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Selected Photographic Prints, 1845-1967 (bulk 1932-1964), bulk: Bulk, 1932–1964

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1050, Series VI

Scope and Contents

Photographic prints chiefly created by Carl Van Vechten of portraits as well as events, places, artwork, and still lifes and then selected by Van Vechten and Donald Gallup, the curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature, to serve as an overview of photographs in the collection. However, it does not include imagery chiefly related to African Americans, which forms part of the Carl Van Vechten Papers Relating to African American Arts and Letters (JWJ MSS 1050) at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, except prints under the heading, Library Exhibition Prints, which includes some African American subjects.

The approximately 10,500 prints in this component approximately measure 10 inches by 8 inches (25.4 centimeters by 20.32 centimeters) and depict approximately 2000 discrete settings. Digital surrogates for most prints in this component are available in the Digital Collections of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.


  • 1845-1967 (bulk 1932-1964)
  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1932–1964


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Chiefly in English; some material in French and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

This collection is open for research.

Box 176 is for research use only, and may not be duplicated.

Boxes 206-209, 213-217, 223: Restricted fragile material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Boxes 313-324: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files with the exception of clippings relating to World War I and Edgar Saltus which were too fragile to be duplicated. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Box 325: Restricted until 2035. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Boxes 566-573: Restricted fragile material and not available for research. Duplicate copies of these negatives are available in the subseries "Copy Negatives on 35-millimeter Film," boxes 610-625. For further information consult the appropriate curator.


Organized under six headings for Portraits, Events, Places, Artwork, Still Lifes, and Library Exhibition Prints.

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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.