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BOX 521-564Victor Kraft Materials, 1918-1976
The Victor Kraft Materials contain approximately 40,000 items and span the years c. 1918-1976. Victor Kraft (1915-76) was a professional photographer and life-long friend of Aaron Copland. They first became acquainted in the early 1930's and maintained close contact until Kraft's death. Copland was the godfather of Kraft's only child Jeremy, a son from his second wife Rheba. Kraft's photographs appeared in such prominent publications as "Life Magazine", "Harper's Bazaar", "Junior Bazaar", and the French art journal "L'Oeil", among others.
The bulk of the photoprints and negatives document Kraft's travels in Mexico in the 1930s [and/or 1950s?] and in Brazil from 1951-53. Notable subjects include formal and informal portraits of Aaron Copland, and portraits from the 1940s and 1950s of numerous composers and performers of the American music scene, including Leonard Bernstein, Paul Bowles, Edwin Denby, Lukas Foss, Erik Johns, William Kapell, Dmitri Mitropoulos, and Robert Shaw. The Tanglewood Music Festival during the 1940s is also well represented with many historically interesting images to be found in the photoprints, as well as the contact sheets and negatives. Photoprints by other prominent photographs are represented -- Cecil Beaton (portraits of Victor Kraft and a self-portrait photocard), Ronny Jaques (a signed portrait of Carson McCullough), and Carl Van Vechten (1935 portraits of Victor Kraft). All other images are assumed to have been created by Victor Kraft unless otherwise noted. Of other interest are the series of letters to Kraft from Paul Bowles, and a sampling of Kraft's original negative sleeves which reveal insights into his systematization and methodology. See the Explanation of Code System for Photographs in the Victor Kraft Materials at the end of this series.
Includes letters, telegram, manuscript and typewritten notes, identification cards and passport, address book, bank checks and statements, receipts, purchase orders, black and white and color prints, black and white contact prints, color slides, black and white and color negatives, color transparencies (mostly 35 mm, but includes oversize, copy and square negatives), a watercolor and etching print, post cards, clippings, and maps. Biographical, Professional Papers, Photoprints, Contact Sheets, Color Slides and Printed Matter arranged by subject (Photoprints follow similar order as photoprints in Photographs series); Correspondence arranged chronologically; Artwork arranged alphabetically by subject, and Negatives arranged according to pre-existing job codes in alpha-numeric order when available, and according to newly-assigned codes arranged by subject, then numerically.
BOX-FOLDER 521/1-2Biographical
BOX-FOLDER 521/1Personal Papers
BOX-FOLDER 521/2Foreign Service application
BOX-FOLDER 521/3-4Correspondence
BOX-FOLDER 521/3Bowles, Paul, 1935-1936
BOX-FOLDER 521/4Miscellaneous, 1937-1975
BOX-FOLDER 521/5-7Professional Papers
BOX-FOLDER 521/6-7Brazil, 1951-1953[?]
BOX-FOLDER 521/5Miscellaneous
BOX 522-535  BOX 547-553Photoprints
BOX-FOLDER 522/1-8  BOX-FOLDER 523/1-2  BOX-FOLDER 535/1-2  BOX-FOLDER 547/1Victor Kraft: Portraits and Family
BOX-FOLDER 522/2-6  BOX-FOLDER 547/1Portraits
BOX-FOLDER 522/2Early
BOX-FOLDER 522/3Early and Middle
Contents:
  • Portraits (Cecil Beaton)
  • Self-portraits
  • Self-portraits with camera
BOX-FOLDER 522/4Middle
Includes: Self-portraits
BOX-FOLDER 547/1Middle with camera
BOX-FOLDER 522/6Middle with camera
BOX-FOLDER 522/5Middle and Late
Includes: Passport photos
BOX-FOLDER 522/1,7,8  BOX-FOLDER 523/1-2  BOX-FOLDER 535/1-2Family
BOX-FOLDER 522/1Family and childhood
BOX-FOLDER 522/7Alone and with Jeremy Kraft: Late
BOX-FOLDER 535/1-2With Jeremy Kraft, [ca. 1970s, snapshots] (Color)
BOX-FOLDER 522/8VK with others
BOX-FOLDER 523/1VK with Pearl Kazin
Contents:
  • Brazil [curled prints]
  • Wedding photos, 1951
BOX-FOLDER 523/2Kazin, Pearl alone [curled prints]
BOX-FOLDER 424/1-4  BOX-FOLDER 535/2  BOX-FOLDER 547/2-12Composers and Performers
BOX-FOLDER 547/2Copland, Aaron: Portraits: [Middle]
BOX-FOLDER 547/3Copland, Aaron: 1948, Tanglewood, "Copland-Milhaud with composition students"
BOX-FOLDER 535/2Copland, Aaron: With others (Color)
Includes: Kraft, Jeremy
BOX-FOLDER 547/6Dancers, in studio
BOX-FOLDER 547/4Foss, Lukas and Alexei Haieff
BOX-FOLDER 524/2Johns, Erik and Frances Garman, [ca. 1940s?]
BOX-FOLDER 547/7Kapell, William
BOX-FOLDER 524/1Kraft, Victor with camera
BOX-FOLDER 547/5McPhee, Colin, Walter Piston, and Igor Stravinsky
BOX-FOLDER 547/8Mitropoulos, Dmitri
BOX-FOLDER 547/9Robbins, Jerome
BOX-FOLDER 547/10Shaw, Robert, 1947, City Center, New York
BOX-FOLDER 547/11Tanglewood, 1940s
Contents:
  • Hofman, Irwin, conducting
  • Percussion class
  • Violinist, unidentified
BOX-FOLDER 524/3Miscellaneous
Contents:
  • Haeiff, Alexei
  • Lopatnikoff, Nicolai
  • Mitropoulos, Dmitri
BOX-FOLDER 524/4Miscellaneous
BOX-FOLDER 547/12Unidentified performers, backstage
BOX-FOLDER 525/1-2  BOX-FOLDER 548/1-4Famous People
BOX-FOLDER 548/1Bowles, Paul, [ca. 1930s]
BOX-FOLDER 548/2Denby, Edwin, [ca. 1930s, Mexico]
BOX-FOLDER 548/3Laughton, Charles and Elsa Lanchester
BOX-FOLDER 548/4McCullugh, Carson, signed (Ronny Jaques)
BOX-FOLDER 548/5Rosenfeld, Isaac
BOX-FOLDER 525/1Van Vechten, Carl, portrait series
BOX-FOLDER 525/2Miscellaneous
BOX-FOLDER 525/3-7  BOX-FOLDER 548/7-13Miscellaneous People
BOX-FOLDER 548/7"The Captain with friend", 8 prints
BOX-FOLDER 548/8Soldiers descending steps, 2 copies
BOX-FOLDER 525/3Men, mostly unidentified
BOX-FOLDER 548/13[Unidentified], 4 prints
BOX-FOLDER 525/6[Unidentified], Children
BOX-FOLDER 525/7[Unidentified], Group photos
BOX-FOLDER 548/9[Unidentified], Men
BOX-FOLDER 525/4[Unidentified], Women
BOX-FOLDER 548/12[Unidentified], Woman, elderly
BOX-FOLDER 548/10-11[Unidentified], Women, [story photos ?]
BOX-FOLDER 525/8-11  BOX-FOLDER 551/1-6New York City
BOX-FOLDER 551/4Baseball game
BOX-FOLDER 551/1-2Brooklyn Bridge
BOX-FOLDER 525/8Cityscapes
BOX-FOLDER 551/3Columbus Circle
BOX-FOLDER 525/9-11Street Scenes
BOX-FOLDER 551/5-6Street Scenes
BOX-FOLDER 526/1-2  BOX-FOLDER 527/1-2  BOX-FOLDER 528/1-3  BOX-FOLDER 529/1-2  BOX-FOLDER 530/1-3  BOX-FOLDER 531/1-2  BOX-FOLDER 532/1-2  BOX-FOLDER 533/1-9  BOX-FOLDER 534/1-2  BOX-FOLDER 552/1-7  BOX-FOLDER 553/1-7Foreign Countries
Brazil
BOX-FOLDER 529/21951, "Maranhao Uprising, 10-16-51" [curled prints]
BOX-FOLDER 526/1-21951-52 [curled prints]
BOX-FOLDER 527/1-21951-52 [curled prints]
BOX-FOLDER 530/1-31951-52, miscellaneous [slightly curled prints]
BOX-FOLDER 528/1-31952, "Cooperativa Agraria" [curled prints]
BOX-FOLDER 529/11952, "Cooperativa Agraria" [curled prints]
Guatemala
BOX-FOLDER 531/1-2Guatemala photoprints, [curled prints]
Mexico
BOX-FOLDER 533/1-7Mexico photoprints
BOX-FOLDER 533/8-9508 W114 Ca8-7621 [slightly curled prints]
BOX-FOLDER 532/2"Parana Dupes" [badly curled prints]
BOX-FOLDER 532/1Miscellaneous
BOX-FOLDER 552/1-7Miscellaneous
BOX-FOLDER 553/1-7Miscellaneous
BOX-FOLDER 534/1-2Miscellaneous: Italy
BOX-FOLDER 534/1-2Miscellaneous: France
BOX-FOLDER 534/1-2Miscellaneous: Photo post cards
BOX-FOLDER 534/1-2Miscellaneous: Unidentified
BOX-FOLDER 534/3-5  BOX-FOLDER 550/1-8Story Photos
BOX-FOLDER 550/8Butcher
BOX-FOLDER 550/5-7  BOX-FOLDER 534/3Harper's Bazaar
Folders:
  • 550/5 Dresden, Professor [for Harper's Bazaar ?]
  • 550/6 Potter-Ladd, Mrs., 6/5/47
  • 534/3 Wernick, Robert for Harper's Bazaar
  • 550/7 Unidentified woman [for Harper's Bazaar ?]
BOX-FOLDER 550/1-4Junior Bazaar, 1947 Feb., "How They Got Started"
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