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Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
Carl Van Vechten Photographs of Eugene O'Neill
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of 113 photographs of American dramatist Eugene O'Neill and his wife, Carlotta, taken by American writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 113 photographs of Eugene O'Neill and his wife, Carlotta, taken by Van Vechten. Most of the photographs are studio style; some, however, are informal in tone, taken at their estate, Casa Genotta, in Georgia.


The photographs are arranged chronologically by subject: portraits of Eugene, portraits of Carlotta, photographs of Casa Genotta and related.

Collection Creator Biography:

Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964

Carl Van Vechten was an American writer and photographer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance and the literary executor of Gertrude Stein. Eugene O'Neill was a Nobel Prize-winning American dramatist whose works include, The Iceman Cometh, A Touch of the Poet, and A Long Day's Journey into Night.

Collection History


Gift of Carl Van Vechten (AM 18516).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is prohibited without the expressed written permission of Carl Van Vechten's estate. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright. 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:

Carl Van Vechten Photographs of Eugene O'Neill; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1