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Guide to the Katja B. Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt Collection of Photographs
 PR 305

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

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Collection processed by Brynn White, June, 2014. Revised by Marybeth Kavanagh, 2019.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 11, 2019 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

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

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

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.

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Access Restrictions

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.)

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Katja B. Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt Collection of Photographs, PR 305, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Credit line should read: Gift of Michael Sonnenfeldt and Katja B. Goldman.

Related Materials at Other Institutions

Ken Regan Photographs, Library and Archives, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Separated Materials

This collection formerly contained material from collectors/donors other than Katja B. Goldman and Michael Sonnefeldt. This material was removed in 2019, and was organized into separate collections. These collections are:

PR 383 David Backman Collection of Photographs

PR 378 Edward Farbenblum and Orly Lieberman Collection of Photographs

PR 380 James and Georganne Garfinkel Collection of Photographs

PR 379 Mordechai Littman Collection of Photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Katja B. Goldman and Michael Sonnenfeldt, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2018.

The Series I-III materials were originally assembled by Culver Pictures, founded in 1926. D. Jay Culver supplemented income from his day job on the drama desk of the Philadelphia Evening Ledger with weekly research trips to New York City as a "free-lance picture detective" for magazines including the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's. Culver ultimately abandoned journalism to amass, create, copy, repurpose, and loan publicity photographs in his early iteration of a stock photography service, based in New York. He acquired a wide range of materials, from the Civil War work of Matthew Brady to turn-of-the-century police gazettes to the morgues of defunct magazines. His personal passion was movie stills, of which he became one of the first known collectors, allegedly amassing over three million. Culver's daughter Harriet continues to operate the family business as a digital archive of 19th- and early-20th-century printed imagery out of Long Island City, NY.

Processing Information

Series I-III processed by archivist Brynn White, June 2014.

Series IV-VI processed by archivist Marybeth Kavanagh, June 2019.


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Dance, Robert and Taylor, John. Glamour of the gods. London: Steidl, 2008.

Pepper. Terence and Kobal, John. The man who shot Garbo: The Hollywood photographs of Clarence Sinclair Bull. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.

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