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Box 43

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Identifier: id47620

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Carl Van Vechten photographed many of the major artists and intellectuals of the first half of the 20th century. The importance of these images is twofold; they document a specific time and milieu in 20th-century American history that was neglected by others and they are among some of the earliest art photography images created. While Van Vechten never created images as technically complex as some of the professional photographers of his day, a consistent artistic sensibility pervades his work. In particular, his portraits of influential African-Americans illustrate a rich artistic and intellectual era in the African-American community. There are 1689 black and white photographs in the collection. While Van Vechten gave photographic collections to several universities and libraries, each one varies in scope.


  • 1932-1964


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.


From the Collection: 1689.00 Photographs

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

About Us

The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections