Guide to the Ansel Adams Papers, 1932-1984.

Processed by Special Collections staff ; machine readable finding aid created by Steven Mandeville-Gamble
Department of Special Collections
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Guide to the Ansel Adams Papers, 1932-1984.

Collection number : M359

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Encoded by:
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
© 1997

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ansel Adams Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1932-1984.
Collection Number: Special Collections M359
Creator: Waters, George, Adams, Ansel
Extent: 1.5 linear ft.
Contributing Institution: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance:

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Waters, 1983 and 1984.

Access Restrictions:

None

Publication rights:

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], Ansel Adams Papers, M359, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Processed by:

Brita Jaffe, June 1985

Biographical Note:

Friend and business associate of American photographer Ansel Adams, George Waters corresponded with Adams over a period of almost forty years. Waters supervised the photolithography work for many of Adams' publications; the correspondence reflects both Adams' and Waters' attention to detail and the creation of fine reproductions.

Scope and Contents Note:

Arrangement

Correspondence is arranged chronologically, with letters from Adams and Waters interfiled. Incoming correspondence to Waters from others, primarily concerning the production of Adams' books, follows the Adams-Waters correspondence. Subject files for the books Waters worked on are arranged alphabetically by title of book.
There are awards, keepsakes, and reproductions of Adams' photographs, as well as two Adams photographs by George Waters of Ansel Adams, 1946-1947, 1974, and 1979. Ephemeral publications and objects including a tee-shirt and coffee can decorated with Adams' photos complete the collection.

Container Listing

 

Series 1. Correspondence, 1954-1973

Box 1, Folder 1

Ansel Adams-George Waters, 1954-1971

Box 1, Folder 2

Ansel Adams-George Waters, 1972

Box 1, Folder 3

Ansel Adams-George Waters, 1973-1976

Box 1, Folder 4

Ansel Adams-George Waters, 1977

Box 1, Folder 5

Ansel Adams-George Waters, 1978

Box 1, Folder 6

Ansel Adams-George Waters, 1979

Box 1, Folder 7

Ansel Adams-George Waters, 1980-1983

Box 1, Folder 8

Incoming correspondence to Waters from others, 1964-1983

 

Series 2. Subject files, 1971-1979

Box 1, Folder 9

Clarence Kennedy Photographs, 1971

Box 1, Folder 10

Photographs of the Southwest, correspondence, 1976-1977

Box 1, Folder 11

Photographs of the Southwest, photographic record, 1976-1977

Box 1, Folder 12

The Polaroid Land Manual, 1978

Box 1, Folder 13

Taos (facsimile), 1976-1978

Box 1, Folder 14

Yosemite and the Range of Light, 1978 April -1978 Aug.

Box 1, Folder 15

Yosemite and the Range of Light, 1978 Sept. -1978 Dec.

Box 1, Folder 16

Yosemite and the Range of Light, 1979 Jan. -1979 July

Box 1, Folder 17

Yosemite and the Range of Light, photographic record, [ca. 1979 July 30]

 

Series 3. Photographs

Box 1, Folder 18

1 polaroid portrait each of Adams and Waters.

Box 1, Folder 19

Ansel and Virginia Adams on a trip to Mojave Desert and the Grand Canyon taken by Waters, 1946-1947.

 

Series 4. Awards, Keepsakes, Reproductions

Box 2, Folder 1

Award, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Images 1923-1974

Box 2, Folder 2

Reproductions and keepsakes, photolithography by George Waters.

 

Series 5. Publications

Note

Photolithography by George Waters
Box 2, Folder 3

"Don Wort : Photographs 1956-1972", introduction by Ansel Adams.

Box 2, Folder 4

"Photographs by Clarence Kennedy", portrait and technical advice by Ansel Adams.

Box 2, Folder 5

"Polaroid Corporation, 1978", Adams and Kennedy photographs.

 

Series 6. Other Publications

Box 2, Folder 6

"A chance to be involved", National Park Foundation, photographs by Ansel Adams.

Box 2, Folder 7

Articles about Adams

Box 2, Folder 8

Articles by Adams, (Fortnightly Review, 1932)

 

Series 7. Miscellany

Box 2, Folder 9

Miscellany

Box 2, Folder 11

Tee-shirt, "Photographs of the Southwest."

Box 3

Hills Bros. coffee can with an Ansel Adams photograph