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David Douglas Duncan:

An Inventory of His Papers and Photographs at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Duncan, David Douglas, 1916-
Title: David Douglas Duncan Papers and Photography Collection
Dates: 1907-2007 (bulk 1950s-1990s)
Extent: 341 boxes, 69 oversize boxes, 5 flat file drawers (189 linear feet)
Abstract: The collection consists of photographic prints (approximately 36,800), negatives (approximately 87,200), transparencies (approximately 21,900), field notebooks, legal files and financial documents, clippings, tear sheets and rotogravure pages, handwritten and typed manuscripts, book dummies, reproduction proofs, exhibition brochures and posters, albums and scrapbooks, military records, awards, and magazines, all documenting the life and career of American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan.
Languages: English, Japanese, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian
Access:

Open for research.

Access and Use Notes :

Financial records, including bank statements, insurance information, and telephone records, are restricted until Duncan's death. When possible, documents containing restricted information have been replaced with redacted photocopies.

Negatives are restricted from use unless no print(s) is extant.

Due to their large size and framing, advance arrangements are required to view the ninety-nine exhibition prints from the 1971 War Without Heroes exhibition.

Collection materials are generally in good condition. Some pages have released from the spiral binding of many of the field notebooks, so extra care should be taken when handling these. Given the ephemeral nature of book dummies, these items are somewhat fragile; when possible a book cradle should be used when viewing them. In several of the dummies, the adhesive has failed, so care should be taken to ensure that pasted images or text panels are not separated from the dummy. In many of the more recent dummies, pages are only slightly adhered together as Duncan used a rubber-cement-like adhesive. With a staff member's assistance, these pages may be accessed carefully.

Faxes on non-permanent thermal paper have been photocopied onto acid-free paper to preserve the image. Identification information on highly acidic envelopes or on cardboard boxes has also been photocopied, otherwise all original folders were kept with the materials.




Acquisition:

Gifts, 1996-2007 (G10650, G11020, G11217, G11212, G11464, G11468, G11615, G11617, G11871, G11949, G12326, G12413)

Processed by:

Liz Murray, 1999, and Mary Alice Harper, 2008

Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center


Due to size, this inventory has been divided into two separate units which can be accessed by clicking on the highlighted text below:

David Douglas Duncan Papers and Photographic Collection--Series I. [Part I]

David Douglas Duncan Papers and Photographic Collection--Series II-V. [Part II] [This page]