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Finding Aid for the Marilyn Sanders Photographs, 1976-1991
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Marilyn Sanders Photographs
    Date (inclusive): 1976-1991
    Collection number: 1884
    Creator: Sanders, Marilyn
    Extent: 6 flat boxes
    Abstract: The collection consists of 88 black and white, plus some Ektachrome color, photographs taken by Los Angeles based photographer Marilyn Sanders during the period 1976-1991. These are portraits of famous writers, artists, UCLA dignitaries, booksellers, plus photos of the Los Angeles area and examples from her two series WO-MAN WORKING and FATHERS, which documented the ways in which men's and women's roles had been affected by the Women's movement.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gifts from individuals and from the UCLA Friends of the Library, and purchase.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Sukey Garcetti in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), 2011-2012.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Marilyn Sanders Photographs (Collection 1884). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7106260 


    Marilyn Sanders, a Los Angeles based photographer, developed her interest in the visual arts out of her training as an actress and a producer on documentary films. She is best known for her portraits of writers and artists. At the beginning of her career as a photographer, she supported her family with assignments from corporate clients. She then began to document the ways in which men's and women's roles had been affected by the women's movement, for example, in her WO-MEN WORKING and FATHERS series.

    Scope and Content

    Included in the collection are 88 photographs of such luminaries in the contemporary cultural landscape as Wallace Stegner, Czeslaw Milosz, Don Bacardy, Robert Graham, Bella Lewitzky, and Isamu Noguchi, as well as those of UCLA dignitaries and leaders in the book selling and publishing professions. The collection includes photographs from her 1977-1981 studies of women laboring in non-traditional jobs, as welders, mechanics and utility workers (WO-MEN WORKING), and of men acting as fully involved parents in raising their children (FATHERS). Other photographs in the collection are of sculptures in the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA, and of Los Angeles area scenes, including her Palisades Park Series. Most photos are black and white, although there are also examples of her Ektachrome color photos.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Portraits
    2. UCLA Sculpture Garden
    3. Palisades Park
    4. WO-MEN Working
    5. Los Angeles Area Photographs

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Sanders, Marilyn --- Archives.

    Genres and Forms of Material