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Hall (Cliff) negatives and photographs
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  • Biographical / Historical
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Rights Statement for Archival Description
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information

  • Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Title: Cliff Hall negatives and photographs
    Creator: Hall, Cliff, 1925-2020
    Identifier/Call Number: 7010
    Physical Description: 17.6 Linear Feet 17 boxes
    Date (inclusive): c.1950s-2008
    Abstract: This collection primarily consists of undeveloped negatives, snapshots, prints, and correspondence by Los Angeles native photographer Cliff Hall (1925-2020), which appear chiefly to date from the 1950s to early 2000s. The images reflect photo shoots and candid images made by Hall of society and cultural events and often document Los Angeles' Black community.
    Language of Material: English.
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    Biographical / Historical

    Cliff Hall (1925-2020) was a prominent Black photographer, inventor, and designer in Los Angeles, California. Clifford Augustus Hall was born in Los Angeles on August 11, 1925. He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946 and later studied at the Fred Archer School of Photography. Hall worked at the Los Angeles Sentinel in the 1950s and 1960s and co-founded Halmont Graphics with Lamont McLemore in 1958. As an independent photographer, Hall became well-known photographing social events, weddings, and socialites, often in Beverly Hills and Bel Air, as well as Los Angeles' Black community. Hall was also an inventor, notably creating a sports car prototype named the Corwin Getaway in 1969. Hall died on January 5, 2020.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection primarily consists of undeveloped negatives, snapshots, prints, and correspondence by Los Angeles native photographer Cliff Hall (1925-2020), which appear chiefly to date from the 1950s to early 2000s. The images reflect photo shoots and candid images made by Hall of society and cultural events and often document Los Angeles' Black community. Notable persons include: Arsenio Hall, Stevie Wonder, Muhammad Ali, Sammy Davis jr, and OJ Simpson.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Rights Statement for Archival Description

    Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Department of Special Collections at specol@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Cliff Hall in 2007 and 2008.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], Cliff Hall negatives and photographs, Collection no. 7010, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    This collection is unprocessed.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Actors -- Photographs
    Actors -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs
    Actresses -- Photographs
    Actresses -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
    African American photographers
    African American photographers -- Archival resources
    African Americans -- California -- Los Angeles -- History -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    African Americans -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs
    Negatives (photographic)
    Parties -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs
    Photographers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources
    Photographs
    Weddings -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs
    Hall, Cliff, 1925-2020 -- Archives