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Series II: Photographs, 1920s-1980

Call Number: GEN MSS 732, Series II

Scope and Contents

The Photographs series features 182 photographs from the PaJaMa collective ("Paul, Jared, and Margaret") formed by Paul Cadmus, Jared French, and Margaret French. Most of the PaJaMa photographs, shot in black-and-white and printed 5" x 7" or smaller, were taken during the 1930s and 1940s on Fire Island, Provincetown, and Nantucket beaches, but there are also images from Vermont and Hoboken. Photographs include the artists, George Tooker, Lincoln and Fidelma Kirstein, Truman Capote, George Platt Lynes, Donald Windham, Jack Dunphy, Monroe Wheeler, and others.

In addition to the PaJaMa photographs, there are approximately 250 travel photographs shot in black-and-white and printed 21/2" x 3 1/2". Photographs depict statuary, architecture, and public scenes and events, with groups, travel companions, and friends. More than half the photographs appear to have been taken during the early 1950s in Europe, mostly in Italy (Florence). Others, depicting scenes in Europe, Vermont, New York City, and Coney Island, date from the 1920s through 1940s. People present include Jared and Margeret French, Paul Cadmus, E. M. Forster, Lincoln Kirstein, Osbert Sitwell, Jensen Yow, and others.

There are also a number of photographs of original paintings and drawings by Cadmus, French and Luigi Lucioni. Other photographs include erotica, with images of French, Robert Giannotta, and others, a bullfight, and an unidentified place. Erotica can also be found in the PaJaMa photographs.

Additional photographs documenting artwork by French and other artisits can be found in Series IV.


  • 1920s-1980


Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Box 10: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.


Organized into five subseries: People, PaJaMa Photographs, Travel, Art, and Other.


1.46 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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