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Emerson, Gloria : Photograph Collection, ca. 1970s


40 photographs


Gloria Emerson "bequeathed" these photographs to the University of Massachusetts at Boston's William Joiner Center on the Study of War and Social Consequence in the late 1980s. The photographs were given to her by the photographers. The collection was transferred to the University Archives and Special Collections in 1991.


The University of Massachusetts at Boston does not own copyright of any of these photographs. The university cannot make copies or lend these images to exhibits off-campus. To do so, individuals must get permission from the photographer(s). Copyright resides with the photographers, who must be credited.


New York Times and other photographers gave reporter Gloria Emerson photographs while she was covering the war in Vietnam for the NYT. She selected these black and white prints from her large personal collection.

Scope and Content

These 40 black and white prints were probably taken in the early 1970s, although most are not dated. The photographs are matted and the mats range in size from 12x16 to 16x20 inches. They were exhibited at the University of Massachusetts at Boston in the late 1980s with Emerson's captions. The print number scheme is Emerson's.
The images, by male and female photographers, portray the war in Vietnam: U.S. soldiers, bombing, wounded soldiers and Vietnamese civilians (including Napalm victims), and hospital patients.
There are three finding aids to the photographs, each of which provides similar information but in a different arrangement. The Collection List is the most comprehensive and includes, in print number order, the photographer's name, Emerson's caption title, place where and (sometimes) date when the photograph was taken, size, type (black and white), and the box where the photograph is stored. Researchers interested in particular photographers should consult the Photographer List, which is in alphabetical order by photographer's last name. There is also a Box List (an inventory of which prints are in each of the 2 boxes).
All of this information about these photographs and the other Joiner Center photograph collections is contained in a Paradox database, which may be searched on-line in the department with staff assistance. The title and place fields may serve as a quasi-subject index.