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Samuel Kravitt photographs and other materials

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1923

Scope and Contents

The materials comprise photographs, a photographic negative collection documenting life at Yale during World War II, exhibit files, and biographical information documenting the work of Samuel Kravitt as photographer.

Dates

  • Circa 1930-1960

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research. Researchers must request cotton gloves from the Reading Room Service Desk before handling photographic negatives in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Samuel Kravitt was transferred to Yale University in 2017. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact mssa.assist@yale.edu. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Boxes 1-8 were transferred from RU 668. Boxes 9-12 are the gift of Marcia U. Kravitt, 2008.

Arrangement

The records are arranged by subject.

Extent

6.5 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

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/mssa.ms.1923

Overview

The materials comprise photographs, a photographic negative collection documenting life at Yale during World War II, exhibit files, and biographical information documenting the work of Samuel Kravitt as photographer.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Kravitt was born in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1913. He left high school in 1929, intending to become a pilot. After borrowing a World War I aerial camera, however, he decided on a career in photography. From 1930 to 1931, he served as apprentice to Joseph Stone, a local portrait photographer. In 1932, Kravitt opened his first studio at age 19 in downtown New Haven. In the early 1930s, he was commissioned to document the lifestyle of the Shaker community in Hancock, Massachusetts. He subsequently relocated to New York and was staff photographer for the New York World's Fair Corporation from 1937 to 1939, documenting the construction of the Fair. Kravitt returned to New Haven in 1940, opening a studio in the Yale Record Building. He made a transition from still photography to filmmaking during the 1950s and in 1962 founded Associated Film Consultants, a New York-based independent production company. Kravitt died in 2000.

General note

This collection was previously known as the Samuel Kravitt Photographic Negative Collection Documenting Life at Yale during World War II (RU 668).
Title
Guide to the Samuel Kravitt Photographs and Other Materials
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
Date
May 1998
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
Yale University Library
P.O. Box 208240
New Haven CT 06520-8240 US
(203) 432-1735
(203) 432-7441 (Fax)

Location

Sterling Memorial Library
Room 147
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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