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Finding Aid for the Edward Weston Photographs, 1918-1946
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edward Weston Photographs
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1946
    Collection number: 613
    Creator: Weston, Edward Henry
    Extent: 2 document boxes (.75 linear feet) 5 oversize boxes
    Abstract: Collection consists of 256 original Edward Weston photographs, taken between 1918 and 1945, and ten pieces of correspondence. 195 of the prints are a series of 8×10 landscape photographs of California that Weston created for Westways magazine. The remaining images are a variety of matted prints, including landscapes, still lifes, nudes, and portraits. Correspondence is from Weston to Illiana Rosey and Rosario Mazzeo.
    Language: Finding aid is written 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 the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. 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.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • Westways prints, gift of the Automobile Club of Southern California, 1959.
    • Fifty prints purchased from Brett Weston, 1981.
    • Portraits of Mina Cooper, gift of Herbert Arthur Klein, 1982.
    • Correspondence purchased from Jeff Weber Rare Books, 1988.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Kelley Wolfe Bachli, 2002.
    A portion of the processing of this collection was generously supported by Arcadia   funds.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edward Weston Photographs (Collection Number 613). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography

    Edward Weston, (American, 1886-1958), was born in Highland Park, Illinois and from an early age was involved with photography. He studied at the Illinois College of Photography in 1908, afterwards moving to Los Angeles to work for a commercial portrait studio and eventually starting his own. Weston exhibited his works in many salons and exhibitions, making his works known in the photographic community. In 1929 Weston moved to Carmel, California, where he would spend the rest of his life. Here he was fascinated by his surroundings, producing many works in the Point Lobos coastal region. Weston stopped creating photographs in 1948, suffering from Parkinson's disease.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of 256 original Weston gelatin silver prints taken between 1918 and 1945 and ten pieces of correspondence from Weston. 195 of the prints are a series of 8×10 landscape photographs of California that Weston created for Westways magazine. The remaining images are a variety of matted prints, the majority taken around Death Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Point Lobos. In addition, there are five nudes, including one of Tina Modotti, eight still-lives of vegetables and found objects, and portraits of Mina Cooper, William Wilcox Robinson, Madeleine Ruthven, John Cowper Powys, Dillard King, and Diego and Frieda Rivera. Correspondence is to Illiana Rosey and Rosario Mazzeo.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Westways Magazine
    2. Landscapes
    3. Still Lifes
    4. Portraits
    5. Correspondence.
    Series 1, Westways Magazine, is organized by article themes. Series 2 through 5 are arranged chronologically.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Edward Weston---archives.
    Westways Magazine.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographs.