This collection contains the photographs and papers of Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones,
whose work visually documents the people and landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area during
a time of enormous social, political, and environmental change. More than 12,000 gelatin
silver prints comprise the bulk of this collection, including work by Baruch and Jones'
colleagues and collaborators. Sizes range from miniatures to 66 x 40 oversize prints. Also
included are negatives, color and black-and-white slides, and papers that contain project
files and correspondence related to their work in addition to personal letters and family
Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones met in San Francisco in 1946 when they both enrolled in
the newly inaugurated fine art photography program founded by Ansel Adams at the California
School of Fine Arts (CSFA), now the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). In addition to
Adams, their instructors at the school included other luminaries of the photography world
including Minor White, who took over directorship of the program, Imogen Cunningham, Homer
Page, Dorothea Lange, and Edward Weston. In addition to their technical and artistic
influence on Baruch and Jones, friendships and collaborations grew out of their association
with this gifted faculty. Baruch and Jones married in 1949 at Ansel and Virginia Adams' home
in Yosemite, and became permanent residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.
800 Linear Feet
(585 boxes; 35 flat file drawers; 484 framed items)
Copyright for materials in this collection created by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones
resides with the Regents of the University of California.
Collection is open for research.