The Willard D. Morgan archive

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Title: The Willard D. Morgan archive
Author: Steensma, Jennifer
Abstract: The body of this thesis is divided into three sections; A Thesis Enfolds, A Chronology of Events, Willard D. Morgan Lecture Script , and Register. A Thesis Enfolds, A Chronology of Events. This section describes the events which took this thesis from an idea to its completion, including the successes and failures which were encountered. This section lends insight on the process and learning experience . Willard D. Morgan Lecture Script. This section is in eight parts. Each part has its own heading and footnotes and is authored by either Michael Shuter or myself. The sections include an introduction and conclusion, an introduction to Willard Morgan, Morgan's positions at both Leica and LIFE, and Morgan's position as first Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art. Also covered are Morgan's accomplishments in the field of photographic publishing, and a special section on The Complete Photographer, an encyclopedia of photography which Morgan was general editor of. This is the actual script which was used in our presentation in partial fulfillment of our Master of Fine Art Degrees. This section represents the research which was conducted on Morgan's career, and serves as a biography of his work in photography. Register. This section is a reference tool for the forty-four boxes of the Willard D. Morgan Archive which Michael Shuter and I organized. The Register contains a Sequential Index, an Alphabetical Index, and a Correspondence Index. File names (as they appear on the files in the archive) are used in addition to the file numbers we imposed on the archive. The number of photographs in each file are also included for quick reference. The Register contains background information on Morgan and the archive, in addition to instruction on effectively using the Register.
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Date: 1992-06

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