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Call No.: VIS 1
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: Margaret Bourke-White
Title: Margaret Bourke-White Photograph Collection
Quantity: 4 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 folder)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: A small collection of photographs taken by American photographer Margaret Bourke-White.
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.
The Margaret Bourke-White photograph collection is comprised of fifteen black and white gelatin silver process prints produced between 1928 and 1931. The photographs depict industrial settings including mines, automobile plants, foundries, glass works, and steel companies. Included is the Otis Steel Company, Lincoln Electric company, Studebaker Foundry, and Corning Glass Works.