Guide to the Joseph C. Farber Papers and Photographs

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0520
Creators:
Farber, Joan C., Dr.
Farber, Joseph C., 1903-1994
Dates:
circa 1930-1990
bulk 1962-1990
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
15 Cubic feet
71 boxes
Color transparencies and negatives on film; silver gelatin on photonegatives
11" x 14"
Repository:

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Black-and-white negatives, black-and-white prints, and color transparencies, mostly created for specific book projects, articles in Antiques magazine, etc. Generally, color was used for magazine articles, while black-and-white images were intended for books. Collection also includes photographs of personal or family significance, and some early artistic efforts. Non-pictorial portion consists primarily of material related to Farber's publications: correspondence, galley proofs, reviews, etc.
Scope and Contents note
Photographs include projects related to Thomas Jefferson (e.g., Monticello), classical architecture, Essex, Connecticut, etc. Buildings photographed include Raleigh's Tavern, Williamsburg, Va.; Independence Hall, Philadelphia; Maison Carree, Nimes, France; St. Paul's Chapel, Boston, Mass.; White House, Washington; New York City landmarks; sites in Springfield and New Salem, Ill., associated with Abraham Lincoln; historic buildings in Boston and Cambridge,Mass.; Hannibal, Mo.; Deerfield, Mass.; New England churches and meetinghouses; and buildings and objects from ancient Greece, which were published with excerpts from Herodotus' History of the Pelopponesian Wars (Farber called this group of images "Herodotus"); and Italian villas designed by Andrea Palladio, such as the Villa Rotunda. Some pictures relating to themes of democracy were inspired by the U.S. Bicentennial celebration.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Divided into 6 series. Collection partially processed.

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Farber became a photographer after retiring from business, 1960s.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Elizabeth Watson, 2002.
Author
Elizabeth Watson
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Dr. Joan Farber, 1994.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Joseph Farber Papers and Photographs, ca. 1962-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Dr. Joan C. Farber.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Photographs published in Joseph C. Farber's books are still under copyright. Reproduction permission from the Joseph C. Farber's estate is required. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Related Archival Materials
Photographs from the Native Americans project in the National Anthropological Archives, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Collection donated by photographer's daughter after his death; Archives Center received collection from Farber's New York apartment in 1994, when Native American series photographs also were acquired for National Museum of Natural History.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Photographs -- Black-and-white negatives -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture -- Greece Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture, Renaissance Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Boston (Mass.) -- Architecture Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture -- United States Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Churches -- New England Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cambridge (Mass.) -- Architecture Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Contact sheets -- 1960-1990 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Churches -- Quaker Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Proofs -- 1960-1990 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence -- 1960-1990 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ruins -- Greece Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Villa Rotunda (Vicenza, Italy) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Springfield (Ill.) -- Architecture Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
White House (Washington, D.C.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Proof sheets Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Phototransparencies -- 1960-1990 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Monticello Va. -- photographs Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Maison Carree (Nimes, France) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New York (N.Y.) -- Architecture Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
New England -- Architecture Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Greece -- Classical architecture Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Essex (Conn.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Italy -- Architecture Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hannibal (Mo.) -- Architecture Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture, Classical Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture, Italian Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Architecture, Ancient -- Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Slides (photographs) -- 1950-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Palladio, Andrea (architect) Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Raleigh's Tavern (Williamsburg, Va.). Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Herodotus Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Independence Hall (Philadelphia, Pa.). Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives