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Edna Bullock Photographs
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edna Bullock photographs
    Dates: 1976-1994
    Collection number: MS 325
    Creator: Bullock, Edna
    Collection Size: 5 flats
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: Selected black and white photographs taken by Edna Bullock, 1976-1994.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Edna Bullock photographs. MS 325. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.


    Edna Bullock (May 20, 1915 - December 13, 1997) was born and raised in Hollister, California. Her father was chief of police and her mother a seamstress. An active child, Edna had a passion for dance and physical activity which engaged her throughout her life.
    After earning degrees from University of California Los Angeles and University of California Berkeley, she taught physical education at Fresno High School from 1940-1943. She established a dance program and choreographed the "Sleeping Beauty Ballet."
    In the fall of 1942, she met budding photographer Wynn Bullock, then a sergeant in the U.S. Army. The two were married on February 13, 1943. For the next 15 years, Edna devoted herself to being a full-time helpmate and mother, raising two daughters, Barbara and Lynn, and step daughter, Mimi.
    Edna supported Wynn's career as a commercial and creative photographer by taking the role of his personal secretary and assistant. She managed the photographic concession on two military bases at Camp Cook in Santa Maria, and at Fort Ord on the Monterey Peninsula.
    Edna began her own career in photography at the age of 61, in 1976, a year after Wynn died. In an amazingly short time, friends such as Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Morley Baer, Al Weber, and Ruth Bernhard witnessed her evolution from student to fellow exhibitor.
    An exceptionally prolific artist for two decades, Edna produced a wide variety of black and white imagery, including a series on landscapes, seascapes, nudes, and creative ephemera, such as flea markets.
    The book, Edna's Nudes, released on her 80th birthday reflects her dancer's eye and her intuitive, direct, and humorous character.
    Edna's images were displayed in over 100 individual and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her final exhibition, "Edna's Portraits" spanned the entire range of her artistry and was the culmination of her short photographic career.
    Biography excerpted from The Bullock-Wilson Trust Photography Archive

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains 57 black and white photographs taken and processed by Edna Bullock between the years 1976 and 1994.


    Photographs are arranged chronologically by date.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Bullock, Edna
    Photography, Artistic

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