Ansel Adams visits the National Archives
Today’s post comes from Alan Walker, archivist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.
A fellow named Ansel Adams visited the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, in 1941. Here’s a record–in pictures, of course!–of his visit.
Adams was at the National Archives to select and print images from the Mathew Brady collection (now in series 111-B and 111-BA) for use in the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibit “Photographs of the Civil War and the American Frontier,” which would open in March 1942.
Here are notes from Vernon D. Tate, head of the Division of Photographic Reproduction and Research, regarding the benefits of a visit by Ansel Adams:
Adams came to the National Archives Building on that same day, and the next:
In September, he again visited, and printed his selections in the Archives’ photo lab. Here is the lab where he worked:
Read the MOMA’s press release and catalog for the exhibit here.