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French (Gerald L.) Photograph Collection
MSS.2010.09.20  
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Description
The Gerald L. French Photograph Collection consists of photos and negatives taken by Gerald L. French from 1958 to 2011, the bulk being taken between 1958 to 1989. Throughout his career, French photographed subjects around the world ranging from agriculture, livestock, and landmarks to individuals and festivals. The Collection is divided into six series: Series I: Arizona, Series II: California, Series III: Correspondence, Series IV: Digital Media, Series V: Domestic States, Series VI: International.
Background
Gerald L. French graduated San Jose State College in 1960 with a BS in Journalism. After graduation, French worked for the San Jose Mercury News, then moved to San Francisco and worked for Skelton Photograph. Later, French was hired by the Seattle World's Fair as a Photographer. In 1962, French returned to San Francisco and opened his studio. Clients included BART, KRON-TV, KCBS, Bank of America, and various others. French's photographs were published in National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, and many others. Assignments he received by his clients took him around the world.
Extent
8 boxes (8 Linear Feet)
Restrictions
Copyright has been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives 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 by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.
Availability
The collection is open for research.