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Finding Aid to the Alan Copeland Photograph Archive
BANC PIC 2017.041  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
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  • Biographical / Historical
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  • Scope and Content

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Alan Copeland photograph archive
    Creator: Copeland, Alan
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC PIC 2017.041
    Physical Description: approximately 23,000 photographs in 13 boxes : black and white negatives, color transparencies and gelatin silver prints ; various sizes and formats
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1968-1989, bulk 1968-1973
    Abstract: Journalistic photographs of events and other newsworthy topics in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and other locations in the Bay Area, California and beyond, taken chiefly in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
    Physical Location: Many Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research. Negatives and slides available by appointment only.
    MOCK-UP VOLUME (fALB box 1): RESTRICTED DUE TO FRAGILITY. Requests for use of original must be approved by the appropriate curator. Optionally, see Bancroft Library copy of related publication, shelved as pfF869.B5 P43.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Copyright for material created by Alan Copeland has been assigned to the University of California Regents, managed by The Bancroft Library. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Alan Copeland Photograph Archive was given to The Bancroft Library by Carol Karger Copeland in 2017.

    Biographical / Historical

    Alan Copeland (1943-2012): born in Canada; studied at Shimer College and University of Wisconsin, Madison; moved to Berkeley in 1967; photographer for the Berkeley Barb and Berkeley Tribe in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and later such outlets as Ramparts, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and New York Times; founded Photon West agency with Stephen Shames and other photographers; was also affiliated with Associated Press, Black Star and Woodfin Camp & Associates agencies; author of People's Park (1969) and Black Mesa: the Angel of Death (1973); later in life practiced as a studio photographer and taught at Vista College in Berkeley.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Alan Copeland Photograph Archive, BANC PIC 2017.041, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Scope and Content

    Journalistic photographs of events and other newsworthy topics in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and other locations in the Bay Area, California and beyond, taken chiefly in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Subjects include the formation and early years of People's Park (Berkeley, Calif.); individuals and activities associated with the Black Panther Party; various demonstrations (anti-Vietnam War, Third World Liberation Front, etc.) at the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University; the kidnapping of Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army; mining operations on the Black Mesa plateau and other environmental aspects of the U.S. Southwest; the Berkeley Barb newspaper and its editor Max Scheer; and Timothy Leary. Other topics, covered less extensively, include San Francisco politicians Harvey Milk, George Moscone and Dianne Feinstein; the California wine and oil industries; San Francisco observation of John Lennon's funeral; Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones performing at Altamont Speedway; Copeland's personal life during the 1960s and 1970s; the Berkeley Tribe newspaper; and numerous others. PIC boxes 1-2 and AX box 1 contain prints chiefly pertaining to People's Park and other Berkeley topics, demonstrations in San Francisco, and various environmental and cultural aspects of Black Mesa and the U.S. Southwest. Among the prints are also portraits and unidentified subjects. Collection also includes Copeland's annotated mock-up for his 1969 book People's Park (fALB box 1), which includes works by numerous photographers in addition to Copeland. The mock-up lacks a few images but is otherwise nearly identical in visual content to that of the publication. Also includes an oversize copy negative depicting a protestor wearing a gas mask and wielding a tear gas canister (NEG portfolio 1), a matching print of which is likely present among the PIC and/or AX files.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    People’s Park (Berkeley, Calif.) -- Photographs
    Berkeley (Calif.) -- Photographs
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- Photographs
    Hippies -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area
    Social movements
    Protest movements -- California -- Berkeley
    Copeland, Alan