Guide to the Alissa Goldring Photographs

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The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
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Guide to the Alissa Goldring Photographs

Collection number: MS 238

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
UCSC OAC Unit
Date Completed:
January 2005
Encoded by:
UCSC OAC Unit
© 2005 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Alissa Goldring photographs
Dates: 1954-1972
Collection number: MS 238
Creator: Goldring, Alissa
Collection Size: 5 document boxes, 5 flats
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection consists of prints, negatives, slides and color transparencies of Mexico as well as printed materials. Also included are photographs of the 1969 UC Extension class "Project FIND" taught by Ansel Adams.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Alissa Goldring photographs. MS 238. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alissa Goldring, 2004.

Biography

Alissa Goldring was born in Manhattan, and says that "Early on, I was allowed to use the family box camera and then was lucky enough to be given my first camera (an Argus). Ever since I have loved taking photos and looking at photos." She finished her formal education in New York City, majoring in art at Brooklyn College. After teaching art in a school not far from where she lived in Westchester County just north of the City, she moved with her daughter and son to Mexico City on New Year's Eve in 1954, where she pursued photography for seventeen years. Working as a free-lance photographer, she took pictures of children and families, and took on jobs for newspapers, magazines, and advertising agencies. The Alissa Goldring Photography archive covers those years in Mexico, 1955-1970.
While in Mexico Ms. Goldring married again and had a third child. Nonetheless, she traveled as widely as she could, taking pictures of life in remote mountain villages, farms, balconied towns, haciendas and monasteries. She writes:
"I was fascinated by the Lacondonian and Chomula cultures, Mayan and Aztec ancient holy cities, and by the markets, the beautiful weaving, pottery and other handicrafts and holiday observances such as the Day of the Dead. Most of the time I used a Rolleiflex, later a Hasselblad, occasionally a Linhoff. Primarily I worked in black and white with natural light. My photographs appeared in books, magazines, newspapers and on record covers."
Ms. Goldring moved to California in 1971, settling in Aptos. She took classes at Cabrillo College and UCSC (including one earlier with Ansel Adams). In 1974 she completed her dissertation on dreams as a doctoral candidate with the Humanistic Psychology Institute in San Francisco (which later became Saybrook Institute). She is a credentialed Art Therapist and has taught her method of Dreamplay privately, at the San Andreas Health Council in Palo Alto, the Cabrillo College Stroke Center and Santa Cruz Aids Project, and has been a guest speaker on dreams at various colleges. After traveling far and wide, she now dreams, paints and teaches in Aptos, on the edge of the Monterey Bay, where (through her grandchildren) she "vicariously enjoys surfing, scuba diving and river rafting."

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection consists of prints, negatives, slides and color transparencies of life in Mexico from 1954-1971 as well as printed materials. Also included are photographs of the 1969 UC Extension class "Project F.I.N.D. [Project Friendless, Isolated, Needy, Disabled in Santa Cruz County, California]" taught by Ansel Adams.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Goldring, Alissa--Archives
Photography
Mexico--Pictorial works
Adams, Ansel, 1902-
Project FIND


Collection Contents

box 1-5, 9:1

Prints, 1954-1972

Physical Description: 56 folders

Scope and Content

Most of the prints in this collection are black and white, 2.25 x 2.25 inch contact prints. Larger prints have been sleeved and left in the subject category folder.

Arrangement

The material is in donor order by subject.
box-folder 1:1

Advertising [Ola Negra #671-674] ca. 1954-1972

box-folder 1:2

Ameca Meca ca. 1954-1972

box-folder 1:3

Anthropologia, Museo de 1965

box-folder 1:4

Architecture ca. 1954-1972

box-folder 1:5

Artesania [Oaxaca Weaving, pottery, guitar makers] 1960

box-folder 1:6

Artist [Ernst Rosenthal, Painter] ca. 1954-1972

box-folder 1:7

Ballet Folklorico ca. 1954-1972

box-folder 1:8

Bar, Reforma Club, Dominoes ca. 1954-1972

box-folder 1:9

Bingo [Tepeztlan] ca. 1954-1972

box-folder 1:10

Bulls [Toros, Cantinflas] 1955

box-folder 1:11

Chapultepec Park 1960

box-folder 1:12

Charros [Child Pillow Vendor] 1965

box-folder 1:13

Chiapas 1960

box-folder 1:14

Chichen Itza ca. 1954-1972

box-folder 1:15

Chiconcuac [Eric Fromm studied this town] 1963

box-folder 1:16

Children ca. 1954-1972

box-folder 1:17

Clown [Firulais] 1966

box-folder 1:18

Cozumel [Isla de Mujeres] 1960

box-folder 1:19

Cuna Islands ca. 1954-1972

box-folder 1:20

Cuernavaca 1956

box-folder 1:21

Cuevas, J. L. 1966

box-folder 1:22

Desierto (de los leones) 1955

box-folder 1:23, 9:1

Day of the Dead undated

box-folder 1:24

Dolores del Rio 1967

box-folder 1:25

Eclipse 1970

box-folder 2:1

Education 1960

box-folder 2:2

Electoral Commission 1967

box-folder 2:3

Farmer undated

box-folder 2:4

First Communion 1964

box-folder 2:5

Friedeberg [Furniture Designer/Artist] 1967

box-folder 2:6

Funeral undated

box-folder 2:7

Glass Factory [Carretones] undated

box-folder 2:8

Guadalajara [Orozco Taller] 1955

box-folder 2:9

Guadelupe Shrine undated

box-folder 2:10

Guanajuato undated

box-folder 2:11

Guaymus undated

box-folder 2:12

Hypnosis 1958

box-folder 2:13

Illich - Cidoc [John Holt Reimer] 1970

box-folder 2:14

Ixtapan undated

box-folder 2:15

La Lagunilla ca. 1960

box-folder 2:16

La Paz 1963

box-folder 2:17

Machu Pichu, Peru, undated

box-folder 2:18

Monastery Mass 1966

box-folder 2:19

Mazatlan 1960

box-folder 2:20

MacMillan (Homeopathic Dr./Vecinidad) undated

box-folder 2:21

Medical [Dr. Ramos Alvarez] undated

box-folder 2:22

Mercados [Monterrey, Mazatlan, San Miguel Allende (SMA)] undated

box-folder 2:23-26

In Mexico City, 1958

box-folder 2:23

Mexico City 1958

box-folder 2:24

I [for Sunset Book, with Jack McDowell] undated

box-folder 2:25

II ["Keep Our City Clean" sign] undated

box-folder 2:26

III (including Coxoacan) undated

box-folder 2:27

Monasterio (Padre Lemercier) undated

box-folder 3:1

Monterrey undated

box-folder 3:2

Music undated

box-folder 3:3

Nacimento 1967

box-folder 3:4

Nature/Mexico undated

box-folder 3:5

Nature/Skies (Flowers) undated

box-folder 3:6

Newspaper Vendors undated

box-folder 3:7

Oaxaca (Chiapas) 1960

box-folder 3:8

O'Gorman, Juan & Frank Gonzales 1968

box-folder 3:9

El Oro [pt.1] 1966-67

box-folder 3:10

El Oro [pt.2] 1966-67

box-folder 3:11

Orphanage (Goya 5A) 1964

box-folder 3:12

Palenque undated

box-folder 3:13

Patzcuaro undated

box-folder 3:14

People/Mexico [TLA 673] undated

box-folder 3:15

Periferico, Mexico City D.F. undated

box-folder 3:16

Pinal, [1967]

box-folder 4:1

Planned Parenthood undated

box-folder 4:2

Playa Azul undated

box-folder 4:3

Polio 1961

box-folder 4:4

Popocatepetl (Clouds, Volcano) undated

box-folder 4:5

Posada undated

box-folder 4:6

Pre-Columbian Art (Novo School) 1967

box-folder 4:7

Press (I.P.A.D.E.) undated

box-folder 4:8

Psiquiatrica Infantil (Hospital; Juan Navarro) [1967?]

box-folder 4:9

Puerto Salud 1970

box-folder 4:10

Puerto Vallarta undated

box-folder 4:11

Reed, Miss Alma undated

box-folder 4:12

San Angel Inn undated

box-folder 4:13

San Cristobal de las Casas 1969

box-folder 4:14

San Martin (Child Sleeping) 1960

box-folder 4:15

San Miguel Allende (local Bullfight) [1960?]

box-folder 4:16

Santiago (Tequistenco) undated

box-folder 4:17

Subdivision undated

box-folder 4:18

Tamayo, Ruffino (Show/Belles Artes) 1968

box-folder 4:19

Taxco undated

box-folder 4:20

Tecolutla undated

box-folder 4:21

Tepozotlan 1967

box-folder 4:22

Tequisquiapan undated

box-folder 4:23

Tlaxcala 1967

box-folder 4:24

Tula undated

box-folder 5:1

Typewriters (El Centro/Kate) undated

box-folder 5:2

Urupan undated

box-folder 5:3

Valle de Bravo undated

box-folder 5:4

Vendors undated

box-folder 5:5

Venta Prieta undated

box-folder 5:6

Washing undated

box-folder 5:7

Weavers (Jackson) 1966

box-folder 5:8

Weddings 1966

box-folder 5:9

Xochimilco 1966

box-folder 5:10

Yelapa (School, etc.) undated

box-folder 5:11

Yucatan [no proofs] undated

box-folder 5:12

Zen - Mexico; Ejo [Takata] 1968

box-folder 5:13

Zihuatenejo 1967

box-folder 5:14

Documents re: Project F.I.N.D., UCSC Extension class, Ansel Adams 1969

box-folder 5:15

Project F.I.N.D., UCSC Extension class, Ansel Adams 1969

box-folder 5:16

[Prints by Carol Henze] undated

Box 6-7

Negatives, n.d. ca. 1955-1970

Physical Description: 2 boxes

Scope and Content

Most of the negatives in this collection are black and white.

Arrangement

The material is in donor order by subject, and may or may not match the available prints or proofs.
box 6

Advertising [Ola Negra] undated

box 6

Ameca Meca undated

box 6

Anthropologia, Museo de 1965

box 6

Artesania [Oaxaca Weaving] 1960

box 6

Artist [Ernest Rosenthal, Painter] undated

box 6

Bar - Reforma Club - Dominoes undated

box 6

Bulls [Toros, Cantinflas] 1955

box 6

Chapultepec Park 1955

box 6

Charros [Child Pillow Vendor] 1965

box 6

Chiapas 1960

box 6

Chichen Itza undated

box 6

Chiconcuac (Eric Fromm studied this town) 1963

box 6

Children undated

box 6

Clown [Firulais] 1966

box 6

Cozumel [Isla de Mujeres] 1960

box 6

Cuernavaca 1956

box 6

Cuevas, J. L. 1966

box 6

Desierto [de los leones] 1955

box 6

Dolores del Rio 1967

box 6

Eclipse 1970

box 6

Education 1960

box 6

Electoral Commission 1967

box 6

Farmer undated

box 6

First Communion 1964

box 6

Friedeberg [Furniture Designer/Artist] 1967

box 6

Glass Factory [Carretones] undated

box 6

Guadalajara [Orozco Taller] 1955

box 6

Guadalupe - Mexico City - Shrine undated

box 6

Guanajuato undated

box 6

Guaymus undated

box 6

Hypnosis 1958

box 6

Illich - Cidoc, [John Holt Reimer] 1970

box 6

Illich - John Holt Reiner "Why Children Fail" undated

box 6

Ixtapan undated

box 6

La Lagunilla ca. 1960

box 6

La Paz 1963

box 6

MacMillan [Homeopathic Dr./Vecinidad] undated

box 6

Mazatlan 1960

box 6

Mercados [Monterrey, Mazatlan, SMA] undated

box 6

In Mexico City 1958

box 6

Mexico City 1958

box 6

I [for Sunset Book/with Jack McDowell] undated

box 6

II ["Keep Our City Clean" Sign] undated

box 6

Monasterio (Padre Lemercier) undated

box 6

Monastery Mass 1966

box 6

Monterrey undated

box 6

Music undated

box 6

Nacimento 1967

box 6

Nature/Mexico undated

box 7

Nature/Skies (Flowers) undated

box 7

Newspaper Vendors undated

box 7

O'Gorman, Juan & Frank Gonzales 1968

box 7

Oaxaca (Chiapas) 1960

box 7

El Oro (pt.1) 1966

box 7

El Oro (pt.2) 1967

box 7

Orphanage (Goya 5A) 1964

box 7

Palenque undated

box 7

Patzcuaro undated

box 7

People/Mexico undated

box 7

Pinal [1967]

box 7

Piñata undated

box 7

Play/La Herraclura undated

box 7

Playa Azul undated

box 7

Polio 1961

box 7

Popocatepetl (Clouds, Volcano) undated

box 7

Posada undated

box 7

Pre-Columbian Art (Novo School) 1967

box 7

Press (I.P.A.D.E.) undated

box 7

Project F.I.N.D., UC Extension class, Ansel Adams 1969

box 7

Psiquiatrica Infantil (Hospital; Juan Navarro) [ca. 1967]

box 7

Puerto Salud 1970

box 7

Puerto Vallarta undated

box 7

Reed, Miss Alma undated

box 7

S.C. 691 undated

box 7

San Angel Inn undated

box 7

San Cristobal de las Casas 1969

box 7

San Martin (Child sleeping) 1960

box 7

San Miguel Allende (Local Bullfight) [ca. 1960]

box 7

Santiago (Tequistenco) undated

box 7

Shirley and Charlotte undated

box 7

Tamayo, Ruffino (Show/Bellas Artes) 1968

box 7

Taxco undated

box 7

Tecolutla undated

box 7

Tepozotlan 1967

box 7

Tequisquiapan undated

box 7

Tlaxcala 1967

box 7

Tula undated

box 7

Typewriters (El Centro/Kate) undated

box 7

[untitled] undated

box 7

Uruapan undated

box 7

Valle de Bravo undated

box 7

Vendors undated

box 7

Venta Prieta undated

box 7

Weavers (Jackson) 1966

box 7

Weddings 1966

box 7

Xochimilco 1966

box 7

Yelapa (School, etc.) undated

box 7

Zen - Mexico; Ejo [Takata] 1968

box 7

Zihuatanejo 1967

Box 8

Slides, undated

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content

The slides are 35mm color.

Arrangement

The material is in donor order by subject, and may or may not match the available prints or proofs.
box 8

La Lagunilla undated

box 8

Monastery - Bob Kaiser at Monastery in psychoanalysis undated

Box 8

Transparencies, ca. 1965-67

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content

The transparencies are 7 x 7 cm color.

Arrangement

The material is in donor order by subject, and may or may not match the available prints or proofs.
box 8

Chisme trip undated

box 8

Cuevas, J. L. 1966

box 8

Dia de los Muertos undated

box 8

El Oro undated

box 8

Guadalupe - Mexico City - Shrine undated

box 8

Monte Falco undated

box 8

1st Communion undated

box 8

Church undated

box 8

Volcano undated

box 8

Newspaper Vendors / newspaper boy undated

box 8

Pinal, Sylvia 1967

box 8

Playa Mimosa 1965

box 8

Bell brothers, circus, Alcapulco, etc. 1965

box 8

Grass, sunset, father and child, etc. 1965

box 8

Weeds, sky 1965

box 8

San Cristobal de las Casas / Chomula School undated

box 8

Valle de Bravo undated

box 8

Vendors/Tlaxcala undated

box 8

Weddings/Sr. Grimm undated

box 8

Xochimilco undated

box-folder 9:2

Printed Materials ca. 1960-2007

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content

This series contains printed occurences of Goldring's photographs.
Box 9:2

Porter Gulch Review Spring 2007

Box 9:2

All Our Lives: 500 Years of Making Art 1995

Box 9:2

Escuela Activa, v.1:1 January 1970

Box 9:2

Decada: Publicacion Estudiantil, v.1:1 ca. 1960-1969

Box 9:2

Por Que: Revista Independiente, no.2, 4 March 13, 1968 April 10, 1968