Toni Frissell Collection
Photographs and papers
Collection digitized? Portions of the collection have been digitized. A sampling of black-and-white images can be viewed in the online catalog.
In 1970 Toni Frissell donated to the Library a massive collection
of photographs, negatives, and manuscripts documenting her
distinguished photographic career of nearly forty years. While
Frissell photographed subjects as diverse as the Berlin Wall
and the 1968 Republican National Convention, she is perhaps
best known for her pioneering fashion photography and her informal
portraits of the famous and powerful in the United States and
Europe, including Winston Churchill, Eleanor Roosevelt, and
John and Jacqueline Kennedy. Frissell's photographs were published in such magazines as Vogue, Harper's
Bazaar, and Sports Illustrated. Her photographs also appeared in photographically illustrated versions of A Child's Garden
of Verses (1944), [Bermuda]:The Happy Island (1946), Mother
Goose (1948) and The King Ranch, 1939-1944 (1975).
440,000 items, including 340,000 black-and-white negatives, 52,950 color transparencies, 22,419 contact sheets, and 25,000 enlargement prints, as well as proof sheets. Frissell's
own selection of about
1,800 of her best and most representative
photographs (LOT 12452), provides a helpful entrée to the collection. Elements of the collection can be searched in the online catalog:
D.C., related groups are also
described in Washingtoniana
Photographs: Collections in
the Prints and Photographs Division
of the Library of Congress (Washington,
D.C.: Library of Congress, 1989).
Selections from the Frissell
Collection are published in Photographs,
1933-1967, Toni Frissell (New
York: Doubleday in association
with the Library of Congress,
The accompanying personal papers of Toni Frissell have been transferred to the Manuscript Division.
Note: Information for this entry was compiled
in the late 1970's for inclusion in: Special Collections
in the Library of Congress: A Selective Guide. Compiled
by Annette Melville. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress,
1980. The entry was revised in 1998, 2012, and 2021.
U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, "Acquisition
Notes," Library of Congress Information Bulletin, v.
30, May 27, 1971: 303-304.