• Call Number: C1372_c136


2 boxes (1 partial)

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Some or all of this collection is stored offsite, which may delay delivery time.

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

Accession Number: AM 2017-56

Collection Creator: Ruas, Charles..

Dates: 1924-1991.

Extent: 2 boxes (1 partial)

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is stored offsite. Please consult with the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections about having the collection recalled to Firestone Library for your use. This process normally requires 48-72 hours notice.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Consists of photographic prints, contact sheets, and negatives, primarily in black-and-white, including shots taken in the WBAI studio in New York City, as well as promotional photographs and portraits gifted to Ruas by authors and artists with whom he worked. Most of the photographs taken in the WBAI studio are by Joan Schwartz, including images of various authors reading from Marguerite Young's Miss MacIntosh, My Darling, as well as a number of photographs of poets reading at a New Year's Eve poetry reading at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery in 1975. In addition to containing photographs of many of the writers and artists reflected elsewhere throughout this collection, musicians and composers like Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Phillip Glass are also represented in this group of photographs. Also of note is a group of portraits and photographs of performances by Babette Mangolte. While most photographic materials in the collection are described here, some, which were originally kept with manuscript materials and ephemera, are described with the general Author and Artist Files.


Original file groups based on photographer were preserved. Other photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Preferred Citation

Photographs; 1924-1991; Charles Ruas Papers, Manuscripts Division, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

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    Title Date Container
    Joan Schwartz WBAI Studio Contact Sheets and Negatives 1974-1976 Explore Multiple Containers
    Babette Mangolte Photographs 1971-1976 Explore Multiple Containers
    John Ashbery, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror 1975 Box 9 Folder 1
    Hommage à Bettina 1990 Box 9 Folder 2
    Elizabeth Bowen 1981 Box 9 Folder 3
    Ed Bowes, "Romance" 1975 Box 9 Folder 4
    John Cage, "Live Concert" Portrait 1974 Box 9 Folder 5
    Virginia Carr, Carson McCullers undated Box 9 Folder 6
    Joseph Cornell, "La Marquise de la Rochejaquelein" 1943 Box 9 Folder 7
    Audrey Flack, Photorealism Paintings 1976 Box 9 Folder 8
    Anne Freemantle in Studio 1975 Box 9 Folder 9
    Carlos Fuentes Portrait circa 1970s Box 9 Folder 10
    John Giorno Meditating in Bunker on the Bowery circa 1972-1975 Box 9 Folder 11
    John Giorno and Anne Waldman, St. Mark's New Year's Eve Poetry Reading 1975 Box 9 Folder 12
    Alex Haley Portrait 1976 Box 9 Folder 13
    Michael Higgins Reading in Studio 1975 Box 9 Folder 14
    Susan Howe and Taylor Mead, St. Mark's New Year's Eve Poetry Reading 1975 Box 9 Folder 15
    Joan Jonas, "Songdelay" 1973 Box 9 Folder 16
    Tessa Kaner Reading in Studio 1975 Box 9 Folder 17
    Harry M. Koutoukas in "Turtles Don't Dream" 1975 Box 9 Folder 18
    Les Lalannes, Les Meniers, Jean-Gabriel Mitterand on Château de Chenonceau Balcony circa 1991 Box 9 Folder 19
    Leo Lerman in Studio 1975 Box 9 Folder 20
    Michael Lesy, Real Life: Louisville in the Twenties 1976 Box 9 Folder 21
    Mabou Mines 1972-1974 Box 9 Folder 22
    Taylor Mead Reading at St. Mark's New Year's Eve 1975 Box 9 Folder 23
    Maureen Owen, Meredith Monk, Charles Ruas at St. Marks New Year's Eve Poetry Reading 1975 Box 9 Folder 24
    Marianne Moore Portraits 1924-1981 Box 9 Folder 25
    Alice Neel Paintings 1972-1974 Box 9 Folder 26
    Pablo Neruda Portraits undated Box 9 Folder 27
    Michael Newman A.K.A.L.Q.(Also Known As Lenny Quantum) Performance 1976 Box 9 Folder 28
    Anais Nin in Recording Studio 1975 Box 9 Folder 29
    "The Two Character Play" (Out Cry) Actors 1975 Box 9 Folder 30
    Lou Reed at St. Mark's New Year's Eve Poetry Reading 1975 Box 9 Folder 31
    Charles Ruas Conversations with American Authors Cover 1985 Box 9 Folder 32
    Ed Sanders Promotional Portrait and Reading at Saint Mark's 1975 Box 9 Folder 33
    Dutch Schultz Leaving Jail in Albany 1975 Box 9 Folder 34
    Lore Segal Portrait circa 1970s Box 9 Folder 35
    Marian Seldes Reading Miss MacIntosh My Darling 1975 Box 9 Folder 36
    Eleni Sikelianos at St. Mark’s New Year’s Eve Poetry Reading 1975 Box 9 Folder 46
    Patti Smith Portrait 1975 Box 9 Folder 37
    Han Suyin Portrait 1976 Box 9 Folder 38
    Anne Waldman in Studio Reading Poetry 1975 Box 9 Folder 40
    Neil Welliver "Cedar Water Pool" Painting 1976 Box 9 Folder 41
    Geoffrey Wolff for "Black Sun" 1976 Box 9 Folder 42
    Virginia Woolf Portrait undated Box 9 Folder 43
    Rob Wynne Artwork 1975 Box 9 Folder 44
    WBAI Audio-Experimental Theater Mock-up circa 1974-1976 Box 9 Folder 45

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