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Finding Aid for the United Press International (UPI) Photograph Collection, 1930-1978 1980.01.r
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  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Arrangement note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • IP Rights
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Processing Information note

  • Title: United Press International (UPI) Photograph Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: 1980.01.r
    Contributing Institution: Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries
    One University Drive
    Orange, CA, 92866
    (714) 532 - 7711
    Language of Material: The majority of the collection is in English
    Physical Description: 20.0 Linear feet (73 boxes)
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1969-1977
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1980
    Abstract: Photographs from the United Press International Los Angeles stock photo office. Coverage is approximately 1930-1978 with the bulk of the photographs 1969-1977.
    General Physical Description note: The collection had been forgotten and when it was rediscovered in 1989 it was found to have a great deal of acidification and vermin damage. There are now only 79 boxes remaining of the original 120.

    Biographical/Historical note

    United Press International (UPI) is a news agency headquartered in the United States with roots dating back to 1907. Once a mainstay in the newswire service along with Associated Press (AP) and Reuters, it began to decline as afternoon newspapers, its chief client category, began to fail with the rising popularity of television news.
    This decline accelerated after the sale of UPI by the founding Scripps family culminating in two bankruptcies.
    In the late 1970s, UPI closed down it's Los Angeles stock photo office and merged it with the New York office. This move prompted the donation of this collection to keep it from being destroyed.

    Arrangement note

    The collection is organized by subject series and, in some cases, subseries by subject.

    Preferred Citation note

    [identify item], United Press International Photograph Collection 1930-1978 (1980.01.r ), Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Chapman University, CA.

    Conditions Governing Use note

    UPI retains the copyright on all photographs. Permission to use photographs must be obtained from United Press International.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    This collection is open for research.

    Scope and Contents note

    Originally 120 boxes of more than 48,000 photos from the Los Angeles UPI stock photo office donated in the spring of 1980 to the library.
    Covering mainly the 1960s and 1970s there are also photos going back to the 1930s. Each photo is an 8x10 print with attached caption and, in many cases, editorial notes and markings on the photos.

    IP Rights

    UPI retains the intellectual property rights of this collection.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donated by UPI, Los Angeles Office in 1980.

    Processing Information note

    This collection of photographs, though open for research, is still undergoing processing. Please see the individual series for details.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United Press International.
    Cold War
    United Press International -- Photographs
    United States -- Race Relations
    Vietnam -- History