Will Connell Negatives


Descriptive Summary

Title: Will Connell Negatives
Dates: 1926-1952
Collection Number: 1990.0024
Creator/Collector: Connell, Will, 1898-1961
Extent: 36 linear feet
Repository: UC Riverside. California Museum of Photography
Abstract: The collection contains approximately 15,000 negatives and prints along with individual periodicals, personal notes, technical photographic books, manuscripts, and photographic equipment, made or used by Will Connell. Connell photographed virtually every industry in California at the time. He also completed a number of literary projects and artistic endeavors.
Language of Material: English


Original negatives are available by appointment, but must be handled by the Curator of Collections. Images should be requested by their print identification numbers.

Publication Rights

Images may be considered for publication with advanced, written permission. UCR/California Museum of Photography assists the Connell family in the administration of Will Connell's copyright.

Preferred Citation

Will Connell Negatives. UC Riverside. California Museum of Photography

Acquisition Information

Will Connell, son of the photographer, donated the body of work to the UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside in 1990.

Biography/Administrative History

Will Connell began his professional career in the late 1920s in California. Publications employing Connell include: Allyear Club, Touring Topics (later Westways), Better Homes & Gardens, Colliers, Weekly Cosmopolitan, Country Gentlemen, Life, Successful Farming, Sunset, Time, U.S. Camera, Woman's Day, Woman's Home Companion, and Vogue.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is organized within box lot numbers which in turn are organized by job name. Will Connell, as a commercial photographer, arranged his negatives according to the name of the commissioner of the work; the museum has maintained the original order. The dates of the images range from 1926 through 1952, although the majority of negatives originated during the 1930's and 1940's.

Indexing Terms

Connell, Will, 1898-1961