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Photographs of the American West

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, 1987-2017.

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.

Some Buildings in Marfa, 2017, documents buildings and sites at Marfa, Texas.

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.
Physical Description
230 prints : inkjet, color ; 61.0 x 50.8 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, 2010-2020.
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. V. Some Buildings in Marfa, 2017.
104 Linear Feet (33 boxes)
Related Names
Halverson, Karen, 1941-
Language of Materials