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Will Connell Negatives 1990.0024
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Acquisition Information
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Will Connell Negatives
    Collection Number: 1990.0024
    Dates: 1926-1961
    Creator/Collector: Connell, Will, 1898-1961
    Extent: 36 linear feet 15000
    Repository: UC Riverside. California Museum of Photography
    Riverside, California 92521
    Abstract: The collection contains approximately 15,000 negatives and prints along with individual periodicals, personal notes, technical photographic books, manuscripts, and photographic equipment, made or used by Will Connell. Connell photographed virtually every industry in California at the time. He also completed a number of literary projects and artistic endeavors.
    Language of Material: English

    Scope and Content

    The collection is organized within box lot numbers which in turn are organized by job name. Will Connell, as a commercial photographer, arranged his negatives according to the name of the commissioner of the work; the museum has maintained the original order. The dates of the images range from 1926 through 1952, although the majority of the negatives originated during the 1930's and 1940's.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Will Connell began his professional career in the late 1920s in California. Publications employing Connell include: Allyear Club, Touring Topics (later Westways), Better Homes and Gardens, Colliers, Weekly Cosmopolitan, Country Gentlemen, Life, Successful Farming, Sunset, Time, U.S. Camera, Woman's Day, Woman's Home Companion, and Vogue.

    Acquisition Information

    Will Connell, son of the photographer, donated the body of work to the UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside in 1990.


    Original negatives are available by appointment, but must be handled by the Curator of Collections. Images should be requested by their print identification numbers.

    Publication Rights

    Images may be considered for publication with advanced, written permission. UCR/California Museum of Photography assists the Connell family in the administration of Will Connell's copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    Will Connell Negatives. UC Riverside. California Museum of Photography.

    Indexing Terms

    Connell, Will, 1898-1961