Ben Maddow collection 1942-1986

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Ben Maddow collection 1942-1986

AG 108


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ben Maddow (1909-1992)
Title: Ben Maddow collection
Inclusive Dates: 1942-1986
Quantity: Fraction of a linear foot
Abstract: This collection contains materials, 1942-1986, pertaining to the life and career of Ben Maddow (1909 - 1992), writer and photo-historian. Each group of materials will be described separately. The collection is active.
Identification: AG 108
Language: Material in English
Repository: Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
1030 N. Olive Rd., P.O. Box 210103
Tucson, AZ 85721-0103
Phone: 520-621-6273
Fax: 520-621-9444
Email: info@ccp.arizona.edu
URL: http://ccp.arizona.edu

Biographical Note

Born in 1909 in New Jersey, Ben Maddow was a writer, photography critic, and photo-historian. After retiring from writing screenplays for Hollywood films in 1971, Maddow became well-known for his writings on photography, which include a bibliography of Edward Weston titled Edward Weston: fifty years (1973), Faces: A Narrative History of the Portrait in Photography (1977), and The Photography of Max Yavno (1981). Maddow also served as editor and illustrator for W. Eugene Smith’s Let Truth be the Prejudice: W. Eugene Smith, His Life and Photographs (1985). Maddow died in Los Angeles in 1992.


Scope and Content

Series 1 contains information pertaining to the life and career of Willard Van Dyke (1906-1986), photographer, curator, teacher, and filmmaker. It includes correspondence, photographic materials, and writings.

Series 2 contains information pertaining to the life and career of W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), photojournalist. It includes correspondence and writings.


Arrangement

The Collection is arranged into the following series:
Series 1: Willard Van Dyke biographical materials, 1942-1985, 3 folders
Series 2: W. Eugene Smith biographical materials, 1971-1986, 2 folders

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this collection requires an appointment with the Volkerding Study Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Some restrictions may apply. See the Archivist for information.

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement


Controlled Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Maddow, Ben, 1909-1992
Smith, W. Eugene, 1918-1978
Van Dyke, Willard Ames, 1906-1986

Subject(s)
Photography


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ben Maddow collection, 1942-1986. AG 108. Center for Creative Photography. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired from Ben Maddow; materials in Series 1 were acquired from 1986-1988, materials in Series 2 were acquired from 1986-1987.

Processing Information

The materials in Subgroups 1 and 2 were withdrawn from MISCELLANEOUS SMALL COLLECTIONS (AG 8, Subgroup 41) by Kristi Bradford in June, 1990.

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016 and by Tai Huesgen in November 2020.


Other Finding Aid

Please visit the CCP website for a more descriptive version of the finding aid, which includes a detailed inventory list.


Bibliography

Honan, William H. "Ben Maddow, 83, Prolific Writer in Many Genres." The New York Times, The New York Times Company, 14 October 1992, Section B, page 10, www.nytimes.com/1992/10/14/arts/ben-maddow-83-prolific-writer-in-many-genres.html. Accessed 24 November 2020.


Container List

Series 1: Willard Van Dyke biographical materials 1942-1985 3 folders.
Note: Contains information pertaining to the life and career of Willard Van Dyke (1906-1986), photographer, curator, teacher, and filmmaker. Includes correspondence, photographic materials, and writings. Gift of Ben Maddow, 1986, 1987, 1988.
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11 Correspondence with Willard Van Dyke. 6 cards and 5 letters. 1976-1985
12 Snapshot of Van Dyke in Colombia, 1942
13 Photocopy of the beginning chapters of Maddow's account of a trip to South America in 1941-1942 with Willard Van Dyke. 104 pages of photocopies reproducing the handwritten pages of an unlined notebook.
Series 2: W. Eugene Smith biographical materials 1971-1986 2 folders.
Note: Contains information pertaining to the life and career of W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), photojournalist. Includes correspondence and writings. Gift of Ben Maddow, 1986 and 1987.
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11 Photocopy of a letter, from W. Eugene Smith to a pawn broker, Harry Harlem, requesting several items he needed to get from the pawn broker. 6 December 1971
12 Text of a speech, written by Maddow about W. Eugene Smith. The speech is titled "An Ironic Distance," and Maddow uses quotes from the 1971 letter Smith wrote to a pawn broker (see previous description). 1986