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Ansel Adams Collection

Identifier: Ansel Adams Collection

Scope and Contents

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


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

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).


.25 Cubic Feet (1 flat oversize box)

Language of Materials



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

Guide to the Ansel Adams collection
In Progress
Michelle C. Sigiel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106