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Beaumont and Nancy Newhall papers, 1843-1993 (bulk 1929-1993)

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Newhall (Beaumont and Nancy) Papers

Scope and Content of Collection

The Beaumont and Nancy Newhall papers (ca. 150 linear feet) comprehensively document the professional lives of these two key figures in the history of photography. The Newhall marriage is portrayed through the letters they sent to each other during World War II and in later correspondence and letters of condolence to Beaumont upon Nancy's accidental death. Correspondence also offers profiles of major photographers who were their friends, such as Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, and Alfred Stieglitz, profiles amplified by snapshots and journal accounts. There is exhaustive documentation of the Newhalls' professional lives, including Beaumont's daily journals, minutes of meetings, notes, records, and correspondence. These disclose the drama behind such achievements as the founding of the Departments of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y. (MoMA) and George Eastman House, and the establishment of the country's first doctoral program in the history of photography, and essentially offer a history of the struggle for institutional acceptance of photography as a fine art form. Beaumont and Nancy Newhall's published and unpublished manuscripts, in typescript and clippings, span seven decades. Books from Beaumont Newhall's library have been transferred to the Getty Research Library.

Arrangement note

The archive is arranged in nine series:
Series I. Research files, 1843-1993;
Series II. Personal files, 1929-1993;
Series III. Correspondence, 1934-1993;
Series IV. Beaumont Newhall writings, 1925-1993;
Series V. Lectures, 1934-1992;
Series VI. Beaumont Newhall photographs, 1885-1984;
Series VII. Nancy Newhall papers, ca. 1920-1989;
Series VIII. Theses and publications, 1976-1987;
Series IX. Oversize, 1852-1984

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