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What Majestic Word: In Memory of Russell Varian


Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984

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teacher of Coke, Van Deren, 1921-2004



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Limited edition portfolio (number 233 of 260), entitled What Majestic Word: In Memory of Russell Varian, comprised of: 15 original gelatin silver photographs, by Ansel Adams, of views and details of natural objects in California and Alaska parks and wilderness areas; two copies of a title page/text insert; and one copy of a biographical sketch (4 pages) of Russell Harrison Varian written by his wife, Dorothy Varian. Each image is mounted on 2-ply mat board, and inserted into an individual paper folder. Printed in the upper left portion of each folder is a quote from Russell Varian’s writings. Printed in the center of each folder is the image number, written in Roman numerals. And, printed in the lower right portion of each folder is a quote from the poetry of his father, John Osborne Varian. The folio was “[p]ublished as a memorial to Russell Harrison Varian, scientist and humanitarian who loved the wilderness, the mountains, meadows and seashore...Proceeds from this portfolio [went] toward the establishment of the Castle Rock area, on the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains, as a California state park. This was a project Russell Varian had begun just before his death in 1959.” Also included is the official announcement of the portfolio, published by the Varian Foundation in conjunction with the Sierra Club.

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f TR 650 A2 HRC-P Box 1 (975:0031:0001-0007)
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f TR 650 A2 HRC-P Box 2 (975:0031:0008-0015)
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See Also:

Ansel Adams (964:0879:0001-0010 ; 980:0166:0001 ; 998:0045:0001) 6G:LP:Adams, Ansel Box

Literary File -- see Luhan, Mabel Dodge (958:0079:0002)

Sierra Club Outing 1929 (980:0143:0001-0025) f F 786 A334 HRC-P

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