Contents and Arrangement

Series 2: Photography, 1940-2009

80 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of photographic and manuscript material spanning Hall's entire career, from when he started experimenting with photography in 1965 until his death. Manuscripts, research, interviews, correspondence, working drafts, audio and visual materials in magnetic and optical formats, and reviews are also included with the project to which they correspond.

There are approximately 54,000 35mm black-and-white negatives (in 9,000 strips); 12,000 120mm black-and-white negatives (in 3,000 strips); and 30,000 positive color transparencies (slides) totaling at least 96,000 unique photographic images. Of these, approximately 1,715 images appear as production prints for published books, including (1,069) 11x17-inch prints; (616) 8x10-inch prints, and 30 prints of other smaller sizes. Most of these prints are marked and tagged for production by publishing companies. There are an additional (16) 16x20 inch prints of Los Matachines de Acalade.

There are contact sheets (positive prints made from pages of negatives) for most of the negatives present in the collection. Hall labeled almost all of his negatives and contact sheets to correspond by number so the contact sheets can and should be referenced as a guide to the original negatives. The color transparencies are unique and are not duplicated as contact sheets.

The materials have been arranged according to the publication or project for which they were photographed or compiled. Hall worked on many projects simultaneously and similar images may appear in both subseries. For example, Hall collaborated with Arnold Schwarzenegger on both Arnold: The Education of a Body Builder and Bodyshaping for Women, as well as being a personal friend. Therefore, photographs of Schwarzenegger appear in the files for both these publications plus a subject file located in Subseries 2A. Considerations of this kind should be made for any collaborator or topic that spanned many projects.

Correspondence files in this series relate to the project for which they were compiled, however, Series 3: General Correspondence may also include correspondence for projects listed here. Researchers should check both series for correspondence relating to specific projects.

These images, like their published counterparts in Subseries 2B: By Project were widely exhibited in Hall's lifetime, and usually well beyond the timeframe when they were taken.


This series is arranged into two subseries.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Approximately 10,000 strips of negatives (35mm and 120mm) and approximately 11,000 35mm slides were re-housed in archival mylar pages.

This collection was processed by Valerie Addonizio in 2010-2011 with assistance from Lisa Yankowitz '13. Finding aid written by Valerie Addonizio in 2011.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from Dawn Hall, the Estate of Douglas Kent Hall, 1716 Camino Gusto NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107. Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 2: Photography; Douglas Kent Hall Papers, C1384, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 19-20; 30-93; 98-100; 102
  • ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 21, 29, 9

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Related Materials

Some prints by Douglas Kent Hall are located in WC064 - Western Americana Photographs. Digital access to these is available at the Princeton University Digital Library.


Bibliography Hall, Douglas Kent. 2000. Albuquerque 2000. Albuquerque, N.M.: Albuquerque Museum. Hall, Douglas Kent. 2002. Visionary: Douglas Kent Hall. Santa Fe, N.M.: Pennywhistle Press.

Hall, Douglas Kent.
Mitchell, Adrian, 1932-2008
Schwarzenegger, Arnold
Stafford, William, 1914-1993
Strand, Mark, 1934-2014