Collection  |  Photo, Print, Drawing Look magazine photograph collection (Library of Congress)

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About this Item

Title
Look magazine photograph collection (Library of Congress)
Summary
The photographs depict mid-20th century American life, culture, and interests, as well as some views of other countries (including Russia, China, Cuba, and India) and international events such as the Vietnam War. The broad range of subjects covers: people (families, teenagers, children, celebrities, and public figures); fashion; food; lifestyles; architecture and interior decoration; sports; entertainment, motion picture and television industries; aeronautics; cities; education; medicine and technology; politics; religion; social issues such as civil rights and women's changing roles; and international affairs.
Contributor Names
Cowles Communications, Inc., donor
Created / Published
1937-1971 (1952-1971 cataloged)
Subject Headings
-  Aeronautics--1950-1970
-  Architecture--1950-1970
-  Celebrities--1950-1970
-  City & town life--1950-1970
-  Clothing & dress--1950-1970
-  Education--1950-1970
-  Entertainers--1950-1970
-  Families--1950-1970
-  Food--1950-1970
-  Manners & customs--1950-1970
-  Medicine--1950-1970
-  Motion picture industry--1950-1970
-  Politics & government--1950-1970
-  Religion--1950-1970
-  Sports--1950-1970
-  Television broadcasting--1950-1970
Format Headings
Contact sheets--1950-1970.
Fashion photographs--1950-1970.
Film negatives--1950-1970.
Portrait photographs--1950-1970.
Slides--Color--1950-1970.
Still life photographs--1950-1970.
Transparencies--Color--1950-1970.
Genre
Contact sheets--1950-1970
Film negatives--1950-1970
Slides--Color--1950-1970
Transparencies--Color--1950-1970
Portrait photographs--1950-1970
Fashion photographs--1950-1970
Still life photographs--1950-1970
Notes
-  Arrangement: cataloged images (ca. 4,000,000) Arrangement: Photographs are arranged chronologically by photographer's shooting assignment, referred to as a "Look-Job." A Look-Job may include any combination of b&w contact sheets of published and unpublished negatives as well as transparencies. A Look-Job may also include photocopies, made by Library of Congress staff, of color and b&w images published in the magazine. Only the published images have captions.
-  Arrangement: The negatives (chiefly black-and-white) and transparencies are arranged by size and job number in series that begin with the code "L9". Sizes range from 35mm to 8x10 inches.
-  The cataloged images are by salaried Look staff photographers or by photographers on contract for single assignments. An average of 12 photographers worked on staff as salaried employees in any one year. Many staff photographers worked only for a short time, but several had long careers at Look and produced thousands of images. Heavily represented are: Joel Baldwin, Frank Bauman, Cal Bernstein, Charlotte Brooks, Bob Dierks, Paul Fusco, Milton H. Greene, Jim Hansen, Phillip Harrington, Paul Himmel, Hiro, Douglas Jones, James H. Karales, Douglas Kirkland, Thomas R. Koeniges, Stanley Kubrick, Bob Lerner, Archie Lieberman, Fred J. Maroon, Vincent Nanfra, Marvin E. Newman, Hy Peskin, Harold Rodenbaugh, Arthur Rothstein, Bob Sandberg, John Shearer, Ben Somoroff, Maurice Terrell, Earl Theisen, Stanley Tretick, Michael A. (Tony) Vaccaro, John Vachon, and Robert Vose.
-  The collection's Supplementary Archives include annotated issues of Look magazine, photographer logbooks, a subject card index, photos from the magazines Quick and Flair, and published images purchased from wire services and other commercial sources for one-time use in the magazine. Images purchased for one-time use are not being cataloged.
-  Cataloged Look-Jobs are accessible through the Prints and Photographs Division online catalog. The online records provide access by job numbers, photographer's names, story titles, subject headings, and keywords in subject summary notes.
-  Collection title devised by library staff.
-  Special Collections in the Library of Congress / compiled by Annette Melville. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1980, no. 147
-  Gift; Cowles Communications, Inc.; 1971 (DLC/PP - 1972:282)
-  Look was a biweekly, general interest popular magazine published from March 1937 to October 1971 by Gardner Cowles, Jr., under various company names: Look, Inc. (1937-45); Cowles Magazines (1946-65); and Cowles Communications, Inc. (1965-71). Look began as a tabloid-style magazine that emphasized sports, movie stars, and sensationalism. After World War II, it became more family oriented and included articles on social and political subjects, as well as regular features on personalities, food, fashion, and sports. Look's "golden years" (1954-64) followed improvements in the magazine's design and focus by editor Fleur Cowles, art director Alan Hurlburt, managing editor Dan Mich, and others.
Medium
contact sheets ca. 100,000 photographic prints (ca, 3,500,000 images) ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.
slides 1,000,000 transparencies : chiefly color slides ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.
negatives ca. 3,750,000 : chiefly b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.
miscellaneous prints 150,000 : various sizes.
Call Number/Physical Location
Guide Record (Filing series: LOOK - Job) [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov /loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
ppmsca 38198 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.38198
Library of Congress Control Number
94837687
Rights Advisory
Publication may be restricted. For more information, see "Look Magazine," http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/074_look.html
Access Advisory
For unprocessed portion of the collection (most jobs that date before 1952; photos bought by Look for one-time use in its publications; and other supplementary materials): Please allow fourteen days advance notice to view materials. To make a request, see "Access to Unprocessed Materials," http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/info/022_unpr.html
Language
English
Online Format
image
Description
The photographs depict mid-20th century American life, culture, and interests, as well as some views of other countries (including Russia, China, Cuba, and India) and international events such as the Vietnam War. The broad range of subjects covers: people (families, teenagers, children, celebrities, and public figures); fashion; food; lifestyles; architecture and interior decoration; sports; entertainment, motion picture and television industries; aeronautics; cities; education; medicine and technology; politics; religion; social issues such as civil rights and women's changing roles; and international affairs.
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/94837687
Additional Metadata Formats
MARCXML Record
MODS Record
Dublin Core Record

Rights & Access

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  • Rights Advisory: Publication may be restricted. For more information, see "Look Magazine," http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/074_look.html
  • Reproduction Number: ---
  • Call Number: Guide Record (Filing series: LOOK - Job) [P&P]
  • Access Advisory: For unprocessed portion of the collection (most jobs that date before 1952; photos bought by Look for one-time use in its publications; and other supplementary materials): Please allow fourteen days advance notice to view materials. To make a request, see "Access to Unprocessed Materials," http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/info/022_unpr.html

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Cowles Communications, Inc., Donor. Look magazine photograph collection Library of Congress. , 1937. to 1971 1952 to 1971 Cataloged. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/94837687/.

APA citation style:

Cowles Communications, I. (1937) Look magazine photograph collection Library of Congress. , 1937. to 1971 1952 to 1971 Cataloged. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/94837687/.

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Cowles Communications, Inc., Donor. Look magazine photograph collection Library of Congress. to 1971 1952 to 1971 Cataloged. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/94837687/>.