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Pirkle Jones Photographs and Papers MS 20
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Description
Pirkle Jones (January 2, 1914-March 15, 2009) was an award-winning documentary photographer and educator who was most known for his photographic series Death of a Valley, which he collaborated on with Dorothea Lange, and The Black Panthers, a collaboration with his wife Ruth-Marion Baruch, who was also a noteworthy documentary photographer and educator. The collection primarily consists of photographic prints and contact sheets, in addition to correspondence and papers related to projects and exhibitions.
Background
Pirkle Jones (January 2, 1914-March 15, 2009) was an award-winning documentary photographer and educator who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. His family moved to Lima, Ohio where, at age seventeen, Jones purchased his first camera, a Kodak Brownie. Throughout the 1930s, after graduating high school, he began exhibiting and publishing his works in pictorial salons and regional camera clubs. From 1941 to 1946, Jones served in the United States Army as a Warrant Officer in the Signal Corp of the 37th Infantry Division; while enlisted, Jones discontinued his photographic practice.
Extent
117 linear feet (128 boxes, 1 oversized folder)
Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Availability
Collection is open for research.