Contents and Arrangement

Subject Files, 1857-2018

70 boxes
Restrictions may apply. See Access Note.

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This file group includes materials related to Bunnell's work in organizations such as the George Eastman House, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM), among others; his teaching at Princeton and guest lectures; his publications and exchanges with publishers; his research on photographers and photography; his time as a student at Yale University and Ohio University; and his appraisal work. The bulk of the materials are exhibition brochures, press releases, and postcards; newspaper and magazine clippings; and photocopies of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Other types of materials include handwritten notes regarding research material or classes; student dissertations; typewritten notes about phone calls, conversations, interviews, or exhibitions attended; correspondence regarding projects, publications, and student advisements; copy prints and negatives of photographs sent to Bunnell for collection consideration; and photographs and negatives of exhibitions.

Notable headings with significant material include Richard Avedon, Ruth Bernhard, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Harry Callahan, Paul Caponigro, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walter Chappell, Carl Chiarenza, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Imogen Cunningham, Thomas Cooper, Judy Dater, Bruce Davidson, Roy DeCarava, Michael de Courcy, Abe Frajndlich, Focus Gallery (San Francisco), Lee Friedlander, Peter Galassi, Laura Gilpin, Emmet Gowin, Robert Heinecken, Eikoh Hosoe, Gertrude Käsebier, Michael Kenna, George Platt Lynes, Pradip Malde, Roger Mayne, David McAlpin Collection, Metroplitan Museum of Art, Barbara Morgan, Beaumont Newhall, Jon O'Neal, John Pfahl, Princeton University Art Museum, Samuel W. Samore, Fazal Sheikh, Naomi Savage, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Tomatsu Shomei, Jerry Uelsmann, Max Waldman, Marta Weiss, Lynton Wells, Edward Weston, and Lee Witkin.


Materials are in original order, which is largely alphabetical. Files towards the end of the grouping do not maintain alphabetical order and were likely kept separately by the creator.

Collection History


No materials were removed from the collection during 2019 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Alice Griffin in June 2019 with support from Kelly Bolding. Finding aid written by Alice Griffin in June 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

All material in the Subject Files must be reviewed for student records prior to research use. Please submit requests for material at least 10 business days before visiting the library to allow time for this review. An archivist will respond within 10 business days to let you know whether it is available for research use. Individuals may make up to 15 requests per month.

Conditions Governing Use

The Library owns copyright in this collection of unpublished writings and documents, including text drafts, research notes, interviews, letters written by the Donor, and teaching materials. 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, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to The Trustees of Princeton University and researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of donor-created materials within the collection. For materials in the collection not created by the donor, or where the material is not an original, the copyright is likely not held by the University. In these instances, 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. 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 a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting 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:

Subject Files; Peter C. Bunnell Papers, C1629, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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