Carl Van Vechten photographs
Scope and Contents
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.
- Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964 (Person)
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.
Conditions Governing Use
Request to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.
Language of Materials
The collection is arranged in 46 boxes, with photographs arranged in folders alphabetically by the last name of the subject.
Source of Acquisition
Donated by the Carl Van Vechten Estate
- African Americans -- Portraits Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photography, Artistic Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
- Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964 -- Photograph collections Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Carl Van Vechten PRODUCTION 55.MWalB02687PROD
- Katherine A. Morley
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