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F. Allan Morgan Collection
1993.0006  
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Description
The F. Allan Morgan Collection is comprised of photography taken by Allan Morgan and Grace Morgan with the bulk of the work taken with in the 1930s. The collection is comprised of 23 boxes of gelatin silver film negatives and 15 boxes of prints, most of which are vintage. The majority of the subject matter is social realism, however there are also many salon-style photographs.
Background
Due to being found in collection at the California Museum of Photography, we have no current resources for compiling biographical information on the F. Allan Morgan collection outside of what can be gleaned from the materials themselves. The F. Allan Morgan Photography Company was based in New York City, first at 15 East 59th Street, New York, NY then later moved to 28 Dogwood Terrace Livingston, New Jersey. Many of the prints within the collection were signed by either F. Allan Morgan or Grace Morgan, it is currently unclear what relation Grace had to Allan but the later address labels seemingly affectionately list him as F. Allan ‘Dad’ Morgan. While the majority of the prints seemed to be taken and exhibited by F. Allan Morgan, Grace Morgan took and exhibited numerous photos as well. Both Allan and Grace Morgan were active in photography clubs in New York as well as some in other New England states. In addition to exhibiting and teaching in these clubs Allan and Grace also traveled with them for photography outings visiting Florida, Cape Cod, Niagara Falls, and Washington D.C.
Extent
38 boxes
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Availability
Collection is open for research, by appointment.