Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Additional Online Media

Catalog Data

Creator:
Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976  Search this
Subject:
O'Keeffe, Georgia  Search this
White, Minor  Search this
Mann, Margery  Search this
Moholy-Nagy, László  Search this
Bristol, Horace  Search this
Noskowiak, Sonya  Search this
Coburn, Alvin Langdon  Search this
Partridge, George Roy  Search this
Weston, Edward  Search this
Van Dyke, Willard  Search this
Adams, Ansel Easton  Search this
Zorach, William  Search this
Kanaga, Consuelo  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel Charles Adrian  Search this
Andreson, Laura F.  Search this
Schoener, Allon  Search this
Witkin, Lee D.  Search this
Steinert, Otto  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont  Search this
Bullock, Wynn  Search this
Taylor, Dorothea Lange  Search this
Butler, John Davidson  Search this
Steichen, Edward  Search this
Toklas, Alice B.  Search this
Newman, Arnold  Search this
Hellman, Lillian Florence  Search this
Aalto, Alvar  Search this
Bourke-White, Margaret  Search this
Bissantz, Edgar  Search this
Sheeler, Charles  Search this
Graves, Morris  Search this
Struss, Karl  Search this
Strand, Paul  Search this
George Eastman House  Search this
Group f.64  Search this
Henry Art Gallery  Search this
Witkin Gallery  Search this
Type:
Interviews
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
5.9 linear feet
Summary:
Biographical material, correspondence, personal business records, notes, teaching files, writings, interview transcripts, printed material, and photographs document the life and career of photographer Imogen Cunningham.<br /> Biographical material includes a birth certificate, 5 biographical sketches, 4 award certificates, and a diploma for an honorary degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Correspondence, 1909-1991, is with family, friends, photographers, publishers, museums, galleries, universities and art organizations. Among the correspondents are Alvar Aalto, Ansel Adams, Laura Andreson, Edgar Bissantz, Margaret Bourke-White, Horace Bristol, Wynn Bullock, John Butler, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Lyonel Feininger, the George Eastman House, Morris Graves, Lillian Hellman, Henry Gallery, Consuelo Kanaga, Dorothea Lange, Margery Mann, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Beaumont Newhall, Arnold Newman, Sonya Noskowiak, Georgia O'Keeffe, Allon Schoener, Charles Sheeler, Edward Steichen, Otto Steinert, Paul Strand, Karl Struss, Alice B. Toklas, Willard Van Dyke, Edward Weston, Minor White, Lee Witkin of the Witkin Gallery, and William Zorach.<br /> Legal and financial material includes loan agreements, Cunningham's will, 1962, insurance policies, bank account records, 1944-1973, check registers, 1966-1968, household accounts, 1950-1953, and records of the Imogen Cunningham Trust, 1974-1976. Notes, 1959-1968, include 4 address books, a notebook, lecture notes, and miscellaneous notes. Teaching files, 1964-1971, contain photographs of students and their critiques of their own work. Writings, ca. 1910-1976, are by Cunningham, including an essay "About the Direct-Development of of Platinum Papers for Brown Tones", and by others, including writings about Cunningham, and reviews of the book Imogen Cunningham: Photographs, 1970.<br /> Two transcripts are from an undated video interview and a radio interview, 1951. Printed material, 1903-1991, consists of clippings, exhibition announcements and catalogs, press releases, calendars of events, programs, brochures, reproductions of art work, and miscellaneous printed material. Photographs, 1916-1976, are of Cunningham, family members, friends, residences, gallery openings and installations, and art work by others. Only four photographs were taken by Cunningham; they are enclosures in letters from John Butler, Lucy Coe, Pearl Cunningham, and Elizabeth Parker.
Citation:
Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms:
The collection is available on 35 mm microfilm reels 5034-5041 at the Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of the material described in the container inventory does not reflect the arrangement of the collection on microfilm.
Biography Note:
Photographer, teacher; San Francisco, Calif. Born in Portland, Oregon, Cunningham received training in the Edward S. Curtis studio and in Dresden, Germany. In 1910, she opened a studio in Seattle. In 1932, she was a founding member of Group f.64 with Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and others. She established a studio in San Francisco in 1947 and was primarily known for her portrait photography. Cunningham was married to printmaker Roi Partridge.
Language Note:
Twenty-five letters, five clippings, and an exhibition catalog are in German.
Provenance:
Donated 1974 and 1976 by Imogen Cunningham and in 1991 by her son, Gryffyrd Partidge. Papers donated by Cunningham were microfilmed on reels 1632-1639, but due to inferior film quality, were remicrofilmed on reels 5034- 5041 with the Gryffyrd Partridge donation.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Portrait photography  Search this
Women photographers  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)9453
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211651
AAA_collcode_cunnimog
Theme:
Women
Lives of American Artists
Photography
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211651