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David Backman Collection of Photographs
 PR 383

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Marybeth Kavanagh

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 08, 2019
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Backman, David
Title: David Backman collection of photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1953-1989, undated
Abstract: This collection, assembled and donated by David Backman, contains 10 portraits of Marilyn Monroe by André de Dienes, and 21 photographs by photojournalist Ken Regan.
Quantity: .5 Linear feet in 1 box
Call Phrase: PR 383

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Biographical / Historical

Ken Regan (d. 2012) worked for over five decades documenting pop culture, sports, foreign conflicts, and other current events. Credited with over 200 magazine covers, Regan was most well-known for a discretion and professionalism which earned him intimate shooting access to famous politicians, musicians, and other celebrities.

Regan also covered major events for magazines such as Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, and Newsweek. In the 1970s he founded Camera 5, an agency of 15 photographers who covered wars, riots and demonstrations, and other national and international hard news and human interest stories.

André de Dienes (1913-1985) was a Hungarian American fashion photographer best known for his early portraits of the actress Marilyn Monroe.

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Scope and Contents

This collection, assembled and donated by David Backman, contains 10 portraits of Marilyn Monroe by André de Dienes, and 21 photographs by photojournalist Ken Regan.


The collection is organized into two series; Series I consists of photographs by Ken Regan, and Series II contains photographs by André de Dienes. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Regan, Ken
  • De Dienes, André, 1913-1985
  • Monroe, Marilyn, 1926-1962

Document Type

  • Photographs

Subject Topics

  • Celebrities -- United States -- Portraits

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Available by advance appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Conditions Governing Use

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to:

Department of Rights and Reproductions The New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194 212-485-9282

Permission to reproduce or quote text from this collection in a publication must be requested from and granted in writing by the Library Director, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: David Backman Collection of Photographs, PR 383, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of David Backman, 2013 and 2015.

Processing Information

This material was originally included in the finding aid for the Michael Sonnenfeldt Collection of Theatre, Film, and Entertainment Photography PR 305, which was processed by project intern Brynn White in 2014. This material was separated into a discrete collection and finding aid in 2019 by processing archivist Marybeth Kavanagh.

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Container List

Series I: Photographs by Ken Regan

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This series, donated and assembled by David Backman, contains Ken Regan's photographs of musician Keith Richards; politicians Ted Kennedy, John Lindsay, and Ronald Reagan; athletes Jackie Joyner, Oscar Gamble, Gary Player and the 1962 New York Mets baseball team; and news and entertainment personalities Av Weston, Tab Hunter, and Dr. Delano Merriweather.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Ford, Betty
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Gamble, Oscar

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Baseball player

Box: 1 Folder : 1 Graham, Bill

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Concert promoter. Two images, one with Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek of the Doors; one of Graham getting a pie in the face.

1974, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Hunter, Tab and Zimbalist, Stephanie
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Joyner, Jackie

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also know as Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Photo with the staff of a McDonald's restaurant.

Box: 1 Folder : 2 Kennedy, Ted

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Two images: one ice skating with Ethel Kennedy at Rockefeller Center; one with Jean Kennedy Smith at an Ali-Frazier boxing match

1974, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Lindsay, John

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Two images.

Box: 1 Folder : 2 Merriweather, Delano

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Physician and former track and field athlete.

Box: 1 Folder : 3 New York Mets

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Two images of players on field during a game.

Box: 1 Folder : 3 Player, Gary

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Box: 1 Folder : 3 Reagan, Ronald

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with Nancy Reagan, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and John F. Kennedy Jr.

Box: 1 Folder : 4 Richards, Keith

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Two images.

1977, 1989
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Weston, Av

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Journalist, ABC News executive; 3 images, including one with Barbara Walters.

Box: 1 Folder : 4 Wyman, Bill

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Series II: Photographs by Andre de Dienes

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Marilyn Monroe

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10 portraits.

1953, undated

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