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Lee Friedlander papers

Call Number: WA MSS S-2642
Scope and Contents

The papers of Lee Friedlander include photographs, correspondence, work files, book projects, printed materials, awards, objects, audiovisual materials, and computer disks documenting his career as a photographer, including his work process, exhibitions, publications, business activities, and honors. Photographs include color slide portraits of musicians; black and white slides; exhibition prints of western landscapes; and work prints corresponding to exhibition prints held by the Beinecke Library, Yale University, and the Yale University Art Gallery. The collection also includes personal papers documenting his relationships with family and friends, in particular his wife Maria Friedlander.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 1-8a (color slides): Restricted until twenty years after Lee Friedlander's death. A detailed list of color slides is in the curator's files.

Boxes 127-129, 137 and 138 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 130, 139 (computer media): Restricted fragile material. Access copies of digital files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Lee Friedlander 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.

Boxes 14-49 (work prints): May not be exhibited or reproduced.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the Lee and Maria Friedlander Family Foundation on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund and the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2010.

December 2012 acquisition: Gift of the Lee and Maria Friedlander Family Foundation, 2012.

October 2014 acquisition: Gift of Lee Friedlander, 2014.


Organized into ten series: I. Photographs, 1950-2009. II. Correspondence, 1958-2009. III. Work Files, 1960-2010. IV. Book Projects, 1976-2006. V. Printed Materials, 1960-2010. VI. Awards and Objects, 1980-2009. VII. Audiovisual Materials, 1983-2007. VIII. Computer Media. IX. December 2012 acquisition, 1968-2012. X. October 2014 acquisition, 1976-2014.

circa 1950-2014
62.27 Linear Feet ((148 boxes) + 11 broadside, 1 roll)
Related Names
Friedlander, Lee, 1934-
Language of Materials