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Ansel Adams Collection

Identifier: MS-Retro-005
This collection contains approximately half-a-dozen photographs by Ansel Adams spanning the 1920s to the 1960s. The photographs primarily depict national parks in the American West such as Glacier National Park, Yosemite National Park, and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Some of them are silver prints, and black-and-white images of landscapes such as changing seasons and rivers and mountain ranges. Some also contain inscriptions in pencil, and the collection also contains a greeting card with a birth announcement of a relative with a folded greeting card, and a prospectus entitled My Camera in the National Parks created by Adams. It also contains one folder of conservation files undertaken in 1989 and duplicates contained on kodak slides in a small file folder.


  • 1930 - 1965


Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research with no restrictions.


.25 Cubic Feet (1 flat oversize box)

Biographical / Historical

Ansel (Easton) Adams (1902-1984) was a prominent photographer of American Western landscapes as well as an environmental conservationist. As he traveled the American West he took iconic black-and-white images of scenery and landscapes. Adams also invented “the Zone System” with Fred Archer as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast with the final print. After spending time in the Army, Ansel Adams began to tour the High Sierra in the early 1920s with ornithologist Francis Holman. He went on to open his first art gallery in San Francisco, California in 1933, and began to publish on photography and photographic processes with his first book entitled Making A Photograph (1935).


All materials are grouped together in one box and arranged alphabetically by title.

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106