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Guide to the Editta Sherman Photographs
1940-1995 (bulk, undated)
 PR 322

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer and Anne Boissonnault

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 03, 2022 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The collection includes approximately 700 portrait photographs taken by Editta Sherman. The bulk of the photographs are undated but range from the 1940s into the 1970s, with a few into the 1990s. The individuals depicted in the photographs are generally celebrity figures and are generally authors and other figures from literature, classical musicians, singers, actors, actresses, and playwrights and other individuals connected to the performing arts, theatre, movies, and television. Figures from business, sports, art, and politics make up a smaller portion of the collection. The container list includes reference to all individuals depicted in the photographs.

The bulk of the photographs are black and white. The few color photographs, about fifteen of them, are noted in the container list.

Some photographs were signed by Editta Sherman. These are noted in the container list. Many of the photographs have identifying references or other notations on the back.

Some photographs were inscribed to Sherman and/or autographed by their subject. These are noted in the container list.

Many, perhaps most, of the subjects are represented by multiple prints and poses. The container list indicates the approximate size of the prints, the number of prints, and the number of poses. Many of the prints are Gavelux.

Many of the photographs are in the original enclosures as received from the donor. Many of these enclosures include a label with a code assigned to the photo by family members. (In addition to appearing on the enclosures of the photographs, the codes were recorded by the processing archivist in the collections management system, but do not appear in the on-line finding aid. A version of the finding aid with the codes can be requested.)


The collection is organized in three series. Each series includes the photographs donated by particular Sherman family members:

Series I. The Kenneth Sherman Collection

Series II: The Melisande Sherman Collection

Series III: The Children of Lloyd Sherman Collection

Within each series, the photographs are arranged (and boxed) by size (8x10, 11x14, 16x20), with matted/other oversize photographs individually placed in oversize drawers. Within each box, the photographs are in alphabetical order by subject name. Images of a particular individual will be found in various boxes when that individual is represented with multiple size prints; the container list indicates these multiple locations.

About fifty of the photographs in the collection were included an exhibition at N-YHS in 2017. A slip of paper identifying a photograph as having been exhibited is included behind the photograph, within its enclosure. Exhibition items are also identified in the collections management system.