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Guide to the Douglas Menuez Photography Collection MSS.PHOTO.0451
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  • Title: Douglas Menuez photography collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.PHOTO.0451
    Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 130.0 Linear feet (206 manuscript boxes, 104 flat boxes; 345,000 negatives/slides; 5 CD-ROMs)
    Date (inclusive): 1986-2006
    Abstract: Contains photographic materials, including prints, contact sheets, negatives and slides, relating to Menuez's documentation of major Silicon Valley companies, as well as to fine art book projects, photo essays and photo shoots for newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, annual reports and other commissioned work.
    creator: Menuez, Doug


    Collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    The following boxes containing negatives are CLOSED except to staff for duplication purposes:

    Series 3: Boxes 1-7 - Researchers should refer to the corresponding contact sheets in Series 1.

    Series 5: Boxes 28-49, 55 - Researchers should refer to the corresponding contact sheets in Series 5, Subseries 1. Jobs or Series 1, Subseries 1. Jobs (for Farallon).

    Series 6: Box 2 - Researchers should refer to the corresponding contact sheets in Series 6, Subseries 1 and 2.

    The following boxes containing electronic media are CLOSED to researchers:

    Series 4: Box 1 - Materials on CD-ROM may require 2-4 weeks for reformatting. Hard drive is CLOSED to researchers, but the contents are available via Stanford's Image Gallery (http://collections.stanford.edu/images/bin/page?forward=home).

    Series 8: Boxes CM-1 and CM-2 - Materials on CDs may require 2-4 weeks for reformatting.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Intellectual rights to the images reside with their creator, Douglas Menuez, or his heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries.

    Preferred Citation

    Douglas Menuez photography collection, Mss Photo 0451. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Douglas Menuez, 2004 (Accession 2004-060); 2005 (Accession 2005-126); 2006 (Accession 2006-207); 2007 (Accession 2007-081); 2008 (Accessions 2008-118 and 2008-179); 2010 (Accession 2010-209); 2011 (Accession 2011-132) and 2012 (2012-123).


    Award-winning documentary photographer Douglas Menuez was born in Texas in 1957. He studied art and photography at the San Francisco Art Institute and San Francisco State University, and began his varied career shooting first for the Washington Post in 1981 followed by Time, Newsweek, Life, People, USA Today, Fortune Magazine and many other publications worldwide over the past twenty-five years. He’s covered major news stories including the famine in Ethiopia, the destruction of the Amazon, the AIDS crisis, drug wars, presidential campaigns, the Olympics, five Super Bowls and the World Series. His portraits of key figures range from Mother Teresa and Robert Redford, to President Clinton and Bill Gates.

    Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Menuez pursued a long-term project documenting the rise of Silicon Valley behind the scenes. With unprecedented access to almost every major technology company, including Apple, Adobe, Sun Microsystems, NeXT Inc and others, he covered digital pioneers such as Steve Jobs, Andy Grove, John Warnock, Bill Joy and John Doerr. Working first for Life Magazine, Menuez continued covering start-ups and established giants until the collapse of the dot.coms. This era was one of the most turbulent and significant--more jobs and wealth were created than ever before in human history.

    Menuez' advertising campaigns for global brands include Chevrolet, Nikon, Siemens, Hewlett Packard, Northwest Airlines, Coca Cola, Nokia, and Microsoft. His work has been honored by many organizations, including the Kelly Awards, The AOP London, The Cannes Festival, The One Show, The Art Director's Club of NY, Photo District News, The Epson Creativity Award, American Photography, Graphis, and Communication Arts.

    Menuez has had solo and group shows of his work in Milan, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and London. His most recent one-man shows include "Heaven, Earth, Tequila" at the Holbrook Arts Center, Millbrook, NY and "Transcendent Spirit" at Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles.

    Menuez' work has also been featured in nine of the bestselling Day in the Life books, including the cover of A Day in the Life of Africa in 2002. In 1989, Menuez co-produced with David Elliott Cohen 15 Seconds: The Great California Earthquake of 1989, which raised over a half-million dollars for earthquake victims. In 1993, Menuez published Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton, Beyond Words Press, which was named one of the best 100 books of the past five years by Graphis. Recent books include Heaven, Earth, Tequila: Un Viaje al Corazón de México, Waterside Publishing, 2005, and Transcendent Spirit: The Orphans of Uganda, Beaufort Books, NY, 2008, with all proceeds to help Ugandan AIDS orphans. Menuez is currently working on a new book and documentary film, Fearless Genius: A Visual Memoir of Silicon Valley.

    In 2009, Menuez formed Menuez Archive Projects, his exclusive boutique stock library featuring rights-managed images from his 30 years of award-winning imagery.

    Menuez currently lives in New York City with his wife and son.

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    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of contact sheets, prints, slides, caption sheets, model releases, clippings, tear sheets, publications, portfolios and other material related to the photojournalism, documentary, commercial, and commissioned photography work of Doug Menuez.

    Accessions 2004-060 and 2005-126 comprise Series 1. Silicon Valley Documentary. Series 1 contains prints, slides and contact sheets and is divided into two principal subseries: Jobs and Edits. Jobs are identified by the project or job name ( 24 Hours in Cyberspace, Adobe Systems, Apple Corporation, Against All Odds-One Digital Day, Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, Newton, Next, Inc. and Farallon Computing). Subseries 2. Edits includes Silicon Valley and Reportage Selects removed from the Jobs subseries for editorial and other purposes.

    This collection does not have a Series 2.

    Negatives have been removed from Series 1. Jobs and filed in Series 3. Negatives (CLOSED except to staff for duplication purposes). Please note that although Series 3. Negatives mirrors the structure of Series 1, not every negative has a corresponding print, slide or contact sheet. The scope and content field for most folders contains a complete list of the contact/negative roll numbers assigned by Menuez and his staff.

    Series 4. Electronic Media consists of 5 CD-ROMs and 1 hard drive and is CLOSED to researchers. Please note that electronic media may take between 2-4 weeks for reformatting. The images contained in the hard drive are available online via Image Gallery (http://collections.stanford.edu/images/bin/page?forward=home).

    Series 5. Accessions 2006-207 and 2007-081 consists of contact sheets, slides, prints, negatives, caption sheets and notes and is arranged into 4 subseries: Jobs, Photo Shoots, Negatives and Tear Sheets. Subseries 1. Jobs is arranged alphabetically by company or project. The number of images in each project was provided by the donor and is an approximation only. Corresponding negatives have been removed for preservation purposes and can be found in Subseries 3. Negatives (CLOSED except to staff for duplication purposes). Subseries 2. Photo Shoots is arranged alphabetically by subject. Negatives have been removed and stored in flat boxes for preservation purposes and are OPEN to research. Many negatives do not correspond to contact sheets and are occasionally unnumbered. Not all rolls of negatives are complete. Subseries 3. Negatives is CLOSED except to staff for duplication purposes. Researchers should refer to the corresponding contact sheets in Series 5, Subseries 1. Jobs and Series 1, Subseries 1. Jobs (for Farallon images). Subseries 4. Tear Sheets consists of 2 folders of tear sheets relating to commercial photography jobs.

    Contact sheets and negatives relating to Go Corporation and Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers-Aspen comprise Series 6. Accession 2008-118. The negatives are CLOSED except to staff for duplication purposes.

    Series 7. Accession 2008-179 is arranged into 4 subseries: Jobs, Portfolio, Publications and Tear Sheets and Prints. Subseries 1. Jobs consists of prints, contact sheets, transparencies, negatives and related material, such as caption sheets, model releases and correspondence, related to Menuez's photography jobs. Many of the photographs were commissioned for publication in Discover, USA Today, Time, Mac Week, Forbes, Fortune, US News and World Report, People, and others. Negatives have been separated and housed in flat boxes for preservation purposes, and are OPEN to researchers. Numbers of photographic materials by format are noted in scope and content notes of many folders, and are approximate. Subseries 2. Portfolio consists of a number of Menuez's professional portfolios and contains prints, negatives and slides. Subseries 3. Publications and Tear Sheets contains examples of Doug Menuez's photography in printed publications, including tear sheets, advertisements, magazines, annual reports, brochures, etc. Subseries 4. Prints contains prints related to Menuez's documentary photography jobs, photo shoots and photo essays.

    Series 8. Accession 2011-132 is arranged into 2 subseries: Jobs and Jobs - Computer Media. Subseries 1. Jobs consists of slides, negatives and contact sheets of Menuez's commercial work. Subseries 2. Jobs - Computer Media consists of CDs (97) that have been removed from Subseries 1. Jobs for preservation purposes. The CDs are CLOSED to researchers and may require 2-4 weeks for reformatting.

    Series 9. Accession 2012-123 consists of one folder of 35mm slides.


    Published works by Menuez, or publications containing work by menuez:
    Drag Meet: 1996. Sears Point Race Track, California. Amateur drag racers. Offset printing, edition of 500.
    Facetime. 2006, Woodstock (NY). Various portraits, including: Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola, Bob Weir, Sonia Braga, Martin Cruz Smith, Delroy Lindo, Natasha Richardson, and others. Indigo printing, edition of 100.
    Heaven, Earth, Tequila: un viaje al corazón de México. Photographs by Douglas Menuez; introduction by Victor Villaseñor; text by Doug Menuez with Andrés Zamudio. 141, [6] p. : ill. Waterside Press, Cardiff-by-the-Sea (CA), 2005. ISBN#: 0976680106
    My Year in the Wilderness. 1996. A collection of images 1970-1996 taken in various locations, including: Brazil, Italy, France, China and Spain. Inkjet printing on watercolor paper. Edition of 10.
    Transcendent Spirit: The Orphans of Uganda. Photographs by Douglas Menuez; introduction by Dame Elizabeth Taylor; text by Rachel Scheier. 151 p. : ill. Beaufort Books, New York, 2008. ISBN#: 9780825305856
    A Day in the Life of Africa. David Elliot Cohen, Susan Wels and Lee Lieberman Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 288 p. : ill., maps. Tides Foundation, San Francisco, 2002. ISBN#: 0971802106
    Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton. Photographs by Doug Menuez; introduction by Paul Saffo; text by Marcos Kounalakis. 176 p. : ill. Beyond Words, Hillsboro (OR), 1993. ISBN#: 0941831949
    :15: Fifteen Seconds: The Great California Earthquake of 1989. David Elliot Cohen; Douglas Menuez and Ron Tussy, Editors. 119 p., [1] p. : ill. The Tides Foundation, San Francisco, 1989. ISBN#: 1559630418


    The materials are arranged in nine series based upon accessions, and have been further broken down into subseries, and, in Series 1, subsubseries. The arrangement of the collection is as follows:
    Series 1. Silicon Valley Documentary 1988-2002

    Subseries 1. Jobs

    Subsubseries 1. 24 Hours in Cyberspace, 1988-2002

    Subsubseries 2. Adobe Systems, 1988-1995

    Subsubseries 3. Apple Computer, 1990-1997

    Subsubseries 4. Against All Odds, One Digital Day, 1997

    Subsubseries 5. Defying Gravity: The Making of Newton, 1993-1996

    Subsubseries 6. Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, 1992-1996

    Subsubseries 7. Newton, 1992-1993

    Subsubseries 8. Next, Inc., 1986-1991

    Subsubseries 9. Farallon Computing, 1989-1991

    Subseries 2. Edits

    Subsubseries 1. Reportage Selects

    Subsubseries 2. Silicon Valley Selects

    Series 3. Negatives

    Series 4. Electronic Media

    Series 5. Accessions 2006-207 and 2007-081

    Subseries 1. Jobs

    Subseries 2. Photo Shoots

    Subseries 3. Negatives

    Subseries 4. Tear Sheets

    Series 6. Accession 2008-118

    Subseries 1. Jobs

    Subseries 2. Selects

    Subseries 3. Negatives

    Series 7. Accession 2008-179

    Subseries 1. Jobs

    Subseries 2. Portfolio

    Subseries 3. Publications and Tear Sheets

    Subseries 4. Prints

    Series 8. Accession 2011-132

    Subseries 1. Jobs

    Subseries 2. Jobs - Computer Media

    Series 9. Accession 2012-123

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Adobe Systems.
    Apple Computer, Inc.
    Brand, Stewart
    Callaway Golf Co.
    Charles Schwab Corporation.
    Clinton, Bill, 1946-
    Cook, Scott
    Coppola, Francis Ford, 1939-
    Cray, Inc..
    Crédit suisse.
    Curchack, Fred
    Doerr, John E.
    E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.
    Eastman Kodak Company.
    Eastwood, Clint, 1930-
    Eddie Bauer, Inc..
    Farallon Computing (Firm)
    Feinstein, Dianne, 1933-
    Ferraro, Geraldine
    Gates, Bill, 1955-
    General Electric Company.
    General Motors Corporation. Chevrolet Motor Division.
    GO Corporation.
    Hewlett Packard Company
    International Business Machines Corporation.
    J.P. Morgan Chase & Co..
    Jaguar Cars Ltd..
    Joy, William N.
    Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers ;
    Kounalakis, Markos
    Lindo, Delroy, 1952-
    McNealy, Scott
    Miller, Greg
    Mullarkey, Karen, 1942-
    NetObjects, Inc..
    NeXT Computer, Inc..
    Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
    Perot, H. Ross, 1930-
    QVC (Firm).
    Reebok International Ltd..
    Saffo, Paul
    Sapient Corporation.
    Sculley, John
    Seybold, Jonathan
    Smith & Hawken.
    Smolan, Rick
    Sun Microsystems
    Warnock, John, 1940-
    Wells, Fargo & Company.
    Wozniak, Steve, 1950-
    Computer software industry--United States--Photographs
    Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif.)