Aldo Leopold papers

Container Title
Series: Iconography files: Series 3/1
Scope and Content Note

Photographs in the Aldo Leopold Archives may be found in the Iconography files, series 3/1. The photograph files contain over 1000 images of or by Leopold and his family and associates; they are primarily black and white. Corresponding negatives are also available for many of the images, while other images exist only as negatives.

Leopold's life is well documented by this collection. It includes images from his childhood, school years, early Forest Service career, and later years as a wildlife professional and university professor. Also included are many family photographs and landscape shots, particularly of activities at the family's sand country shack an farm along the Wisconsin River as well as at many travel and field locations.

The photos were gathered by the University Archives and the Aldo Leopold Foundation from a number of sources, including Mrs. Aldo Leopold and others in the Leopold family, students and colleagues of Leopold, the U.S. Forest Service, and the New Mexico State Archives, and other repositories. Some of the photographs were labeled by Aldo Leopold or others at the time, but most were identified by Aldo Leopold Foundation photo archivist Jeannine Richards with the assistance of Aldo's children Nina, Carl, and Estella and Leopold scholars Susan Flader and Curt Meine. Many identifications are necessarily incomplete or approximate.

Boxes 83-85 contain loose photographs, mostly of Aldo Leopold and family, arranged in folders in roughly chronological order; included are many of the family at the shack. Box 86 contains loose photographs organized by subject, including various locations.

In Box 87 are three albums of photographs from the period 1908-1912. The first is Leopold's album from Yale Forest School, including field camp in Tyler County, Texas, and a summer project at Les Cheneaux Islands in Michigan. His index to this volume is located in series 9/25/10-8 Box 2, folder 6. Volume II, New Mexico 1913 through Wisconsin 1930, is a family album with photos of Aldo and Estella's wedding, many photos of the children, and several of family houses in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Madison, a few identified apparently by Starker Leopold in the 1970s. Volume III holds unlabeled photographs related to Leopold's Forest Service years in Arizona and perhaps New Mexico, including landscapes, a few photos of ancient petroglyphs, and photos of Leopold and other foresters, some of which have elsewhere been credited to John D. Guthrie and Raymond Marsh. It is not clear who assembled this album; a note in Starker Leopold's handwriting says "probably 1910-1912."

Box 88 holds photos of the shack years, 1935-1948, most taken by Carl Leopold with a Zeiss Ikon camera bought by his father in Germany in 1935. Many are identified by Carl in his journals.

Boxes 89 and 90 contain negatives, including more than 150 negatives recently added to the collection from the home of Aldo's sister Marie Lord, for relatively few of which there were prints. They show family activities and landscapes in Burlington IA, Les Cheneaux MI, Estes Park CO, at Aldo and Estella's Santa Fe wedding, and at Frijoles Canyon (now Bandelier National Monument). The digital versions of these images, all of which are identified as having come from Marie Lord (they may well have been taken by her), are less reliably identified.

Photographs may also be found in several other places in the Leopold Papers, most notably in the hunting and shack journals in series 9/25/10-7. Some of these have been individually digitized and identified in the Iconography files, as have a number of drawings from series 7 and most of the memorabilia in series 10.

The Aldo Leopold Foundation holds the rights to most of the photographs, unless credited to another repository. Written authorization from the foundation is required prior to reproducing them for publication or exhibition. Please identify digital images by their local identifier and title (e.g., leo0251 Camp Indigestion).

box 83
Loose photographs
box 83
folder 001
(1912-1916)>
box 83
folder 002
(1917-1929)>
box 83
folder 003
(1930)
box 83
folder 004
(1930-1934)
box 83
folder 005
(1931)
box 83
folder 006
(1934)
box 83
folder 007
(1935-1936)
box 84
Loose photographs
box 84
folder 001
(1936)>
box 84
folder 002
(1936-1937)
box 84
folder 003
(1938)
box 84
folder 004
(1938-1939)
box 84
folder 005
(1940)
box 84
folder 006
(1941)
box 85
Loose photographs
box 85
folder 001
(1942)
box 85
folder 002
(1943-1944)
box 85
folder 003
(1944>
box 85
folder 003
(1945)
box 85
folder 005
(1946)
box 85
folder 006
(1947)
box 85
folder 007
(1948)
box 85
folder 008
(post 1948)
box 86
Loose photographs - Various Subjects
box 86
folder 001
Aldo Leopold (1886-1909)
box 86
folder 002
Apache (c. 1909-1911)
box 86
folder 003
Bergere Family
box 86
folder 004
Burlington
box 86
folder 005
Carson National Forest (1911-1912)
box 86
folder 006
Leopold Family
box 86
folder 007
Leopold House - Albuquerque, NM
box 86
folder 008
Van Hise House
box 86
folder 009
Unidentified (2 photos/1 slide sleeve - Oil Portrait of AL)
box 87
[Albums]
box 87
album 001
Yale Forest School (1908-1909)
box 87
album 002
New Mexico Years (Family)
box 87
album 003
Southwest (Forest Service)
box 87
folder 001
New Mexico Album duplicates
box 87
folder 002
Yale and Southwest Album negatives
box 88
[The Shack]
box 88
folder 001
Shack
box 88
folder 002
Shack
box 88
folder 003
Shack
box 88
folder 004
Shack
box 88
folder 005
Shack
box 89
Various
box 89
folder 001
Negatives
box 90
Various
box 90
folder 001
Negatives