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Peter E. Palmquist papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-2965

Scope and Contents

Papers and related material documenting Peter Palmquist's roles as a collector and historian of photography, as well as a photographer, 1952-2003. Material includes correspondence, writings, research files, printed material, photographs, audiovisual material, and electronic files.

The collection, which reflects the order of Palmquist's papers at the time of his death, includes research files on a range of subjects containing material from circa 1848 to 2003, with a focus on photography, especially its role in the history of the American West, particularly in California. The research files also provide rich documentation for the history of Humboldt County, California, the birthplace and primary residence of Palmquist. In most of the research files, the order of the materials reflects the original filing order used by Palmquist.

Correspondence documents the working relationships between Palmquist and auction houses, filmmakers, gallery owners, geographers, historians, historical societies, libraries, museums, photographers, and publishers related chiefly to the history of photography.

The papers include examples of academic articles and photographs published by Palmquist, as well as research files and drafts related to his publications and projects, including unrealized efforts. Exhibition material includes preparatory and publicity material, as well as documentation of shows that Palmquist designed or participated in.

Dates

  • circa 1822-2003
  • Majority of material found within 1952 - 2003

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 221-228 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 229-234 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Peter E. Palmquist 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 Peter Palmquist and the Estate of Peter Palmquist on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana and Walter McClintock Memorial Fund, 2003-2004.

Arrangement

Organized into nine series: I. Correspondence, 1970-2003. II. Publications and Publicity, 1960-2003. III. Material for Publications and Exhibitions, 1901-2003. IV. General Research Files, 1822-2002. V. Collection Inventories, 1985-1994. Series VI. Business Records, 1962-1964. VII. Oversize Material, 1851-2002. VIII. Audiovisual Material, 1964-2003. IX. Electronic Files, 1982-2003.

Associated Materials

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, has several collections assembled by Peter Palmquist.

Biographical information and photographic materials related to women photographers are included in the Peter Palmquist Collection of Women in Photography (WA MSS S-2600). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Photographs created by Peter Palmquist are included in the Peter Palmquist Photographs (WA Photos 524). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Biographical information and photographic materials related to male photographers active in the western United States are included in the Peter E. Palmquist Collection of Male Photographers in the American West (WA MSS S-2733). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Biographical information and photographic materials related to male photographers active in Humboldt County, California, are included in the Peter Palmquist Collection of Humboldt County, California, Male Photographers (WA MSS S-2670). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Cased photographs are included in the Peter Palmquist Cased Photographs Collection (WA Photos 402). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Unique and rare photographic formats collected by Palmquist are in the Peter E. Palmquist Collection of Photography and Photographic Formats (WA Photos 490). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Stereograph cards that depict California are included in the Peter E. Palmquist Collection of Stereographs of California (WA Photos 494). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

Books and periodicals formerly in the personal library of Peter Palmquist are accessible via the library catalog by searching for: "Palmquist, Peter E., Ownership."

Extent

77.5 Linear Feet ((213 boxes) + 21 broadsides.)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.palmquistpapers

Overview

Papers and related material documenting Peter Palmquist's roles as a collector and historian of photography, as well as a photographer, 1952-2003. Material includes correspondence, writings, research files, printed material, photographs, audiovisual material, and electronic files.

Peter E. Palmquist (1936-2003)

A photographer, collector, and historian of photography, Peter Eric Palmquist was born in Oakland, California on September 23, 1936. In 1944, he moved with his family to Ferndale, California, and he spent most of his life in Humboldt County. During adolescence, Palmquist trained himself in photography. He served in the United States Army as a photographer from 1955 to 1959, mainly with the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Paris, France. Palmquist worked briefly as a photographer for the state government of California from 1959 to 1961. From 1961 until his retirement in 1989, Palmquist worked as a staff photographer for Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, where he also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art in 1965.

From 1971 until his death, Palmquist collected textual materials and hundreds of thousands of photographic items documenting the practice and occupation of photography from its beginning through the turn of the twenty-first century. He had particular interest in early California photographers, photographers of the American West, and women photographers.

A self-trained researcher and historian of photography, Palmquist organized more than one hundred exhibitions and wrote more than three hundred articles and a hundred monographs. He was a founding editor of The Daguerreian Annual, and a president of the National Stereoscopic Association.

Palmquist died January 13, 2003, in Oakland.

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, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

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

Much of the collection remains in Palmquist's orginal folders and represent his original order for the material.

Former call numbers: Uncat Mss 128 and Uncat Mss 509
Title
Guide to the Peter E. Palmquist Papers
Author
by Matthew Daniel Mason
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Access Information

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