Inventory of Milton Halberstadt Papers and Photographs

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Creator: Halberstadt, Milton
Title: Milton Halberstadt Papers and Photographs
Date: 1936-2000
Extent: 50 linear ft.
Abstract: Photographs, proofs, transparencies, and negatives of Milton "Hal" Halberstadt commericial and artistic photography. Personal and business correspondence relating to his life as a photographer. Papers include business ledgers and records, teaching slides and notes. Correspondence and memorabilia from 1936-2000.
Phyiscal location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
Repository: University of California, Davis. General Library. Dept. of Special Collections.
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: D-468
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Biography/History

Milton Halberstadt (1919-2000) had an illustrious career in fine art and commercial photography that spanned seven decades and left a body of work covering genres from abstract art to commercial photography. Milton Halberstadt, better known as Hal, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He began his career as a photographer there in 1936. He worked for Creative Photographers (1936-1937), Bachrach's (1938-1939) and Garfield & Newcomb Studio gaining extensive technical expertise. At one point during this time, he photographed the streets of Boston for the Works Progress Administration and Boston Housing. His creativity with photography awarded him a Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship to the School of Design in Chicago in 1940. Led by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, a renowned Hungarian artist, Moholy became very influential in M. Halberstadt's life. During his years in Chicago, he assisted Moholy and Gyorgy Kepes in the printing of their photographs and photographing their work. It was during this time that Halberstadt became an expert in developing photographs. World War II interrupted this emerging career. In 1943, he trained as a navigator. He was the navigator for a B-24 bomber, which flew 11 missions over south-central Europe and the Balkans. Struck down over Yugoslavia, Halberstadt, though severely injured safely navigated the plane until it landed in Italy. For his valor, he received the Armed Forces' Distinguished Flying Cross for safely landing the plane and saving the lives of the pilot and one other airman. After World War II, Halberstadt, with his family, moved to San Francisco, opening a large format photography studio, M. Halberstadt Illustration (1945-1973). As the premier food photographer on the west coast, he changed how food was photographed and used in print. He has been called brilliant by his peers who included, Ansel Adams, Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, and Edward Weston. During his 28 years of business, he created campaigns for Del Monte Foods, Ralston Purina, Kaiser, Spice Island, Dole, Paul Masson Vineyards, Royal Viking Lines, Qantas and the Olive Advisory Board, Dairy Advisory Board, and the Beef Advisory Board. He wallpapered his walls with his awards. The studio had a kitchen for food preparation, darkrooms, and a huge "prop loft" for the items that were used in the photography. He worked extensively with Maggie Waldron, skillfully styling food to create the best photographs possible. Halberstadt taught many classes on photography while he had his studio in San Francisco as well as after closing the studio. He gave private classes in the United States and Canada. He taught both with Ansel Adams in Yosemite and for the Ansel Adams Gallery. After closing his studio in 1973, he continued to teach classes at University of California, Berkeley, University of California Santa Cruz, California State University, San Francisco and the University of Oregon. Information about Milton Halberstadt appears in Warren, Lynne. Encyclopedia of Twentieth-century Photography 2006. Comer, Stephanie The Moment of Seeing: Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts Chronicle Books 2006. B&W Magazine Millenium Issue #5 February, 2000. Court, Arthur. Minerals; Nature's Fabulous Jewels Photography by Milton Halberstadt 1974. Kepes, Gyorgy. Language of Vison (Halberstadt is credited as Halbe) 1961, and The Editors of Time-Life Books, The Studio. Milton Halberstadt Died on June 26, 2000.

Scope and Content

The Milton Halberstadt Collection consists of approximately 4500 negatives, slides transparencies, fine prints and photographs as well as office records, business and personal correspondence to friends and other artists. Milton Halberstadt was a food advertising and fine arts photographer. The collection consists of images made for his advertising studio and his own black and white fine art. Several of his fine art prints are included in the collection. He shot in black and white, with investigations into photograms, negative images, solarization, tone line and multiple exposures. Some of his most famous photographs are included in the collection. Also included in the collection are his photographs from a published book, Minerals, Nature's Fabulous Jewels , by Arthur Court and Ian Campbell and the negatives to the 1968, "Register and Vote" postage stamp, photographed by Milton Halberstadt, graphics by Norman Todd-Hunter, and typeface by Bill Hyde. It is a United States Postal Service stamp. It also includes art by other artist as well, including an original cartoon by Jack Keeler.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in five series: 1. Biographical Information, 2. Correspondence and Memorabilia, 3. Teaching Materials, 4. Studio Business Records and 5. Photography.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Halberstadt, Milton--Archives.
Advertising photography
Commercial art
Photography--Study and teaching
Advertising--Food--United States
Photography, Artistic

Access

Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

Gift of M. Halberstadt Photographic Trust in 2007.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Milton Halberstadt Papers and Photographs , D-468, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis..

Publication Rights

Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, University of California, Library, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Biographical Information, 1936-2000

Physical Description: 1.8 linear ft

Scope and Content Note

This series includes information about his family members including Earnest Halberstadt, an artist, Milton Halberstadt's writings, his military career, information about his two hobbies, fly fishing and sailing.
 

Series 2 Correspondence and Memorabilia, 1936-2000

Physical Description: 2.4 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains greeting cards, newspaper clipping, obituaries, and other pieces of information collected over the years about friends and other photographers.
 

Series 3 Teaching, 1963-1980

Physical Description: 2.2 linear ft.

Scope and Content Note

Teaching notes and slides are included.
 

Series 4 M Halberstadt Illustration Business Records, 1945-1973

Physical Description: 1.6 linear ft

Scope and Content Note

This series includes ledgers, address books, business cards, and copies of ads from advertising agencies.
 

Series 5 Photographs, 1936-2000

Physical Description: 650 prints, 1700 transparencies, and 2000 negatives

Scope and Content Note

The largest and most important part of the collection is in this series. It includes Halberstadt's advertising art, fine art photography, the photography of the "Register and Vote" postage stamp, and the Minerals Book.
Not all of the photographs have been digitized.
 

Subseries 5.1 Advertising Photographs

Scope and Content Note

This subseries consists of selected photographs taken as part of the photography services of M. Halberstadt Illustration (1945-1973). During its 28 years of existence, advertising compaigns were created for Del Monte Foods, Ralston Purina, Kaiser, Spice Island, Dole, Paul Masson Vineyards, Royal Viking Lines, Qantas and the Olive Advisory Board, Dairy Advisory Board, and the Beef Advisory Board and others.
Box: 71:20

undated Chinese person showing many bowls of rice

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undated A book cover for Scott Forsman made up of wooden vowels

Box: 29:1

undated Wooden box filled with vegetables, fruits, french fries, pie and shrimp

Box: 29:2

undated Champagne glass with grapes and Almaden label

Box: 29:3

undated Grapes with Almaden Johannisberg Riesling label

Box: 29:6

undated Apple pie with blossoms and two apples

Box: 29:5

undated Apple pie

Box: 29:8

undated Christmas setting with candles and apples

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Undated Sleigh with Christmas presents and apples

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undated Apples in red Christmas stockings

Box: 29:11

undated Apple pie, canned apples and candy apples

Box: 29:12

undated Waldorf salad with apples and freesia

Box: 29:13

undated Fork with an artichoke

Box: 29:14

undated Artichoke

Box: 29:15

undated Baked apples with daffodils

Box: 29:16

undated Breads and apple pie with blank advertising insert

Box: 29:18

undated All the food you will need for a barbeque

Box: 29:21

undated Green bean salad with garbanzo beans

Box: 29:23

undated A bowl of green beans

Box: 29:24

undated Roast beef with oranges, lemons and garlic

Box: 29:27

undated Barbequed ribs with beans and beer

Box: 29:28

undated Cold glass of beer

Box: 29:29

undated Bel-air broccoli

Box: 29:30

undated Backyard barbeque with hotdogs and olives

Box: 29:33

undated Chicken and broccoli casserole

Box: 29:34

undated Display of butcher's meats with an advertising blank

Box: 29:36

1966 Buttermilk in measuring cup

Box: 71:20

1954 Roos Brothers Christmas catalog.

Box: 29:39

undated Ingredients to a caesar salad

Box: 29:42

undated Cherry cobler in a glass

Box: 29:44

undated Chicken and mushrooms in a pot

Box: 29:47

undated Chinese meal

Box: 71:20

1954 Catalog Cover for Roos Brothers

Box: 29:53

undated Corn pudding with cobs of corn

Box: 29:54

undated Western themed advertisement for United Seed Company with an avertising blank

Box: 71:20

1954 Cyan print of a catalog cover for Roos Brothers

Box: 30:3

undated Dairy themed blank advertisement

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undated A bottle and glass of Gambarelli and Davitto D & G Sweet Vermouth

Box: 30:4

undated Diet Delight canned fruit advertisment

Box: 30:6

undated A bottle of Diet Delight maple syrup in a pitcher

Box: 30:7

undated Diet Delight sweetener with white porcelain coffee cup and coffee pot

Box: 30:8

undated Del Monte fruit advertisement

Box: 30:9

undated Del Monte canned vegetables advertisment

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undated Del Monte fruit juice advertisement

Box: 30:11

undated Del Monte grand opening advertisement

Box: 30:12

undated A display of Del Monte pickles

Box: 30:13

undated Del Monte Round-up advertisement

Box: 30:14

undated Hibachi barbeque with meat and vegetable skewers

Box: 30:16

undated Stew in a blue tureen

Box: 30:17

undated Del Monte Tomato Sauce with parmesan cheese, olive oil, vegetables and a pan of spaghetti

Box: 30:18

undated Beef and vegetables skewers with Del Monte Tomato Sauce

Box: 30:20

undated A variety of cheese with Del Monte Fresh Whole Dills

Box: 30:21

undated Del Monte Soda advertisement

Box: 30:24

undated Dole fruit cocktail still life with a circus theme

Box: 30:25

undated Dole's first award ribbon with a can of fruit cocktail and a basket of fruit

Box: 30:26

undated Dole Fruit Cocktail ad with pineapple, grapes, pears and peaches in a basket

Box: 30:27

undated Dole Fruit Cocktail can in a box ready to wrap with pineapple, grapes, pears, peaches and cherries.

Box: 30:30

undated Del Monte Fresh Cucumber Chips next to a tall stack of sandwiches

Box: 30:31

undated Frozen seafood dinner with frozen salmon and a glass of tomato juice

Box: 30:36

undated Fruit cocktail in a glass with candles and a chrysanthemum

Box: 30:38

undated Fruit cocktail in a glass with a violet and mint

Box: 30:37

undated Two glasses of fruit cocktail with ribbon and violets

Box: 30:39

undated Fruit cocktail pudding in a glass

Box: 30:34

undated A glass of fruit cocktail

Box: 30:40

undated A bouquet of Spring flowers in a Fuller Paints can

Box: 30:41

undated A bottle of G & D Fior Di California Burgundy Scelto

Box: 30:42

undated A bottle of G & D Fior Di California White Burgundy

Box: 30:43

undated Clusters of green, red and purple grape

Box: 30:44

undated Purple grapes in a glass

Box: 30:46

undated One tall hamburger sandwich

Box: 30:47

undated A pear sitting on ice

Box: 30:48

undated A bottle of Italian Swiss Colony Chianti with cheese, walnuts and a bouquet of flowers

Box: 30:50

undated Kaiser 22 Monochlorodifluorome tank in the snow

Box: 30:51

undated Kaiser cooking foil advertising display

Box: 30:52

undated Outdoor display of Kaiser building products

Box: 30:53

undated Kitchen pots and pans and utensils in a display

Box: 30:55

undated Lejon champagne bottle with bottles of bourbon, scotch and gin

Box: 30:57

undated Lejon Brandy and glass surrounded by books

Box: 30:58

undated A case of Lejon Champagne

Box: 30:60

undated A bottle of Lejon Champagne with its cork

Box: 30:59

undated A bottle of Lejon Champagne with two glasses

Box: 30:61

undated A cold bottle of Lejon Champagne

Box: 30:62

undated Lobster Newburg, a glass of wine and red roses

Box: 34:1

undated Cold glass of Lucky Light beer

Box: 71:20

undated Magazine ad for FibreBoard.

Box: 71:20

Undated Magazine ad for Bank of America: hammer and nail montage.

Box: 71:20

Undated Magazine ad for Shopsmith.

Box: 34:8

undated Cold glass of Olympia beer

Box: 34:7

undated Olympia beer with golf club, golf ball, and tee

Box: 34:9

undated Seven pancakes in a round cast iron pan

Box: 34:10

undated Beef goulash ingredients

Box: 34:11

undated Peach

Box: 34:12

undated A basket of popcorn with pears, two trout and a cast iron frying pan with potatoes

Box: 34:13

undated Peapod

Box: 34:14

undated Pecan pie

Box: 34:15

undated Pfeiffer famous beer with glass of beer, an egg and a shaker of salt

Box: 34:18

undated Two glasses of pineapple juice with two eggs in egg cups and a blue butterfly in background

Box: 34:22

undated Still life of a pineapple, bunch of grapes, cherries, an apple, plum, peach and a pear

Box: 34:24

undated Pizza with salami, anchovies, cheese, olives and Del Monte tomato sauce

Box: 34:27

undated Red delicious apple salad

Box: 34:28

undated Salad with cucumber, tomato and avocado

Box: 34:29

undated Roast beef with a can of Schilling black pepper

Box: 34:30

undated Seafood for soups, stews and chowders

Box: 34:32

undated Scoop of vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone

Box: 34:34

undated Bowl of sour cream

Box: 34:35

undated Spice Island tea display

Box: 34:36

undated A display of two bottles of Spice Islands vinegar

Box: 34:37

undated Display of standing rib roast with vegetables

Box: 71:20

undated Still life entitled "1600 Mile Meal" for Qantas Airlines

Box: 34:39

undated A pan of stuffed cabbage

Box: 34:40

undated A carmel sundae top with peanuts and a cherry

Box: 34:42

undated A bottle of Suntory Royal Special Reserve Whiskey

Box: 34:44

undated A table full of Del Monte pickles

Box: 34:45

undated Bowls of rice dishes on a tabletop

Box: 34:48

undated Ingredients of beef stew with Del Monte tomato sauce

Box: 34:49

undated Large red tomatoes in a colandar

Box: 34:52

undated Trifle dessert next to an old fashioned ice cream maker

Box: 34:54

undated Veal Piccata with bread

Box: 34:55

undated Veal in a bowl surrounded by colorful ribbons

Box: 34:56

undated Fresh vegetables advertisement

Box: 34:57

undated Cookies, cakes and candies made with walnuts

Box: 34:58

undated Whipped cream on mixer beaters

Box: 71:20

Undated A bottle of Lejon Vermouth on a bar top at Vesuvio's.

Box: 30:56

undated A bottle of Lejon Champagne Cellars Brandy

Box: 30:63

undated Lucky Light Draft beer with wheat and hops

Box: 34:31

undated Ingredients for a seafood salad

Box: 0:0

undated Ingredients for seafood soup

Box: 34:33

undated Large bowl of sole in peas, onions and tomatoes

 

Subseries 5.2 Fine Art Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Several of his fine art prints are included in the collection. He shot in black and white, with investigations into photograms, negative images, solarization, toneline and multiple exposures. Some of his most famous photographs are included in the collection. Some of the photographs can be see in permanent collections at these institutions. Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts; George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, California; and Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
Box: 71:20

undated Image of landscape taken from fast moving car near Dunnigan, California

Box: 71:20

1936 Abandoned Apartment. Boston, Massachusetts, 1936

Box: 71:20

1950 Ann Halprin in the Dance Entombment

Box: 71:20

1950 Ann Halprin in the dance called Entombment.

Box: 71:20

1938 Brickyard worker with a pitch fork, Boston Massachusetts, 1938

Box: 71:20

1941 Backyard. Chicago, Illinois, 1941

Box: 71:20

1936 Two woman talking at the barbeque in D'Hanis, Texas

Box: 71:20

1938 Brickyard Worker. South Boston, Massachusetts, 1938

Box: 70:20

1936 Brownstone Front. Boston, Massachusetts,1936

Box: 71:20

Undated Bird Wing

Box: 71:20

1952 Carsen House in Eureka, California

Box: 71:20

1952 Carsen House in Eureka, California, solarized

Box: 71:20

1940 Chicago River at night time

Box: 71:20

1943 Sketch of lips and hands done in the Cliche Verre technique. D'Hanis, Texas, 1943

Box: 71:20

1954 East Bay from Twin Peaks, toneline

Box: 71:20

undated Screen dot of an eye, solarized

Box: 71:20

undated A fence and a tree in Pt. Arena

Box: 71:20

1940 Gold Coast. Chicago, Illinois, 1940

Box: 71:20

1952 Golden Gate from Twin Peaks, toneline

Box: 71:20

1954 View of Hunter's point from San Francisco

Box: 71:20

1940 Lake Erie Storm. Chicago, Illinois, 1940

Box: 71:20

undated Photogram of parts of a watch

Box: 71:20

1940 Mansion on North Clark Street, Chicago, Ill.

Box: 71:20

undated Jewelry designed by Margaret DePatta

Box: 71:20

1940 Montage of face and hippo

Box: 71:20

undated Moon over San Francisco, toneline

Box: 71:20

Undated Nautilus shell

Box: 71:20

undated Housing tracts in Noe Valley, California

Box: 71:20

undated Black and White abstract

Box: 71:20

undated Black and White abstract

Box: 71:20

1940 Pitcher and Chair. Woodstock, New York, 1940

Box: 71:20

undated A swinging pocket watch

Box: 71:20

1940 Portrait in 3 views of Norm Martin. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1940

Box: 71:20

1950 Portrait of Ann Halprin, solarized

Box: 71:20

1940 Portrait of Archipenko. Woodstock, New York, 1940

Box: 71:20

undated Portrait of Bill Parker, toneline

Box: 71:20

undated Portrait of Blair Stapp; also called Phrenology Head

Box: 71:20

Undated Portrait Dick O'Hanlon with his sculpture in Mill Valley, Calfiornia

Box: 71:20

1940 Portrait of the Eigers. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1940

Box: 71:20

1940 Portrait of Florence Brotherton, solarized. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1940

Box: 71:20

1940 Portrait of Florence Brotherton sitting. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1940.

Box: 71:20

1940 Portrait of Homer Page with a Fox Deluxe beer sign in the background

Box: 71:20

1941 Portrait of Iris Miller. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1941

Box: 71:20

1941 Portrait of Iris Miller, Solarized. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1941

Box: 71:20

1940 Portrait of Julio De Diego in Chicago, Illinois

Box: 72:20

undated Portrait of Keith Monroe

Box: 71:20

undated Portrait of Margaret DePatta

Box: 71:20

undated Portrait of Marget Larsen

Box: 71:20

undated Portrait of Marget Larsen in black gown with pin

Box: 71:20

1940 Portrait of Norm Martin. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1940

Box: 71:20

1940 Portrait of Norm Martin in the windows. Wheaton, Illinois, 1940

Box: 71:20

1940 Portrait of Norm Martin taken with a light modulator. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1940

Box: 71:20

1941 Portrait of Olga Kadic, solarized. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1941

Box: 71:20

1941 Portrait of Olga Kadic. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1941

Box: 71:20

1941 Portrait of Olga Kadic on water drops. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1941

Box: 71:20

1941 Portrait of Olga Kadic. Paper Negative. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1941

Box: 71:20

1940 Portrait done at the Chicago School of Design, 1940

Box: 71:20

undated Portrait of two sisters

Box: 71:20

1936 Woman's portrait. Boston, Masseachusetts, 1936

Box: 71:20

1960 Reflections on acetate

Box: 71:20

undated The lights of San Franicsco rotating

Box: 71:20

1960 Tag stapled to a box

Box: 71:20

undated Detail of a hand saw at Fall River, California

Box: 71:20

1954 San Francisco from Twin Peaks, detailed variation

Box: 71:20

1954 San Francisco from Twin Peaks in negative tones

Box: 71:20

1954 San Francisco from Twin peaks, toneline

Box: 71:20

undated A candle that has been snuffed

Box: 71:20

undated Still life of Heath Pottery, solarized

Box: 71:20

undated Keith Monroe's jewelry with his hand showing a ring

Box: 71:20

undated Still life of Keith Monroe's jewelry

Box: 71:20

1940 Still life, solarized. School of Design. Chicago, Illinois, 1940

Box: 71:20

1954 Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, California, toneline

Box: 71:20

Undated Tennis umpire, Mill Valley Tennis Club, California.

Box: 71:20

undated An orange and a butterfly in a white bowl, toneline montage, toneline

Box: 71:20

1941 Track Crew, Ohio St. Chicago, Illinois, 1941

Box: 71:20

1954 Twin Houses, western addition, San Francisco, solarized

Box: 71:20

1954 Window detail from the image Twin Houses, western addition, San Francisco, solarized

Box: 71:20

1936 Two Girls. Boston, Massachusetts, 1936

Box: 71:20

undated Fijian Islander

Box: 71:20

undated Tlingit totem pole in Saxman Native Village, Ketchican, Alaska.

Box: 71:20

undated Up against the Wall, San Francisco

Box: 71:20

undated Weeds in San Francisco, process negative

Box: 71:20

1950 Welland Lathrop dancing, solarized.

Box: 71:20

1950 Welland Lathrop and Dick Ford Dancing, solarized

Box: 71:20

undated Western Pacific Shack

Box: 71:20

undated Wheel Barrow, reversed print and process negative

Box: 71:20

undated White on White still life, solarized