Contents and Arrangement

Photographic Prints, 1971-1997

14 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of mounted black-and-white photographs by Marc Gaede for his books Images from the Southwest (1986), Bordertowns (1988), and Images from the Great West (1990). Most photographs depict landscapes in various locations across the American West, Southwest, and northern Mexico; others include portraits of artists, writers, and indigenous people living in these areas. There are also several portraits of Marc and Marnie Gaede with family and friends, including Ansel and Virginia Adams, Beaumont Newhall, and A.B. Guthrie, Jr., as well as several other prints by Marc Gaede that did not appear in his books. Most photographs range from 8x10" to 15x19" in size and are mounted on somewhat larger boards, but twenty-seven large photographs (20x24" prints mounted on 28x34" boards) are also present for Images from the Southwest and Images from the Great West. Photograph titles are usually handwritten by Gaede on the back of mounted prints. When present, these titles were transcribed directly into the finding aid and generally reflect the titles of photographs as they were published in Gaede's books, with minor variations. When no title was present on a print, a title was supplied based on the title of the published image. Some mounted prints have discarded prints of different photographs mounted on the reverse side, which are untitled and often crossed or slashed out.


Prints are arranged intellectually into file groups by book project or topic, though they are physically housed by size.

Collection History


No materials were separated during 2016-2018 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in November-December 2016. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in December 2016-January 2017. Finding aid updated with new additions by Kelly Bolding in May 2018. Audiovisual materials in this collection were digitized in 2022.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Several folders (housed in Box B-000856) are closed due to the presence of personally identifiable information.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

This collection contains digital files, which may require specific software or hardware for access. Refer to our Tips on Accessing Born-Digital Content for information on how to render these file formats.

Credit this material:

Photographic Prints; Marc Gaede Papers, C1436, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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