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Finding Aid for the Barbara Morgan photographs, 1928-1972
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Barbara Morgan photographs
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1972
    Collection number: 1873
    Creator: Morgan, Barbara
    Extent: 1 oversize box.
    Abstract: The collection contains nineteen mounted photos by Barbara Morgan, on subjects including dance, Camp Treetops, nature, and one from the Junkyard Series.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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 the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. 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.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Sukey Garcetti in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2010.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Barbara Morgan photographs (Collection 1873). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6653607 


    Barbara Brooks Morgan was born in Buffalo, Kansas on July 8, 1900, but grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She attended UCLA from 1919 to 1923, and later joined the art faculty (1925-30). She married Willard D. Morgan (ca. 1925) and relocated to New York (1930). After the birth of her two sons, Douglas (1932) and Lloyd (1935), she began to concentrate on her photography career. An accomplished designer, author, artist, and photographer, she is best known for her photographs of American modern dancers, among them, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Pearl Primus, Jose Limon, and Charles Weidman. She contributed articles and reviews to various publications and published several books including, Martha Graham: Sixteen Dances in Photographs (1941), Summer's Children: A Photographic Cycle of Life at Camp about Camp Treetops (1951), and A Collection of Material about Barbara Morgan (1972), as well as having a photo in Family of Man (1955). She died August 18, 1992 in Scarsdale, NY.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes 19 mounted photos taken by Barbara Morgan. These photos include photos of dancers, nature, various portraits, one of Camp Treetops (a children's camp, featured in her book Summer's Children) and one from her junkyard series. There is one example of her experimental photomontages. The collection includes "Girl Playing Recorder," which was included in the 1955 book Family of Man.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Portraits
    2. Dance
    3. Auto Junkyard Series
    4. Camp Treetops
    5. Nature

    Indexing Terms

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


    Morgan, Barbara Brooks,--1900- .
    Women photographers.
    Women artists.

    Related Material

    Collection about Barbara Morgan, 1960-1972. Collection 1112.   Available at Library Special Collections, UCLA Library.
    Barbara Morgan Wight Gallery Collection, 1938-1967. Collection 1872. Available at Library Special Collections, UCLA Library.