Series 7: Photographs

14.1 linear feet, 20 boxes

This collection is stored at Firestone Library and Firestone Library.

This collection is stored on site at Firestone Library. Ernest Hemingway material and Box 180 are stored in special vault facilities.

Requests will be delivered to Manuscripts Division, RBSC Reading Room .

Collection Creator: Beach, Sylvia..

Dates: 1881-1969.

Extent: 14.1 linear feet, 20 boxes

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

Access to the photographs is restricted because surrogates are available for reference use. Researchers who feel they have a compelling reason to be granted access to the original photographs must request permission in advance from the Curator of Manuscripts ( ).


This series consists of assorted photographs documenting the different facets and relationships central to Beach's life: her family; her friends, particularly Adrienne Monnier, but also including writers and artists; and her life in Paris as proprietress of Shakespeare and Company.

Snapshot images and negatives (here defined as photographs lacking the formal approach of a studio portrait or news agency documentary photograph) measuring approximately 2.75 x 3.75 inches (7 x 10 centimeters) can often be attributed to Sylvia Beach herself. Images taken in and around Shakespeare and Company and Les Déserts are particular candidates for this attribution. However, photographer attributions were not given in this finding aid unless explicitly stated. Researchers should contact the estates of Man Ray, Gisèle Freund, Berenice Abbott and other copyrighted photographers present in the collection for information regarding copyrighted photographs.


Arranged into 8 subseries.

Preferred Citation

Series 7: Photographs; 1881-1969; Sylvia Beach Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

    Title Date Container
    Subseries 7A: Beach Family Photographs 1894-1969 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 7B: Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company Photographs 1902-1964 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 7C: Adrienne Monnier and La Maison Des Amis De Livres Photographs 1910-1959 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 7D: Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier Personal and Family Photographs 1890-1969 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 7E: Photographs of Friends 1902-1969 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 7F: Photographs of Notable People 1881-1968 June 11 Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 7G: Unidentified Photographs 1923 December-1924 April Explore Multiple Containers
    Subseries 7H: Derivative Images and Notes undated Explore Multiple Containers

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