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Collection Name:

Ruth Robertson Papers and Photography Collection


Robertson, Ruth

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Associated Groups:

ACME Newspictures, Inc. ; Asociacion Venezolana de Ejecutivos (a.k.a., A.V.E.) ; New York herald tribune ; Peoria Evening Star ; Shell Pipe Line Corporation ; Standard Oil Company of New Jersey



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The Ruth Robertson Papers and Photography Collection consists of approximately 1,442 black-and-white, color, and sepia-toned photographs, 637 color transparencies and negatives, 1,585 color slides, and 3,000 black-and-white negatives by this American photographer. The photographs are a mixture of formal portraits and casual snapshots. Subjects and locations documented in this collection are Ruth's early life in Peoria, Chicago; her work with the Army in Alaska and oil companies in the United States and Latin America; Ruth's expedition to Angel Falls in Venezuela; the pilot Jimmy Angel and other personalities; various travel and work in other Latin American countries, the United States, and travel to Asia in her later life. A portion of the images (2012:0034:0001-0043) are from a 1993 exhibition at the Flawn Gallery (2012:0034:0001, 0003-0004, 0007, 0010-0012, 0015-0017, 0021, 0023-0025, 0029-0030, 0032-0034, 0038-0039, 0041, 0043 were printed with Robertson's negatives by Howard Goodman in 1993 for the exhibition). Also included in the Ruth Robertson Archive, but not accessioned, are manuscript materials, notes, diaries/journals, passports, and other related materials.

Access Restrictions:

Part of this collection is housed off-site and may require up to three business days notice for access in the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room. Negatives and transparencies are in cold storage and must be requested at least two days in advance of anticipated use.

Accession No(s):

995:0033:0001-0125; 995:0034:0001-0379; 995:0035:0001-0563; 995:0036:0001-1585; 996:0021:0001-0041; 996:0022:0001-0142; 2000:0068:0001-0079; 2001:0019 ; 2012:0034:0001-0043

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AV 5 3.7 (Boxes 30-39)
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In processing - staff permission required (2012:0034:0001-0043)
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LSF (Boxes 1-29, 40-43)
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OV 119 (osf 1-4)
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