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Margaret Bourke-White Collection

An inventory collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 9 Sep 2015

Biographical History

Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) was an American photographer, war correspondent, author and photojournalist. Among her many achievements, she was the first foreign photographer allowed to take pictures in the USSR of Soviet industry, the first female war correspondent, and the first female photographer for Life magazine, where her work appeared on the cover of the magazine's first issue. She was the author of more than ten books, including her autobiography Portrait of Myself (1963). She received numerous awards over her career, including honorary doctorates from Rutgers University and the University of Michigan, and in 1997 she was designated a Women's History Month honoree by the National Women's History Project.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Margaret Bourke-White Collection is a supplementary collection, created by Special Collections Research Center, containing material relating to Bourke-White, but acquired by Special Collections Research Center separately from the Margaret Bourke-White Papers, through purchase or gift. The collection consists primarily of reproductions made for exhibits or other purposes (and thus duplicates original material in the Margaret Bourke-White Papers), although there are a few video recordings and some original production stills from the movie North Star. Quantities other than 1 are given in parentheses.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by type or title.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Access to recordings requires advance notice to produce a use copy.

Use Restrictions:

Researchers are not allowed to take photographic images or order scans of Margaret Bourke-White photo prints without copyright holders permission. Contact the Reference and Access Services Librarian for information regarding copyright restrictions.

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Margaret Bourke-White Papers, and the Peter L. Goss Collection on Margaret Bourke-White. Special Collections Research Center also has a number of published works relating to Bourke-White, please refer to the Classic Catalog to locate these items.

Subject Headings


Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904-1971.
Drake, Galen, 1907-1989.

Corporate Bodies

Time, inc.

Associated Titles

The north star (Motion picture : 1943)


Photographers -- United States -- 20th century.
Photojournalists -- United States -- 20th century.
Women photographers.

Genres and Forms

Digital prints.
Film stills.
Negatives (photographs)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Margaret Bourke-White Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Various gifts and purchases.

Table of Contents

Movie stills

Photographs (reproductions)