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    Glen Fishback Papers and Photographs, ca. 1930-1976.
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    Fishback, Glen Curtis, 1912-1976 (photographer, author).
    Glen Fishback Papers and Photographs, ca. 1930-1976.
    Phy. Description: 
    27 cu. ft.: approx. 30 boxes.
    Click to view EDAN Slideshow: 
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Fishback began his professional career in 1937 as a staff photographer for the Sacramento (California) Bee; ran a portrait and commercial studio for 17 years, with work appearing in national publications; in 1956 sold studio and worked as free-lance photographer for 5 years. In 1958, flew over the Far East with the U.S. Air Force as a brigadier general on a special assignment sponsored by U.S. Camera magazine, Ansco, Rolleiflex, and the Air Force. In the 1970s Fishback and his wife established the Glen Fishback School of Photography in Sacramento, and developed an exposure system for Pentax spotmeters. Many of his advertising clients over the years were photographic manufacturers, such as Ansco, Kodak, Kalart, Rolleiflex, etc. His pictures demonstrated the kind of photography possible with the client's products.
    Fishback also wrote technical and popular articles for photographic magazines and publications.
    The donor was one of Fishback's favorite models as a child. Her face appeared in many of his photographs and later on magazine covers.
    Scope and Content: 
    Original photographic negatives, prints (black-and-white and color), and color slides and transparencies by Fishback, reflecting his career in advertising, calendar, and editorial photography; drafts of articles and correspondence by Fishback (typescripts), and incoming correspondence; copies of publications, such as magazines and annual reports, with reproductions.
    Subjects of the photographs include children, sports, circuses, landscapes, industrial, female nudes and glamour, etc. Many of Fishback's nude studies were used in advertisements for photographic products as well as in magazine articles. Most of his pictures have cheerful, optimistic themes or subjects, such as his laughing daughter, Judy, posing with circus clowns, etc.
    Divided into 3 series: Series 1: Manuscripts (Subseries 1: Writings and Personal Materials; Subseries 2: Glen Fishback School of Photography); Series 2: Photographs--Advertisements and Contests; Series 3: Photographs by Subject; Series 4: Publications containing reproductions of Fishback's work.
    Collection donated by Fishback's daughter, Judy White, who, with her brother Kurt, inherited it on her father's death. Ms. White made the availability of the collection known on an Internet listserv, where the archivist saw the description and contacted Ms. White.
    Finding aids: 
    No additional finding aid at present time. When available, folder-level control.
    Cite as: 
    Glen Fishback Papers and Photographs, 1930-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Judy White.
    Several of Fishback's circus images were reproduced in "The Circus, 1870-1950," Noel, Daniel, ed., Taschen Books, 2008, pp. 53, 61, 62, 63, 315, 370, 388, 425, 546, and 588.
    Unrestricted research use on site, after processing is completed.
    Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
    Collection being processed: access may be restricted temporarily.
    Reproduction fees for commercial use. Museum owns copyrights to Fishback photographs and other materials created by Fishback (transferred to Museum in Deed of Gift). However, the collection includes materials, such as correspondence, publications, etc., created by persons other than Fishback, and these creators may own these copyrights.
    Glamour photography -- 20th century -- United States
    Photography, Advertising -- 20th century
    Photographic industry -- 20th century
    Photography, Industrial -- 20th century
    Photography of children -- 20th century
    Photography of the nude -- 20th century
    Photography of sports -- 20th century
    Trade schools -- 1970-1980
    Photography -- Schools -- 20th century
    Sports -- 20th century.
    Nude in art
    Children -- 20th century.
    Circus performers
    Circuses (performances)
    Form / Genre: 
    Color slides -- 20th century
    Photographs -- 20th century
    Slides (photographs) -- 20th century
    Transparencies -- 20th century
    Photographs -- 20th century -- Color prints
    Correspondence -- 20th century
    Magazines (periodicals) -- 20th century.
    Annual reports -- 20th century
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment.
    Local Number: 
    1999.3084 (NMAH Acc.)
    White, Judy (donor).
    Glen Fishback School of Photography (creator).
    Kalart (advertiser).
    Ansco (advertiser).
    Eastman Kodak Company (advertiser).
    Item Information
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    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0714Add Copy to MyList

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