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Collection Van Vechten Collection

Additional Collections

Researchers should contact the individual institutions regarding scope of the collections listed and access to the material.


  • Tucson. Center for Creative Photography.


  • Los Angeles. University of California, Los Angeles, University Research Library, Department of Special Collections.
  • Santa Monica. J. Paul Getty Museum, Department of Photographs.


District of Columbia

  • Howard University, Library, Special Collections. The Rose McClendon Memorial Collection of Photographs of Celebrated Negroes.
  • National Portrait Gallery.


  • Atlanta. Atlanta University, Library, Special Collections. The Countee Cullen Memorial Collection of Photographs of Celebrated Negroes.


  • Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids Art Center.
  • Iowa City. University of Iowa, Library, Special Collections. Large selection of photographs.


  • Chicago. The Museum of Contemporary Photography.


  • New Orleans. New Orleans Museum of Art.
  • New Orleans. Tulane Univeristy, New Orleans.



  • Detroit. Detroit Institute of Arts, Graphic Arts Department.
  • Detroit. Public Library. The E. Azalia Hackley Memorial Collection of Photographs of Celebrated Negroes.


  • Kansas City. Hallmark Cards.

New Jersey

  • Newark. The Newark Museum.
  • Princeton. Princeton University. The Art Museum.
  • Princeton. Princeton University. Library, Rare Books and Special Collections.

New Mexico

  • Albuquerque. University of New Mexico, University Art Museum. Jerome Bowers Peterson Memorial Collection of Photographs. 200 portraits of blacks.
  • Santa Fe. Museum of New Mexico, Photographic Archives.

New York

  • Brooklyn. Brooklyn Museum.
  • New York City. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Department of Prints and Photographs.
  • New York City. Museum of Modern Art. Portraits of dancers and choreographers.
  • New York CityMuseum of the City of New York. External Portraits of theater personalities and black artists and writers.
  • New York City. New York Public Library, Rare Book and Manuscript Division. Carl Van Vechten Collection. Family and personal photographs, color slides, photographs of the Stage Door Canteen, and the 1939 World's Fair.
  • New York City. New York Public Library, Dance Collection. The Fania Marinoff Collection of Dance Photographs.
  • New York City. New York Public Library, Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection. Photographs of celebrated authors.
  • North Salem. Hammond Museum. 400-500 photographs.
  • Rochester. International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House.


  • Philadelphia. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
  • Philadelphia. Philadelphia Museum of Art. Several thousand images representing the entire scope of Van Vechten's work.
  • Philadelphia. The Rosenbach Museum and Library.


  • Nashville. Fisk University, Library, Special Collections. George Gershwin Memorial Collection of Music and Musical Literature. Portraits of musicians.


  • Austin. University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Photography Collection.
  • Houston. Menil Foundation.


  • Richmond. University of Richmond.


  • Milwaukee. Marquette University Library. Karl Priebe Collection. 4,000 photographs.