University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the David Hume Kennerly Photographic Archive, 1966-



Descriptive Summary

Creator Kennerly, David Hume, 1947-, photographer.
Title: A Guide to the David Hume Kennerly Photographic Archive
Dates: 1966-
Abstract: Ranging in date from 1966 to the present, the David Kennerly Photographic Archive consists of photographs, publication files, print material and correspondence, audiovisual material, digital items, and exhibits spanning Kennerly’s five decades as a photojournalist.
Accession No.: AR 92-313; 93-066; 93-087; 93-101; 93-119; 93-150; 93-350; 93-355; 93-358; 93-397; 94-343; 95-095; 95-166; 95-189; 97-253; 97-121; 97-253; 99-189; 2002-163; 2002-184; 2002-186; 2003-066; 2003-164; 2004-089; 2004-220; 2005-165; 2006-097; 2006-150; 2008-061; 2009-088; 2013-043; 2014-108
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

David Hume Kennerly began his professional career in 1966 as a photographer for the Oregon Journal. After joining United Press International in 1967, Kennerly worked in Los Angeles (1967-1968), New York (1968-1969), and Washington, D.C. (1969-1970). In 1971, UPI sent Kennerly to South Vietnam, where in 1972 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his feature photography of the Vietnam War. Kennerly also received the Wilson Hicks Award for excellence in reporting with a camera, first prize in the World Press Photo Contest for his coverage of Cambodia, and the Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award for his inside story of the Reagan/Gorbachev Summit in Geneva.

From 1972 until 1974, Kennerly worked as a contract photographer for Time magazine. In August 1974, President Gerald R. Ford invited Kennerly to serve as his personal photographer. As Family Week later reported, the Pulitzer Prize winner accepted the job only on the condition that he have "the freedom to walk in and out of the President's office at will to take whatever pictures he felt were part of history." As a result, Kennerly's pictures from his three years in the White House have an immediacy rarely matched by the work of previous official presidential photographers.

From the 1970s through the 1990s Kennerly worked as a photographer for Time (1973-1974, 1977-1990), Life (1972, 1993-1996), and George (1996-1999) magazines, and as a writer and television producer/director. Shooter, his autobiography, was published in 1979, followed by Photo Op: A Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer Covers Events that Shaped Our Times (1995) and Photo du Jour: A Picture-A-Day Journey through the First Year of the New Millennium (2002). The Center for American History has presented photographic exhibitions based on the latter two publications. Kennerly's television productions include Shooter (1987) and The Taking of Flight 847 - The Uli Derickson Story (1988), the latter the recipient of an Emmy award nomination. He is currently a contributing editor to Newsweek magazine.


Scope and Contents

Ranging in date from 1966 to the present, the David Kennerly Photographic Archive consists of photographs, publication files, print material and correspondence, audiovisual material, digital items, and exhibits spanning Kennerly’s five decades as a photojournalist. Subjects pictured in the archive include the Vietnam War, the Jonestown Massacre, U.S. presidents and politicians and the White House. Several U.S. presidents are featured in the archive, including Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Exhibit material in the archive is primarily comprised of items related to two exhibits, Photo Op and Photo du Jour.

Archivist's note: Mr. Kennerly is at work on a long-term project to digitize his vast archive of images currently existing in transparent formats (positive and negative film). When completed, these materials will be accessible on CD. Until then, a limited number of photographic prints may be viewed at the Center for research purposes. For photographic reproductions, please contact Mr. Kennerly at www.kennerly.com.


 

Arrangement

The archive is arranged by material type and function into the following series:
  • I. Photographic prints
  • II. Slides and other transparencies
  • III. Mixed photographic materials
  • IV. Publications and creative projects files
  • V. Correspondence, printed material and papers
  • VI. A/V materials
  • VII. Digital materials
  • VIII. Exhibit materials
  • IX. Artifacts

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access to portions of this archive is restricted. Contact photographs archivist for more information.

Use Restrictions

Most photographs in this archive are copyrighted to David Hume Kennerly and require the photographer's permission for duplication.

A portion of this archive is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bush, George, 1924---Photographs.
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946---Photographs.
Carter, Jimmy, 1924---Photographs.
Cheney, Richard B.--Photographs.
Clinton, Bill, 1946---Photographs.
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006--Photographs.
Kennerly, David Hume, 1947---Archives.
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994--Photographs.
Reagan, Ronald--Photographs.
Subjects
Jonestown Mass Suicide, Jonestown, Guyana, 1978--Photographs.
Photojournalism.
Politicians--United States--Photographs.
Presidents--United States--Photographs.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Photographs.
White House (Washington D.C.)--Photographs.
Places
Vietnam--Photographs.
Washington, D.C.—Photographs.

Related Material

Additional photographs from David Kennerly's photojournalism career are available on Kennerly'swebsite.


Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Unit.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Hume Kennerly Photographic Archive, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, 1993-2009.

Subsequent revisions were made by Amy Bowman, June 2014.

Portions of the archive are minimally processed.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

I. Photographic prints

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3S345-3S355 Mounted photographs from the Ford Administration; see inventory in collection holding record [AR 92-313]
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3S210 Oversize prints
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3S49.1 Photographs
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3So34b Oversize photograph albums
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3So35b-c Oversize photograph albums
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2.116/OP38 Oversize prints
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3V113 Black and white photographs of Gerald R. Ford presidency
Miscellaneous black and white photographs
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2.325/C31 Photographs of Kennerly and family
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3S356 Photograph of Alfred Smith [autographed]
Photograph of George Bush and George H. W. Bush [autographed], 1999
Miscellaneous photographs of David Hume Kennerly
Photographs of Gerald Ford at Shamrock Hotel in Houston, Texas, February 1976
Contact sheets of filming of Dogs of War, 1980



 

II. Slides and other transparencies

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3S435-3S436 Time assignments and Gerald Ford and family [AR 93-101]; see holding record for inventory, circa 1972-1987
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3V99 Slides; see inventory in holding record [AR 93-119], circa 1973-1983
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3V100 Slides; see inventory in holding record [AR 93-119], circa 1979-1984
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3V101 Slides; see inventory in holding record [AR 93-119], circa 1973-1984
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3V102 Slides; see inventory in holding record [AR 93-119], circa 1973-1984
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3V103 Slides; see inventory in holding record [AR 93-119], circa 1978-1984
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3V104 Slides; see inventory in holding record [AR 93-119], circa 1973-1989
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3V105 Slides; see inventory in holding record [AR 93-119], circa 1973-1989
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3V106 Slides [AR 93-119]
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3V107 Slides [AR 93-119]
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3V108 Slides [AR 93-119]
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3V109 Slides [AR 93-119]
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3V110 Slides [AR 93-119]
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3V111 Slides [AR 93-119]
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3V112 Slides [AR 93-119]
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3V277 Ronald Reagan outtakes
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3V278 Ronald Reagan outtakes
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3V91 Unsorted slides, includes Dogs of War, People’s Republic of China, Reagan and others, circa 1975-1990
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3V92 Unsorted slides, includes King Hussein, Litchfield, People’s Republic of China and others, circa 1975-1990
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3V95 Slides of Vietnam, February 1994
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3S437 Slide presentation given by David Kennerly, March 1993



 

III. Mixed photographic materials

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3V94 Unsorted slides, prints and negatives
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3V96 Mounted photographs and competition boards, Time film envelopes
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3V97 Color prints and negatives, includes Bush
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3V98 Color prints and negatives, includes Bush



 

IV. Publications and creative projects files

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3V1 Shooter:
Shooter scripts, by Stephen Kline and David Hume Kennerly, 1988
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3V2 Shooter scripts, by Stephen Kline and David Hume Kennerly, 1988
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3F317 Photo Op:
Photo Op drafts
Photo Op, Jeff McNelly cartoon “The Adventures of a Baby Boomer”
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3V113 Photo Op second edition replacement images
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3V2 The Body Politic script, by Stephen Kline and David Hume Kennerly, 1990
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3X137-3X138a Photo du Jour:
Contact sheets from book project Photo du Jour:
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3V113 Three black and white contact sheets (120 format negatives) and one mounted 5x7 color portrait of Kennerly from dust jacket of Photo du Jour
Three 11 x 14 black and white prints from Photo du Jour
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3K145 Binders of low-resolution photographic prints made for a book mockup about the 3 branches of U.S. government and the 4th estate



 

V. Correspondence, printed material and papers

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3F314 Correspondence:
June-September, 1974
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3F315 October-December, 1974
Gerald Ford, note on the death of Nelson Rockefeller [photocopy], 1979
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3F316 1975-1976
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2.325/C31 George Bush
Nancy and Ronald Reagan
William J. Clinton
Yousuf Karsh
Christie Hefner
Kenneth W. Starr
Sandra Day O'Connor
United States Senate and Congress
White House
King Hussein of Jordan
Donald Rumsfeld
Miscellaneous
Colin Powell
David Rockefeller
Alexander Haig
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2.325/C32 Gerald Ford and family
Christmas cards: from the Nixons; the Rockefellers; the Bushes; the Reagans; the Fords; O'Connors and others
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2.325/B36 Gerald Ford, note on the death of Rockefeller [original—ACCESS RESTRICTED], 1979
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2.325/OD6 Printed materials and papers:
Poster of Time Magazine covers
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3F253 Press passes, membership cards, passports, printed material
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3V1 President Ford itineraries, 1974-1975
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3V2 Miscellaneous printed material
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2.325/C30b Personal calender, 2000
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2.325/C31 Shooter/White House memorandum
Travel documents
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3S229 Jeff MacNelly cartoon of David Kennerly
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3So34a Oversize photographs, certificates, awards, printed material
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2.325/C31 Bob Dole stationary and envelopes
Press kits and press passes
Press schedules
Lillehammer Olympic Accreditation
David Hume Kennerly: business cards and Christmas cards
Collectible postage stamps
Press passes and press authorization
Who's Who certificates
Japanese prints
Life Magazine stationary
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2.325/B32 Labeled files, including correspondence
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2.325/C31 Postcards
Miscellaneous: Pamphlets, programs and envelopes
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2.325/C32 A Presidential Tribute to Gerald R. Ford, April 16, 1997
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3V1 Tear sheets:
Magazines containing Kennerly work
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3S356 Life magazine with photo essay by David Hume Kennerly [2 copies], March 1993
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3V85 Framed magazine covers
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3V86 Framed magazine covers
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3V87 Framed magazine covers
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3V88 Framed magazine covers
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3V89 Framed magazine covers
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3V90 Framed magazine covers
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3V93 Framed magazine covers
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3V1 Collected publications:
The American Bachelors Register: An Intimate Look at America's Most Eligible Bachelors, by Celeste Freemon, 1982
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3V2 Textbook, Press Time, by Julian Adams and Kenneth Stratton, 1985
Sharing Christmas, ed. by Deborah Raffin, 1990
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2.325/C31 Magazines: Time; American Photo
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3V2 Maps:
Douglas County, Oregon, undated
Iceland, 1986
Hô Chí Minh City, 1982



 

VI. A/V materials

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2X46 Audiocassettes:
Interview with David Kennerly, at KUT by Olive Graham, March 31, 1993
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3V1 VHS videocassettes:
“Good Morning America,” February 18, 1991
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3Y202 Interview of David Kennerly, ABC News “Nightline: The Killing Fields Revisited,” August 10, 1993
Interview of David Kennerly, Dick Swanson, and Dirck Halstead, “Dateline,” 1994
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3W96a David Hume Kennerly's fiftieth birthday party, Germaine's, Washington, DC, March 8, 1997
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2 Film/E150 16 mm motion picture film
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3S210 Promotional CD, “David Hume Kennerly: Pulitzer-Prize Winning Photographer”



 

VII. Digital materials

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3R193 Harpo Lives!, screensaver software for Microsoft Windows
Photo Op interactive CD-ROM [nonfunctioning mock-up]
Photo Op interactive CD-ROM
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3S210 CD with TIFF file of photograph of Pentagon on September 11, 2001



 

VIII. Exhibit materials

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3S229 Exhibit prints, includes Nixon
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2.325/D20g Photo Op exhibit prints (note: measurements indicate size of matted prints):
16”x20:
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat, Alexandria, Egypt, 1977
Miss Oregon beauty contestants, Seaside, Oregon, 1966
Natalie Wood on the movie set of “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” Los Angeles, 1968
President Ronald Reagan waits for his first meeting with Soviet Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev, Geneva, Switzerland, November 21, 1985
Jodie Foster, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1987
Gymnast Mary Lou Retton after winning the Olympic gold medal, Los Angeles, California, 1984
Candice Bergen sits in the President’s chair in the Cabinet Room during an assignment to photograph the First Family for Ladies Home Journal, 1975
During a state dinner, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stops by his office to receive the latest information on the attempt to rescue the crew of the U.S. freighter Mayaguez in Cambodia, May 14, 1975
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Venice, California, 1986
Lou Piniella, Portland Beavers, Multnomah Stadium, Portland, Oregon, 1966
King Hussein of Jordan is greeted by his children after he landed his helicopter in Amman, 1984
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stands on a huge map of the Sinai desert in Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s office in Jerusalem, August 1975
South Vietnamese soldier at Lai Khe, Vietnam, 1972
A nun at a funeral in Saigon, Vietnam, 1973
Bombs on the deck of the U.S.S. Constellation await loading onto fighters, 1972
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2W164 After making the decision to withdraw American troops for Vietnam, a weary President Ford holds his head during a meeting with senior staff members, April 14, 1975
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2W162 Chinese Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping waits for President and Mrs. Ford to arrive for a private audience in the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, China, December 1, 1975
E. Howard Hunt prepares to testify before the Senate Watergate committee, 1974
President Nixon and his newly appointed Vice President Gerald R. Ford on the south lawn of the White House, May 1974
Police officer with wounded demonstrator, San Francisco State College, 1968
Jordanian troops train in Amman, Jordan, 1983
Mets pitcher Tom Seaver and teammate Gary Gentry survey the damage done to the field after their team wins the World Series, New York City, 1969
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismael Fahmy and his staff in Alexandria, Egypt, 1975
President Ronald Reagan waits for Chief of Staff James Baker and congressional liaison Max Friedersdorf in the Oval Office, 1981
The casket of slain Philippine opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino passes through a crowd in Manila, August 1983
Director Steven Spielberg with dinosaur model used in the film Jurassic Park, Van Nuys, California, 1992
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat returns from peace talks in Israel, 1977
President Anwar Sadat, Rosalynn Carter and Prime Minister Menachem Begin, in the audience gallery of the U. S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. during the Camp David Summit, 1978
As Mrs. Ford looks on, President Ford receives news of the evacuation of Saigon in the White House residence, April 29, 1975
Michelle Pfeiffer, Los Angeles, California, 1986
Mets first baseman Don Clendenon is doused with champagne after his team wins the National League championship, New York City, 1969
Vice President Walter Mondale talks with President Carter in his private office in the White House, 1977
A dying woman in a makeshift hospital is comforted by her husband, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1975
Mia Farrow and Dustin Hoffman during the filming of “John and Mary,” New York, 1969
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2W163 16”x23”:
Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat, Alexandria, Egypt, 1977
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2.116/OD1405 16”x32”:
President Ford during Richard Nixon pardon (3 images on one board), September 1974
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2AA13a 18”x26”:
American POWs in Hanoi (2 images on one board), 1973
American soldier patrols near Da Nang, 1971, and Vietnamese soldiers under fire near Chon Thanh, Vietnam (2 images on one board), 1972
Landing Zone Lonely and U.S. troops taking a break above the A Shau Valley, Vietnam (2 images on one board), 1971
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2W163 20”x24”:
A disabled Vietnamese veteran protests his lack of benefits from the government, Saigon, Vietnam, 1971
Eight inch guns from the heavy cruiser U.S.S. Newport News shell targets inside North Vietnam, 1972
The World Trade Center under construction, New York City, 1969
Bicycles pass the entrance to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, 1989
The Sultan of Oman in his office, Muscat, 1979
Fidel Castro, Havana, Cuba, 1979
At the stroke of noon, President George Bush’s desk is removed from the Oval Office to make room for President Bill Clinton’s desk, January 20, 1993
President-elect Bill Clinton en route to Washington, D.C., 1993
Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney reports to President George Bush at the White House after his mission to the Middle East, 1991
An American “Scud Buster” unit outside Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1991
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney on their way to Saudi Arabia, 1991
President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev at the conclusion of their second summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, 1986
President Ford congratulates President elect Jimmy Carter during their first meeting after the election, November 1976
Vice President Agnew the day after resigning from office, Washington, D.C., 1973
Attorney General John Mitchell and wife Martha at the Justice Department, Washington, D.C., 1970
Bomb craters from B-52 strikes dot the landscape near Loc Ninh, Vietnam, 1973
Police keep demonstrators at bay, San Francisco State College, 1968
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2AA13a Egyptian President Anwar Sadat against the backdrop of the pyramids of Giza, 1977
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2W164 President and Mrs. Ford attend a chamber music conference with Generalissimo Francisco Franco and the future Spanish King, Juan Carlos in Madrid, May 31, 1975
Joe Frazier delivers winning punch to Muhammad Ali during their championship bout in Madison Square Garden, New York City,March 8, 1971
Former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell arrives for his court appearance as one of the Watergate conspirators, Washington D.C., 1973
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell and Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney address U.S. military personnel in a hanger at a secret F-111 base in Saudi Arabia, 1991
King Hussein and Queen Noor, Amman, Jordan, 1979
President Nixon shows the strain of the Watergate affair at a breakfast meeting in Washington, D.C., 1973
Grave of South Vietnamese soldier near Chon Thanh, Vietnam, 1972
Mozambiquan army troops in a rail car, Mozambique, 1973
President Ford and Emperor Hirohito talk with the aid of interpreters in the Blue Room during a state dinner held in honor of the Emperor and the Empress Nagako, October 2, 1975
President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev at the conclusion of the first summit in Geneva, Switzerland, November 21, 1985
President Richard Nixon leaves the White House for the last time, August 9, 1974
President Ford meets with some of his staff at Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, November 19, 1974
Easter near Khe Sanh, Vietnam, 1971
Betty Ford on Cabinet Room conference table, January 19, 1977
Five presidents: George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon during the Ronald Reagan Library dedication in Simi Valley, California, November 1991
A survivor of Jonestown, 1978
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2AA13a 20”x28”:
President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev at the conclusion of the first summit in Geneva, Switzerland, November 21, 1985
Bicycles pass the entrance to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, 1989
24”x32”:
A Cambodian refugee girl wears a soldier’s dog tag in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia, 1975
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the successful conclusion of the Sinai II negotiations, which resulted in Israel returning land to Egypt, 1975
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2.116/OD1405 Photographs selected for Time magazine covers (2 photographs), 1973-1986
Geishas entertain President Gerald Ford, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and White House Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld during Ford’s visit to Japan, the first by the United States president, Kyoto, November 21, 1974
Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles and Phoenix during campaign, 1968, and Ethel Kennedy after shooting in Los Angeles, June 5, 1968
President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev at fireside chat during their first summit in Geneva, Switzerland, November 1985
24”x40”:
An animated President Nixon at an East Room ceremony, 1974
32”x40”:
Nixon at a press conference, undated
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2014-108/1 Photo Op exhibit related materials:
Exhibit promotional materials, including interviews (3 folders)
Exhibit text and photocopies of images
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2014-108/2 Exhibit labels and hardware
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2.325/D19c Poster and brochure from exhibit, “Capturing History: The Photography of David Hume Kennerly” at the University Library Gallery, CSU-Sacramento, March 27-June 27, 2009
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2.325/C30b Guest book for Photo du Jour exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution, 2002
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3S176 Photo du Jour exhibit prints
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3S265 Photo du Jour exhibit prints [AR 2003-090]
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3rd Floor Stacks Photo du Jour exhibit banner
Exhibit prints from Ford Library



 

IX. Artifacts

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3V2 2 plaques
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2.325/C31 Lens cover, tie clip, baseball cards
Campaign buttons