Guide to the Susannah Hays Collection of Artwork and Documents, 1992-2006 M1743

Finding aid prepared by Tim Noakes
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, California, 94305-6064
Repository email:

Title: Susannah Hays : artwork and documents
Identifier/Call Number: M1743
Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 38.0 Linear feet (1 box, 2 cartons, 49 flat boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1992-2006
Abstract: Collection contains photographs and documents from artist, Susannah Hays.
Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website:
Creator: Hays, Susannah


Susannah Hays is a book artist and experimental fine art photographer. She has been on the Faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute since 2002.

Scope and Content

This collection of her work includes: 8 EGYPT gelatin silver prints -- 1 journal, related to EGYPT --7 SKELLETAL LEAVES prints (6 Vandyke prints, 1 Iris print) -- 1 ONE SUN, ONE APPLE, ONE DAY, framed -- 3 P.O.P. microscope images -- 12 EMPTY BOTTLE SERIES gelatin silver prints -- 1 SEED LEAF gelatin silver photogram -- 2 FALLEN SKY gelatin silver prints -- 6 P.O.P. prints -- 6 EVERYDAY CONSTELLATIONS gelatin silver prints -- 6 PINHOLE VIEWS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE pinhole light drawings -- 3 BETWEEN CEDAR AND VINE gelatin silver prints -- 2 digital images. Also included are the original glass pieces used for the EMPTY BOTTLE series and miscellaneous archival documents, including all the original fragments used for the publication of "Between Cedar and Vine."
Addenda: (accession 2011-143): 1 very large print (14 x 140 inches), 1 framed print, 1 matted photograph, and 2 unframed prints.


Open for research; material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

Publication Rights

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See:
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased by Stanford University, Special Collections in 2010 and 2011. Accessions 2010-057 and 2011-143

Processing Note

Collection was processed by Tim Noakes.

Preferred Citation

Susannah Hays : artwork and documents, M1743. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Hays, Susannah
Women Photographers



Mixed materials 1

Bottles used for "Empty Bottle" photographs [FRAGILE]

Mixed materials 2

Bottles used for "Empty Bottle" photographs [FRAGILE]



Scope and Contents note

All items are framed; one framed photograph per box.
Mixed materials 3

"Calla Lilly"

Mixed materials 4

"Ivy Leaf"

Mixed materials 5

"Maple Leaf"

Mixed materials 6

"Venus Pencils"

Mixed materials 7

"Cross Section Smilax Root"

Mixed materials 8

"Triangle Palm Cross Sections"

Mixed materials 9

"Ivy Leaf (hearts)"

Mixed materials 10

"Nasturium Leaf"

Mixed materials 11


Mixed materials 12

"Leaf Embryo"

Mixed materials 13

"Hope it's not serious..."

Mixed materials 14

"One is of the Spirit..."

Mixed materials 15, Item 1

Egypt: color portrait of Susannah Hays taken by Matt Phillips in the Sultan Hannan Masque, 1992

Mixed materials 15, Item 2

Egypt: Pots (black/white print)

Mixed materials 15, Item 3

Egypt: Ladder (black/white print)

Mixed materials 15, Item 4

Egypt: Girl, Man, and Donkey (black/white print)

Mixed materials 15, Item 5

Egypt: Bread for Sale (black/white print)

Mixed materials 15, Item 6

Egypt: Mohamed Ali Mosque (black/white print)

Mixed materials 15, Item 7

Egypt: Sugarcane (black/white print)

Mixed materials 15, Item 8

Egypt: Meeting at the Market (black/white print)

Mixed materials 16

"Fallen Sky" (1 of 2)

Mixed materials 17

"Fallen Sky" (2 of 2)

Mixed materials 18

"Seed Leaf"

Mixed materials 19

"Cy Twombly"

Mixed materials 20

Pinhole Views of the San Francisco Arts Institute (1 of 6)

Mixed materials 21

Pinhole Views of the San Francisco Arts Institute (2 of 6)

Mixed materials 22

Pinhole Views of the San Francisco Arts Institute (3 of 6)

Mixed materials 23

Pinhole Views of the San Francisco Arts Institute (4 of 6)

Mixed materials 24

Pinhole Views of the San Francisco Arts Institute (5 of 6)

Mixed materials 25

Pinhole Views of the San Francisco Arts Institute (6 of 6)

Mixed materials 26

"Street Shadow"

Mixed materials 27

"Street Forest"

Mixed materials 28

"Map of Changes"

Mixed materials 39

"Empty Bottle #1"

Mixed materials 30

"Empty Bottle #3" (Bernard Cells)

Mixed materials 38

"Empty Bottle #5"

Mixed materials 33

"Empty Bottle #6"

Mixed materials 32

"Empty Bottle #7"

Mixed materials 34

"Empty Bottle #9"

Mixed materials 36

"Empty Bottle #10" (Pepsi Pair)

Mixed materials 31

"Empty Bottle #11"

Mixed materials 29

"Empty Bottle #12"

Mixed materials 37

"Empty Bottle #13"

Mixed materials 35

"Empty Bottle #14"

Mixed materials 53

"Empty Bottle #15" (Balkite)

Mixed materials 40


Mixed materials 41


Mixed materials 42


Mixed materials 43

"Tree Outside My Window"

Mixed materials 44


Mixed materials 45

"Skeletal Leaves - Lace" (1 of 6)

Mixed materials 46

"Skeletal Leaves" (2 of 6)

Mixed materials 47

"Skeletal Leaves - Forest Map" (3 of 6)

Mixed materials 48

"Skeletal Leaves" (4 of 6)

Mixed materials 49

"Skeletal Leaves - Eucalyptus" (5 of 6)

Mixed materials 50

"Skeletal Leaves - Aspen" (6 of 6)

Mixed materials 54

"Skeletal Leaves - Iris print"

Mixed materials 55

Egypt: Pots (framed)

Mixed materials 56

One Sun - One Apple - One Day


Archival Material

Mixed materials 51

Unbound volume: collection of sheets of text pages from "Egypt" (used when exhibiting the book under glass)

Mixed materials 52, Folder 1

"Between Cedar and Vine": original fragments

Mixed materials 52, Folder 2

"Between Cedar and Vine": original fragments

Mixed materials 52, Folder 3

"Between Cedar and Vine": original fragments

Mixed materials 52, Folder 4

"Between Cedar and Vine": original publication

Mixed materials 52, Folder 5

"Egypt": journal

Mixed materials 52, Folder 6

"Egypt": journal (Timeless World)

Mixed materials 52, Folder 7

Susannah Hays: early portrait ("portrait of a young artist -- an alter ego at the time")


Accession 2011-143

Graphic materials 1

Skeletal leaves : silver-sun prints (2), unframed, 1998

Graphic materials 2

Oak leaf : cyanotype, framed, 1998

Graphic materials 3

Vietnamese girl : gelatin silver print, matted, 1986

Graphic materials 4

One sun - one apple - one day (2 sheets, 14 x 140"), unframed