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Steichen, Edward: The Edward Steichen Manuscript Collection

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FINDING AID TO THE PAPERS AND EPHEMERA OF EDWARD STEICHEN (1879-1973)

GIFT OF JOANNA T. STEICHEN

Compiled by Joan Stormont and Nancy Bolger, 2006

The Richard and Ronay Menschel Library

George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film

INTRODUCTION

Edward Steichen Biography

The Steichen Papers came to the George Eastman House in 2000 as a gift from Mrs. Joanna Taub Steichen, the artist's widow. The collection consists of 21 archival boxes (12 linear feet) containing correspondence (nearly a thousand letters), personal and business records, interviews, articles by and about the artist, drafts of A Life in Photography, material relating to exhibits, some photographs (although none by Steichen), medals, and ephemera. In addition, one box contains material relating to the poet Carl Sandburg, Steichen's close friend and brother-in-law.

Organization and style:

All papers have been arranged chronologically and by general subject.

Descriptions follow the Chicago Manual of Style.

Commonly used abbreviations:

AL Autograph letter
ALS Autograph letter signed
ALS/C Autograph letter, signed, carbon copy
ALS/P Autograph letter signed, photocopy
TL Typed letter
TLS Typed letter signed
TLS/C Typed letter signed, carbon copy
TLS/P Typed letter signed, photocopy
E. S. Edward Steichen
FOM Family of Man
MoMA Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., New York, NY
GEH George Eastman House, 900 East Ave., Rochester, NY

FINDING AID ARRANGEMENT

The Finding Aid follows the arrangement of the collection and is comprised of 13 sections: Correspondence, Steichen genealogy and some personal records, Exhibits, Interviews, Articles by or about Steichen, Conferences and Symposia, A Life in Photography, Dana Glover material, Carl Sandburg material, Delphinium papers, Books and magazines, Celebrations, Obituaries and condolences, and Medals and miscellanea.

The collection is arranged chronologically. Entries for published materials use Chicago Manual of Style.

BOXES 1-3: CORRESPONDENCE

BOX 4: STEICHEN GENEALOGY AND SOME PERSONAL RECORDS

BOXES 5-6: EXHIBITS

BOX 7: INTERVIEWS

BOX 8: ARTICLES BY OR ABOUT STEICHEN

BOX 9: CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA

BOXES 10-11: A LIFE IN PHOTOGRAPHY

BOX 12: DANA GLOVER MATERIAL

BOX 13: CARL SANDBURG MATERIAL

BOXES 14-15: CORRESPONDENCE: DELPHINIUM PAPERS

BOXES 16-17: BOOKS AND MAGAZINES

BOX 18: CELEBRATIONS

BOX 19: OBITUARIES AND CONDOLENCES

BOXES 20-21: MEDALS AND MISCELLANEA

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL

The following related archival material is held in the Menschel Library:

Box 47: Interviews conducted by GEH curator Marianne Fulton preparatory to the filming of a 1980 documentary by WXXI-TV Rochester, NY. Interviewees include: Mary Steichen Calderone, M.D.; Harry Callahan; A. D. Coleman; Lillian Gish; Victor Jorgansen (sic); Alexander Lieberman; E. Lorentz; Tom Maloney; Maria-Theresa (sic); Grace Mayer; Wayne Miller (3); Beaumont Newhall; Admiral Quakenbush (sic); Helga Sandburg; Steven Shore; Joanna Steichen; Kate Steichen (3); John Szarkowski; Todd Webb. Restricted use: Cannot be reproduced without written permission of WXXI and the interviewees.

Box 61: Manuscript of Steichen's Way, Vol. II, with chronology by Grace Mayer and bibliography by Daniel Pearl.

Box 82: Includes two letters written by Steichen from MoMA to Beaumont Newhall at GEH, one dated 6/16/50, the other undated.

The Bequest of Edward Steichen by direction of Joanna T. Steichen. The George Eastman House also holds more than 6,000 photographic images by Steichen, including photographs, negatives, test prints, color separations, glass plates, and autochromes—many from the Bequest. For more information on the photographic collection, contact Joseph R. Struble, assistant archivist, at jstruble@geh.org or 585-271-3361 x356.