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Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942)

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Prints & Photographs Division has representative photographs by Beals scattered among several collections.

General Collections hold many of the magazines and books in which Beals photographs were published,

Newspaper and Curatorial Reading Room provides access to newspapers where Beals photographs appeared,

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American Museum of Natural History
1904 World's Fair photographs described in essay "Kale[i]doscopic Classifications: Redefining Information in a World Cultural Context," by Barbara Mathe, 1998.

Columbia University, Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Community Service Society Papers. Includes Beals photographs showing slum studies. Finding aid: (PDF - 9.9 MB)

Harvard University Library, Visual Information Access
More than 1,000 images digitized from photos by Jessie Tarbox Beals held in various Harvard libraries. External link

Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Schlesinger Library
Papers of Jessie Tarbox Beals, 1866-1989 (inclusive), 1880-1942 (bulk). Finding aid: External link
"The collection includes diaries; correspondence; autograph and photograph albums; poems; essays and other writing; volumes of Beals' photograph lists and prices; printed material, much of it related to bohemian Greenwich Village; ephemera and memorabilia; and audio recordings."

Photographs of Jessie Tarbox Beals, 1896-1941. Finding aid:
"The collection of JTB's photographs consists of approximately 2500 original prints, 1100 duplicate prints, 780 film negatives, and 110 glass negatives."

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Photographs of houses and gardens, 1925-1939 (bulk). "Consists of original photographs and negatives containing exterior and interior views of private residences, located primarily in the Midwest, especially Chicago." External link

Minnesota Historical Society
Swords and plowshares historic pageant photograph collection. Finding aid: External link

Museum of the City of New York External link
Exhibition, 1991, Within Bohemia's Borders: Greenwich Village, 1830-1930. Collections, with more than 150 digitized images credited to Beals.

New-York Historical Society External link
"The photographs span the period from 1900-1940 and consist of 418 black and white photographs, primarily of New York City and its inhabitants. Sizable portions of the collection show the city of Boston between 1902 and 1910 and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Mo. in 1904." Exhibition, 2000, Jessie Tarbox Beals on Assignment.

Smithsonian Institution
Photographs by Beals are at the National Portrait Gallery, Archives of American Gardens, Archives of American Art, and other repositories within the Smithsonian.


By Beals

Songs of a Wanderer. Beals,1928. Volume of her poetry with photo illustrations. (Not at Library of Congress)

Doreen: The Irish Eyes of You. San Francisco: Western Music Co., 1928. (Musical score. Words by Jessie Tarbox Beals; music by Winifred E. McGee. Copy at San Francisco Public Library; not at Library of Congress.)

About Beals

Alland, Alexander. Jessie Tarbox Beals: First Woman News Photographer. New York: Camera/Graphic Press, 1978. Call number: TR140.B38 A65.

Breitbart, Eric. A World on Display: Photographs from the St. Louis World's Fair. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 1997. Call number: GN347 .B74 1997.

Cutler, Jane. The Song of the Molimo. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1998. Call number: PZ7.C985 So 1998 FT MEADE. (A fictional account of an American boy who befriends an African boy at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair and works for Beals.)

De Leeuw, Adele. Career for Jennifer. New York: McMillan, 1941. Call no. PZ7.D38. (Story about a teacher modeled after Beals.)

"Ever Met Jessie Tarbox Beals?" St. Louis Republic, Feb. 20, 1910, feature section.

Garside, Frances L. "Jessie Tarbox Beals, Press Photographer." El Paso Herald, Sept. 4, 1920, Home edition. Chronicling America,

Stapp, William F., et al. Portrait of the Art World: A Century of ARTnews Photographs. Washington, DC: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2002. Call number: TR681.A7 S73 2002.

With Beals Photographs (by date)

Arens, Egmont. The Little Book of Greenwich Village. 3rd ed. New York: Egmont Arens, 1919. Call number: F128.68.G8 A69.

Gomez, Natalie. Your Garden in the City. New York: Oxford University Press, 1941. Call number: SB454 .G6. (Introduction by F.F. Rockwell. Photographs by Jessie Tarbox Beals and Mattie Edwards Hewitt; drawings by Clara Coffey.)

Greenwich Village Spectator, April 1917 to May 1918. (Not at Library of Congress)

Martin, Alice. "Barefoot Dancing on the Green Turf Quiets the Nerves and Renews Youth." St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 19, 1910, C1. (Collage of photos by Beals.)

Plimpton, Edna. Your Workshop; A Book for Boys and Girls. New York: Macmillan, 1926. Call number: TT160 .P6. (Line drawings by Herbert Plimpton and photographs by Jessie Tarbox Beals.)

Sanborn, Kate. Hunting Cigar Store Indians in a Taxi Cab. Boston: R. G. Badger, 1911. Call number: E98.S8 S19.

Shelton, Louise. Beautiful Gardens in America. Rev. ed. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1924. (With new illustrations.) Call number: SB466.U6 S5 1924 P&P Ref.

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