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Series IV: Photographs, 1880-1985

Call Number: YCAL MSS 116, Series IV

Scope and Contents

This series contains photographs and negatives of William Carlos Williams, his family, friends, events, and places. The photographs span his life and provide images of his ancestors and several of Florence after he died. The work of notable portrait photographers Paul Bishop, Hans Namuth, Moyshe Sheeler, and Mottke Weissman is found in the series. One album was assembled by Williams himself and consists of photographs of his family. Other albums were assembled for special events by event organizers. Many but not all of the negatives have accompanying prints. Photographs appear elsewhere in the collection and are noted where they occur.


  • 1880-1985


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

Chiefly in English, some writings in Spanish and French.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 73-76 (Series VI. Medical Records): restricted until January 2, 2098. For further information consult Access Services.

Boxes 86-94: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult Access Services.

Box 95 (Sound Recordings): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Nearly all of the photographs in this series were purchased on the Ezra Pound Archive Fund in April 1990 and June 2003. Some were donated by Eric Williams in 1986 and an inventory from William Eric Williams is filed at the end of the series.


Series IV, Photographs, is organized into six subseries: Photograph albums; Photographs of Williams; Photographs of Williams with family; Photographs of Williams with family and friends; Photographs of others; and Other photographs.


2.59 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

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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.