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Eve Arnold papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 611
Scope and Contents
The Eve Arnold Papers contains her photographs, negatives, slides, contact sheets, transparencies, diaries, film production files, writings by and about Arnold, printed materials, correspondence, and ephemera that document her career as a member of the Magnum Photos cooperative. In addition, the collection contains audiovisual materials including motion picture film, videocassettes, sound recordings, and computer media.

In this guide, dates assigned to photographs reflect the date of the original negative/story/job, as assigned by Arnold, and not necessarily the date of the actual photograph or contact sheet present in the collection. In many cases they may be the same, but Arnold and her contract printers continued to print from her negatives for many years in support of her exhibitions and publications. While the main sequence of negatives and contact sheets appears in group II of her papers, Arnold's exhibition and publication projects resulted in the dispersal of many negatives and contact sheets throughout the four acquisitions of material comprising the collection. In addition, other materials related to specific projects are also dispersed throughout the four groups. Arnold's chronology-based "story numbers" are referred to throughout the collection; her "story list" is filed in box 137.

As information in this collection guide was obtained from folder and other labels assigned by Arnold or her staff, note that their terminology is in some cases inconsistent; for instance, images made in the United Kingdom may be filed alphabetically under Britain, Great Britain, or U.K.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.

Boxes 57-59 (sound recordings): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 60-66, 134 and 204(audiovisual material): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 68-71 (motion picture film): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 72 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Eve Arnold 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 Eve Arnold on the Eugene G. O'Neill Memorial Fund and the Arthur Corbitt Hoskins Memorial Fund, 2003-2006.
Arrangement
Organized into four groupings: I. June 2003 Acquisition. II. August 2004 Acquisition. III. June 2005 Acquisition. IV. June 2006 Acquisition.

Material within this collection has been organized by acquisition reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. Researchers should note that material within each acquisition overlaps with/or relates to material found in other acquisitions. For instance, photographic material can be found in all four groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each acquisition described in the Collection Contents section. Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each acquisition, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the library.
Dates
1950-2005
Extent
88.9 Linear Feet (195 boxes + 6 rolls + 4 film reels)
Related Names
Arnold, Eve
Language of Materials
English