Toni Frissell Collection
Photographs and papers
Collection digitized? Generally, no. Selected
images are included here to give a sample of the collection.
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. She was a staff photographer for Vogue, Harper's
Bazaar, and Sports Illustrated, and published
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).
The collection contains approximately
270,000 black-and-white negatives,
42,000 color transparencies,
prints, as well as proof sheets,
not all of which have been processed
for general use. Frissell's
own selection of about
1,800 of her best and most representative
photographs (LOT 12452), has
been processed for general use,
as have all photographs
related to life or scenes in
Washington, D.C., and many of
the photographs she took in
Europe during World War II.
The groups of images and some
which copy photography has been
requested can be searched in
the Prints & Photographs
Online Catalog. The Washington,
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,
1994). The unprocessed portion
collection is available by appointment
for scholarly use.
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 and 2012.
U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, "Acquisition
Notes," Library of Congress Information Bulletin, v.
30, May 27, 1971: 303-304.