University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Merle Armitage:

An Inventory of his Literary File Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center



Creator: Armitage, Merle, 1893-1975
Title: Merle Armitage Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: 1936-1970, undated
Abstract: The Merle Armitage Literary File consists of approximately 700 photographs, many of which are images of books written, edited, and/or designed by Armitage. Also included are portraits of Armitage and various other people, as well as views of the Grand Canyon and various places in Europe. In addition, there are numerous images of petroglyphs, as well as some pertaining to the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad system.
Call Number: Photograph Collection PH-02681
Extent: 700 items (3.7 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The Merle Armitage Literary File consists of approximately 700 photographs, many of which are images of books written, edited, and/or designed by Armitage. Also included are portraits of Armitage and various other people, as well as views of the Grand Canyon and various places in Europe. In addition, there are numerous images of petroglyphs, as well as some pertaining to the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad system. An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this file. Further descriptions of some items are available in a card catalog in the repository.

This collection forms a part of the Literary File Photography Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally include portraits and images collected by or of those figures.


Restrictions

Access:

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Please note: Transparencies may be accessed but require 24 hours advance notice. Negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. Light sensitive materials must be viewed under low-level lighting. Some materials may be restricted from viewing. To make an appointment or to reserve photography materials, please contact the Center's staff at photography@hrc.utexas.edu.

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Index Terms

People
Armitage, Isabelle.
Armitage, Merle, 1893-1975.
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971.
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971.
Wells, Cady, 1904-1954.
Organizations
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company.
Subjects
Petroglyphs.
Places
London (England).
Ramsgate (England).
Switzerland.
Document Types
Photographic prints.

Related Material

The Ransom Center also holds manuscript material in the Merle Armitage Papers.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Internal transfers

Processed by:

HRC Staff


Item List

Location
Armitage, M., Lit File Box 1 Portraits of Armitage alone at various ages throughout his adult life, undated.
Portrait (silkscreen print) of Armitage, undated.
Group portrait of Armitage at age 3 with his parents and sister, undated.
Photographs of Armitage as an adult with various people, undated.
Portraits of various people; all signed and inscribed to Armitage, undated.
View of a crowd in an airplane hangar (during World War II?), undated.
Portraits of various people, including Joan Crawford (P53), Ira Gershwin (P59), Rockwell Kent (P48), Igor Stravinsky (P35, P61), Arturo Toscanini (P60), Edgar Varèse (P40-P43), and Joseph von Sternberg (P44); most signed and inscribed to Armitage, undated.
Photographs of Igor Stravinsky at a rehearsal, undated.
Group portrait of 8 unidentified people (members of a family?) at a resort (in Monte-Carlo?), undated.
Location
Armitage, M., Lit File Box 2 Photographic reproductions of the cover and title page of The Aristocracy of Art by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, and other pages (page 1 and an illustration) of Warren Newcombe by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, page 1, and plate 13 of The Work of Maier-Krieg by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover and page 1 of Rockwell-Kent by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, and other pages (page x and an illustration) of The Lithographs of Richard Day by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, and other pages (including an illustration) of Napolitano by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, lining papers, title page, and other pages of Lovet-Lorski by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, lining papers, title page, and other pages of So-Called Abstract Art by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover and title page of Post Caviar by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, lining papers, title page, and other pages (including an illustration) of U.S. Navy by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, lining papers, title page, and other pages (including an illustration) of Accent on America by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproduction of the title page of Dance Memoranda by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, front lining papers, and title page of Operations Santa Fe by Armitage, as well as an image of a metal ornament bearing the Santa Fe logo (used as illustration?), undated.
Photographic reproductions of the title page and 8 other pages of Brett Weston: Photographs by Armitage, undated.
Location
Armitage, M., Lit File Box 3 Photographic reproductions of the cover and various pages (including illustrations) of Henrietta Shore by Armitage, as well as a silhouette of a cactus (used as illustration?), undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, and other pages (including an illustration) of Zarathrustra Jr., with a foreword by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the title page and other pages (including illustrations) of Elise by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover of The Capture of Inspiration, produced, designed, and with a foreword by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, and other pages (including illustrations) of Millard Sheets, edited by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover (negative only), lining papers, title page, and page iii of Igor Stravinsky (New York, 1936), edited and with an article by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, and other pages (including an illustration) of Picasso: 2 Statements, with a "comment" by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, front lining papers, title page, and other pages (including an illustration) of Hollywood Bowl, with a foreword by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, frontispiece, title page, and other pages (including illustrations) of The Psychologist Looks at Art, edited and with a foreword by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover and page 1 of Martha Graham, edited and with a foreword by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, front lining papers, title page, and other pages (including illustrations) of George Gershwin, edited, designed, and with an article by Armitage, undated.
Location
Armitage, M., Lit File Box 4 Photographic reproductions of the cover, lining papers, preliminary pages, and page 41 of Designed Books, including articles about and reproductions of books designed by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, and other pages (includging an illustration) of Have We an American Art, designed and with an article by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the title page and page 17 of Private Enterprise and Democracy, with a foreword by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, and other pages (including an illustration) of Personal Revolution and Picasso, edited and with a foreword by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, and other pages (including illustrations) of Edward Weston and 50 Photographs (by Edward Weston), both books designed and with text by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproduction of the title page of Igor Stravinsky (New York, c1949), by Armitage, and a silhouette of a grand piano (used as illustration?), undated.
Photographic reproductions of preliminary pages and other pages (facsimiles of Klee’s signature) of Five Essays on Paul Klee, edited and with an essay by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, and other pages of Picture Book, designed by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, and another page of Valdemar, designed by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title page, frontispiece, and other pages of Advanced Modern Navigation, designed by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, lining papers, title page, and other pages of Looking Backward, designed by Armitage, undated.
Location
Armitage, M., Lit File Box 5 Photographic reproductions of the cover, illustrated lining papers, and title page of Russell Cowles, designed by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover and title page of Navajo Textile Arts, designed by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproduction of the cover of The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder, designed by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproduction of the title page of Murder and Mystery in New Mexico, designed by Armitage, undated.
Photographic reproductions of pages of the brochure Rosa Ponselle, designed by Armitage, undated.
Color negatives of desert paintings by Armitage, 1955.
Images of an exhibition of books and typography by Armitage, presented by Gardner Cowles for Look Magazine, undated.
Photographic reproduction of a map (4 prints taped together) and 8 variant contact prints of the same maps inscribed (by Armitage?) "desert book 1952," 1952.
10 different contact sheets of 35mm negatives of desert scenes, and views of various other places, 1953.
Petroglyph photographs, undated.
Location
Armitage, M., Lit File Box 6 Petroglyph photographs, undated.
Views of the Grand Canyon, undated.
Location
Armitage, M., Lit File Box 7 Views of the Grand Canyon, undated.
View of Athens, Greece (the Parthenon?), undated.
View of a crowded plaza in Salamanca, Spain, on the occasion of the installation of Fascist leaders during the Spanish Civil War, 1938.
Photograph of a small group of refugees crossing the mountains into France to escape Franco, 1938.
View of a crowd gathered in Vienna to watch Hitler review the troops, 1938.
Stills from the film "The Big Lift," 1950.
Photograph of people in traditional dress in Valais, Switzerland, 1938.
Views of Switzerland (6 pages of half-tone prints apparently removed from a book), undated.
Views of various places in Switzerland, including the Matterhorn (P238); P239 dated 1936.
Views of various places in Poland, including the border city of Vilna (P241), 1938-1939.
Views of various places in Italy; P244 and P246 are dated 1947 and 1944 respectively.
View of Paris (the Arc de Triomphe?), 1946.
Photograph of 8 women kneeling before a large crucifix on an outer wall of a building,
Views of the Café de Flore (P249) and the Palais de Chaillot (P250) in Paris, undated.
View of Saint Moritz, Switzerland, undated.
View of a town on the border between France and Italy, 1938.
View of a crowd in front of a train station in Paris, 1938.
Views of London; P257-P258 dated 1939.
View of Ramsgate, England, 1939.
Photograph of "about one half of the total 106 Merle Armitage books, in a case especially built at Manzanita Ranch," undated.
Photographs of locomotives, other train cars, and various scenes pertaining to the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railway system, undated.
Photographic reproduction of a silhouette of a rooster perched on a circle with Armitage’s stylized initials inside (original print and negative), undated.
Photographic reproduction of a letter to Armitage from A. Thangal Kunju Musaliar, letter dated 16 January 1950.
Location
Armitage, M., Lit File Box 8 Photographs of Kachina dolls, undated.
Photographic reproductions of Cady Wells paintings, undated.
Stereograph of Armitage in an old car with Gardner Cowles (behind the wheel) and 3 unidentified men, undated.
Portrait of Armitage in a military uniform (same image as P4 and 998:0049:0001), undated.
Photographic reproductions of the cover, title pages of 2 editions, illustrated lining papers, and other pages of Fit for a King by Armitage, undated.
Scene from a production of Porgy and Bess presented by Armitage, undated.
Portrait of Armitage in military uniform (same image as P4 and P334), undated.
Portrait of Armitage, November 1970.
Portrait of Picasso in an arena (at a bull fight?), undated.
Location
Lit File OV Box Medium Portrait of Merle and Isabelle Armitage; handwritten on lower mount recto: "For the University of Texas / from Isabelle / and Merle Armitage / 1961;" photographer's initials ("B.W.") also handwritten on mount recto, below right corner of image, 1961.
24 x 19 cm (image); 40.8 x 35.2 cm (mount).
Portrait of Merle and Isabelle Armitage, undated.
Location
Lit File OV Box, Medium "Natural mosaic and weather vane at Margarita Ranch. W[ynn] B[ullock]"; title handwritten with red marker, lower mount recto; signed on mount recto, beneath lower right corner of print: "Wynn Bullock ‘56;" handwritten on lower right mount verso: "for Merle, Isabelle, and Lucy - / Thanks for a stimulating week-end. / This was on subject the mind couldn't move. / Wynn Bullock, undated.
Gelatin silver print, 19.4 x 14 cm (image); 35.9 x 39.4 cm (mount).
Location
Lit File OV Box, Large Armitage 1 Images of snow-covered (Alpine?) ski slopes and trees, as well as skiers, icicles, and snow sculptures, undated.
Location
Lit File OV Box, Large Armitage 2 Images of snow-covered (Alpine?) ski slopes and trees, as well as skiers, icicles, and snow sculptures, undated.
Location
Armitage, M., Album 1 15 photographic prints, from an exhibition of books and typography by Armitage, undated.



Index of Photographers

  • Associated Press--P231, P257-P258
  • Barba, Raoul J.--P65
  • Blanche, J. E.--P61
  • Bullock, Wynn--P296
  • Cada--P193, P194, P224
  • Davis, Wyatt--P40
  • Dick, Gretchen--P57
  • Fairchild, Charlotte--P63
  • Frank, S. Edward & Associates--P21
  • French Government Tourist Office--P249-P250
  • Harris & Ewing--P24
  • Harvey--P225
  • Hutchinson--P45
  • International News Photos--P232-P233, P240-P242, P252-P253
  • Kettel, Max--P235
  • Keystone View Co.--P239, P333
  • Knee, Ernest: --P330-P332
  • Look Pix--P259
  • McConkey, Alton B.--P47
  • Meyer, Charles--P18-P20
  • Mishkin, Herman--P62
  • Richee, Gene Robert--P51
  • Santa Fe Railway--P266-P271
  • Schattenstein, Nikol--P58
  • Seymour, Maurice--P36
  • Stein, Marcia--P26
  • Theisen, Earl--P49A-P49B
  • U.S. Navy--P246
  • Weston--P46
  • Weston, Brett--P9-P10, P272
  • Woodbury--P52