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Robinson Jeffers:

An Inventory of his Literary File Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Jeffers, Robinson, 1887-1962
Title: Robinson Jeffers Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: circa 1875-1929
Extent: 2,510 items (1.68 linear feet)
Abstract: The collection consists of 2,510 photographs of and related to the American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962).
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-00281
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials. Open for research. Please note: Transparencies may be accessed but require 24 hours advance notice. Negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. Light sensitive materials must be viewed under low-level lighting. Some materials may be restricted from viewing. To make an appointment or to reserve photography materials, please contact the Center's staff at
Use Policies: Ransom Center collections may contain material with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Ransom Center and The University of Texas at Austin assume no responsibility.
Restrictions on Use: Authorization for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. For more information please see the Ransom Centers' Open Access and Use Policies.

Administrative Information

Acquisition: Internal transfer(s) from manuscript collection(s)
Processed by: HRC Staff

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The Robinson Jeffers Literary File consists of 2,510 photographs (1,361 loose prints and safety negatives, 1,132 nitrate negatives, 16 tintypes, and 1 ambrotype). Featured are snapshots of the Jeffers family, travel scenes in Great Britain and Europe, Tor House in California, various literary celebrities of Jeffers’ day, photographs of some works of art, and stills from Jeffers-related theatrical productions. Of note is a portrait of Jeffers by Edward Weston (970:0004:0001). The tintypes and ambrotype are of Jeffers’ maternal (Tuttle family) relatives. An index at the end of this guide lists identified photographers whose work is featured in this file.
This file forms a part of the Harry Ransom Center’s Literary File Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally includes photographs either taken by, collected by, or of those figures.

Related Material

Additional Jeffers material can be found in the Robinson Jeffers Collection (MS-02170) at the Harry Ransom Center.

Index Terms


Jeffers, Robinson, 1887-1962.
Jeffers, Una, 1884 or 1885-1950.
Luhan, Mabel Dodge, 1879-1962.
Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950.
Weston, Edward, 1886-1958.


Architecture--Pictorial works.
Landscape photographs.
Photographic portraits.
Photographic reproductions.


England--Pictorial works.
Ireland--Pictorial works.
Scotland--Pictorial works.

Document Types

Ambrotypes (photographs).
Black-and-white negatives.
Contact sheets.
Gelatin silver prints.
Photographic prints.
Tintypes (prints).

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