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Ansel Adams photograph collection

Identifier: NODOG-0008

Content Description

Contains 26 black and white photographic prints taken by Ansel Easton Adams. Dates of creation of photographs is unknown, although notations on backs of photographs indicate they were taken prior to 1936. Photographs show nature and landscape scenes in the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite Valley, and Sequioa National Park; portraits of Sigmund Stern, Charles E. Wood, Domenico Buescia, Ina Coolbrith and Erich Leinsdorf; and city scenes of San Francisco. There are two series of photographs of murals. The first is two prints of murals done by Gottardo Piazzoni that were displayed at the San Francisco Public Library; the second is three photographic prints of a Diego Rivera mural displayed at the Stern residence in Atherton, California. There are two photographs Adams took for the American Trust Company, one shows a pioneer family in New Melony, California, the other a view of Gilroy Valley from Fremont Peak. Many of the photographs were gifts from Ansel Adams to Albert M. Bender, given between 1927 and 1936.

Acquisition Type



Most photographs in this collection were gifted from Ansel Adams to Albert M. Bender between 1927 and 1936. Albert M. Bender probably donated the photographs Adams gave to him to the California Historical Society. Provenance for photographs not having belonged to Albert M. Bender is unknown.

Restrictions Apply



  • circa 1936


2.60 Linear Feet (1 half legal document box and 1 flat box)