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Series I: Photographs, 1943-2011

Call Number: WA MSS S-2957, Series I

Scope and Contents

This series consists of photographs, including silver gelatin prints, inkjets, and digital files, created and printed by Plowden from 1948-2011, and incrementally acquired by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 1995-2014.

For ease of intellectual access, titles of photographs appear alphabetically within each box in this series. As boxes are consulted for research and study, the actual order of the photographs within a box will frequently change.


  • 1943-2011


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

Mr. Plowden designated his prints as “Exhibition,” “Reproducible,” and “Study.” Exhibition prints may be publically exhibited and, with appropriate permission, reproduced. Reproducible prints, with appropriate permission, may be reproduced. Study prints may be examined but never reproduced. Reproducible and Study prints sometimes represent early prints of images that are also represented by Exhibition prints. In other cases, they may be the only print in the collection from a particular negative.

Mr. Plowden, his heirs and assigns retain all commercial rights in his photographs and writings. By agreement with Mr. Plowden, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has the limited right to authorize scholars to reproduce up to ten of Mr. Plowden’s images in a scholarly publication.


Organized into twenty subseries: July 1995 Acquisition, June 1999 Acquisition, July 2000 Acquisition, July 2001 Acquisition, July 2002 Acquisition, July 2003 Acquisition, July 2004 Acquisition, July 2005 Acquisition, July 2006 Acquisition, June 2008 Acquisition, January 2009 Acquisition, April 2009 Acquisition, April 2010 Acquisition, May 2011 Acquisition, July 2012 Acquisition, July 2014 Acquisition, October 2017 Acquisition, June 2018 Acquisition, July 2018 Acquisition, and October 2019 Acquisition.


61.91 Linear Feet (201 boxes)

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977


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New Haven, CT 06511

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Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.