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Larry Qualls photographs and papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 364

Content Description

The collection consists of photographs taken by Larry Qualls documenting contemporary art exhibitions at galleries and other exhibition spaces throughout New York City and elsewhere. Photographs include color slides organized in binders by gallery season, digital scans of the slides, and born digital photographs. Also found are files relating to the Creative Artists Public Service Program and Visual Arts Referral Service, consisting of correspondence, resumes, photographic prints, application forms, slides, clippings and photocopies. The collection is an important source of contemporary art images, and provides an comprehensive overview of New York City contemporary art exhibitions in the late twentieth century and the early twenty-first century, documenting prominent, emerging, and aspiring artists.


  • circa 1975-2014


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 125, 128 (computer media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of computer files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital scans of most of the slides found in this collection are available through Artstor.

Conditions Governing Use

The Larry Qualls Photographs and Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Larry Qualls on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2010. Materials received from Artstor in 2010, 2011, and 2014.


This collection is organized into three groupings: 2010 acquisitions; April 2011 acquisition; and June 2014 acquisition.


138.42 Linear Feet (128 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Larry Qualls

Larry Qualls is an American photographer.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing the existing binders containing slides in archival sleeves into acid-free boxes. Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and available on the Artstor website. Box-level information appearing in the contents list below is based on that provided by Artstor. This information has not been verified against the contents of each binder by library staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Larry Qualls Photographs and Papers
by Beinecke staff
June 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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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.