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Barbara Morgan photographs, 1928-1972
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  • Conditions on Access
  • Conditions on Use and Reproduction
  • Processing Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Title: Barbara Morgan photographs
    Collection number: 1873
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1 oversize box
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1972
    Abstract: The collection contains nineteen mounted photos by Barbara Morgan, on subjects including dance, Camp Treetops, nature, and one from the Junkyard Series.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Morgan, Barbara

    Conditions on Access

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

    Conditions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright to portions of this collection has been assigned to UCLA Library Special Collections. The library can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian, UCLA Library Special Collections. Credit shall be given as follows: © The Regents of the University of California on behalf of UCLA Library Special Collections.

    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). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    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

    Related Material

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

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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