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Edward Steichen Papers

Summary Information
Title: Edward Steichen Papers
Dates: 1930
Creator: Steichen, Edward
Extent: 1 box
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-1895
The collection contains black and white photographs for one title.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Edward Steichen



Biographical Sketch

Edward Steichen was born in 1879 in Luxembourg and immigrated to the United States in 1882, settling in Michigan with his family. Steichen's artistic career began at the age of 15 when he commenced an apprenticeship at the American Fine Art Company in Milwaukee, WI. Though he enjoyed painting, Steichen's biggest passion was photography, and after collaborating with photographer Alfred Stieglitz he ventured into color photography, becoming one of the first US photographers to use the Lumiere Autochrome process. Steichen used his talents in the military in WWI taking aerial photography. This experience led him to vow to focus only on realist photography henceforth, seeing photography not as an art but as a window into the world of man. Steichen worked as a commercial photographer before again doing military work during WWII, after which he became director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art. It was here that he organized his famous exhibit The Family of Man . Having achieved much fame and success for his photographs during his lifetime, Steichen passed away in 1973 in Connecticut.

Biographical Source: Spartacus Educational, [accessed 18 April 2008]

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains black and white photographs for one title.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
First Picture Book, The 1930 
Note  New York: Harcourt, 1930
Box MC1187
11 x 14 black and white photographs (4 p.)  Box MC1187
8 x 10 black and white photographs (19 p.)  Box MC1187