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Compton Mackenzie:

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

Creator: Mackenzie, Compton, 1883-1972
Title: Compton Mackenzie Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: Circa 1855-1947
Extent: 2615 items
Abstract: The Compton Mackenzie Literary File Photography Collection consists of 2,615 items, mostly portraits and photographs of Mackenzie and his family.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-02854
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. To make an appointment or to reserve photography materials, please email Visual Materials Reference staff. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.
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 Center's Open Access and Use Policies.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation Compton Mackenzie Literary File Photography Collection (Photography Collection PH-02854). Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Acquisition: Internal transfers
Processed by: HRC Staff

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 2,615 items, the majority of which are contained in 16 albums. Albums 1-8 contain chiefly portraits, almost all of which are cabinet cards or cartes de visite, while Album 9 contains views of Egypt. Albums 10-15 depict Mackenzie, his wife Faith Stone, and others in various places from circa 1903 to circa 1932. Finally, Album 16 contains studio portraits of Mackenzie and a panoramic group portrait of a banquet in his honor signed by each guest. There are also numerous portraits of Mackenzie throughout his life among the loose prints, as well as portraits of family members and views of various places. An index at the end of this guide lists some of the photographers whose work is featured in this collection. Further descriptions of some items are available in a card catalog in the repository.
This collection forms a part of the Literary File Photography Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally includes portraits and images collected by or of those figures.

Related Material

The Harry Ransom Center holds additional Compton Mackenzie material in the manuscripts, art, and personal effects collections.

Index Terms


Coburn, Alvin Langdon, 1882-1966.
Mackenzie, Compton, 1883-1972.
Hofbauer, Imre.


Capri Island (Italy)--Pictorial works.
Egypt--Pictorial works.
Photography of art.
Travel photography--20th century--Pictorial works.

Document Types

Albumen prints.
Cartes de visite.
Ceramic photographs.
Photographic postcards.
Photographic prints.

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