- Additional Authors
- 7.5 linear feet (20 boxes).
- Manuscripts for publication.
- Sound recordings.
- Visitors' books.
- Access (note)
- Location of Other Archival Materials (note)
- the Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library.
- Biography (note)
- Shirley Carter Burden (1908-1989), a descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt, was a prominent American photographer, best known for his pictorial essays exploring aspects of Catholic culture, racial intolerance, and architectural heritage.
- Call Number
- MssCol 429
Shirley C. Burden papers, 1947-1989.
The collection reflects Shirley Carter Burden's post-World War II career as a commercial architectural photographer and fine art photographer, particularly his publications and exhibitions. Correspondence, negative indexes, reviews, contracts, gift lists, proof copies and reference materials document the publication of Behold thy Mother, The Chairs, God Is My Life, I Wonder Why, Presence and The Vanderbilts in My Life, and projects concerning Ellis Island. Exhibitions of Burden's work and other projects are documented in correspondence, royalty and shipping receipts, exhibition floor plans, publicity material, invitations to openings, reviews, and a guest book. The collection also contains miscellaneous correspondence; business records; records of his private collection; and subject files on other photographers, particularly Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams. Also present is a phonograph recording of Burden's 1965 interview on "Open End" about Behold thy Mother. Some of Burden's photographs are scattered throughout the collection.
- Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Shirley Carter Burden (1908-1989), a descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt, was a prominent American photographer, best known for his pictorial essays exploring aspects of Catholic culture, racial intolerance, and architectural heritage. Burden promoted the appreciation of photography through service on the boards and advisory committees of several museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, and was a long-time supporter and chairman of the board of Aperture. Colleagues and friends included, among others, Edward Steichen, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, Minor White, and Thomas Merton.
- Finding Aids
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
- Location of Other Archival Materials
Photographs and negatives transferred to the Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, New York Public Library.
- Connect to:
- Added Author
Merton, Thomas, 1915-1968.
Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973.
- Research Call Number