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Guide to the Ansel Adams Papers, 1932-1984.
Special Collections M359  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ansel Adams Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1932-1984.
    Collection Number: Special Collections M359
    Creator: Waters, George, Adams, Ansel
    Extent: 1.5 linear ft.
    Contributing Institution: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Waters, 1983 and 1984.

    Access Restrictions:


    Publication rights:

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], Ansel Adams Papers, M359, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Processed by:

    Brita Jaffe, June 1985

    Biographical Note:

    Friend and business associate of American photographer Ansel Adams, George Waters corresponded with Adams over a period of almost forty years. Waters supervised the photolithography work for many of Adams' publications; the correspondence reflects both Adams' and Waters' attention to detail and the creation of fine reproductions.

    Scope and Contents Note:


    Correspondence is arranged chronologically, with letters from Adams and Waters interfiled. Incoming correspondence to Waters from others, primarily concerning the production of Adams' books, follows the Adams-Waters correspondence. Subject files for the books Waters worked on are arranged alphabetically by title of book.
    There are awards, keepsakes, and reproductions of Adams' photographs, as well as two Adams photographs by George Waters of Ansel Adams, 1946-1947, 1974, and 1979. Ephemeral publications and objects including a tee-shirt and coffee can decorated with Adams' photos complete the collection.