Finding Aid for the Barbara Morgan photographs, 1928-1972

Processed by Sukey Garcetti in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2010; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


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 

Biography

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.

Subjects

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.

Container List

 

Auto Junkyard Series 1947

Box 1, Folder 13

Resurrection in the Junkyard Date Taken: 1947 Date Printed: 1969

Physical Description: 13 1/4" × 10 1/4" on 16" × 18"

Scope and Content Note

Photograph
 

Camp Treetops (Summer's Children) 1947

Box 1, Folder 14

Girl Playing Recorder Date Taken: 1945

Physical Description: 9 5/8" × 13 3/16" on 15" × 20"

Scope and Content Note

Photograph (from "Summer's Children" and "Family of Man - MOMA), inscribed "For Annita Delano"
 

Dance 1938-1944

Box 1, Folder 8

Martha Graham in "Letter to the World" Date Taken: 1940 Date Printed: 1971

Physical Description: 7 3/8" × 9 1/2" on 13" × 16"

Scope and Content Note

Photograph, Martha Graham seated on bench, inscribed "For Bertha Wardell"
Box 1, Folder 9

Martha Graham in "Letter to the World" ("For Annita Delano") Date Taken: 1940

Physical Description: 9 1/2" × 13 1/8" on 16 1/2" × 19 1/2"

Scope and Content Note

Photograph, Martha Graham's skirt forming arc, inscribed "For Annita Delano"
Box 1, Folder 10

Valerie Bettis in "Desperate Heart"

Physical Description: 10 3/4" × 12 1/2" on 18 1/2" × 20"

Scope and Content Note

Photograph
Box 1, Folder 11

Charles Weidman in "Lynchtown" (Humphrey-Weidman Group) Date Taken: 1938 Date Printed: 1969

Physical Description: 11 9/16" × 18 7/8" on 18" × 27:

Scope and Content Note

Photograph
Box 1, Folder 12

Jose Limon, "Peon" from "Mexican Suite" Date Printed: 1970

Physical Description: 13 1/4" × 17 7/8" on 21" × 26"

Scope and Content Note

Photograph
 

Nature 1943-1967

Box 1, Folder 15

Walnut Date Taken: 1943

Physical Description: 13" × 10 5/8" on 16" × 20"

Scope and Content Note

Photograph
Box 1, Folder 16

Ikons in Time-Stream (Hittite Mother Goddess 2000 BC + Empire State Bldg NYC 1938 AD) Date Taken: 1964 Date Printed: 1971

Physical Description: 17 3/4" × 13 1/2" on 26" × 20"

Scope and Content Note

Photograph
Box 1, Folder 17

Fossil in Formation Date Taken: 1965 Date Printed: 1971

Physical Description: 17 1/2" × 13" on 24" × 20"

Scope and Content Note

Photograph
Box 1, Folder 18

Artificial Life From the Laboratory Date Printed: 1971

Physical Description: 18 7/8" × 15" on 27" × 22"

Scope and Content Note

Photograph
Box 1, Folder 19

Beech Tree I Date Taken: 1945 Date Printed: 1970

Physical Description: 13" × 17 1/4" on 21" × 27"

Scope and Content Note

Photograph
 

Portraits 1942-1958

Box 1, Folder 1

Dr Diasetz Suzuki Date Printed: 1969

Physical Description: 10 5/8" × 7" on 15"x 11 1/8"

Scope and Content Note

Portrait photograph
Box 1, Folder 2

Dr Daisetz Suzuki (In Study) (in NYC during session of teaching at Columbia University) Date Taken: 1958

Physical Description: 10 3/4" × 9 1/2" on 16 1/2" × 19 1/2"

Scope and Content Note

Portrait photograph
Box 1, Folder 3

Gerald Heard Date Printed: 1971

Physical Description: 12 3/4" × 10 5/8" on 20" × 16"

Scope and Content Note

Portrait photograph
Box 1, Folder 4

Professor Joseph Campbell and Student, Sarah Lawrence college Date Taken: 195- Date Printed: 1971

Physical Description: 12" × 9 1/2" on 18" × 14"

Scope and Content Note

Portrait photograph
Box 1, Folder 5

Charles Sheeler and His Favorite Beech Tree Date Printed: 1971

Physical Description: 9 7/8" × 12 1/2" on 16" × 20"

Scope and Content Note

Portrait photograph inscribed "Best Wishes to the Carneys."
Box 1, Folder 6

Willard Morgan Tossing Cats (Strobe) Date Taken: 1942 Date Printed: 1971

Physical Description: 7 13/16" × 13 1/2" on 15" × 19 7/8"

Scope and Content Note

Portrait photograph
Box 1, Folder 7

Lloyd's Head

Physical Description: 9 1/16" × 13" on 16 5/8" × 21 1/4"

Scope and Content Note

Portrait photograph of Morgan's son