Information for Researchers
Collection Title: Thérèse Bonney photograph collection
Date (inclusive): circa 1850-circa 1955
Date (bulk): 1930-1945
Collection Number: BANC PIC 1982.111
16 boxes (photographic prints), 6 boxes (photographic portraits), 11 boxes (oversize photographic prints), 2 items (cased
photographs), 10 albums, 2 cartons (objects), 6 boxes (lantern slides), 108 boxes (film negatives), 39 boxes (glass negatives),
2 cartons (objects)
30 digital objects (30 images)
The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in
Information for Researchers
Photographic prints are open for research.
NITRATE NEGATIVES ("NNEG") ARE CLOSED TO RESEARCH DUE TO HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESTRICTIONS. Other negatives are available by
ALBUMS are RESTRICTED due to fragile condition and loose materials. Permission of curator required for use.
OBJECTS are RESTRICTED. Permission of curator required for use.
Inquiries concerning restricted materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.
[Identification of item], Thérèse Bonney photograph collection, BANC PIC 1982.111, The Bancroft Library, University of California,
Alternate Forms Available
Digital reproductions of selected images are available.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
Children and war--Europe.
World War, 1939-1945--Europe.
The collection has been arranged by the library into sixteen series. Series 1-6 are arranged according to logbooks kept by
Bonney in which groups of numbered negatives are listed under a subject entry. These subject entries are represented in the
finding aid, and any extant corresponding prints are noted. Any un-numbered materials related to the series have been arranged
following the numbered materials. Copies of Bonney’s original log books from which these entries have been transcribed are
also filed with the relevant photographic print files. Only broad entries have been recorded in the finding aid as file headings,
while the logbooks often provide more specific (although brief) identifications of individual photographs. Avaialbility of
a Logbook for a given group of material has been noted in the container listing of this finding aid.
Mabel Thérèse Bonney, born July 15, 1900. Graduate, University of California, Berkeley. A.B., M.A., Docteur de l'Université
de Paris. Journalist/war correspondent, photographer, author. Carnegie Corporation Grant recipient. Member French Legion of
Honor, recipient Croix de Guerre, Battle of France, 1940. Died, Paris, January 23, 1978.
Scope and Content Note
The Thérèse Bonney photograph collection at The Bancroft Library consists chiefly of documentary photography taken in various
parts of Europe before and during World War II and portraits of well known artists and designers taken by Bonney while living
in Paris, France. Also present are images documenting Bonney’s life, family history, and collecting interests. Although portraiture
related to art, fashion, and design is present, it should be noted that the Bancroft Library’s collection has little of her
photographic documentation of architecture and design in Paris; such materials were given by Bonney to the Cooper-Hewitt National
Design Museum, and perhaps other institutions. An important component of the Bancroft Library collection is Bonney’s photographic
work made while traveling throughout Europe, particularly as a war correspondent during World War II. Photographs forming
her pictorial manuscript of "Europe's Children", "War Comes to the People", "The Vatican", and other works for publication
The collection also features materials compiled by Bonney relating to various interests, including the history of photography.
While her personal collection of daguerreotypes and objects related to early photography is not part of the Bancroft Library
collection, there are many copy photographs and photographs that document exhibits curated by Bonney. In addition, autobiographical
material and material related to Bonney’s family are included. Some of this family portraiture dates to the mid-19th century,
from portrait studios in New York state.
The collection includes 9 folio albums (designated "fALB" in this finding aid) that relate to Bonney's book projects. They
contain typescript caption text and silver gelatin photographic prints, presumably created as mock-ups for published editions.
Bonney has labeled several as "pictorial manuscripts". The albums are referenced within this finding aid's Container List
within the descriptions of the relevant Series. Some of these albums have been cited by researchers prior to the current volume
numbering, so their contents are briefly listed here. Volume 1-3: "The Vatican" -- Volume 4: "War comes to the people" (formerly
"album # 1") -- Volume 4a: "And in another land" (a part, or "episode" of War comes to the people) -- Volume 5: "War comes
to the people" (also labeled "Album No. II, To Whom war is done. Complete 6/68". Formerly cited as Carton 15, Album II) --
Volume 6: "Battle of freedom" ("English book III, War comes to the people") -- Volume 7: Friendship chain -- Volume 8: "The
Tale of Europe's Children" (Carnegie Hall version, given Feb 20, 1943.) -- Volume 9: "Daguerre Book" (with outline for "High
spots in one hundred years of photography").
Related materials include the Thérèse Bonney papers at the Bancroft Library (BANC MSS 83/111z)
Other collections of Thérèse Bonney photographs in the United States include the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New
York Public Library and Library of Congress. In France, related collections are housed at the Centre des Monuments Nationaux
(CMN) and the Bibliotheque Historique de la Ville de Paris.