Barbara Morgan photographs, 1928-1972

Finding aid prepared 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.
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Finding aid last updated 14 December 2016.


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 

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

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.

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