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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 416.1

Alix Jeffry additional papers


Papers of American photographer Alix Jeffry (1929-1993), including photographs documenting off-Broadway theater circa 1952-1970, and unpublished works by Jeffry.


  • 1935-1994


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16.3 linear feet (27 boxes and 1 folder)

Biographical / Historical

Alix Jeffry was born in July 1929 in DuQuoin, Illinois. After moving to Chicago she joined an organization of young celebrity hunters whose purpose was to photograph celebrities. She met Lena Horne, who encouraged her to enter the field of photography professionally. Although her name since birth was Evelyn Fish, she opened a studio for theatrical photography in Chicago in November, 1950, under the name Alix Jeffry.

Jeffry moved to New York in 1952 and began documenting off-Broadway theater and performers. Beginning with the Originals Only group, she worked for Artists Theatre and then for companies such as Living Theatre, Terry Hayden's DeLys Theatre, and the New York City Center. Much of her work in the 1950s and 1960s documents the work of Edward Albee, beginning with his off-Broadway career. During her career in New York she shot an estimated 40,000 photographs of off-Broadway plays, and starting in 1968, 20,000 celebrity portraits for the New York Times Arts and Leisure section.

Jeffry was the author of a children's play, "The inside out adventure," which was produced originally in New York City in 1961 by the American Theater for Children. Her photographs were featured in several publications, including Stephen E. Rubin's The new Met in profile (1974), Mary Henderson's Broadway ballyhoo: the American theater seen in posters, photographs, magazines, caricatures, and programs (1989), and Rogers and Hammerstein, by Ethan Mordden (1992).

In 1988 Jeffry moved with her partner, Mary Alice Morris, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she continued her work as a photographer of people involved in the performing arts. She died there in 1993.


Arranged in six series:

  1. 1. Manuscripts by Alix Jeffry with related correspondence (27 folders);
  2. 2. Correspondence (27 folders);
  3. 3. Subject files (20 folders);
  4. 4. Portrait photographs (8 boxes),
  5. 5. Production photographs (9 boxes).
  6. 6. Additions to collection

Physical Location

Harvard Depository, b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Alice Morris, Albuquerque, New Mexico; received: June 2000.

2023MT-68. Gift of Mary Alice Morris and Lillian Snyder, 2023 May.

Related Materials

Alix Jeffry photographs, 1952-1974, identified as MS Thr 416, are indexed here.

Processing Information

Processed by: Beth Carroll-Horrocks, with the assistance of Katharine F. O'Brien, Celeste Beck, Katherine Bencowitz.


Jeffry, Alix. Alix Jeffry additional papers, 1935-1994 (MS Thr 416.1): Guide.
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