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Carl Van Vechten, 1880-1964
Literary File, Photography Collection

769 items (6 boxes)

Acquisition: Internal transfers
Access: Open for research
Processed by: Susan McClellan, 2006
RLIN Record ID: None

Table of Contents

Scope and Contents
Item List
Index of Photographers

Scope and Contents

The Carl Van Vechten Literary File consists of 769 photographs, the majority of which are portraits of Van Vechten, his wife Fania Marinoff, and notable figures of the twentieth century in literature and the performing arts. Nearly all the photographs are by Van Vechten, and an index at the end of this guide lists the other photographers whose work is featured in this file. Further descriptions of some items are available in a list located at the front of Box 1 and in a card catalog in the repository. An additional 45 photographic postcards by Van Vechten can be found in the Carl Van Vechten manuscript collection.

This file forms a part of the Literary File Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.

Item List

Container Accession / P No. Description
PH:LF:Van Vechten, C., Box 1 P1-P97, P99Chiefly portraits of various people, including Van Vechten, his wife Fania Marinoff, and many patrons of the Stage Door Canteen in New York; also a few views of New York City.
PH:LF:Van Vechten, C., Box 2 P100-P192Chiefly portraits of various people.
PH:LF:Van Vechten, C., Box 3 P193-P227, P229-P275, P277-P281Chiefly portraits of various people.
PH:LF:Van Vechten, C., Box 4 P282-P305, P306A-P306C, P307-P308, P309A-P309E, P310, P312-P314, P315A-P315C, P316-P318, P320-P325, P327-P328Chiefly portraits of various people.
PH:LF:Van Vechten, C., Box 4 981:0056:0001Image of dogwood flower arrangement for FM's [Fania Marinoff?] birthday from Blanche and Alfred Knopf, 18 March 1958.
PH:LF:Van Vechten, C., Box 4 981:0056:0002Portrait of Van Vechten and Fania Marinoff in caricature, Bourges, 20 July 1930.
PH:LF:Van Vechten, C., Box 5 987:0033:0000Portraits of Van Vechten and Fania Marinoff (13 items); photographic postcards of notable figures of twentieth century art (11 items) and dance (202 items).
PH:LF:Van Vechten, C., Box 6 987:0033:0000Photographic postcards of notable figures of twentieth century dance (39 items), literature (39 items), music (9 items), sports (5 items), theater (84 items); portraits of various people of unspecified profession (24 items); images of various places and things (10 items).
PH:LF:Van Vechten, C., Box 6 2002:0034:0001Portrait inscribed on verso "The King in Kykunkor."

Index of Photographers

Brown, E. T.--P299-P302
Lutz, Mark--987:0033:0000 (2 items)
Man Ray, 1890-1976--P304
Marinoff, Fania--P305, P308
Mauriber, Saul--P307, P327-P328, 987:0033:0000 (2 items)
Muray, Nickolas, 1892-1965--P9
Peter A. Juley & Son--P306B

Carl Van Vechten Literary File Finding Aid
(Last modified: 22 June 2007)

Reference queries to: photography@hrc.utexas.edu

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