Inge Morath Photographs and Papers
Scope and Contents
Morath's documentary photographs depict people and events in a wide range of countries, including Austria, China, England, France, Germany, India, Italy, Romania, Russia, Spain, and Tunisia, as well as throughout Mexico and the United States.
The collection includes portrait studies of public figures, including Yul Brynner, Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Dustin Hoffman, Henry Moore, Anaïs Nin, Pablo Picasso, Andrei Voznesensky, and Yevgeny Yevtushenko. It also includes projects with her longtime collaborator, artist Saul Steinberg.
Papers in the collection include story lists, captions, notebooks, general files, and publicity related chiefly to her photography. The collection also includes audiovisual material, electronic files, and artifacts.
A group of printed material accompanies the collection and consists of an incomplete set of her monographs, as well as works related to travel, languages, and other subjects.
The collection also chronicles Morath's personal life, including her marriage and family with playwright Arthur Miller, and provides ancillary documentation of his work.
In this guide to the collection, library staff chiefly retained Morath's titles and spellings, while contact sheets include authorized forms of names derived from her story lists.
Chronological arrangements within the collection reflect the image creation date, not the date the photograph was printed. Notes throughout the collection include Morath's "story numbers," when easily discerned by library staff.
Series I, Photographs, includes the bulk of photographic material created by Morath and her personal and family photographs, as well as photographs she collected by other photographers.
Series II, Papers, consists of papers that document the life and work of Morath, including story captions, notebooks, correspondence, clippings, financial records, and awards.
Series III, Photographs and Papers from the Morath-Miller Home, consists of material in the home of Morath and Arthur Miller in Roxbury, Connecticut, immediately before the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library acquired the material in 2014. It includes personal and family photographs, correspondence, writings and travel notebooks, address books, visiting cards, exhibition catalogs, publicity material, art, and ephemera.
Series IV, Audio Visual Material, consists of sound recordings, videocassettes, and films by or about Morath, and includes interviews with her and documentation of her exhibitions.
Series V, Electronic Files, chiefly consists of the electronic files created by Morath, as well as by the Inge Morath Foundation, including image files and backup files, as well as operating system and utility program files used by her.
Series VI, Objects, consists of the items Morath used as a photographer, including a camera, film canisters, and rubber ink stamps used to mark her prints, as well as other personal effects, including scarves and a suitcase.
- 1858 - 2012
- Majority of material found within 1953 - 2002
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 717-719, 722-723 (audiovisual materials): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Boxes 725-732 (electronic files): Restricted Fragile Material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Existence and Location of Copies
Conditions Governing Use
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has the limited right to authorize scholars to reproduce up to five of Ms. Morath’s images in a scholarly publication.
Any exhibition or reproduction of contact sheets or work prints by Ms. Morath requires their identification as contact sheets or work prints.
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library will not reproduce for any purpose photographs or images identified as "Family Photographs" in boxes 509-539, 612, and 701-703.
Photographs by Ms. Morath from the "Mask series" of photographs share copyright with the Saul Steinberg Foundation, and any use thereof requires the approval of the Saul Steinberg Foundation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
232.92 Linear Feet ((744 boxes) + 7 broadsides, 1 roll)
Inge Morath (1923-2002)
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn 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, library staff supplied folder titles 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.
Before its sale to the Library, the Inge Morath Foundation housed and administered the bulk of the collection at its administrative office in New York City. A small portion of the collection came from the Miller-Morath residence in Roxbury, Connecticut.
- Guide to the Inge Morath Photographs and Papers
- Matthew Daniel Mason and Joanne McCarthy
- January 2015
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English
- February 2020: Finding aid updated with December 2018 Acquisition.
- December 2015: Finding aid revision description not supplied.