University of Texas at Austin

Carson McCullers:

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

Creator: McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967
Title: Carson McCullers Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: 1880s-1960s
Extent: 1310 items
Abstract: The Carson McCullers Literary File consists of 993 photographic prints, 206 negatives, 17 transparencies, 2 daguerreotypes, and 92 prints in 6 albums depicting Carson McCullers throughout her life, as well as members of her family, her friends, and scenes from staged versions of her works.
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-02678
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Please note: Transparencies may be accessed but require 24 hours advance notice. Negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. To make an appointment or to reserve Photography Collection materials, please contact the Center's staff at photography@hrc.utexas.edu.


Administrative Information


Preferred Citation Carson McCullers Literary File Photography Collection (Photography Collection PH-02678). Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Acquisition: Internal transfer
Processed by: Ransom Center Staff, Kait Dorsky
Repository:

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents


The Carson McCullers Literary File consists of 993 photographic prints, 206 negatives, 17 transparencies, 2 daguerreotypes, and 92 prints in 6 albums. Included are images of McCullers (born Lula Carson Smith) throughout her life, both alone and with others. Subjects include various family members including her husband Reeves, her parents Marguerite and Lamar, her sister Margarita (Rita), and her brother Lamar Jr., and a number of her friends, including Tennessee Williams. Additionally, there are views of her home in Nyack, New York. Also included are a number of images depicting the scenes from staged versions of several of her works.
Many folders include notes regarding identification of the people in the photographs enclosed, likely written by Rita Smith. Several images were found to have duplicate accession numbers, and were renumbered at the end of the sequence, but are housed in the order found. Albums were each given a separate accession number range.
An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this file.
This collection forms a part of the Literary File Photography Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.

Related Material


Additional McCullers material can be found in the Carson McCullers Collection (MS-02758) at the Harry Ransom Center.

Index Terms


People

Albee, Edward, 1928-2016.
Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992.
Dinesen, Isak, 1885-1962.
Huston, John, 1906-1987.
McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967.
Schwarzenbach, Annemarie, 1908-1942.
Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011.
Waters, Ethel, 1896-1977.
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983.

Subjects

Photographic portraits.
Photographic reproductions.
Snapshots.

Places

Nyack (N.Y.)--Pictorial works.

Document Types

Black-and-white negatives.
Chromogenic color prints.
Color negatives.
Color slides.
Color transparencies.
Daguerreotypes (photographs).
Gelatin silver prints.
Photograph albums.
Photographic prints.

Item List