Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904-1971

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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 photograph appeared on the first cover. 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.

From the guide to the Margaret Bourke-White Papers, 1863-1984, 1928-1964, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

B. June 14,1904 in Bronx, NY;d. in Connecticut, August 1971.

From the description of Margaret Bourke-White : Artist File. (International Center of Photography). WorldCat record id: 680517953

Photographer.

From the description of Margaret Bourke-White photographs, 1927-1972. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64075182

BIOGHIST REQUIRED Margaret Bourke-White was born in New York City and grew up in Bound Brook, New Jersey. She enrolled at Columbia University in 1921 where she studied photography under Clarence H. White (no relation), a noted photographer in the Photo-Secession movement. She transferred to the University of Michigan in 1922, later took courses at Western Reserve University, and ultimately received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1927. Her first book, Eyes on Russia, resulted from an assignment documenting Russian industrialization for the magazine Fortune.

By 1931, Bourke-White was a widely recognized photojournalist when she photographed the Morningside Campus for the Columbia University Press, offering six total views for sale to the public. She continued to receive accolades for her work in photojournalism, joining the staff of Life Magazine in 1936 and serving as a correspondent in the Soviet Union during the Second World War. She was married to Everett Chapman 1924-1926 and writer Erskine Caldwell 1939-1942.

From the guide to the Margaret Bourke-White Photographs, 1931, (Columbia University University Archives)

Margaret Bourke-White was born in Bronx, New York in 1904. She began studying at Columbia University, but left after a year, finally graduating from Cornell University in 1927 with a BA. After graduating from Cornell she moved with her family to Cleveland, Ohio. She was employed by the Otis Steel Company of Cleveland in 1929 to document the companies facilities. Bourke-White was the first female photojournalist to work for Life magazine and is considered one of the premier photojournalists of the 20th century. She also worked for Fortune magazine.

From the guide to the Margaret Bourke-White Photograph Collection, 1928-1931, (Baker Library, Harvard Business School)

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creatorOf Marshall, Alice Kahler,. Women illustrators and photographers graphics collection, 1800-1987. Penn State Harrisburg Library
referencedIn Photographer File, ca. 1882-present © 2011 New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Margaret Bourke-White Papers, 1863-1984, 1928-1964 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Erskine Caldwell Papers, 1936-1942 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904-1971. Margaret Bourke-White photographs, 1927-1972. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Gilfillan, F. A. (Francois Archibald), 1893-1983. F.A. Gilfillan papers, 1909-1984 (bulk 1921-1977). Oregon State University Libraries
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referencedIn Remembering Life United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Margaret Bourke-White Photograph Collection, 1928-1931 Baker Library, Harvard Business School
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creatorOf Caldwell, Ira S. Ira S. and Caroline Bell Caldwell papers, 1920-1949. Georgia Newspaper Project
referencedIn Connecticut River, Photographed By Margaret Bourke-White United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Inventory to the Records of the Women's Project of New Jersey, 1984-2004 Rutgers University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives.
referencedIn Ackerman, Caroline Iverson. Papers of Caroline Iverson Ackerman, 1927-2004 (inclusive), 1939-1949 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn THE WORLD TODAY United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Angell, Norman, 1874-1967. Gilbert F. White papers, 1942-1957. Haverford College Library
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987. Photographs [manuscript], 1936-1978. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Society of Woman Geographers Records, 1910-1998 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Margaret Bourke-White Photographs, ca. 1928 Western Reserve Historical Society
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referencedIn Picture Books Relating to Motion Picture Films, 1926 - 1953 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
creatorOf Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987. Erskine Caldwell papers, 1932-1941. Library of Congress
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referencedIn Cornell University. College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning records, 1905-2004. Cornell University Library
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referencedIn Franklin D. Roosevelt Library Photographs
creatorOf Ford Motor Company. Engineering Photographic Dept. Photographs for the company series, 1918-1954. The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
referencedIn F.A. Gilfillan Papers, 1909-1984, 1921-1977 Oregon State University Libraries University Archives
referencedIn Simon, Richard L. (Richard Leo), 1899-1960. Papers, 1915-1992. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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referencedIn Markham, Blackwell. Blackwell Markham papers, 1879-1988 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Cunningham, Imogen, 1883-1976. Imogen Cunningham papers, 1903-1991. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. Photograph collection, 1870-1987. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Downtown Brooklyn Development Association records, 1929-1971 Brooklyn Historical Society
referencedIn Fred C. Kelly Papers, 1867-1966 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Adams, Bristow, 1875-1957. Bristow Adams papers, 1853-1970, 1862-1957 (bulk). Cornell University Library
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referencedIn Miscellaneous Oversize Prints, Drawings and Posters of Projects Associated with the Commission of Fine Arts, 1893 - 1950 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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memberOf Alpha Omicron Pi person
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spouseOf Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-1987. person
associatedWith Caldwell, Ira S. person
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associatedWith Downtown Brooklyn Development Association. corporateBody
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associatedWith Goldberg, Vicki. person
associatedWith Goss, Peter L. person
associatedWith Gray, A. Donald (Albert Donald), 1891-1939. person
associatedWith Gumberg, Alexander, 1887-1939. person
associatedWith Horton, Sam. person
associatedWith Imogen Cunningham person
associatedWith Jinnah, Mahomed Ali, 1876-1948 person
associatedWith Johnson, Philip G. (Philip Gustav), 1894-1944 person
associatedWith J. Walter Thompson Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Keller, Kaufman Thuma, 1885-1966. person
associatedWith Kelly, Fred C. (Fred Charters), 1882-1959 person
associatedWith Luce, Henry Robinson, 1898-1967 person
associatedWith Margaret Bourke-White, person
associatedWith Markham, Blackwell. person
associatedWith Marshall, Alice Kahler, person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Morgan, Kay Summersby person
associatedWith Patton, George S. (George Smith), 1885-1945 person
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associatedWith Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967. person
associatedWith Simon, Richard L. (Richard Leo), 1899-1960. person
associatedWith Society of Woman Geographers. corporateBody
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associatedWith Steinway and Sons. corporateBody
associatedWith The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Time, Inc. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army Air Forces corporateBody
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Subject
Photographs
Advertising photography
World War, 1939-1945--Journalists
Photography, Artistic
Photography--Equipment and supplies
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
Bourke--White, Margaret, 1904-1971--Photograph collections
Documentary photography
World War, 1939-1945--Photography
Radicalism
World War, 1939-1945--Italy--Pictorial works
Korean War, 1950-1953--Photography
Allen, Dudley Peter, 1852-1915--Homes and haunts--Photograph collections
News photographers--United States--20th century
Photography, Military
Women photographers
Commercial photography
War photography
War correspondents--20th century
India--Pakistan Conflict, 1947-1949--Photography
Photojournalism
Prentiss, Francis Fleury, 1858-1937--Homes and haunts--Photograph collections
Aerial photography
Photography, Industrial
Photographers--United States--20th century
Advertising--Photographers
Photography
Photographers--United States--Biography
Occupation
News photographers
Photographers
War correspondents
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Birth 1904-06-14

Death 1971-08-27

Americans

English

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