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Photographs of the American West.

 Collection
Call Number: WA Photos Folio 75

Scope and Contents

This collection includes portfolios of photographs and panoramic photographs created by Halverson that document the American West, 1987-2011.

Photographs of the Colorado River, 1994-1995, chronicle Halverson's exploration of the river from its tributaries, the Gunnison River and Green River, through its main length, including sites along the river in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, and Sonora, Mexico.

Photographs of Basin & Range, 1987-2004, consists of images created by Halverson that explore a semiarid region of the western United States, also known as the Great Basin. This region extends from the Sierra Nevada on the west to the Wasatch Range on the east and from the Columbia Plateau in the north to the Mojave Desert in the south.

Mulholland: Nature and Culture in Los Angeles, 1991-2006, depicts views along Mulholland Highway and Mulholland Drive, a scenic road in Los Angeles County, California, that runs from California Highway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) near Malibu along the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains to Hollywood.

Dakota Survey, 2011, depicts views of sites in North Dakota and South Dakota with an emphasis on lines and grids in the landscape.

Most photographs in the collection are color inkjet prints with dimensions of 61.0 x 50.8 centimeters, and the panoramic prints have dimensions 40.6 x 121.9 centimeters.

Dates

  • 1987-2011

Creator

Language

English

Physical Description

200 prints : inkjet, color ; 61.0 x 50.8 cm.

12 prints : inkjet, color ; 40.6 x 121.9 cm.

General Physical Description note 1 volume ; 22 cm

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Karen Halverson Photographs of the American West 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 Karen Halverson on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2010-2016.

Arrangement

Organized into four series: I. The Colorado River, 1994-1995. II. Basin & Range, 1987-2004. III. Mulholland: Nature and Culture in Los Angeles, 1991-2006. IV. Dakota Survey, 2011.

Extent

101.3 Linear Feet (31 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.halverson

Overview

This collection includes portfolios of photographs and panoramic photographs created by Halverson that document the American West, 1987-2011.

Karen Halverson (born 1941)

Karen Halverson is a documentary landscape photographer. Born in Syracuse, New York, Halverson received a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and Masters of Arts from Brandeis University and Columbia University. In 1975, she made her first photographic project, which documented the Garment District in New York City. Much of her work documents the tension between the natural and cultural landscapes of the American West. She is the author of Downstream: Encounters with the Colorado River (University of California Press, 2008), which retraces the route of John Wesley Powell’s expeditions and explores what contemporary Americans have made of the waterway.

Physical Description

200 prints : inkjet, color ; 61.0 x 50.8 cm.

12 prints : inkjet, color ; 40.6 x 121.9 cm.

General Physical Description note 1 volume ; 22 cm

General note

Title devised by cataloger.
Stored in 31 boxes.
Each portfolio consists of 60 inkjet prints, 61.0 x 50.8 cm., and 4 inkjet prints, 40.6 x 121.9 cm, except for the Dakota Survey, which consists of 20 inkjet prints, 61.0 x 50.8 cm.

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.
Title
Guide to the Karen Halverson Photographs of the American West
Author
by Matthew Daniel Mason
Date
2014
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • January 2018: Addition of the Dakota Survey portfolio

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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