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About the Vanderbilt Collection

Wisconsin River swamp
Wisconsin River swamp

Only a handful of images from the Vanderbilt Collection are available online. To study his images and his work in full, visit the Wisconsin Historical Society archives. The following collections will be most pertinent:

Vanderbilt, Paul. Papers, 1954-1990.

Quantity: 7.0 c.f.,
2 tape recordings,
1906 photographs,
289 negatives, and
47 transparencies.

Papers of curator, photographer, and author Paul Vanderbilt, including a photocopy of his diaries, dating ca. 1954-1990 (with gaps); panel projects; art photographs; negatives; slides; cataloging experiments; lectures; articles; publications; and exhibition posters. Included are photographs from projects done by Vanderbilt in his position as curator of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin's photograph collections.

Paul Vanderbilt's subject files, 1951-1971. See the Full ArCat record

Quantity: 3.8 c.f. (10 archives boxes and 2 card boxes)

Subject files, mainly 1954-1965, and other administrative materials of Paul Vanderbilt (1905-1992), the first curator of the Historical Society's Iconographic Collection, including correspondence, memoranda, reports and writings, reference material, product samples, photographic tests, notes, and reference materials pertaining to the organization of the section, its operation, and the cataloging, exhibit, and promotion of its collections. Prominent correspondents include Ansel Adams, Roy Stryker, George Talbot, and Franklin Wallick, as well as Historical Society administrators Leslie J. Fishel, Jr., J. W. Jenkins, Clifford Lord, and Don McNeil. Numerous films and photographs produced by Vanderbilt as head of Iconography are separately catalogued in the Visual Materials Section.


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