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Arthur J. Ellis records

 Collection
Identifier: COR-0003-0-MS

Scope and Contents

This collection contains newspaper articles and images related to the work of Arthur J. Ellis. The material dates from the 1940s through 2005.

Dates

  • circa 1940s-2005

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection are governed by copyright. For activities that the researcher determines fall under fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights, determining if the intended re-use falls under fair use, and obtaining approval from the copyright holder if the intended use does not fall under fair use. Please contact Special Collections if the copyright status of the materials you wish to reuse is unclear. Staff will provide additional information.

Biographical note

Arthur Ellis, notable Washington-based photographer and photojournalist, was born in Washington in 1912 and died in 1989. Ellis began his career at The Washington Post in 1929 as a copy boy and joined the photography staff in 1930. From 1930 to the early 1970s, Ellis captured and shared the life and news of Washington, D.C. Ellis was The Washington Post’s photo editor in the early 1950s and chief photographer at the time of his retirement in 1977. During World War II, Ellis volunteered to serve as a motion picture photographer in the US Army.

Arthur Ellis photographs were exhibited by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2003 in the exhibition “Front Page: The Photographs of Arthur Ellis.” In 2001 Frederica Ellis, Arthur Ellis’ widow, bequeathed an endowment to the Corcoran College of Art + Design and established The Arthur J. Ellis Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for rising freshmen in the College’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program in Photojournalism.

Extent

4 Linear Feet

Overview

Arthur Ellis, notable Washington-based photographer and photojournalist, was born in Washington in 1912 and died in 1989. Ellis joined the Washington Post with the photography staff in 1930. From 1930 to the early 1970s, Ellis captured and shared the life and news of Washington, D.C. Ellis was The Washington Post’s photo editor in the early 1950s and chief photographer at the time of his retirement in 1977.

Arthur Ellis photographs were exhibited by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2003 in the exhibition “Front Page: The Photographs of Arthur Ellis."

This collection contains newspaper articles and images and date from the early 1940s through 2005.

Arrangement

Arranged in no particular order.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Custodial History

The materials of the Arthur Ellis collection were originally donated to the Corcoran Gallery of Art by the estate of Arthur Ellis and his widow Frederica Ellis, along with a collection of photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Corcoran Institution Board of Trustees donated these records to The George Washington University in 2016. The National Gallery of Art transferred these records to The George Washington University in 2016 following the decision of the Corcoran Institution Board.
Title
Guide to the Arthur Ellis records, 1940-2005
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
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Washington 20052 United States of America