Series I: Ansel Adams correspondence and test photographs, 1949-1978
Scope and Contents
Correspondence and photographic materials are arranged chronologically and are grouped by month for the most part and in a few instances by subject. Adams began numbering his memoranda in 1955. There are gaps within the memoranda sequence, as not all numbers are accounted for. Adams also occasionally misnumbered memoranda. Memoranda and letters were often given titles. Photographic materials are arranged by the letter, memorandum and/or exposure record with which they are associated, or by capture date. Adams often tested different film types and cameras within a given month. Some of these films were still in development, and sometimes Adams referred to them in his correspondence by relative terms such as "new" or "regular" - in these cases the exact film type he was working with is not immediately clear. Photographic materials associated with a particular correspondence item typically represent a cohesive grouping or sequence of images in terms of subject matter, location in which they were taken, film type or Adams' aims for that particular test. Occasionally, an original copy of the correspondence item with which photographic materials are associated is not present in the collection. In most of these instances, a photocopy is available.
Conditions Governing Access
Digitized content follows the organization of the physical collection. Related correspondence, memoranda, and photographs are grouped by month and year. Photograph albums were digitized separately. Albums unassociated with correspondence or memoranda have been separated from the month and year of their creation in the intellectual arrangement of the collection.
Extent30 linear feet (59 boxes)
Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository
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