University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Robinson Jeffers:

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

Creator: Jeffers, Robinson, 1887-1962
Title: Robinson Jeffers Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: circa 1875-1929
Abstract: The collection consists of 2,510 photographs of and related to the American poet Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962).
Call Number: Photography Collection PH-00281
Extent: 2,510 items (1.68 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

Scope and Contents

The Robinson Jeffers Literary File consists of 2,510 photographs (1,361 loose prints and safety negatives, 1,132 nitrate negatives, 16 tintypes, and 1 ambrotype). Featured are snapshots of the Jeffers family, travel scenes in Great Britain and Europe, Tor House in California, various literary celebrities of Jeffers’ day, photographs of some works of art, and stills from Jeffers-related theatrical productions. Of note is a portrait of Jeffers by Edward Weston (970:0004:0001). The tintypes and ambrotype are of Jeffers’ maternal (Tuttle family) relatives. An index at the end of this guide lists identified photographers whose work is featured in this file.

This file forms a part of the Harry Ransom Center’s Literary File Collection, which is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally includes photographs either taken by, collected by, or of those figures.



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Index Terms

Jeffers, Robinson, 1887-1962.
Jeffers, Una, 1884 or 1885-1950.
Luhan, Mabel Dodge, 1879-1962.
Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950.
Weston, Edward, 1886-1958.
Architecture--Pictorial works.
Landscape photographs.
Photographic portraits.
Photographic reproductions.
England--Pictorial works.
Ireland--Pictorial works.
Scotland--Pictorial works.
Document Types
Ambrotypes (photographs).
Black-and-white negatives.
Contact sheets.
Gelatin silver prints.
Photographic prints.
Tintypes (prints).

Related Material

Additional Jeffers material can be found in the Robinson Jeffers Collection (MS-02170) at the Harry Ransom Center.

Administrative Information


Internal transfer(s) from manuscript collection(s)

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Item List

Box 1 246 b/w photographs, each an individual contact print of a negative; subject matter includes Scotland, England, Ireland, ancient architecture, landscapes, a public funeral, informal portraits of the Jeffers family, Stonehenge, Yeats House, and the Habhouse family (negatives for these prints are in year:lot 970:0008), undated.
56 b/w contact sheets (generally 4 images per sheet) duplicating 970:0001:0001-0246, undated.
Box 1 (970:0002:0001-0200); Box 2 (970:0002:0201-0455) 455 b/w photographs, each an individual contact print of a negative; subject matter includes Jeffers family pictures, Tor House in California, European travels, Edward Weston (970:0002:0102), Tony Luhan, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Charles Erskine, Scott Wood, Edgar Lee Masters and other literary celebrities (negatives for these prints are in year:lot 970:0009), undated.
Box 2 118 b/w contact sheets (generally 4 images per sheet) duplicating 970:0002:0001-0455, undated.
Duplicate photographs of 970:0002:0260 and 970:0002:0375, undated.
Box 3 99 b/w photographs, each an individual contact print of a negative (originally constituted contact sheets 1-16 as described by list at front of box); subject matter includes Jeffers and his family, Trethaway and Tor Houses, friends of the Jeffers family, Mabel and Tony Luhan, Frieda Lawrence, and other celebrities (negatives for these prints may be assigned year:lot 970:0010), undated.
69 b/w contact sheets (i.e., sheets 17-85 as described by list at front of box; generally 6 images per sheet); subject matter includes same people and places as 970:0003:0001-0099 with Edna St. Vincent Millay among the celebrities (negatives for these prints may be assigned year:lot 970:0010), undated.
85 b/w contact sheets (generally 6 images per sheet) duplicating 970:0003:0001-0516, undated.
Portrait of Jeffers, standing on a rock, signed and dated by Edward Weston, 1929.
Portrait of Una Kuster (Jeffers) by Arnold Genthe, undated.
Snapshots of a stone house, a sundial, Jeffer’s sons Donan and Garth, and a bulldog, undated.
Snapshots of Robinson Jeffers and Albert Bender, one withdrawn from the book, Roan Stallion, Tamar, and other Poems, undated.
Portraits of Una Jeffers, undated.
View of Jeffers' stone house with inset portrait of Jeffers, undated.
Portraits of Robinson Jeffers, including one with Edna St. Vincent Millay (970:0004:0022), three with Michael Werboff (970:0004:0025-0027), and a photographic reproduction of a painting by Dorothy Brett (970:0004:0024), undated.
Photographs of productions of dramatic pieces by Robinson Jeffers, and autographed photographs of actors, undated.
Photographic reproduction of a drawing of George Moore with his signature and inscriptions to Jeffers on both image recto and verso, undated.
Four frames of b/w 35mm film depicting a trip to George Moore's burial site in Ireland, undated.
Photograph from production of dramatic piece by Jeffers, undated.
Postcards of Festspiele Bad Hersfeld (ruins), undated.
Portrait of Robinson Jeffers with Michael Werboff, undated.
Box 4 Tintypes and one ambrotype (in poor condition) which are mostly of Tuttle family members (Robinson Jeffers' mother and her relatives), circa 1875.
Small framed photograph of Harrison Orlando Call (Una Jeffers' father), undated.
Miscellaneous snapshots of Robinson Jeffers' family, undated.
Nitrate Vault Negatives (nitrate and safety) for snapshots in year:lot 970:0001, undated.
Negatives (nitrate and safety) for snapshots in year:lot 970:0002, undated.
Negatives for snapshots in year:lot 970:0003, undated.
Box 4 Photographic prints withdrawn from book(s), undated.

Index of Photographers

  • Bachrach, Ernest A., 1899-1973--970:0004:0028-0029
  • Bryant, F. W.--970:0004:0031, 970:0004:0033
  • Crews, Mildred Tolbert--970:0004:0024
  • Genthe, Arnold, 1869-1942--970:0004:0002
  • Hagemeyer, Johan, 1884-1962--970:0004:0015, 970:0004:0021
  • Josselyn, Lewis, photographer--970:0004:0023
  • Monterey Herald--970:0004:0034
  • Serda, Charlott--970:0004:0038
  • Siefer, John W.--970:0004:0017
  • Stuart, Leslie, -1997--970:0004:0030
  • Weston, Edward, 1886-1958--970:0004:0001