Scope and Contents
Title: Herbert "Herb" Quick Collection
Identifier/Call Number: 2007.0011
UCR/California Museum of Photography
Language of Material:
14.4 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1931-2006
The Herbert "Herb" Quick Collection, 1931-2006, documents the career of egalitarian Herbert Quick as a California photographer
and instructor of photography at the University of Riverside, California.
Quick, Herbert, 1925-2006
Scope and Contents
The Herbert "Herb" Quick Collection, 1931-2006, consists primarily of photographic materials, correspondence, financial papers,
and printed materials. The majority of the collection is negatives (Series I) from his early work as a child in 1931 through
2004. The bulk of the negatives are from 1970s to 1980s. Most of the negatives in the collection were made into contact prints
ranging from 1931-2002.
The bulk of the correspondence (Series II) consists of correspondence to Herbert Quick from photographers, art galleries,
publishers, and colleges/universities, from 1953-2006. He corresponded with photographers including Ansel Adams, Richard Garrod,
Milton Halberstadt, and Max Yavno.
The financial papers (Series III) consist of donations by Herbert Quick to UCR/California Museum of Photography and the University
of California, Riverside. The bulk of the donations were made through 1981-1999. This series also includes receipts from purchases,
sold, and loaned materials of Herbert Quick ranging from 1951-2005, the bulk of the receipts are from 1976-1994. This series
also includes legal papers such as Quick’s last will and testament dated and signed in 2004.
The printed material (Series IV) consists of announcements/advertisements and programs/booklets. The bulk of this series are
programs and announcements of Quick’s shows and exhibitions such as the
Photographic Directions: Los Angeles 1979 exhibition,
The Collectible Moment at the Norton Simon Museum in 2006,
Auctions: Print Auction Houston Center Photography, and exhibitions at the California Museum of Photography featuring Quick. This series also includes press releases and newsletters
from 1963 George Eastman House exhibition on understanding contemporary photography from past to present, and a press release
for Kodak paper, relating to Quick’s work on Kodak’s Advisory Committee.
The smaller components of the collection are writings, clippings, college/university papers, personal materials, and audiovisual
materials. The writings (series V) consist of works from Quick and by others such as Edward Beardsley and Quick’s brother
Richard Quick. The work by his brother was written in 1946, and is a report on the development of Riverside. It includes various
maps and postcards of Riverside, California. The clippings consist of magazine and newspaper clippings ranging from 1954-2006.
The college/university papers (Series VI) consist of papers Quick has collected from the University of California, Riverside
and Riverside City College. These papers include Quick’s roster of students for his courses such as large format photography.
The personal materials (Series VII) consist of geological papers, awards such as the World War II metals he obtained for his
service in 1941-1945. In addition, he received the Riverside Arts award in 1979 and in 1998 he received an award from UCR/California
Museum of Photography. The audiovisual materials (Series VII) include a DVD and VHS on Herbert Quick photographic work.
Herbert Quick was born in Manistique, Michigan in 1925. In the early 1930s at the age of six he developed an affinity for
photography, which is demonstrated through his depictions of the Seils-Sterling Circus. However, in 1943 he put photography
on hold to serve in the United States Navy. Quick received the American Campaign and Good Conduct medals for his service in
World War II.
In the late 1940s Quick went on to pursue a career in photography. He received his formal training in photography at the Art
Center School of Design in Los Angeles, California. During his training he learned fundamental techniques in photography such
as commercial and zone system applications. He met and was given guidance by Edward Weston who was then suffering physical
decline from Parkinson’s disease. He was befriend by Dorothea Lange and for a time worked as her printer, He later took course
at Art Center School of Design from Fred Archer and Ansel Adams, maintaining a correspondence with the latter. Quick also
received guidance from Max Yavno, his life-long friend, who helped him further develop his style of photography. Quick’s main
subjects to photograph were architecture, portraits, and landscapes.
From 1950 to 1958 Quick owned Sirks’ Camera shop in Riverside, California. It was only a matter of time in 1964, until he
became a staff photographer and lecturer at the University of California, Riverside, introducing large format photography
into the curriculum. In 1975 he became a member of the Photography Advisory Committee at Riverside City College. In 1982 he
also served on the Advisory Committee for the development of premium black-and-white photographic paper for the Eastman Kodak
Company in Rochester, New York.
In1975 he became the Manager of Photographic Services at the University of California, Riverside. However, in the early 1980s,
Quick’s position as manager was in jeopardy due to university cut backs. However, there was an outpour of letters from faculty,
former students, and community members urging university administrative officials to retain Quick’s photographic services
on campus. Quick went on to be manager until 1996.
Not only did his career in photographic education flourish, so did his artistic career. Quick was showcased in many one-man
and group exhibitions in galleries and museums, such as the Camera Work Gallery; Palos Verdes Art Center; San Francisco Museum
of Modern Art, International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House; the Norton Simon Museum; National Museum of
Canada; and the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, among others. Some of Quick’s most notable work are the
Seils Sterling Circus, 1931;
Bath House, Lake Elsinore, California, 1951; portraits of Kid Ory, 1946;
Carousel, Tilden Park, Berkeley, California, 1952;
My Kitchen Sink, 1966; and
Guard, Pan Pacific Auto Show, 1970. However, his most loved work was the depiction of growth and development of California, especially the city of Riverside.
In 2006 Quick passed away at the age of 81.
Whenever possible, original order of this collection was maintained.
This collection was bequeathed to UCR/CMP by the artist.
Copyright has been assigned to the UCR/California Museum of Photography. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Collections.
Herbert "Herb" Quick Collection, UCR/California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside.
Collection is open for research, by appointment.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Gelatin silver prints