Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 1A: Personal Files, 1910s-2006 (mostly 1931-2006)

7 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This subseries consists of a file run kept by Ruth Bernhard, primarily including business correspondence related to publishing, permissions, print sales, workshops, teaching engagements, video appearances, interviews, exhibitions, and the sale of her photographic archive, along with some personal correspondence, such as fan mail and birthday cards, as well as occasional snapshots, address books, and articles where Bernhard's work was featured or reviewed.

Of note is a planner, included at the end of the subseries, used to document the chronology of Bernhard's major publications, exhibitions, and awards throughout her career. Also of note are a draft of Margaretta Mitchell's biography, Ruth Bernhard: Between Art and Life, submitted to Bernhard for edits prior to publication of the book in 2000, as well as a draft for Bernhard's 1960s unpublished book project, The Eye Beyond.

Though their original order does not follow any strict arrangement scheme, papers are generally sorted by subject. When no original folder label was present, a title was supplied based on the folder's contents.


Original order was preserved.

Collection History


Nothing was discarded or transferred in the processing of this collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in January - February, 2014. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in February - March, 2014, using item description provided by Emily McVeigh of the Princeton University Art Museum in 2013. Finding aid updated by Kelly Bolding in 2016

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. Copyright and literary rights for materials in this collection that were created by Ruth Bernhard are held by the Trustees of Princeton University.

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:

Subseries 1A: Personal Files; Ruth Bernhard Papers, C1468, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Ruth Bernhard's photographic archive is held by the Princeton University Art Museum. Her working library is available in the Rare Books Collection.

Margaretta K. Mitchell Working Files on Ruth Bernhard (C1591)