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Cary Herz papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00574

Scope and Contents

The collection includes photographic prints, slides, and contact sheets by Carry Herz, documenting events of political, social and economic significance in the U.S., circa 1970s to the early 2000s. There is an emphasis on women and women's issues. Topics include musicians and musical events, theater performances, political gatherings and demonstrations (including anti- Vietnam War), rape and sexual violence, religion and women in the ministry, homelessness, the ERA, women in sports, the rights of flight attendants, the National Organization for Women, and women artists. Copies of Herz's published books are also in the collection, with related reviews and some original photographs.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1950 - 2009

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owned copyright, Cary Herz assigned to Smith College all intellectual property rights in these materials; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Cary Herz, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

Photographer Cary Herz was born June 15, 1947 in New York City to Fred and Gertrud Herz. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science in 1965, she earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1970. She worked as a freelance photographer in New York City from 1972-77, documenting the women's movement and women's sports for Ms. Magazine and other publications. From 1977-84, she was a staff photographer for the Newark Star-Ledger covering the New York City metropolitan area on news, features, sports, personalities, fashion, and commerical assignments. She moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1984 where she worked as a news editor and videographer for KOAT-TV. In 1987 she established her own business, Cary Herz Photography, doing freelance photojournalism, and editorial, corporate, and location photography. She also worked as a New Mexico photo correspondent for The New York Times beginning in 1985. Her photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, PC World, People, Ms, Garden Design, and on the Discovery Channel. Her images have been published in many books including Stones of Remembrance: The Historic Jewish Cemetery in Las Vegas, New Mexico (1990); Street Gangs in America (1993); The Pilgrimage to Chimayo: Contemporary Portrait of a Living Tradition (1999); and her own book, New Mexico's Crypto-Jews: Image and Memory (2007). In the spring of 2001, her work was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Game Face: What Does a Woman Athlete Look Like. In 2007 Herz received the New Mexico Press Women's Woman of Achievement Award. She died of ovarian cancer in 2008.

Extent

36.376 linear feet (37 containers)

0.2866 Gigabytes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Photographer. Photographic prints, slides, and contact sheets documenting events of political, social and economic significance in the U.S., circa 1970s to the early 2000s. Topics include musicians and musical events, theater performances, political gatherings and demonstrations (including anti-Vietnam War), rape and sexual violence, religion and women in the ministry, homelessness, the ERA, women in sports, the rights of flight attendants, the National Organization for Women, and women artists. Copies of Herz's published books are also in the collection, with related reviews and some original photographs.

Arrangement

This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Cary Herz in 2007-2008 and Sally Bergen in 2009.

Related Materials

The Palace of the Governors New Mexico Museum of History Photo Archives houses a substantial collection of New Mexico images by Cary Herz.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, 2007-2009.

The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created.

Processing Information

Between September 2022 and February 2023, Smith College Special Collections renumbered many boxes to eliminate duplicate numbers within collections in order to improve researcher experience. A full crosswalk of old to new numbers is available.

Subject

Source

Title
Cary Herz papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Author
Finding aid prepared by Burd Schlessinger.
Date
2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • February 23, 2012: Finding aid content updated to reflect recent additions to collection.
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:19-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2020-05-21: Description added for born-digital content.
  • 2021-06-17: Imported content listing from accession inventories

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

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