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titleBerenice Abbott papers, 1927-1992 (bulk 1960-1992).
repositoryNew York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division
collection titleBerenice Abbott (1898-1991) was an American photographer best known for her black and white photography of New York City's architecture.

The Berenice Abbott papers contain correspondence, writings, photographs, and personal materials relating to the life and career of the noted photographer.

The bulk of the collection consists of personal and business letters that Abbott received from notable artists, writers, and public figures; art galleries, universities, photographic magazines, scientific journals, and publishers.

Prominent correspondents include Djuna Barnes, Kay Boyle, Cornell Capa, Lisette Model, Marianne Moore, and Jacqueline Onassis.

Other materials include notebooks concerning science and the economy, ideas for photographic subjects, and improvements to photographic equipment; diaries, with sporadic entries detailing her daily life; photographs; and personal and family materials, among them a 1939 interview with Abbott conducted by the Works Progress Administration.

While the collection includes photographs of Abbott with family and friends, photographs and snapshots taken by Abbott later in life, and documentation of the layout and exhibit spaces for several of Abbott's exhibitions, it is not, however, a major source for Abbott's photography.

In four series: I. Correspondence, 1928-1992; II. Personal miscellany, 1927-1992; III. Writings, 1929-1980; IV. Photographs, 1930-1991.
extent5.5 linear feet (12 boxes).
formatsCorrespondence Writings Personal Papers
accessOpen for research.
record sourcehttp://catalog.nypl.org/record=b17976025~S1
finding aidFinding aid available in repository and on internet.
acquisition informationThe Berenice Abbott Papers were transferred from the Photography Collection, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library, in 2008.
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titleArtist file: Abbott, Berenice; miscellaneous uncataloged material.
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titleThe folder may include announcements, clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, and other ephemeral material.

Location: MoMA Queens Artist Files

Call Number: Abbott, Berenice
extent1 folder
formatsEphemera
accessOpen for qualified researchers.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b737009~S8
finding aidNo finding aid.
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titleAbbott, Berenice : [photography bio file].
repositoryThe Museum of Modern Art
collection titleThe file may include announcements, clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, and other ephemeral material filed through 2000; after 2000 all material is filed in the Library's artist files.

Location: MoMA Queens Photo Bio File

Call Number: Abbott, Berenice
extent3 folders
formatsEphemera
accessOpen to qualified researchers.
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b741076~S8
finding aidNo finding aid.
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titleBerenice Abbott collection, 1950-1991.
repositoryThe Maine Women Writers Collection, University of New England, Portland Campus
collection titleThis collection consists primarily of published articles about Abbott and her work, dating from the 1970's into the 1990's. Also included are exhibition catalogs and ephemera from the exhibits which featured Abbott's work, material regarding awards received, and a small amount of correspondence from Abbott to the Maine Women Writers Collection.

There is also documentation about the collection of photographs donated by Abbott to Westbrook College in 1985. These original photographs are now located in the University of New England Art Gallery Collection.


LOCATION: Portland Campus Maine Women Writers Collection

CALL: MS-0004
extent.5 linear ft.
formatsPrinted Materials Ephemera
accessAvailable for research.
record sourcehttp://www.une.edu/mwwc/research/featuredwriters/abbottb.cfm
finding aidFinding aid available online.
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titleBerenice Abbott artist file.
repositoryWhitney Museum of American Art
collection titleFolder(s) may include announcements, photographs, clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, and other ephemeral material.


extent3 folders.
formatsClippings Photographs Announcements
accessAvailable for research.
record sourcehttp://library.whitney.org/webvoy.htm
finding aidNo finding aid.
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titleRecords of Witkin Gallery, 1954-1984.
repositoryUniversity of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
collection titleCorrespondence with photographers including Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Brassaï, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Doisneau, Robert Heinecken, Lotte Jacobi, André Kertész, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Naomi Savage, Ralph Steiner, and Jerry Uelsmann; publications, posters, and other records of the gallery; together with biographical materials, portraits, and artifacts, relating to Lee Witkin (1935-1984).

Location: CCP Volkerding Study Center

CALL: AG 062
extent60.75 linear ft.
formatsCorrespondence
accessOpen for research.
record sourcehttp://sabio.library.arizona.edu.ezproxy1.library.arizona.edu/record=b3402768~S9
finding aidFinding aid in the repository.
acquisition informationGift of Witkin estate, 1985.
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titleArtist file: Abbott, Berenice, 1898-1991
repositoryThe Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
collection titleThe file may include any of the following materials: announcements, clippings, photographs, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, small exhibition catalogs, resumés, other ephemeral material.

Location: Brooklyn Artist Files

Call Number: AF BMA A
extent1 folder.
formatsEphemera
record sourcehttp://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b773075~S2
finding aidNo finding aid
acquisition informationFiles compiled by BMA library staff from 1917 to the present.
updated11/12/2014 11:30:15
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