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Barbara Morgan Wight Gallery Collection, 1938-1967
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  • Conditions on Access
  • Conditions on Use and Reproduction
  • Processing Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Title: Barbara Morgan Wight Gallery collection
    Collection number: 1872
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 8 flat boxes
    Date: 1938-1967
    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.
    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.

    Conditions 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.

    Conditions on Use and Reproduction

    Copyright to portions of this collection has been assigned to UCLA Library Special Collections. The library can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian, UCLA Library Special Collections. Credit shall be given as follows: © The Regents of the University of California on behalf of UCLA Library Special Collections.

    Processing Note

    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, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6805242 

    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

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    Subjects and Indexing Terms

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