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The Vicki Goldberg collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, professional materials, research materials, legal materials, financial materials, audio materials, photographs, and other items.
The collection includes manuscripts regarding photography books for which Goldberg provided not only photographs, but captions, introductions, chapter texts, and companion essays. Works include Five Thousand Years of Nude Sculpture, Facing America, Loose Change, Steichen, Children of Work, Photographs That Changed History, Power of Photography, and American Photography: A Century of Images; The White House: The President’s Home in Photographs and History; and other titles. Also present are interview notes, draft fragments, documentary transcripts, and manuscripts for articles (such as “Brassai: Man of the World,” “Ansel Adams,” “Digital Video and Photographers,” and “Platypus”) and “Lewis Hine, Child Labor, and the Camera” (an essay).
Correspondence in the collection consists of assorted autograph letters, typescript letters, postcards, emails, and telegrams dating from 1989 to 1992. Also included is professional correspondence maintained between 1995 and 1999 in regard to American Photography and a letter to Howard B. Gotlieb.
The collection’s printed materials include galley proofs, clippings, programs, advertisements, booklets, flyers, and more. Additional printed materials are constituted by photography articles, printed instructions regarding information retrieval from the National Archives, and issues of Vanity Fair, American Photo, and Visual Communication Quarterly in which Arbus’ work is featured.
Professional materials consist of extensive subject files kept primarily between 1989 and 2009. Files contain correspondence, manuscripts, printed materials, photographs, and day planners. Additional materials include airline information, a resume, a calendar, and various notes.
In addition to outlines, exhibition materials, and photocopied photographs, Goldberg’s research materials focus on interviews for various publications. Interview transcripts (often accompanied by holograph revisions and notes) are present for Jonathan Becker, Bita Dobo, Robert Freson, Elaine Kaufman, Sandra Philips, Colin Westerbeck, and others. Materials are particularly well documented for a Vanity Fair article regarding Diane Arbus, which features interviews with Allan and Doon Arbus. Research material in the collection regards topics such as children; politics, specifically the White House and presidencies; the media; civil rights; and others.
The collection’s legal materials include a signed contract to write a prologue for Jacques Henri Lartigue, agreements with Vanity Fair regarding the Arbus article, a contract between Goldberg and Middlemarch Films, Inc., and other items.
Collected financial materials include various expense reports and receipts.
The collections audio materials consist of numerous cassette and mini-cassette tapes on which Goldberg recorded her interviews. Notables include Abigail Heyman, Peter MacGill, Allan Arbus, May Eliot, Isabelle Storey, John Sarkoski, Ruth Ansel, Richard Avedon, Shirley Fingerhood, and others.
Photographs in the collection include both color and black and white prints. Some photos document book signings and catalogs, while others focus on family and Goldberg’s personal life. Of particular interest are 25 color prints for the 2008 Jeffrey Aaronson Zurich catalog and 20 black and white prints of Goldberg in India.
Other materials in the collection include an award certificate regarding the technology of espionage seminar completion; film and video, including an Ernesto Bazan DVD and a DVD titled “An Evening with White House Photographers at the LBJ Library on February 15, 1991; and electronic media.