "Work Box Delph Book 1937"

VII.D.i.29 [1937]: Visitors at Umpawaug

Contact sheets, 4x5 and smaller prints, negatives; from original box "Work Box Delph Book 1937"

VII.D.i.30 1937, undated: Indoor and outdoor specimens

8x10 b/w prints, one annotated in ES's hand

VII.D.i.31* 1938, undated: Dana Steichen in garden, ES's hands, ES and Dana

8x10 and 11x14 prints; many of these images were used in a 1938 article on ES in Better Homes & Garden

VII.D.i.32 circa 1938: Photographs by Dana Steichen

ES with plants; GMM notes; copy negatives

VII.D.i.33* 1939, undated: Indoor and outdoor displays, specimens

8x10 and 11x14 prints, one annotated in ES's hand

VII.D.i.34* [1930s]: Garden, ES's hands on plants

11x14 prints, one mounted

VII.D.i.35* [1930s]: Delphinium Club visitors at Umpawaug

11x14 prints

VII.D.i.36* [1930s]: Outdoor gardens, b/w and color

11x14 prints; one annotated in ES's hand

VII.D.i.37* [1930s]: Outdoor plantings

16x20 color prints; one mounted, one annotated in ES's hand

VII.D.i.38 [1930s]: Indoor specimens; outdoor gardens

8x10 and smaller b/w prints

VII.D.i.39 [1930s]: Visitors in gardens; garden view

Garden view is a small color snapshot annotated in ES's hand on back

VII.D.i.40 [1930s]: Individual specimens indoors

B/w prints and negatives

VII.D.i.41 [1930s]: ES with Frank Reinelt

Delphinium breeder who grew ES's "Connecticut Yankees" hybrid; includes GMM note

VII.D.i.42 [1930s]: 5x7 glass negatives of outdoor garden shots

VII.D.i.43 August 1957-August 1958: "Conn. Yankees Ectachromes" [sic]

Wallet-sized color snapshots and negatives; from original box "Color & B&W of Delphin - small prints"

VII.D.i.44 August 1958: "Flowers around house & delph."

Wallet-sized color snapshots and negatives; from original box "Color & B&W of Delphin - small prints"

VII.D.i.45 1958: Color prints

From original box "Color & B&W of Delphin - small prints"

VII.D.i.46 [1950s]: "Neg & pos. Blue C.Y. Delph"

Color transparencies and negatives; from original box "Color & B&W of Delphin - small prints"

VII.D.i.47 [1950s]: Garden views, individual specimens

Color prints, one captioned on back in ES's hand

VII.D.i.48 1964: Garden views

Color prints, some with crop marks

VII.D.i.49 1964: Individual plants

Color prints

VII.D.i.50* Undated: Gardens, individual cultivars

11x14 b/w prints

VII.D.i.51* Undated: Gardens, individual cultivars

11x14 b/w prints

VII.D.i.52 Undated: "Del. pix sent to British Del. Society"

2-1/4" contacts sheets, 8x10 b/w and color prints: individual specimens, indoor and outdoor shots

VII.D.i.53* Undated: "Del. pix sent to British Del. Society"

11x14 prints; Dana Steichen in garden, crop marks in ES's hand; removed from folder VII.D.i.52

 

Subseries VII.D.ii. Notes, correspondence, and publications

Scope and Content

The subseries includes contemporaneous publications, GMM notes and correspondence, and the annual year books of The American Delphinium Society (renamed The Delphinium Society in the 1950s), which reproduced many of the photographs in Subseries VII.D.i.

Folder Title
VII.D.ii.1 June-July 1936: "Delphinium: Press clippings"

Reviews, press coverage of Edward Steichen's Delphiniums [MoMA Exh. #50, June 24-July 1, 1936]

VII.D.ii.2 June 1936 - 1939: "Delphinium: Press clippings"

MoMA invitation, press release, Edward Steichen's Delphiniums [MoMA Exh. #50, June 24-July 1, 1936]; American Delphinium Society mailing

VII.D.ii.3 1936-1965: "Delphinium: Press clippings"

Clippings about Steichen and delphiniums; proof of 1937 ES article "The Modern Delphinium"

VII.D.ii.4 1936, 1938: Delphinium Society yearbooks

ES served as President of the Society from 1934-1939. Issues include reproductions of photographs in Subseries VII.D.i.

VII.D.ii.5 1939, 1959: Delphinium Society yearbooks

ES served as President of the Society from 1934-1939. Issues include reproductions of photographs in Subseries VII.D.i; 1959 issue includes ES's article "My Half-Century of Delphinium Breeding"

VII.D.ii.6 1937-1961: Clippings

Includes reproductions of photographs in Subseries VII.D.i.

VII.D.ii.7* 1937, undated: Color tear-sheets, print, photocopy

From Life Magazine, April 26, 1937 (identified in GMM's hand)

VII.D.ii.8 1930s-1962: GMM notes, correspondence, "Connecticut Yankees" seed packet

Includes carbon of letter to breeder Reinelt requesting delphinium-related material to add to the ESA; 1959 Distinguished Service Award to ES from NY Botanical Garden (see Series X.A)

VII.D.ii.9 [1930s]: GMM correspondence, notes

Includes undated ES manuscript memos on delphiniums, growing

VII.D.ii.10 [1930s]: Clippings, GMM notes, correspondence

Includes GMM's contact with U.K. Delphinium Society to acquire materials for the ESA

VII.D.ii.11 [1930s]: "Horticulture:" publications

From German iris and lily-growing organization; in German

VII.D.ii.12 [1930s]: "Horticulture:" notes, GMM correspondence

Includes ES account of his experience raising delphiniums (photocopy of hand-corrected typescript)

VII.D.ii.13 [1930s]: "Horticulture:" Ronald Gedrim's resumé, correspondence, draft dissertation

Gedrim was a 1982 University of New Mexico MFA candidate whose thesis subject was ES's work in horticulture

VII.D.ii.14 1944: Gardens in Color: How to Plan A Succession of Bloom

Book "by Richard Pratt, full color photographs by Edward Steichen." Includes enclosure note Gene Thornton (photography editor of The New York Times)-GMM (9/18/1986)

 

Subseries VII.E. The shadblow tree

Arrangement

The films in the subseries, which are listed at the end, have been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center which has the proper facilities for storing and screening them. Researchers should contact the Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the films' physical condition.

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries contains information about ES's final visual project documenting a shadblow tree on his Umpawaug property, including published articles about ES and the project, GMM's notes, and her correspondence with Joanna Steichen regarding the films' final disposition; as well as the films themselves, which have been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center (see Arrangement Note above). Some of the articles are duplicated in Series I.D., focusing on the Connecticut property; and in Series VI.B. regarding ES's later life and artistic projects.

Folder Title Date
VII.E.1* Clippings

1965, 1968, 1973
VII.E.2 Documentation on materials in the Film Study Center

Photocopied wrappings for materials in Subseries VII.E.ii.

1966, undated
VII.E.3 Shadblow tree

GMM notes re: shadblow tree films in ESA, correspondence with Joanna Steichen re: their final disposition; color prints of tree; clippings

1967-1977
VII.E.4* Poster: "Save Our Planet/ Save Our Wilderness"

Uses photo of shadblow tree, with reproduction of ES's signature; oversize, see flat file at MoMAQNS

1971
VII.E.5 The Little Tree

Sample print; contains two 7" reels, one labeled "Deek's movie Sil Prt"

These film reels have been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center which has the proper facilities for storing and screening them. Researchers should contact the Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the films' physical condition.

1967
VII.E.6 Untitled reels

Per GMM note "May 19, 1966, 2 reels, 16 mm made thru MoMA Film Library taken to Conn/ 1967 Artie Steiger says this box contains 35 mm master"

This film has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

1966
VII.E.7 The Shad-blow Tree/ work in progress/ Little Tree

7" reel; GMM note: 10 minute version

Note: This film reel is stored at the Museum's Film Study Center and, because of its physical condition, is not available for viewing

Undated
VII.E.8 Steichen, The Little Tree, 1 of 2

Labeled as property of Joanna Steichen; six 10" reels: "#6, " "#7 B47 Pos Pix reel 3," " #9 Pos Pix reel #1," "#7," "#4 11/59 color positive," "#7 best shots removed print"

Note: These film reels are stored at the Museum's Film Study Center and, because of their physical condition, are not available for viewing

Undated
VII.E.9 Steichen, The Little Tree, 2 of 2

Labeled as property of Joanna Steichen; contains five 10" reels: "Pos Pix reel #," "Prod B86 color print," "work print rolls 1-2-3-4," "B 86 color reversal print R-10," "Prod 86 color print"

Note: These film reels are stored at the Museum's Film Study Center and, because of their physical condition, are not available for viewing

Undated

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Series VIII. Portraits of ES

Arrangement

The series is organized alphabetically by last name of photographer or painter. Multiple folders of work by the same photographer are in chronological order, as are the folders of photographs by unidentified photographers that end the series.

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Folder titles are taken from those provided by GMM on the material's original housing; any notes of hers from those containers are provided in quotation marks after the photographer's name.

Scope and Content

The series consists of examples of, and GMM's background research on, portraits of ES taken by a variety of predominantly American photographers including Arnold Crane, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Joan and Wayne Miller, and Irving Penn, as well a painting of him by William Merritt Chase. Many of the photographs show ES at home, at leisure, or at occasions such as exhibition openings or receiving honors. Notable exceptions are those of him practicing as a photographer and exhibition designer: during his Condé Nast years, by Noel Deeks; organizing The Family of Man, by Wayne Miller and Homer Page (see also Series V.B); and hanging the exhibition Korea -The Impact of War in Photographs [MoMA Exh. #470, February 13-April 22, 1951], by Leo Trachtenberg. The series also includes GMM's card catalogue of photographers who took images of ES, which provides additional information based on her research.

The materials came from various sources: ES himself and his daughters, donations by others to the ESA, and as a result of GMM's research into published portraits. As part of the ESA's encyclopedic coverage, the portraits complement other reporting on ES's life and accomplishments.

Folder Title
VIII.1 Asberg, Sven: June 1964

ES and RDH at opening of "new" Museum of Modern Art; guide print and copy negatives

VIII.2* Asberg, Sven: June 1964

ES and RDH at opening of "new" Museum of Modern Art; signed print removed from folder VIII.1

VIII.3 Auerbach-Levy, William: June 3, 1944

GMM 1970 correspondence re: portrait published in The New Yorker, June 3, 1944, accompanying profile "Commander with a Camera, I"

VIII.4 Beaton, Cecil: [1930s]

GMM note, 1973 letter to Beaton re: portrait, and his response: "Alas, I was never afforded the honour [sic] of photographing Mr. Edward Steichen…"

VIII.5 Beckett, Marion H.: 1915

Clippings, GMM correspondence and notes re: portrait exhibited at Gallery 291, January 27-February 22, 1915

VIII.6 Baginski, Frank: March/April 1976 - "Cartoon with caption relating to Steichen"

Clipping from Lens Magazine, correspondence

VIII.7 Berg, Paul: March 1961 - "of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Made just prior to the opening of 'Steichen the Photographer'"

Prints of ES, RDH, Joanna Steichen in offices of MoMA Dept. of Photography

VIII.8 Bjornkrantz, Carl: 1900 - "Photographs of ES on his first trip to Europe, 1900"

Prints, GMM correspondence

VIII.9 Brandenbourg, fils: circa 1880 - "Carte de visite of Steichen as a child"

Original card, photo reproductions of reverse

VIII.10 Bruce, Kathleen: 1907

Bruce had created a bronze mask of ES in 1907; GMM correspondence with researcher.

VIII.11* Budnik, Dan: 1967

Two prints: ES alone, and with JS, in Dept. of Photography; one inscribed to GMM. The latter original has been removed to the Dept. of Photography's collection.

VIII.12 Burden, Shirley C.: [1955]

GMM's photocopied list of picture credits from The Family of Man section of Life Library of Photography, 1972

VIII.13 Calderwood, Jack: [1950s]

Print: ES with RDH, John Marin, unidentified man

VIII.14 Cartier-Bresson, Henri: 1947, 1948, 1961

Clippings Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, photocopy U.S. Camera; copy print

VIII.15 Chargesheimer: 1952

Exhibition catalogue for Photographs, April 15-May 10, 1980, Sander Gallery, Washington, DC; printed date of portrait corrected from "circa 1953" to 1952 in GMM's hand

VIII.16 Chase, William Merritt: April 3, 1903 - "Oil painting"

Copy print; review of exhibition (photocopy)

VIII.17 Coburn, Alvin Langdon: 1903

GMM note, photocopies

VIII.18* Corry, Douglas: 1970

Prints, correspondence

VIII.19 Cosentino, Joseph: March 1967

ES and Joanna at home: 5x7 prints, contact sheets presented to MoMA in 1972 on the advice of photographer Bruce Davidson; one 8x10 print, gift of Kate Rodina Steichen

VIII.20 Covarrubias: June 10, 1944

Caricature published in The New Yorker, June 10, 1944, accompanying profile "Commander with a Camera, II"

VIII.21 Crane, Arnold: 1967 - "Photographs of Mr. Steichen at opening of Chicago exhibition 1967"

Prints, enlargements from contact sheet, correspondence; see also "1967" and "Chicago Exhibition" folders in Series VI.B. for additional photographs and information

VIII.22* Crane, Arnold: 1967 - "Photographs of Mr. Steichen at opening of Chicago exhibition 1967"

Enlargements of contact sheet

VIII.23* Crane, Arnold: 1970

Enlargement of contact sheet: ES at home indoors and outdoors; print of ES in winter hat

VIII.24 Davidson, Bruce: November 15, 1963

Print, Vogue clipping, GMM notes; a print of Davidson's portrait of ES is in MoMA's collection

VIII.25 Day, F. Holland: 1900

GMM notes, guide prints, copy negatives

VIII.26 Deeks, Noel Hiram: 1936, 1969

Images used in article "Steichen at work," published in U.S. Camera; images of ES studio; GMM correspondence re: working there; color slides of ES at home. Deeks was one of ES's studio assistants while he worked for Condé Nast.

VIII.27* Deeks, Noel Hiram: 1936

Mounted print, gift of Dr. Mary S. Calderone, 1973

VIII.28 Desboro, Dana: 1924-1959

Clippings, photocopies, GMM notes. Dana (Glover) Desboro married ES in 1923.

VIII.29 Deschin, Jacob: [1960s]

Print of ES at George Eastman House, taken on occasion of U.S. Camera awards event; Deschin was photography editor of The New York Times.

VIII.30 de Zayas, Marius: 1909

Caricature from collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art; GMM notes

VIII.31 Dieuzaide, Jean (Yan): April 1965

Taken at opening of Huntington Hartford Gallery of Modern Art, New York City

VIII.32* Dieuzaide, Jean (Yan): April 1965

Taken at opening of Huntington Hartford Gallery of Modern Art, New York City

VIII.33 Dolbin, B.F.: 1964, 1965

Catalogues: Portrait of an Epoch, Galerie St. Etienne, March 1964, with pen cartoon on opening page; Portraits from the American Art World, New School Art Center, February 2-17, 1965

VIII.34 Edmunds, Howard W.: 1950 - Photosculpture

GMM notes

VIII.35 Erwitt, Elliott: 1959

Prints of ES with crowds and ES with CS at Moscow showing of The Family of Man; note from Erwitt to GMM. Erwitt was at the American Pavilion in Moscow on assignment for Westinghouse.

VIII.36 Eugene, Frank: 1905-1907

Copy print of Members of the Photo-Secession Group (Eugene, Stieglitz, Kuhn, and Steichen), from collection of The Royal Photographic Society

VIII.37 Falk, Sam: circa 1961-1962

Print showing ES in former offices of MoMA Dept. of Photography; GMM caption and date. Falk was a photographer for The New York Times.

VIII.38 Fein, Nat: [1960s]

ES at home, and with dog

VIII.39* Fenn, Albert: July 25, 1963
VIII.40* Fink, Peter: 1971

Mounted print, included in one-person exhibition at Bergdorf Goodman department store, November 15-December 3, 1971

VIII.41 Fleming, Robert J.: July 1967

Print of ES at home and photographing the shadblow tree

VIII.42 Frank, Mary: [1960s]

Pencil sketch of ES, on ES's home stationery

VIII.43 Frank, Stephen: 1970

GMM notes and cross references

VIII.44 Gahr, David: May 1962; May 1963

ES at American Society of Magazine Photographers meetings: May 1962; May 1963

VIII.45 Gold, Joe: 1968

GMM note

VIII.46* Goldman, Louis: circa 1970

VIII.47 Grant, Bunny: circa 1936

Photo reproductions of snapshots of ES with dog

VIII.48 Gruber, L. Fritz: February 25, 1957

Two 5x7 prints captioned "Edward Steichen being honored with the Cross of Merit First Class of the German Federal Republic by the German Consul General Reiffenscheid in N.Y."

VIII.49 Halsman, Philippe: Spring 1959

8x10 prints by Rolf Petersen, with copy negatives

VIII.50* Halsman, Philippe: [Spring 1959]

16x20 print

VIII.51 Hammerskiold, Hans and Caroline: [1959], 1980

photographs by Hans Hammerskiold of ES at home with unidentified woman (possibly Caroline Hammerskiold) and child; review of exhibition (photocopy)

VIII.52 Hammerskiold, Hans and Caroline: [1959]

ES portrait used on poster and table tent for exhibition Steichen the Photographer

VIII.53 Haviland, Paul: circa 1910

Photo of portrait, from a Paul Haviland album acquired by Harry Lunn in 1976; TLS Lunn-GMM (12/6/1976)

VIII.54 Henriques, Bob: Undated

GMM note

VIII.55* Heyman, Ken: 1961 - "Taken during KQED-WQED TV show (Pittsburgh)"

VIII.56 Hiro: 1966 - "Mr. Steichen and Lartigue by Hiro at West Redding, Conn. 1966"

TLS Hiro-GMM (3/10/1967)

VIII.57 Hoyningen-Huene, George: June 5, 1934

ES in studio, taken for Condé Nast

VIII.58* Jackson, Ray Lee: Undated

Credit line: "Ray Lee Jackson, NBC Studios;" prints on textured paper

VIII.59 Jacobi, Lotte: 1966

Photographs taken in MoMA garden: cut-up contact sheet (one frame signed), clipping, print, published postcard with note from Kate Rodina Steichen-GMM

VIII.60* Jacobi, Lotte: [1966]

Signed print, matted

VIII.61 Jorgenson, Victor: 1943 - "Photographing from the catwalk above the flight deck of the carrier U.S.S. Lexington"

See Series IV for information on Steichen's Navy Aerial Photographic Unit, of which Jorgenson was a member

VIII.62 Karsh: 1967, 1974, 1976

Clippings, with ES portrait in published contexts

VIII.63 Karsh: May 1970

ES with Estrellita Karsh

VIII.64* Karsh: 1967, 1970

11x17 prints; clipping LOOK magazine November 28, 1967, with Karsh photo of ES and Joanna, ES photo of Karsh and Estrellita

VIII.65 Kasebier, Gertrude: circa 1900

GMM notes, clippings

VIII.66 Keating, Roger M.: September 16, 1965

5x7 and 8x10 prints

VIII.67 Kerfoot, J.B.: 1904 - "Silhouette of Steichen"

GMM notes re: silhouette's original appearance in Camera Work

VIII.68 Kuehn, Heinrich: 1907

Kuehn was a member, with ES, of The Linked Ring art group

VIII.69 Laposka, Gloria: 1970-1982

Clippings, correspondence with GMM re: book Laposka wrote about Steichen but was unable to find publisher for. Laposka won a 1986 award on behalf of a group called the Brookfield Seniors for her portrait of ES at age 91.

VIII.70* Laposka, Gloria: October 23, 1970

Various sized prints, mounted on board

VIII.71 Lazzari, Pietro: 1965 - "Bronze bust"

8x10 print, clippings

VIII.72 Lefevre, Julian: 1985

Artist of relief medallion with left-facing bust of ES; see also Series X.B

VIII.73 Lemus, Luis: circa 1940

Undated clipping of photograph

VIII.74* Leppo, Markus: 1967

Various sizes of prints; ES in MoMA Dept. of Photography offices

VIII.75 Lohse, Remie: circa 1939

Prints, copy negative

VIII.76 Lorentz, Elizabeth Meyer: 1957

GMM note

VIII.77 Manning, Jack: 1962

Captioned "Steichen and Stryker at the Bitter Years exhibition/ Gift of the photographer 1978" [MoMA Exh. #711, October 18-November 25, 1962]

VIII.78* Martin, Robert H.: 1944 - "Steichen and Sandburg 1944"

Taken at University of Chicago; signed mounted print

VIII.79 Matsugi, Fujio: 1955

Print, clipping

VIII.80 McKenna, Rollie: 1958, circa 1960

"Opening of 1958 show," perhaps 70 Photographers Look at New York [MoMA Exh. #624, November 27, 1957-April 15, 1958]; photocopy of ES with other MoMA staff, each identified in GMM's hand

VIII.81 McNamee: July 1959

ES viewing As We See It photography exhibition, Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington, DC

VIII.82 Meyerowitz, Joel: 1973

GMM note cross-referencing Meyerowitz photographs of ES's 90th birthday celebration: see Series VI.B for additional photographs

VIII.83* Mili, Gjon: December 1943

Clipping, U.S. Camera: "Picture of the month"

VIII.84 Miller, Joan: 1956; April 1963

Double portrait with teacup; GMM note: "(The portrait Mr. Steichen calls 'The official portrait');" prints and copy negatives; postcard WM-GMM (7/1967) confirming date photograph was taken

VIII.85* Miller, Joan: 1956; April 1963

ES and WM at Umpawaug working on WM's 1958 book The World is Young; mounted print of "official portrait" (see folder VIII.84)

VIII.86* Miller, Wayne: circa 1954

During the preparation of The Family of Man

VIII.87* Miller, Wayne: [1955-1956]

In The Family of Man exhibition during taping of WRCA-TV segment

VIII.88* Miller, Wayne: 1954, 1957-1958

Prints reproduced in USIA publication "Steichen…Man of vision;" with The Family of Man exhibition model, with RDH and Brancusi sculpture, with WM's son Peter; publication layout

VIII.89* Miller, Wayne: 1957-1958

USIA "Steichen…Man of vision" publication proof, and related prints: at Orinda, CA, home of Wayne and Joan Miller; with CS ("The Amos n Andy portrait"); with photographer John Cohen; holding bird, flowers

VIII.90* Miller, Wayne: 1957-1958

Indoors and outdoors at Umpawaug

VIII.91* Miller, Wayne: 1957-1958

With the Millers' children at Umpawaug

VIII.92 Miller, Wayne; 1958, undated

ES portraits

VIII.93* Miller, Wayne: [1950s-1960s]

At Umpawaug: in studio, with Brancusi sculpture; with Dana Steichen [this photograph is possibly by Rolf Petersen: see folder VIII.110]; with Joan Miller; at MoMA Dept. of Photography

VIII.94 Miller, Wayne: 1965-1975

Clippings

VIII.95 Miller, Wayne: [1960s]

ES on Umpawaug grounds, at chosen gravesite

VIII.96* Miller, Wayne: [1960s]

Portrait in various sizes; includes some negatives

VIII.97 Morris, Larry: January 8, 1968 - "The New York Times"

With Lillian Steichen Sandburg at preview of Hallmark Gallery exhibition Carl Sandburg: A Tribute. See Series I.D for more on this exhibition.

VIII.98* Morris, Oliver: [1970s]

Signed print

VIII.99* Nilsson, Pal Nils: Summer 1959

One mounted print; includes copy negative

VIII.100 Norman, Dorothy: 1946

Per GMM note: portrait is in "Departmental Collection"

VIII.101 O'Gorman, Hilda: 1969

ES in Umpawaug with dogs; GMM caption on photographs spells name "Helma"

VIII.102 Orent, Joel: 1970

Mounted 5x7 prints; clippings, correspondence

VIII.103 Otero, Roberto: 1966

GMM note; ES with Picasso; book Retrato de Picasso with photo in context

VIII.104 Outerbridge, Paul: [1940s]

Photo reproduction

VIII.105 Pakay, Sedat: 1967

GMM note: student of Walker Evans, had taken portraits of ES at Umpawaug

VIII.106 Page, Homer: 1950

ES alone, and with WM; see Series V.B.i for Page's photographs of the preparation of The Family of Man

VIII.107 Parks, Gordon: 1948

Photocopies of image; TLS Parks-GMM (8/17/1972) responding to her request for a print of the image

VIII.108* Penn, Irving: 1947

Mounted print, signed; the original print has been removed to Dept. of Photography collection

VIII.109 Penn, Irving: 1948, 1959

Clippings

VIII.110 Petersen, Rolf P.(S): [1940s-1950s]

GMM correspondence with Mrs. Eva Petersen re: gift of photographs of ES, possibly by her husband. Photo of ES with Dana Steichen also included in folder VIII.93.

VIII.111 Plaut, Fred: 1964

Clipping, signed print

VIII.112 Press, Morton: 1959

From "In his home" series

VIII.113* Rogovin, Milton: 1966

ES at Bard College commencement, where he received an honorary degree (see Series X)

VIII.114 Romano, Emil: 1965 - "Photographs of the Steichens made in Ridgefield in the spring of 1965, in connection with the CBS-TV show of April 12, 1965 - 'This is Edward Steichen'"

See also Series IX.C

VIII.115 Rosen, Jack: 1969

Signed caricatures: one by ES, one by Rosen; TLS Rosen-GMM with caricatures donated March 25, 1973

VIII.116 Rosenbaum, Alvin Robert: 1966:

ES with Allen Porter at Bard College commencement, where he received an honorary degree (see Series X)

VIII.117 Ruben, Perry: 1972

GMM note to file

VIII.118 Sander, Walt: June 13, 1941

Life Magazine clipping of photo with Eleanor Roosevelt: "Famed photographer Edward Steichen poses the First Lady in her new inaugural gown"

VIII.119 Schmidt, Dr. I. W.: 1966

ES in MoMA Dept. of Photography, and being interviewed by Saturday Review photography editor Margaret R. Weiss

VIII.120 Sheeler, Musya: 1950

ES with Charles Sheeler and John Marin, in Archives of American Art Bulletin, May 1960

VIII.121 Solbert, O.N.: March 1958

GMM note that photographs made at C.E.K. Mees's home in March 1958 are in the collection of George Eastman House

VIII.122* Starrels, Rayna: 1963

ES in offices of MoMA Dept. of Photography

VIII.123 Stashin, Leo: March 28, 1959

Clipping of Saturday Review cover illustration for article "My life in Photography" by Edward Steichen

VIII.124* Steckler, Leonard: 1959, 1969

Prints, correspondence

VIII.125 Steichen, Edward: 1898-1939

Self portraits: prints, clippings, GMM notes

VIII.126* Steichen, Edward: 1929, 1939

Self portraits: clipping, photo reproduction

VIII.127 Steichen, Joanna: [1970s]

ES with movie camera

VIII.128 Steichen, Kate Rodina: Undated

Copy prints, made by Joseph Cosentino in 1974

VIII.129 Stein, Edwin: June 20, 22, 1957 - "Photographs of Steichen at meeting of the State Historical Society of Wisc[onsin]"

Correspondence re: ES's address to the Society; photocopied clippings; original and photocopied contact sheet of ES in studio of Aaron Bohrod, by Paul Vanderbilt; photographs by unknown photographer donated by Vanderbilt. ES was in Madison to receive an honorary degree from the University of Wisconsin (see also Series IX.D).

VIII.130 Stettheimer, Florine; 1917, 1924

MoMA publication Florine Stettheimer (1946), with ES images bookmarked; and 1980 New York Times clipping

VIII.131 Stieglitz, Alfred: 1907

ES with Dr. Leopold Stieglitz's daughters Flora and Elizabeth at Lake George; original owned by Mrs. Flora S.[tieglitz] Straus

VIII.132 Sumits, William: April 16, 1954

Stamped on reverse "LIFE photo by William Sumits"

VIII.133 Szasz, Suzanne: 1970

For article "Steichen at 90" in U.S. Camera Annual, 1970: ES at home with Joanna, in MoMA Dept. of Photography offices and galleries; prints, contact sheets, clipping

VIII.134 Theilacker, Erin: March 30, 1973

GMM note re: caricature from University of California, Berkeley, student newspaper, published at time of ES's death

VIII.135 Trachtenberg, Leo: 1951

Correspondence; prints of ES hanging exhibition Korea -The Impact of War in Photographs [MoMA Exh. #470, February 13-April 22, 1951]; and from "passport photo series"

VIII.136 Trebor, Horst: March 27, 1961

Correspondence; prints of ES with Fritz Gruber, Ernst Haas, Richard Avedon, and other guests at the opening of Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961]

VIII.137 Treidler, Adolph: 1933

Carbon GMM correspondence requesting negative to make copy print; original in collection of Kate Rodina Steichen in 1982

VIII.138 U.S.I.S.: [circa 1955]

GMM list of ES images related to The Family of Man in 1972 Life Library of Photography

VIII.139 U.S. Navy photographs: 1943, 1945

GMM order for copies of ES photographs available from the National Archives (see Series IV for these items)

VIII.140 Valaitis, Vytas: [1966]

GMM note re: photo in book about Casals: Paragraphic Book series, published by Grossman Books

VIII.141 Vestal, David: 1969

GMM note re: photographs of 90th birthday celebration (see Series VI)

VIII.142 Weegee: 1959

Clipping from 1959 Photography Annual

VIII.143* Welch, Virginia: 1972-1973

ES with Brancusi's scuplture, "Bird in Flight"

VIII.144 Wiedel, Janine: September 1971

ES at home

VIII.145 Wright, Don M.: June 1958

"Man resembling Mr. Steichen: Sent in by Lew Pasarella; reject from 'America's Many Faces'; put in here as a joke because man is a dead ringer for Mr. Steichen!"

VIII.146 Unidentified photographer: [1880s, 1960s]

Early photo, perhaps of ES, with Kate Rodina Steichen; correspondence; later snapshot, gift of Mary Steichen Calderon

VIII.147 Unidentified photographer: circa 1951

U.S. Camera Achievement Awards, at the Rochester Club

VIII.148 Unidentified photographer: 1954

"75th birthday party"

VIII.149* Unidentified photographer: circa 1954

Two prints of ES planning The Family of Man: each with accompanying 11/11/93 note "According to Wayne Miller, this image is not by him"

VIII.150 Unidentified photographer: February 26, 1958 - "World Wars"

Official Navy photograph snapshots

VIII.151 Unidentified photographer: 1961

From Archives of American Art's photographs of Artists, Collection One: ES with Charles Sheeler and Carl Carmer

VIII.152* Unidentified photographer: April 10, 1964

With President Lyndon Johnson; after tea at The White House with Joanna Steichen, Carl Sandburg; b/w mounted and unmounted prints, framed color print signed on mat by Lady Bird Johnson

VIII.153* Unidentified photographer: [1970]

Mounted color prints: ES with unidentified group outdoors

VIII.154 Unidentified photographer: [1970]

With Irish wolfhound; donated by Kate Rodina Steichen

VIII.155 Portrait card catalogue: [1970s]

GMM typed note cards, alphabetical by photographer, with information from her research


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Series IX. Speeches, Interviews, and Articles

Arrangement

Most of the clippings and notes in this series were originally unfoldered: they are organized here by year of publication. For those that were foldered, GMM's original folder titles are provided in quotation marks.

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

The series is arranged in five subseries:

Subseries IX.A. Print publications: Magazines, newspapers, and journals
Subseries IX.B. Interviews, lectures, participation, and personal appearances
Subseries IX.C. Radio and television broadcasts
Subseries IX.D. Sound recordings
Subseries IX.E. Still and moving images

Scope and Content

The series consists of clippings, transcripts, notes, audio and video recordings, and films by and about ES, interviews that he gave, and coverage of events in which he participated, often as a panelist, speaker, or judge, as well as profiles of him in these various media.

 

Subseries IX.A. Print publications: Magazines, newspapers, and journals

Arrangement

The subseries is organized in two parts:

Subseries IX.A.i. Writings about and mentioning ES
Subseries IX.A.ii. Writings by ES

 

Subseries IX.A.i. Writings about and mentioning ES

Folder Title Date
IX.A.i.1 1901

Bulletin de Photo-Club de Paris, No. 123 (photocopy)

April 1901
IX.A.i.2 1902

The Photographic Art Journal, Vol. III, No. 14 (original)

April 15, 1902
IX.A.i.3 1906, 1907

American Amateur Photographer; Photography (photocopies), GMM note

1906; July 16, 1907
IX.A.i.4 Books (1908, 1961-1964)

GMM notes on references to ES in books; clippings; booksellers' catalogues; reviews of and references to A Life in Photography (see also Series VI.A)

1908, 1961-1964
IX.A.i.5 1920, 1923, 1927

Includes Bulletin of the Art Center (1923) and Movie Makers (1927) (photo reproductions)

1920; April 1923; July 1927
IX.A.i.6 1929-1970; circa 1930, 1931

GMM list of ES references in Art Index 1929-1970; The Commercial Photographer; The Home

1929-1970, circa 1930, 1931
IX.A.i.7* "Public Service"

Publications and clippings from U.S. Government social service organizations in which ES photographs were used

1930-1945
IX.A.i.8 "Charities"

Publications of social service organizations in which ES photographs were used

1930-1966
IX.A.i.9 1932

Vanity Fair, Creative Art

1932
IX.A.i.10* 1932

"Whose picture do you want," in Colliers

July 23, 1932
IX.A.i.11 1935

Photographik, Photography

January, June 1935
IX.A.i.12 U.S. Camera Annuals 1935-1949 [1938 not issued] (folder 1 of 2)

Volume is subtitled "Pictures judged by Edward Steichen;" photocopies; carbon typescript of Tom Maloney comments on ES (undated); GMM note, photocopied letter Noel Deeks-GMM 12/13/1972 describing Maloney's visits to Umpawaug to choose photographs for U.S. Camera Annuals with ES.

1935-1937, 1939, 1940
IX.A.i.13 U.S. Camera Annuals 1935-1949 [1938 not issued] (folder 2 of 2)

Volume is subtitled "Pictures judged by Edward Steichen;" photocopies, GMM notes

1941-1949
IX.A.i.14 1936

Camera Craft, The Camera, Het Veerwerk: originals

January, May October 1936
IX.A.i.15 Ladies Home Journal

Original clippings; also includes advertising tear-sheets from NY Herald Tribune of ES advertising photographs. Although these are works by ES and are related to material in Series III, they have been left in their original order here.

1936-1937
IX.A.i.16* Ladies Home Journal

Removed from folder IX.A.i.15

1936-1937
IX.A.i.17 1937

The British Journal of Photography

May 7, 1937
IX.A.i.18 1938, 1941

Includes Popular Photography article "Steichen at Work" documenting the making of a film by cinematographer Irving Browning; letter Noel Deeks-GMM (5/30/1972) describing filming (see also Series IX.E)

July 1938; 1941
IX.A.i.19 1944

The New Yorker: two part profile "Commander with a Camera"

June 3, 10, 1944
IX.A.i.20 1945

Includes Photographic Society of America profile with Karsh photo (photo reproduction)

1945
IX.A.i.21 1947

Various original clippings: career retrospective, announcement of MoMA position, Irving Desfors interview for AP Illustrated Newsfeatures

1947
IX.A.i.22* 1947

U.S. Camera article removed from folder IX.A.i.21

October 1947
IX.A.i.23 1948

Includes coverage of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute's exhibition In and Out of Focus (Utica, NY)

1948
IX.A.i.24 1949

Includes photocopies of pages from BN's The History of Photography from 1839 to the Present Day with GMM's annotated "references to Mr. Steichen in"

1949
IX.A.i.25 1950

Career retrospectives on occasion of ES receiving American Institute of Architects Fine Art Award (see Series X), including The New York Times, U.S. Camera; clippings in German from Photo Magazin

1950
IX.A.i.26 U.S. Camera Annuals 1950 on (folder 1 of 2)

Photocopies; GMM notes; 1956 issue includes ES portfolio and selected comments from ES's 75th birthday celebration in 1954 and photographs from The Family of Man

1950-1960
IX.A.i.27 U.S. Camera Annuals 1950 on (folder 2 of 2)

Photocopies; GMM notes

1961-1971
IX.A.i.28 1951, 1952

Some in German; includes articles highlighting ES's European travel to find photographs for inclusion in The Family of Man

1951, 1952
IX.A.i.29 1953

Includes various Luxembourgeois publications documenting ES visit to find photographs for inclusion in The Family of Man

1953
IX.A.i.30* 1953

Roger Angell article on MoMA in Holiday

1953
IX.A.i.31 1954

Includes Fritz Gruber article in Photo Magazin: in German with English translation

1954
IX.A.i.32 1955

Articles in English, Swedish, Dutch, Japanese

1955
IX.A.i.33 1956

Includes correspondence with editor of Poetry re: ES donation of signed books to Modern Poetry Association auction; Christian Science Monitor interview with Carl Sandburg is illustrated with ES montage portrait.

1956
IX.A.i.34 1957, 1958

1957, 1958
IX.A.i.35* Undated

Photocopied publication, Revista de America, using many of the images from the USIS publication "Steichen…Man of Vision"

[1957-1958]
IX.A.i.36 1959

Articles in various languages

1959
IX.A.i.37* 1959

Articles in various languages, removed from folder IX.A.i.36

1959
IX.A.i.38 1960

Includes clippings in Italian and Polish, BN correspondence with GMM listing ES-related items in his files

1960
IX.A.i.39 1961

Articles in various languages at time of ES retrospective exhibition, Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961]; includes photocopies of biographical outline prepared by GMM, selected bibliography by Bernard Karpel, and other texts from the book Steichen the Photographer

1961
IX.A.i.40* 1961

Articles in various languages at time of ES retrospective exhibition, Steichen the Photographer [MoMA Exh. #682, March 28-May 30, 1961]; removed from folder IX.A.i.39

1961
IX.A.i.41 1962

In English and Spanish

1962
IX.A.i.42 1962

Correspondence, script, published version (The Photographic Journal, publication of the Royal Photographic Society) of lecture on ES given by Margaret Harker, Polytechnic School of Photography, London

1962
IX.A.i.43 1963

1963
IX.A.i.44* 1963

Includes November 15, 1963, Vogue, with photographs of ES and Joanna Steichen by Bruce Davidson (see also Series VIII); removed from folder IX.A.i.43

1963
IX.A.i.45 1964

1964
IX.A.i.46 1965

In English and French

1965
IX.A.i.47* 1966

The Sunday Republican Magazine

June 5, 1966
IX.A.i.48 1967

Includes Oscar Katov's "Conversation with Steichen" published in National Press Photographer, and Literary Times

1966-1967
IX.A.i.49* 1967

Clippings, correspondence, 2000 notes and 8x10 b/w prints from photographer Robert J. Fleming for Pace magazine profile of ES; Esquire clipping on ES, James Durante, and James Farley's answers to "If this was my last trip to Europe…"

February, September 1967
IX.A.i.50 1968

Includes Dept. of Photography chronology highlighting MoMA exhibitions organized by or including ES

1968
IX.A.i.51 1969

1969
IX.A.i.52 1970

Includes transcript of Margaret R. Weiss's 3/29/1966 interview of ES, for publication in Saturday Review, March 28, 1970 (see Series VI.B)

1970
IX.A.i.53 1973, 1974, 1975

1973, 1974, 1975
IX.A.i.54 1976

Includes 1969 interview with ES by A.D. Coleman in Photograph

1976
IX.A.i.55 1978, 1980, 1981

1978, 1980, 1981
IX.A.i.56 1982, 1983

Includes Margaret Harker's "Steichen" entry from Contemporary Photographers, with cover note from photography writer Inge Bondi; proof and clipping from Image of Joanna Steichen's text accompanying publication of ES portfolio, with prints by George Tice

1982, 1983
IX.A.i.57 1984, 1985

Includes correspondence re: Steichen family's years in Milwaukee with author Deborah Fries Drilias, photo of the family's house, clipping from Drilias's article in Milwaukee Magazine

1984, 1985
IX.A.i.58 Undated

GMM notes, clippings

Undated
 

Subseries IX.A.ii. Writings by ES

Folder Title Date
IX.A.ii.1 1900-1903

GMM notes, photocopy, typed transcript

1900-1903
IX.A.ii.2 1920, 1923, 1931, 1932

Includes photocopies of "Commercial Photography" in Annual of American Design, "'News' Photography" in America as Americans See It

1920, 1923, 1931, 1932
IX.A.ii.3 1934, 1935

Photocopies of "Impressions of Hawaii" in Vogue; "Color-Printing" in Vanity Fair

1934, 1935
IX.A.ii.4* 1938, 1940

"Good Pictures" (1938) and "The Lusha Nelson Photographs of Alfred Stieglitz" (1940) in U.S. Camera

1938, 1940
IX.A.ii.5 1941, 1942, 1946

Includes "The Fighting Photo-Secession" in Vogue, "New Horizons in Photography" in Journal of the Photographic Society of America

1941, 1942, 1946
IX.A.ii.6 1947, 1948

Includes "Reporting with a Camera" in The University of Missouri Bulletin, "50 Photographs by 50 Photographers" in Vogue

1947, 1948
IX.A.ii.7* 1948

Removed from folder IX.A.ii.6

1948
IX.A.ii.8 1949, 1950, 1952

Includes "Irving Penn…by Edward Steichen" in Vogue; "The New Selective Lens" in Art News; "Photography at the Museum of Art:" original and carbon typescripts with ES manuscript corrections prepared for Paris meeting prior to exhibition of The Family of Man there

1949, 1950, 1952
IX.A.ii.9 1954

Original and carbon typescripts (see folder IX.A.ii.10 for original clipping) of "Photography" in Masters of Modern Art

1954
IX.A.ii.10* 1954, 1956

Includes "Photography" in Masters of Modern Art, "Photographer's Choice" in The New York Times Magazine, "The Living Joy of Pictures" in Holiday (see folder IX.D.4 for a transcript of this interview)

1954, 1956
IX.A.ii.11 1957-1960

GMM notes and transcriptions; includes "Le Photographie Hanno Una Vita" in Photo Magazin (in Italian), "Photography: Witness and Recorder of Humanity" in Wisconsin Magazine of History, "My Life in Photography" in Saturday Review, "On Photography" in The Visual Arts Today

1957-1960
IX.A.ii.12 1961-1966

Includes "Good Pictures" in U.S. Camera (reprint of 1938 article), "On Portraits and Portraiture" in The Professional Photographer, photocopied corrected typescript of "Delphinium 'Connecticut Yankees'" from 1966 Yearbook of the American Delphinium Society

1961-1966
IX.A.ii.13* 1961-1963

"How Not to be Bored" in This Week Magazine, "Artists Behind the Camera" in The New York Times Magazine, "The Priceless Gift" in This Week Magazine; removed from folder IX.A.ii.12

1961-1963
IX.A.ii.14 1968-1970

Includes "The Photo Heritage" in U.S. Camera Annual, index to issues of Dedalus including 1960 listing for "On Photography" essay, "The U.S.A." in Travel & Camera

1968-1970
IX.A.ii.15 1972, 1977, 1984

GMM notes, fall 1984 listing of rare and out-of-print books from Witkin Gallery

1972, 1977, 1984
IX.A.ii.16 Writings from the collection of Joanna Steichen

Various undated typed pieces including "Reality," "Confusion," "What is reality in photography, and what is truth in photography?", "Truth and photography - on the relation between nature and photography"

Undated
IX.A.ii.17 Writings

Various undated pieces, including "Notes made by Mr. Steichen for possible future use in connection with book or lecture," GMM notes

Undated
 

Subseries IX.B. Interviews, lectures, participation, and personal appearances

Arrangement

The films in the subseries have been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening them. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the films' physical condition.

Scope and Content

All materials in the subseries pertain to interviews with and lectures and personal appearances by ES, except for the Noel Deeks material in folders IX.B.27 and 28, which recount the latter's experience working for ES. In the case of interviews and appearances documented in this subseries that were also later published, there is some repetition with Subseries IX.A.

Folder Title Date
IX.B.1 1905-1930, 1933

List of Camera Club lectures by ES, collected by GMM; GMM note

1905-1930, 1933
IX.B.2 "Photographic Illustration"

"Lecture given by Steichen in the Strong Auditorium, Rochester, N.Y." Includes typed transcript and correspondence to GMM from Glenn E. Matthews with recollections of the lecture

1936
IX.B.3* 1942

Coverage of ES presenting NPDA trophy

January 1942
IX.B.4 1947

Includes talk given at University of Missouri, lecture to Art Directors Club, photo contest sponsored by Citizens Council for Community Planning, Metropolitan Camera Club Council's Tops in Photography show

1947
IX.B.5* 1947

ES judging Graflex contest; removed from folder IX.B.4

January 1947
IX.B.6 1948

Photography and the Art Museum at Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences; at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute's exhibition In and Out of Focus (Utica, NY)

April, December 1948
IX.B.7 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955

Partial transcript from "What is Modern Photography?" symposium at MoMA; American Society of Magazine Photographers annual installation meeting; "Why Experimental Films?" at MoMA; commencement address at Philadelphia Museum School of Art

October 20, 1950; March 1951; January 20, 1952; June 2, 1955
IX.B.8 1957

Clippings, MoMA press release for "Experimental Photography in Color"

1957
IX.B.9 "Photography in the Fine Arts"

Portfolio of photographs published in Saturday Review, May 16; a project of Ivan Dimitri. Seen by the editors as "perhaps little more than a hesitant first step in the direction of a serious and sustained effort for the widest possible acceptance of fine photography as a fine art." Both GMM and ES served on the judging panel, together with George Eastman House's BN, The Metropolitan Museum's James Rorimer, Vogue's Alexander Liberman, and others.

1959
IX.B.10 1959

Gilbert Millstein interviews with friends and colleagues for ES's 80th birthday: photocopied transcripts. Article appeared in The New York Times Magazine, March 22, 1959; ES/CS lecture at the New School

1959
IX.B.11 "America's Many Faces"

Correspondence. ES headed the committee seeking photographs for a planned exhibition celebrating America's racial diversity, as a 50th anniversary project of the Urban League.

1960
IX.B.12 "America's Many Faces"

Clippings. ES headed the committee seeking photographs for a planned exhibition celebrating America's racial diversity, as a 50th anniversary project of the Urban League.

1960-1962
IX.B.13* "America's Many Faces"

The New York Times Magazine clipping; removed from folder IX.B.12. ES headed the committee seeking photographs for a planned exhibition celebrating America's racial diversity, as a 50th anniversary project of the Urban League.

January 17, 1960
IX.B.14 1961

Second Annual Photo Journalism Conference, Asilomar, CA: program, clipping, digest of final report, typed transcript of ES keynote address

September 1961
IX.B.15 1961

Second Annual Photo Journalism Conference, Asilomar, CA: 7" audio reel. See folder IX.B.14 for transcript.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.

September 1961
IX.B.16 1961

MoMA talk: "Reminiscences of Matisse"

October, November 1961
IX.B.17 1962

Includes transcript of "Man to Man in Photography," Museum and Pictures Division of the Special Libraries Association; press release for MoMA panel "What is Modern Photography?"; Peter Selz interview at time of MoMA Rodin exhibition; Picture Seminar, American Press Institute

1962
IX.B.18 1962

"Man to Man in Photography," Museum and Pictures Division of the Special Libraries Association: 7" audio reel. See folder IX.B.17 for transcript.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.

1962
IX.B.19 1962

MoMA lecture "Toward Abstraction:" signage, ticket, clipping, typed transcript

February 1962
IX.B.20 Douglas Gorsline interview

Typescript, GMM notes on the work, chronology, correspondence. Much of the work is typed on blue paper that has been cut and pasted onto white sheets, including suggested layout for article.

1962-1964
IX.B.21* Douglas Gorsline interview

Timeline of "Photography vs. modern art," removed from folder IX.B.20

1962-1964
IX.B.22 1963-1964

"The role of the photographer in civil rights:" minutes of American Society of Magazine Photographers member meeting, clipping

1963-1964
IX.B.23 1963

GMM correspondence re: ES speech to the Naval Aviation Photographic unit, on their 20th anniversary.

1963
IX.B.24 1963

ES speech to 20th anniversary of Naval Aviation Photographic unit.

Note: This 7" film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

1963
IX.B.25 1969, 1970-1974

Includes A.D. Coleman 1969 interview published in November 1996 Photograph; GMM notes, correspondence with Jerry and Myra Tolchin re: February 1971 interview

1969, 1970-1974
IX.B.26 Archives of American Art

Correspondence, GMM note, transcript of Paul Cummings interview recorded June 5, 1970

1970
IX.B.27 1977

Noel Deeks talk "My Years with Steichen," made before the Desert Viewfinders Camera Club of Tucson, AZ, January 14, 1977: Deeks correspondence, original and photocopied (with GMM emendations) typed transcripts

1977
IX.B.28 1977

Noel Deeks talk "My Years with Steichen," given before the Desert Viewfinders Camera Club of Tucson, AZ, January 14, 1977: standard audio cassette. See folder IX.B.27 for transcript.

1977
IX.B.29 Undated

GMM notes

Undated
 

Subseries IX.C. Radio and television broadcasts

Arrangement

GMM had originally grouped ES's film and television appearances and work together; they are arranged separately here in Subseries IX.C and IX.E.

The films in the subseries have been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening them. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the films' physical condition.

Scope and Content

Most of the materials in this subseries pertain to appearances by ES on radio or television. Materials from after his death in 1973 refer to broadcasts about him, and permissions requested of the ESA to use images of or by him.

Folder Title Date
IX.C.1 1932

GMM note re: radio address to College Art Association over CBS

May 25, 1932
IX.C.2 1954

Transcript of roundtable discussion on John Marin: ES, Dorothy Norman, David Friendenthal, moderated by Roger Lyons

February 10, 1954
IX.C.3 NBC "Wisdom" series

Planning materials for half-hour television program structured as ES in conversation with WM about his career and work. Includes MoMA press release, annotated notes on the interview, transcript annotated in GMM's hand. Filmed in 1954, broadcast January 30, 1955, September 29, 1957, and November 12, 1961; published as "Edward Steichen" in Wisdom. Conversations with the elder wisemen of our day. Edited and with an introduction by James Nelson. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1958.

1954
IX.C.4 NBC "Wisdom" series

Thirteen 7" audio reels for half-hour television program structured as ES in conversation with WM about his career and work. Filmed in 1954, broadcast January 30, 1955, September 29, 1957, and November 12, 1961. See folder IX.C.3 for transcript.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for these recordings at this time.

February 9, 11, 1954
IX.C.5 NBC "Wisdom" series

Production-related materials for half-hour television program structured as ES in conversation with WM about his career and work. Filmed in 1954, broadcast January 30, 1955, September 29, 1957, and November 12, 1961; includes broadcast notes with ES emendations (photocopy), outline for interview (carbon copy) with notes by NBC producer Henry Salomon, edited transcript, photo of ES on set, photocopied chapter "Edward Steichen" from Wisdom. Conversations with the elder wisemen of our day. Edited and with an introduction by James Nelson. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1958.

March-May 1954
IX.C.6 NBC "Wisdom" series

Post-broadcast materials about half-hour television program structured as ES in conversation with WM about his career and work. Filmed in 1954, broadcast January 30, 1955, September 29, 1957, and November 12, 1961; includes GMM notes, correspondence with Daniel Jones (editorial assistant on broadcast), handmade foldout booklet of photographs from the broadcast

1955-1981
IX.C.7 NBC "Wisdom" series

Half-hour television program structured as ES in conversation with WM about his career and work. Filmed in 1954, broadcast January 30, 1955, September 29, 1957, and November 12, 1961.

Note: This 12" film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

1955-1961
IX.C.8 CBS "Adventure" program on The Family of Man

GMM notes, clipping

1955
IX.C.9 1955

Typed transcripts of ES on "Tex and Jinx" show, May 20, 1955: "An interview regarding Family of Man exhibition and the book"

1955
IX.C.10 1955

ES on "Tex and Jinx" show, May 20, 1955: "An interview regarding Family of Man exhibition and the book": 7" audio reel. See folder IX.C.9 for transcript.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.

1955
IX.C.11* Steichen on "Tex and Jinx" show

10.5" audio reel labeled "Re-recorded to 7.5 speed and transcribed 11/5/75 - Elsa Friedman." See folder IX.C.9 for transcript.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.

1955
IX.C.12 "The Garry Moore Show"

Two copies of guest program notice, signed by ES, for appearance July 27, 1956

July, August 1956
IX.C.13 "Today" show with Dave Garroway

ES interview re: The Family of Man; 5" audio reel.

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2012. In addition to the original, a CD-R use copy and a CD-R back-up copy now exist.

[1955]
IX.C.14 1958

Includes highlights from WGBH broadcasts, GMM notes

1958
IX.C.15 "Meet the Press"

ES was a guest together with Carl Sandburg. Includes correspondence, typescript, and printed transcripts

August, September 1959
IX.C.16 "Dialogue," "Accent"

GMM notes, clipping, transcript of uncut audio from "Accent" program

1961
IX.C.17 1961

WNET brochure, WRVR program guide

1961
IX.C.18 "Heritage" series, WNET

GMM notes, correspondence, 1967 transcript with GMM and ES emendations

1962, 1967
IX.C.19 U.S.I.A. and Radio Free Europe: Steichen re: Brancusi

Includes transcript of Voice of America broadcast on "the Art of Photography and Brancusi as seen by Mr. Steichen," April 1962; and Radio Free Europe "Special Program on Constantin Brancusi," December 18, 1967

1962, 1967
IX.C.20 U.S.I.A. and Radio Free Europe: Steichen re: Brancusi

Radio Free Europe "Special Program on Constantin Brancusi, December 18, 1967:" 7" audio reel of 1967 interview (in Rumanian).

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time. [The Edward Steichen Manuscript Collection at George Eastman House holds a transcript.]

1967
IX.C.21 1962

Clippings, GMM notes

1962
IX.C.22 "Camera 3"

Clipping

1963
IX.C.23 1963

GMM notes, MoMA flyers

1963
IX.C.24 "The Best is Yet to Be," "Elder Wise Men"

Clippings

1964
IX.C.25 1964, 1965

Clippings, GMM notes, transcript of "Observation Point"

1965
IX.C.26 "Portrait in Thought," "Eye on New York"

Clipping, note

1965
IX.C.27 "This is Edward Steichen"

Clipping, transcript, notifications of Emmy nomination for broadcast aired April 25, 1965, on WCBS television; DVD donated by producer Rupert Hitzig, 2011

1965
IX.C.28 "This is Edward Steichen"

12" film reel: air quality print donated by producer Rupert Hitzig. See folder IX.C.27 for transcript.

Note: This 12" film reel has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

1965
IX.C.29 "Today" show

ES's appearance was "in connection with Sandburg book." Includes typed transcript 1966 show; 3" audio reel of 1968 broadcast: "Letters of Carl Sandburg."

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2012. In addition to the original, a CD-R use copy and a CD-R back-up copy now exist.

1966, 1968
IX.C.30 Tom Dunn-Joan Murray interview

Clipping

1966
IX.C.31 1966

Includes correspondence with Windrose Dumont Time re: documentary; notes re: CBS interview

1966-1967
IX.C.32 Windrose Dumont Time

German noncommercial television producer.

Note: This 7" film reel (without sound) has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

1966-1967
IX.C.33 1966

German noncommercial television producer Windrose Dumont Time: three 6" audio reels.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for these recordings at this time.

1966
IX.C.34 "Time, Light and Vision"

Listing of WNET program on "The Art of Photography"

1967
IX.C.35 1967

GMM notes, correspondence, listing of "Films and TV films relating to Mr. Steichen;" transcript of "Celebrity's Choice," WABC-FM

1967, 1969
IX.C.36 1967

"Celebrity's Choice," WABC-FM; 7" audio reel. See folder IX.C.35 for transcript.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.

1967
IX.C.37 Television Archive of the Arts, MoMA

GMM notes. According to The New York Times clipping (1/20/1967), this was formed "to preserve for posterity documentary film portraits of contemporary artists."

1967
IX.C.38 1968

WNET festival program "Carl Sandburg Remembered;" some of this material was removed from the 1966 "Today" show folder (IX.C.25)

1968
IX.C.39 1970, 1972, 1973

Clippings, GMM notes

1970, 1972, 1973
IX.C.40 French TV program: Steichen on Brassai and his Graffiti

Photocopied correspondence

1973
IX.C.41 1975-1977

Includes correspondence re: Steichen photographs of Brancusi in Agnes Meyer collection at the Library of Congress

1975-1977
IX.C.42 WXXI TV, Rochester

Project proposal for ES retrospective, working title "A Door Left Open"

[1980]
IX.C.43 WXXI TV, Rochester

Script drafts, transcripts, correspondence re: broadcast of ES retrospective aired with title "Steichen…A Century in Photography"

1980, 1988
IX.C.44 WXXI TV, Rochester

"Steichen…the Photographer:" treatment, first draft script, by Lou Buttino

1980
IX.C.45 WXXI TV, Rochester

"Steichen…the Photographer:" second draft, narration camera shots, by Lou Buttino

1980
IX.C.46 WXXI TV, Rochester

Press kit, Deeks letter re: seeing program, GMM correspondence with producer Chris Zimmerman

1980
IX.C.47 WXXI TV, Rochester

"Steichen…A Century in Photography" dub from master: 3/4" Umatic.

1980
IX.C.48 Undated material

GMM notes; two typed tape transcripts with unidentified interviewer: one includes both ES and Joanna Steichen

Undated
 

Subseries IX.D. Sound recordings

Scope and Content

The subseries includes physical recordings (audio tapes, cassettes, and long-playing records) and transcripts of interviews and programs with, about, or inspired by ES.

Folder Title Date
IX.D.1 ES tapes

GMM notes, correspondence about taped presentations; includes mentions of some events for which there are recordings in the Museum Archives (see also http://www.moma.org/learn/resources/archives/EAD/SoundRecordingsf)

1920s-1973
IX.D.2 ES 75th birthday

Transcript of comments by Henry Allen Moe, Carl Sandburg, WM, RDH, and others

1954
IX.D.3 ES 75th birthday

Comments by Henry Allen Moe, Carl Sandburg, WM, RDH, and others; two 7" audio reels. See folder IX.D.2 for transcript.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.

1954
IX.D.4 Holiday, "The Living Joy of Pictures"

Transcript of interview for March 1956 issue on art, life, leisure, with unidentified interviewer (see folder IX.A.ii.10 for clipping)

October 27, 1955
IX.D.5 Holiday, "The Living Joy of Pictures"

Interview for March 1956 issue on art, life, leisure, with unidentified interviewer (see folder IX.A.ii.10 for clipping): two 7" audio reels. See folder IX.D.4 for transcript.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for these recordings at this time.

October 27, 1955
IX.D.6* "The Sounds of the Family of Man"

Four 12" 33 rpm record albums, two signed to ES by composer Tony Schwartz: according to his website "A documentary of sounds, songs and games of people from all around the world; based on the concepts of Edward Steichen's book Family of Man."

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2012. In addition to the original, a CD-R use copy and a CD-R back-up copy now exist.

1955
IX.D.7* "The Family of Man" (partial)

"Given at Ann Arbor, Mich., Univ. of Mich/ International Week;" 10" 33 rpm record album.

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2012. In addition to the original, a CD-R use copy and a CD-R back-up copy now exist.

[1955]
IX.D.8 Paul Siegnitz interviews

In French; 5" audio reel.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.[A version is available in the Museum Archives Sound Recordings: see http://www.moma.org/learn/resources/archives/EAD/SoundRecordingsf, 55.2, 55.2D]

November 2, 1956
IX.D.9 ES talk, State Historical Society of Wisconsin

GMM note; see Series VIII.129 for additional information on this event

June 22, 1957
IX.D.10 ES talk, State Historical Society of Wisconsin

Two 7" audio reels marked "Property of WHA Recording Service" (radio station of the University of Wisconsin). Tapes are dated 5/24/1957 but with no indication of contents; see Series VIII.129 for additional information on this event.

NOTE: This sound recording was preserved in Spring, 2012. In addition to the original, a CD-R use copy and a CD-R back-up copy now exist.

June 22, 1957
IX.D.11* "Meet the Press"

Folder IX.C.15 contains additional information about a "Meet the Press" session that may be the same as this; 10" 33 rpm record album.

[1959?]
IX.D.12 Interviews with Noel Deeks

From the Deeks papers (now part of the Edward Steichen Misc. Collection) at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona: interviews conducted 10/7 and 11/7/1977 about working with ES; two standard audio cassettes.

October 7, November 7, 1977
IX.D.13 Unidentified interview

Interview re: various subjects with no interviewer or date identified; two 7" audio reels.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.

Undated
IX.D.14 Unidentified tape

Scotch 200 recording tape reel with no identification.

NOTE: The Museum Archives does not have a compatible media player for this recording at this time.

Undated
IX.D.15* Unidentified record

10" record album marked "E. Steichen."

Undated
 

Subseries IX.E. Still and moving images

Arrangement

GMM had originally grouped ES's film and television appearances and work together; they are now arranged separately here in Series IX.C and IX.E.

A home movie of ES made by Noel Deeks (in two 7" film reels) originally in this subseries has been transferred to the Museum's Film Study Center, which has the proper facilities for storing and screening it. Researchers should contact the Study Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

Scope and Content

Material in the subseries relates to films about ES, including stills by Noel Deeks reproduced from those in the collection of the University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography. For information on ES's own film-related work, see Series IV for his 1945 feature film The Fighting Lady; Series IX.B. for his participation in MoMA's presentation "Why Experimental Films?"; and Series VII.E. for more extensive information on his documentation of the shadblow tree on his Umpawaug, CT, property.

Folder Title Date
IX.E.1 1912, 1945, 1957: "Films by ES"

GMM notes; see also Series IV

IX.E.2 1930-1967: GMM notes on ES and film

Re: locations of prints, rights holders, cross references to other items in the ESA, list "Films and TV films relating to Mr. Steichen," clippings

IX.E.3 circa 1933: Noel Deeks slides

ES and ES's studio staff; slides of prints in the Edward Steichen Miscellaneous Collection of the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona (see Series III for more information on ES's studio)

IX.E.4 1936-1937: Irwin Browning film

Clippings, Noel Deeks correspondence re: "Steichen at Work," 90th birthday present of a mounted still from the film sent by a model in film (see folder IX.A.i.18 for more information on Browning)

IX.E.5 1936-1955: "Films about ES"

Clippings, listings

IX.E.6 1956: "The Naked Eye"

Correspondence with Lou Stoumen, Camera Eye Productions, re: his film on Edward Weston; and proposed film on ES, which ES rejected

IX.E.7 1950s-1960s: Film

Includes GMM notes re: film stock in ESA and MoMA film storage

IX.E.8* October 17, 1965: Shadblow tree

Clipping, New Haven Register Sunday Pictorial, cover, pp. 6-9 "Edward Steichen's shadblow tree"

IX.E.9 Undated: Noel Deeks home movie

Two 7" film reels; one labeled "B wind color duplicate negative." Duplicates made in 1995.

Note: This film is stored with the Film Study Center as the Archives does not have the ability to store or screen the film. Researchers should contact the Center for further information. Access may be denied due to the film's physical condition.

IX.E.10 Undated: Photocopied wrappings for Deeks film

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Series X. Honors, Awards, and Citations

Arrangement

The series is arranged in three subseries:

Subseries X.A. Award documents
Subseries X.B. Medals and plaques
Subseries X.C. Clippings and background information

Scope and Content

The series includes documentation, and in some cases the physical objects, of honors paid to ES as an individual and professional by a range of organizations and bodies, in various formats. GMM's detailed documentation highlights the importance she put on ES's recognition within and beyond the field of photography. The American Institute of Architects' Fine Arts award, given in 1950, is notable because at that time photography was still predominantly considered as a form of documentation. Whether it was to be considered a fine art was being rigorously discussed at that time within the profession and in the popular media.

 

Subseries X.A. Award Documents

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries consists of original and photocopied award documents, some with associated background information such as programs. Some accompany physical items such as medals or plaques now found in Subseries X.B. and Subseries X.C. Documents originally in decorative cases have been removed for ease of reading, and the cases retained; documents originally framed have been removed from the frames and the frames discarded.

Folder Title
X.A.1 May 10, 1919: American Expeditionary Forces, Office of the Commander-in-Chief - letter of commendation

Addressed to "Major Edward J. Steichen" with stamped signature of John J. Pershing

X.A.2* October 3, 1919: Ministère des Affaires Etrangères - medaille d'honneur en vermeil

Includes letter Consul General de France in New York-GMM (12/10/1970) with additional information about the award

X.A.3* March 15, 1920: American Expeditionary Forces - citation

"for exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services in Photo Section of the Air Service, A.E.F.," signed by John J. Pershing; includes photographic print

X.A.4* [1923-1938]: Condé Nast - signed citation accompanying gift of a sword (not included)

Signed by staff members Frank Crowninshield, Mehemed Fehmy Agha, Tom Maloney, and others

X.A.5 March 11, 1931; March 27, 1961; 1972: Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain - honorary fellowship, Progress Medal award citation

Includes 1972 membership card

X.A.6* 1937: Annual Advertising Awards - silver medal

X.A.7 1937/1938, 1959: GMM notes

Typed notes on Harvard Awards and New York Botanical Garden

X.A.8 June 29, 1939: Gardens on Parade Flower Show, New York World's Fair - gold medal

Awarded to "group display of Steichen delphinium" by the American Delphinium Society

X.A.9* 1940, 1942, 1945, undated: Art Directors Club - medal, awards

X.A.10 May 17, 1942: Wesleyan University - master of arts degree

Includes Commencement program, admission ticket, typed citation

X.A.11 October 23, 1945: Navy Department, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations - letter of appreciation

Signed by Admiral Marc Mitscher, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air; includes 1970 GMM correspondence, and biography of Mitscher

X.A.12 October 27, 1945: 3-cent Navy commemorative U.S. postage stamp sheet, in presentation folder

Designed by ES; issued for Navy Day, 1945. Includes press release, photo of ES accepting presentation.

X.A.13 November 3, 1945: Photographic Society of America - election to honorary fellow

X.A.14 November 1945: Secretary of the Navy - citation accompanying Distinguished Service Medal

Signed by Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal

X.A.15* November 1945: United States Navy - certificate of award in appreciation of distinguished public service

X.A.16* March 3, 1947: Metropolitan Camera Club Council - award of appreciation

X.A.17 April 28, 1948: Rochester Museum of Arts and Sciences - election to fellow

Includes citation, Convocation program of the Rochester Museum Councils, and Museum Bulletin

X.A.18 November 1948, 1949: American Institute of Decorators - honorary membership

Includes citation and membership card

X.A.19 November 8, 1949; November 7, 1950; 1952 - U.S. Camera Achievement Awards

Awards dinner booklet; January 1952 issue of U.S. Camera with photographs of 1951 awards event; includes booklet for 1950 event, which did not include ES as a recipient.

X.A.20* 1950: American Institute of Architects - citation accompanying Fine Arts Medal

Matted; removed from frame

X.A.21* April 29, 1951, 1963: Photokina - diploma and plaque of gratitude; certificate

For "contribution towards the success of PHOTOKINA, International Photo and Cinema Exhibition, Cologne 1951," and 1963 event

X.A.22* March 25, 1954: The Museum of Modern Art - 75th birthday wishes from MoMA colleagues

Includes signatures of AHB, RDH, DCM, William Lieberman, Kathleen Haven

X.A.23* March 29, 1955: American Society of Magazine Photographers - memorial award

In memory of Bob Leavitt and Robert Capa; signed by WM, Chairman of ASMP Board of Governors

X.A.24 March 1955: American Society of Magazine Photographers - Infinity Magazine

Issue devoted to ES, in presentation case

X.A.25 October 5, 1955: Kappa Alpha Mu honorary fraternity in photojournalism - KAM founders award

Correspondence, photographs of presentation of plaque (see Series X.B.)

X.A.26* 1955: Newspaper Guild of New York - Page One citation

Presented "to The Museum of Modern Art for its inspiring exhibit 'Family of Man'"

X.A.27 March 2, 1956: The Secondary Education Board - annual book award

Presented for The Family of Man

X.A.28* June 6, 1956: Art Directors Club of Los Angeles - citation and laurel

X.A.29 June 21, 1957: University of Wisconsin - doctor of fine arts degree

X.A.30* May 27, 1959: New York Botanical Garden - distinguished service award

"for outstanding contributions to the advancement of Horticulture and Botany"

X.A.31* March 16, 1960: American Airlines, Inc. - commission as admiral of the flagship fleet

X.A.32 June 5, 1960: University of Hartford - doctor of fine arts

Includes Commencement program

X.A.33* [1960]: Urban League - award

X.A.34 March 9, 1961: Photographische Gesellschaft in Wien - gold medal

Original document, photographic print, and negative

X.A.35* April 29, 1961: Photojournalism Conference, University of Miami and American Society of Magazine Photographers

"in admiration of and lifelong gratitude for your lifelong contribution to the art of photography;" matted, removed from frame

X.A.36 June 1, 1961: Photographic Society of Japan

Metal ring with date and citation, previously removed from a plaque, according to GMM note

X.A.37 1961: Art in America Annual Award

Typed citation; see Series X.B. for accompanying medal

X.A.38* April 25, 1962: American Society of Magazine Photographers - honor roll

Matted certificate

X.A.39 May 27, 1962: Lincoln College - doctor of fine arts degree

X.A.40 June 1, 1963: Federal Photographic Council, Warsaw, Poland - honorary diploma

X.A.41 October 8, 1964: State of Wisconsin, Governor's Council on the Arts - award for achievement in the creative arts

X.A.42 January 1, 1965: All-America Selections Bronze Medal certificate

For delphinium "Connecticut Yankee"

X.A.43* May 5, 1965: Professional Photographers of America - special certificate of appreciation

X.A.44* November 10, 1965: National Council on the Arts and Government

Citation presented at 10th anniversary dinner, "for having been true to the art he loves"

X.A.45* June 5, 1966, 1968: American International College - honorary doctor of science degree

Includes citation, Commencement program, university Bulletin, summary of honorees 1948-1968

X.A.46 July 7, 1966: Bard College - doctor of humane letters

X.A.47 November 5, 1966: Swedish Photographers Society

Photocopied correspondence and transcript of inscription on medal in Series X.B

X.A.48 December 27, 1966: Society for the Family of Man - award for excellence

X.A.49 June 4, 1967: Fairfield University - doctor of fine arts degree

X.A.50* July 10, 1967: Freedom of the City of Clervaux

X.A.51* August 1967: Photographic Society of America - Progress Medal

Citation accompanying medal (see Subseries X.B)

X.A.52 June 3, 1968: Naval Photographic Center - certificate of recognition

X.A.53 1970: Professional Photographers of America - certificate of membership

Includes a special certificate of appreciation

 

Subseries X.B. Medals and plaques

Arrangement

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries consists of medals, pins, and plaques, many in their presentation cases and boxes; the medals and plaques are housed separately due to their size.

Folder Title Date
X.B.1* Medal: Handleman Award

Obverse shows figure tilling; reverse inscribed "Handleman Award/ to/ Steichen's Delphinium/ 1935." In black presentation box.

1935
X.B.2* Medal on ribbon: Distinguished Service Medal, U.S. Navy

Obverse shows eagle and inscribed "United States of America/ Navy;" reverse shows triton with "For Distinguished Service." In blue presentation box.

November 1945
X.B.3* Medal: Distinguished Public Service Award, U.S. Navy

Obverse inscribed "awarded to Edward J. Steichen." Includes medal on ribbon, ribbon bar, tie tack, and unidentified pin with bird design. In blue presentation box printed "Navy Distinguished Public Service Award."

November 1945
X.B.4* Medals: Various

Order of Merit, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg: Knight medal pendant from ribbon in two sizes, tie tack; smaller size of U.S. Navy Distinguished Public Service Award sewn next to small enamelled medal pendant from ribbon lettered "Republique Francaise 1870," star and eagle pin; removed from foam backing. In red presentation box, with typed note "Gift - Summer 1972/ From the Steichens/ Not catalogued."

November 1945; [after 1961]; undated
X.B.5* Medal encased in Lucite: U.S. Camera Achievement Award

Silver; obverse lettered "U.S. Camera/ Achievement Award;" reverse "Awarded to/ Edward J. Steichen/ 1949/ In recognition of outstanding/ achievement in Photography." In black presentation box.

1949
X.B.6* Medal encased in Lucite: U.S. Camera Achievement Award

Copper; obverse lettered "U.S. Camera/ Achievement Award;" reverse "Awarded to/ Edward J. Steichen/ 1949/ In recognition of outstanding/ achievement in Photography." In black presentation box.

1949
X.B.7* Medal: American institute of Architects

Fine Arts Medal inscribed "to/ Edward Steichen/ for/ distinguished achievement/ in photography/ 1949." In black presentation box lettered "Edward Steichen."

1949
X.B.8* Medal: This Above All To Thine Own Self Be True

Obverse inscribed "This Above All To Thine Own Self Be True" with hand and tools; reverse shows Art Deco Goddess of Art. In presentation box printed "The Society of Medalists."

[1954]
X.B.9* Medal: The Philosopher in the Grip of Insurance

Obverse inscribed "The Philosopher in the Grip of Insurance;" reverse "Socrates Discussing with his Disciples." In presentation box printed "The Society of Medalists."

[1954]
X.B.10* Medal: Art Director's Club Vision Award

Figure of Pegasus, designed by Paul Manship. In black presentation box.

post 1954
X.B.11* Design award: Philadelphia Museum School of Art

Copper printing plate inscribed "design award/ of the philadelphia museum school of art/ to edward steichen/ 1955." In yellow paper envelope.

1955
X.B.12* Medal: Sputnik Commemorative

Lettered, in Russian, on obverse "Glory to Soviet Science;" on reverse "4 October 1957/ in commemoration of the putting into orbit, in the USSR of the World's First Sputnik." In grey cardboard presentation box, with typed translation.

October 4, 1957
X.B.13* Medal: The Photographers Association of America

Obverse inscribed "The Photographers Association of America/ George W. Harris Achievement Award;" reverse "Edward J. Steichen/ 1958." In black presentation box.

1958
X.B.14* Medal: Photographic Society of London Progress Medal

Obverse inscribed "Photographic Society of London/ London;" reverse "Royal Photographic Society of Gt. Britain/ H.R.H. The Prince Consort patron 1853-1861." Rim is inscribed "Edward J. Steichen 1960." In black presentation box.

1960
X.B.15* Medal: Art in America Annual Award

Obverse lettered "Art in America/ Annual/ Award/ For an Outstanding/ Contribution to/ American Art/ Edward Steichen/ 1961." In white box.

1961
X.B.16* Medal: "Photographische Gesellschaft in Wien"

In red leather presentation box.

1961
X.B.17* Brooch and medal: Order of Merit, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Grand office, star pin; Knight medal pendant from ribbon. In red presentation box with GMM note "Unidentified."

[after 1961]
X.B.18* Medal: "Lyndon B. Johnson"

Inscribed "Gilroy Roberts, 1963." In blue presentation box.

1963
X.B.19* Medal: Photographic Society Stockholm

Obverse inscribed "Claes Adolf Adelskold" with left-facing portrait bust; reverse "Fotografiska Foreningen Stockholm/ 1966 11 5." In blue presentation box with GMM note "Gift of the Steichens, summer 1972, Not catalogued."

May 11, 1966
X.B.20* Medal: Protestant Council of the City of New York

Obverse lettered "The/ Family of Man/ Award/ to/ Edward Steichen/ October 25, 1966/ in recognition of/ creative leadership/ and dedicated/ service." In black presentation box.

October 25, 1966
X.B.21* Medal: Photographic Society of America, Progress Medal

Obverse shows eagle above United States map and bearing a camera; reverse inscribed "Edward J. Steichen, Hon. F.P.S.A./ artist/photographer/naturalist/ August/ 1967." In yellow presentation box.

August 1967
X.B.22* Medal: Redding, CT, Bicentenary

Obverse lettered "Bicentenary/Redding,/ Conn./ 1767*1967;" obverse shows figures under a tree lettered "Purchases of first land in Redding by John Read, from Indians, Chicken [sic]." In envelope marked "gift of the Steichens Summer, 1972/ Not catalogued."

1967
X.B.23* Medal: unidentified

Obverse shows relief of ES head facing left, and lettered "Julien et Nina Lefevre;" reverse "Edward Steichen/ 1879-1973." In brown box with label "Fibru Medailles/ Brussels"; see also folder VIII.72

[1970s]
X.B.24* Medal and lapel pin: unidentified

Red Maltese cross with eagle. In blue presentation box stamped with eagle.

Undated
X.B.25* Lapel pin

Enamelled open book inscribed "Book Production Award." In blue presentation box.

Undated
X.B.26 Plaque: Annual Advertising Awards

Rectangular silver metal on wood; "to Edward Steichen/ In recognition of his Distinguished/ Services to Advertising"

1937
X.B.27 Plaque: Clifton C. Edom Kappa Alpha Mu Founder's Award

Shield-shaped brass on wood; "presented to Captain Edward Steichen/ for his outstanding/ contribution to/ photojournalism"

1956
X.B.28 Plaque: U.S. Naval Photographic Center

Shield-shaped with decal and brass plate inscribed "to/ Capt. Edward Steichen, USNR RET/ in recognition of outstanding/ contributions to Naval Photography/ 1943-1963"

1963
X.B.29* Plaque: Photography Hall of Fame

Awarded posthumously; in oversized presentation box

1974
 

Subseries X.C. Clippings and background information

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries provides background information on the awards in Series X.A. and X.B., and others, in the form of correspondence, programs, clippings, and press releases. GMM's original folder titles are given in quotations marks; some of these have been rehoused in multiple folders for ease of handling. Many contain materials on other events than described in the folder title. GMM probably included the "Chronology" folders here because ES's later awards represented updates to the Chronology she had prepared in 1961 for publication in A Life in Photography. The materials duplicate some in other series, especially the chronological materials in Series VI.B and documentation of ES's writings and personal appearances in Series IX.

Historical Note

The Presidential Medal of Freedom was instituted by John F. Kennedy to recognize "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." ES was among the first group of recipients, chosen by Kennedy and presented with the awards in December 1963 by his successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson. Only three visual artists have been so honored to date: President Gerald Ford recognized Alexander Calder (posthumously) in 1977; in 2011, President Barack Obama presented the Medal to Jasper Johns.

Folder Title
X.C.1 1904-1966: "Honors"

Clippings, notes

X.C.2 1919-1988: Various awards and biographical information

Clippings, GMM notes, perhaps amassed for general biographical information on ES

X.C.3 1949-1950: "1940s"

Clippings, notes, mostly on U.S. Camera Awards

X.C.4 1949-1974: Awards

Includes clippings, photographs, press release

X.C.5 1950, 1954: "American Institute of Architects Fine Arts Medal"

Notes and correspondence; also includes 1954 program for 75th birthday celebration

X.C.6 1950: "American Institute of Architects Fine Arts Medal"

Clippings

X.C.7* 1950: "American Institute of Architects Fine Arts Medal"

Clippings removed from folder X.C.6

X.C.8 1954-1959: "1950s"

Correspondence, MoMA press releases, original documents, including program for 75th birthday dinner

X.C.9 1954-1968: "1950s"

Clippings

X.C.10 1956: "Lord & Taylor Awards Committee"

X.C.11 June, July 1957: "Doctorate, University of Wisconsin"

Newspaper clippings, from clipping service, many summarizing ES's comments at a luncheon given by UW art faculty and a visit to the artist's studio

X.C.12 May, June 1957: "Doctorate, University of Wisconsin"

Commencement program, UW; Capitol newsletter, Senator Wiley

X.C.13 1961-1969: "1960s"

Correspondence, clippings, press releases, ES chronology updated through 1969

X.C.14 1965: "1960s"

National Council on the Arts and Government: program, publicity

X.C.15 July-October 1963: "Presidential Medal of Freedom 1963"

Clippings

X.C.16* 1963: "Presidential Medal of Freedom 1963"

Clipping removed from folder X.C.15

X.C.17 1963-1968: "Presidential Medal of Freedom 1963"

Notes, correspondence, photographs; includes other awards

X.C.18 June, July 1965: "White House Festival of the Arts"

Program, photo, clippings

X.C.19 1967, 1968: Chronology

ES biographical and exhibition chronologies, with GMM and ES annotations; notes

X.C.20 1968: Chronology

MoMA Department of Photography chronology, transcripts of other chronologies

X.C.21 1969-1971: "U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis) - Steichen Collection there"

Correspondence, information on planned exhibits (see also Series VI.B)

X.C.22 March 1973: "Birmingham Festival of the Arts 1973"

Program, clippings


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Series XI. Memorabilia and Objects

Arrangement

The series is arranged in two subseries

Subseries XI.A. Memorabilia
Subseries XI.B. Objects

Scope and Content

The series contains a collection of visual materials specifically gathered together, and physical objects belonging to ES including some identified as having come from his desk in the Department of Photography at MoMA. A poster found with these materials has been moved to Series XII.B.

 

Subseries XI.A. Memorabilia

Arrangement

The dates provided in the folder titles are the dates referred to in their contents, not the date of the items' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries consists of original and reproduced visual materials from other parts of the Archive. Termed "Memorabilia" by GMM, the items may represent a general summary or high points of the Archive, or she may have intended to use them as illustrations for her planned biography of ES, Steichen's Way.

Folder Title
XI.A.1 [1889]: First solo exhibition

Photo reproductions of installation at home of Mrs. Arthur Robinson, Milwaukee

XI.A.2 July 6-9, 1897: National Educational Association

Original and photographic print of placard from Local Committee meeting, signed by ES

XI.A.3 1900: Paderewski

Original ES drawing, mounted on cardboard; gift of Mr. F.E.M. Robinson

XI.A.4 1900: Cascarets advertisement

Photographic prints and copy negatives of advertisement that used ES photo illustration

XI.A.5 1900, 1901: Exhibition catalogues

Original catalogues of photography exhibitions in London and Paris

XI.A.6 1902, 1910: Exhibition catalogues

Original and photographic prints of 1902 solo exhibition catalogue; photocopied catalogue entry for 1910 exhibition

XI.A.7 January 1910: Enrico Caruso

Original pencil caricatures of ES by Caruso; "gift of Dr. Mary S. Calderone 1973"

XI.A.8 [1910]: Marius de Zayas

Original and photocopied caricature of ES; includes GMM correspondence with de Zayas, Sidney Geist, and others

XI.A.9 [1910-1940]: Studio door plate, mailing envelope

Original rubbing from ES's studio marked in GMM's hand: "name plate in the collection of Joanna T. Steichen;" mailing envelope

XI.A.10 1913, 1923, 1941: Alfred Stieglitz

Photographic print of Camera Work inscription; original correspondence to and from AS

XI.A.11 1920s-1930s: J. Walter Thompson

GMM correspondence inquiring about ES's employment

XI.A.12 1948: "Seventeen American Photographers"

Program from exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum, with ES annotations

XI.A.13 1958: Once Upon a City

ES typed and annotated introduction to GMM's book; invitation to exhibition opening at the Museum of the City of New York

XI.A.14* 1958: Once Upon a City

Book's dust jacket; removed from folder XI.A.13

XI.A.15 July 31, 1959: "The Family of Man" in Moscow

Letter (original, photocopy, photographic print and copy negative) from ES to Dept. of Photography staff, sent from Moscow

XI.A.16 September 9, 1959: Pablo Picasso

Photographic print and copy negative of frontispiece of The Private World of Pablo Picasso, inscribed to ES by both photographer/author David Douglas Duncan and Picasso

XI.A.17 [1960]: Urban League

Photocopy of award citation (see also Series X.A)

XI.A.18 [1960s]: Robert Osborn

Original caricature of "Commander Steichen"

XI.A.19 [June 1963]; December 6, 1963: Presidential Medal of Freedom

Photographic print and copy negatives of congratulatory telegram from President John F. Kennedy, medal citation

XI.A.20 March 27, 1965: 86th birthday invitation

From "The Steichens"

XI.A.21 March 25, 1969: Mrs. Flora S[tieglitz] Strauss

ALS thank you note ES-Mrs. Strauss (daughter of Alfred Stieglitz)

XI.A.22 Undated: Original writings

Three untitled ES manuscripts on photography, and on photographs from The Family of Man

 

Subseries XI.B. Objects

Arrangement

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

Scope and Content

The subseries includes four physical objects belonging to ES, as well as materials identified as having been gathered from his desk in the offices of MoMA's Department of Photography at 23 West 53rd street (labeled "From Mr. Steichen's place in 23 bldg."). The handwriting on the envelopes and strip-holders containing cut contact prints from this box is not ES's; the photographer is not identified.

Folder Title Date
XI.B.1 Paint brush [pre-1917]
XI.B.2 Weston exposure meter

With name plate inscribed "Steichen"

[1940s]
XI.B.3 Address book [1943-1950]
XI.B.4 Mounted filter [?]

Cardboard mount with glass roundel

Undated
XI.B.5 Cut contact prints

With lettered envelope: "Copied strips, Stockholm Tomas + Wysse, Stockholm, klein Tomas, Aufuahinen au 12 Sept und, [ditto] 13 [ditto] 1936, Tomas 11 monase, 23 tage als"

1936
XI.B.6 Cut contact prints

With envelope hand-lettered "Panama Canal, Havana; Balboa "Pennsylvania", etc., also N.Y. Harbor 1936, Eny's house in Hollywood + San Diego"

1936
XI.B.7 Cut contact prints

With hand-stapled holder, hand lettered "Hitler jugend, Siemst + kanal tugs, 87X"

[1930s]
XI.B.8 Cut contact prints

With envelope printed "Rudolph Neumann Optisches Inst. GMBH, Berlin W9" hand lettered: "Leuther Steig (Wahnung), Siemensstadt, Leuther Steig"

[1930s]
XI.B.9 Cut pieces of exposed film; paper labels

Loose in original box labeled "films to be copied"

Undated
XI.B.10 Cut pieces of exposed film; paper labels

Loose with group of 14 rolls of negatives

Undated
XI.B.11 Cut negatives

With stapled strip holder; hand lettered "Deferred Dessau Sweden"

Undated
XI.B.12* 14 rolls of negatives

Only six of these are labeled: "Slides Silos," "latest uncopied negatives," "Murals World's Fair," "Peter Cooper Village etc. Park Ave.," "Cambridge 20," "Drawings"

Because of their fragile physical condition, these items are not available for viewing.

Undated
XI.B.13* 13 rolls of negatives

One unlabeled, one with blank labels; others labeled "10 notched," "9," "235 Marie with new hat," "4 notched," "Julia + P10 in workroom," "19 Frank + Fritz notched for enlarging," "Little House, Dugway Rd etc. notched films 24," "Hook and ladder 2nd Ave on 3," "NY streets Lex, 4 Av, News Bld, East River, copy entire," "Stockbridge, Iceglen Rd, Birch trees, and Julia," "24 notched." These were boxed together with the exposed film in folder XI.B.9 in a box marked "films to be copied."

Because of their fragile physical condition, these items are not available for viewing.

Undated

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Series XII. Published Materials

Arrangement

The series is organized into two subseries:

Subseries XII.A. Books
Subseries XII.B. Posters

The dates provided for folders are the dates of their contents' creation.

Scope and Content

The series includes published materials by and about Steichen in the form of posters and books.

 

Subseries XII.A. Books

Scope and Content

The books all contain photographs by ES, except for the English 10 textbook, the inclusion of which in the collection is unexplained.

Folder Title Date
XII.A.1 Steichen the Photographer

Sandburg, Carl. New York: Harcourt Brace and Co., 1929. In slipcase; numbered 717 in edition of 925; signed by ES and CS

1929
XII.A.2 The Family of Man

"Cardinal Giant" paperback edition, published for The Museum of Modern Art by the Maco Magazine Corp., New York, 1955; gift of GMM

1955
XII.A.3 U.S. Camera '62

Edited by Tom Maloney. New York: U.S. Camera Publishing Corp., 1961

1961
XII.A.4 A Life in Photography

Steichen, Edward. Published in collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art. London: W.H. Allen, 1963.

1963
XII.A.5 U.S. Camera 1969 World Annual

New York: U.S. Camera Publishing Corp., 1968.

1968
XII.A.6 Veritas

Senior class book, Aquinas High School, Bronx, NY, with frontispiece photograph by ES; with cover letter to GMM

1968
XII.A.7 The Family of Man

Created by Edward Steichen for The Museum of Modern Art. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986. 30th anniversary edition of book; two copies, hard cover.

1986
XII.A.8 The Family of Man

Created by Edward Steichen for The Museum of Modern Art. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986. 30th anniversary edition of book; two copies, paperbound.

1986
XII.A.9 English 10

Tauner, Bernard R.; Shutes, Robert E.; Vittetoe, Craig; Zepezaner, Frank S. Menlo Park, CA: Addison Welsey, 1969.

1969
 

Subseries XII.B. Posters

Arrangement

The posters were housed in various tubes within the Archives' original cabinets, and not identified as belonging to other specific groups of records.

Folder Title Date
XII.B.1* "Pionere de Photographie: Edward Steichen, Charles Negre"

Exhibition at Kunstgewerbenmuseum, Zurich; oversize, see flat file at MoMAQNS

December 4, 1963 - January 12, 1964
XII.B.2* "Fotografias de Mexico-Espana, Costa Rica"; "Marco de Valdivia Recent Photographs"

Exhibitions at Museo de Bellas Artes (3 copies); Contrasts Gallery, London; inscribed to GMM by the artist; oversize, see flat file at MoMAQNS

August 1969; 1982
XII.B.3* "Freeze the Nukes and See the Sunrise"

Montage of photographs by Morris Engel, inscribed "6/11/82;" in two sizes; oversize, see flat file at MoMAQNS

1981

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Box and Folder List

File numbers marked by an asterisk (*) indicate oversize material that has been separated to the end of the collection.
Researchers should include the asterisk when issuing a request for such material.
Series Folder Range Box
I.A. 2-6, 8-12 1
I.B 1-5, 7-8, 10, 12 1
I.C 1, 4-5, 7-10, 13-17, 19 2
I.C 20, 22 3
I.D 1-3, 6-16 3
I.D 17-20 4
I.E 1-2, 5-6, 8-10, 13 4
I.F.i 1-7 4
I.F.i 8-16 5
I.F.ii 1,6-9 5
II.A 1-2, 4-5, 7-10 5
II.A 11-12, 14, 16-19, 21, 23-26 6
II.A 27-32, 34-39 7
II.A 40-49 8
II.B 2-3, 5-9 8
II.C 1-2 8
II.C 10 9
III.A 1-17, 19 9
III.A 20-22 10
III.B 1-11 10
III.B 12-21 11
III.C 1, 3-4 11
III.C 5-10 12
III.C 11-17, 19-21 13
III.C 22-23, 25-27, 29 14
III.D 1-8, 10-15 14
III.E 1 14
IV.A 1, 3 14
IV.B 1-2, 4, 6 14
IV.B 7-8, 10-12, 14-20, 22-28 15
IV.B 29, 31-34 16
IV.C 1 16
IV.D 1-3, 7 16
IV.E 1-3 16
IV.F 1-2 16
IV.F 3-7 17
V.A 1-6, 9 17
V.A 10-11, 113-14, 16-24 18
V.A 25, 28-32 19
V.B.i 1-7 19
V.B.i 8-17, 19-22 20
V.B.i 26-39 21
V.B.i 40-41, 44-53 22
V.B.i 54-55, 57-59, 61-62 23
V.B.ii 1-6, 9-11 23
V.B.ii 13-24, 26-31 24
V.B.ii 32-33, 36, 38-42 25
V.B.ii 43, 45-46 26
V.C.i 1-9 26
V.C.ii 1-2 26
V.C.ii 3-4, 6-10 27
VI.A. 1-6 27
VI.A 8-11, 13-16, 18-19 28
VI.B 1, 3-4, 6-10, 12-13 29
VI.B 14-15, 18-27, 29-32 30
VI.B. 33, 35, 37-42, 44-45, 47 31
VI.B 49, 51-53, 55-57, 59 32
VI.B 60-64, 66-68 33
VI.B 69-70, 72-73, 75-77 34
VI.B 79-90 35
VI.B. 91-93, 95-96 36
VII.A 3-11 36
VII.A 12-29 37
VII.A 30-38, 40-41, 43-44, 46-47, 49-55 38
VII.B.i 1-4 38
VII.B.i 6, 8-20, 24, 26-30 39
VII.B.i 31, 33-34, 36-38, 40-41, 43-48, 50-52, 54 40
VII.B.i 55, 57, 59-61 41
VII.B.ii 1-45 41
VII.B.ii 46-62 42
VII.C. 1-7, 10-12 42
VII.D.i 1-6 42
VII.D.i 7-19, 21-27, 29-30, 32 43
VII.D.i 38-41, 43-49, 52 44
VII.D.i 42 45
VII.D.ii 1-6, 8-10 44
VII.D.ii 11-14 46
VII.E 2-3, 5-9 46
VIII 1, 3-10, 12-17, 19-21, 24-26, 28-30 46
VIII 31, 33-38, 41-45, 47-49, 51-54, 56-57, 59, 61-63, 65-69, 71-73, 75-77, 79-82, 84, 92, 94-95, 97, 100-101 47
VIII 102-107, 109-112, 114-121, 123, 125, 127-134 48
VIII 135-142, 144-148, 150-151, 154-155 49
IX.A.i 1-6, 8-9, 11-13 49
IX.A.i 14-15, 17-21, 23-29, 31-34, 36, 38 50
IX.A.i 39, 41-43, 45-46, 48, 50-58 51
IX.A.ii 1-3, 5 51
IX.A.ii 6, 8-9, 11-12, 14-17 52
IX.B 1-2, 4, 6-12, 14-16 52
IX.B 17-20, 22-29 53
IX.C 1-3, 5-10 53
IX.C 4 54
IX.C 11-32 55
IX.C 33-46 56
IX.C 47-48 57
IX.D 1-5, 8-9 57
IX.D 10, 12-14 58
IX.E 1-7, 9-10 58
X.A 1, 5, 7-8 58
X.A 10-14, 17-19, 24-25, 27, 29, 32, 34, 36-37, 39 59
X.A 40-42, 46-49, 52-53 60
X.B 26-28 61
X.C 1-6, 8 62
X.C 9-15, 17-22 63
XI.A 1-10 63
XI.A 11-13, 15-22 64
XI.B 1-13 64
XII.A 1-6 65
XII.A 7-6 66
I.A 1* 67
I.B 6*, 9*, 11*, 13*-14* 67
I.C 2*-3*, 6*, 11*, 18*, 21* 67
I.D. 5* 67
I.E 3*, 7*, 11* 67
I.A 7* 68
I.E 4* 68
II.A 13* 68
II.B 4* 68
II.C 6*-7* 68
III.E 2* 68
I.C 12* 69
I.D. 4* 69
I.E 12* 69
II.A 6* 69
II.B 1* 69
II.C 11* 69
III.C 28* 69
III.D 9* 69
III.E 5*, 7*, 10*-11*, 13* 69
IV.A 2* 69
IV.B 3* 69
IV.D 5* 69
V.A 8* 69
V.B.i 42* 69
I.F.ii 2*-5* 70
II.A 15*, 20*, 22*, 33* 70
III.C 3*-5* 70
III.A 18* 70
III.C 2*, 18*, 24* 70
IV.B 9*, 13*, 21*, 30* 70
II.C 8* 71
II.C 9* 72
III.E 3*-4*, 6*, 8*-9*, 12*, 14* 73
IV.B 5* 73
IV.D 8* 73
V.B.i 23*, 25* 73
VI.B 50*, 65*, 74* 73
VII.A 39* 73
VII.D.i 37* 73
IV.C 2* 74
IV.D 4* 74
V.A 7*, 12*, 15*, 26*-27* 74
V.B.i 18*, 56*, 60* 74
V.B.ii 7*, 44* 74
V.C.ii 12* 74
VI.A 17* 74
VI.B 2*, 5*, 11* 74
V.B.i 43* 75
V.B.ii 12*, 25*, 34*-35* 75
V.B.ii 37* 76
VI.A 7*, 12* 76
VI.B 17*, 58* 76
VII.A 1*-2*, 56* 76
VII.B.i 7*, 21*-23* 76
VII.A 42*, 45* 77
VI.B 16*, 28*, 34*, 36*, 43*, 46*, 48*, 54*, 94* 77
VII.B.i 5*, 25*, 32*, 35*, 49*, 53*, 56*, 58* 77
VII.C 9* 77
VII.D.i 20* 77
VI.B 78* 78
VIII 22*, 50*, 70*, 85*, 113* 78
X.A 20* 78
VII.A 48* 79
XI.B 12*-13* 79
VII.B.i 42* 80
VII.C 8* 80
VIII 32*, 40*, 74*, 78* 80
X.A 4*, 9*, 15*, 22*, 26*, 31*, 35*, 38*, 44*, 51* 80
XII.B 3* 80
VII.D.i 28*, 31*, 33*-36*, 50-51*, 53* 81
VII.D.ii 7* 81
VII.E 1* 81
VIII 2*, 11*, 18*, 23*, 27*, 39*, 46*, 55*, 58*, 60*, 64*, 83*, 86*-89* 81
VIII 90*-91*, 93*, 96*, 98*-99*, 108*, 122*, 124*, 126*, 143*, 149*, 152*-153* 82
IX.A.i 7*, 10*, 16*, 22*, 30*, 35*, 37*, 40*, 44*, 47*, 49* 82
IX.A.ii 7*, 10*, 13* 82
IX.B 3*, 5*, 13*, 21* 83
IX.E 8* 83
X.A 2*-3*, 6*, 16*, 21*, 23*, 28*, 30*, 33*, 43*, 45*, 50* 83
X.C 7*, 16* 83
XI.A 14* 83
IX.C 11* 84
IX.D 6*-7*, 11*, 15* 84
X.B 1*-25* 85
X.B 29* 86


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