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Finding Aid for the Barbara Morgan Wight Gallery Collection, 1938-1967
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Barbara Morgan Wight Gallery Collection
    Date (inclusive): 1938-1967
    Collection number: 1872
    Creator: Sukey Garcetti in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2010
    Extent: 8 flat boxes.
    Abstract: The collection includes 143 mounted photographs, 137 of which were taken by Barbara Morgan and 6 by her husband, Willard D. Morgan. The photographs include images of dancers, nature, Camp Treetops, a Southwest series, New York cityscapes, and a junkyard series.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Sukey Garcetti in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2010.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Barbara Morgan Wight Gallery Collection (Collection 1872). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Barbara Morgan was a twentieth century photographer best known for her photographs of dancers, photomontages, and light drawings. The University of California at Los Angeles Wight Gallery acquired this collection of Morgan photographs before becoming part of the Hammer Museum.
    The Wight Art Gallery at University of California at Los Angeles originally opened in 1964 under the name UCLA Art Galleries and exhibited works on paper, paintings and sculpture. In 1974, the gallery is renamed to the Frederick S. Wight Art Galleries in honor of the former dean of the University of California at Los Angeles Art Department dean. Once the University of California at Los Angeles assumed control of the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center in 1994, the operations of the Wight Gallery were moved there and the gallery was dissolved.
    Barbara Brooks Morgan was born in Buffalo, Kansas on July 8, 1900, but grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She attended UCLA from 1919 to 1923 where she trained as a painter and later joined the art faculty (1925-30). Her shift away from painting and interest in the medium of photography grew out of meeting Edward Weston.
    She married Willard D. Morgan and then relocated to New York in 1930. After the birth of her two sons, Douglas (1932) and Lloyd (1935), she began to concentrate on her photography career. An accomplished designer, author, artist, and photographer, she is best known for her photographs of American modern dancers, among them, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Pearl Primus, Jose Limon, and Charles Weidman. She contributed articles and reviews to various publications and published several books including, Martha Graham: Sixteen Dances in Photographs (1941), Summer's Children: A Photographic Cycle of Life at Camp [Camp Treetops] (1951), and A Collection of Material about Barbara Morgan (1972), as well as having a photo in Family of Man (1955). She died August 18, 1992 in Scarsdale, NY.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes 143 mounted photos, 137 of which were taken by Barbara Morgan and 6 by her husband, Willard D. Morgan. These photos include photos of dancers, nature, various portraits, Camp Treetops (a children's camp featured in her book Summer's Children), a Southwest series, New York cityscapes, and a junkyard series. Examples of her experimental photomontages and photograms are also included, as are photos taken with the first Leica Model A camera by her and her husband.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Dance
    2. Portraits
    3. Nature
    4. Experimental photographs
    5. Auto junkyard series
    6. Camp Treetops
    7. Southwest series
    8. Packing labels

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Morgan, Barbara Brooks,--1900-
    Women photographers.
    Women artists.

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