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TitleWitter Bynner Collection of Photographs, 1922-1923, in the D.H. Lawrence Collection
Extent1 box
AbstractThe collection contains photographs of D.H. and Frieda Lawrence, taken in the early 1920s.
Access ConditionsUse of originals restricted for preservation reasons; surrogate copy prints are available.
Admin HistoryHarold Witter Bynner (1881-1968) was an American poet at whose house in Santa Fe the Lawrences spent their first night in New Mexico during their travels together. They became friends, Bynner joining the Lawrences for a short while in Mexico in 1922-23 with his friend Willard Johnson (1897-1968). It was at this time that the photographs in this collection were taken.

Witter Bynner graduated from Harvard in 1902 and then spent a number of years in publishing. He taught briefly (1918-1919) at the University of California, travelled extensively in the east, especially China, and then settled in Santa Fe. He published his account of his relationship with Lawrence in Journey with Genius, 1951.

Willard Johnson was an American journalist and editor. He was editor and co-founder of the magazine 'Laughing Horse' (1922-1939) to which Lawrence was a contributor. Johnson was a close friend of and, for a time, secretary to Witter Bynner.
Custodial HistoryThe negatives were acquired by the University of Nottingham Library in 1983. Copy prints of some of the images have been in the Lawrence Collection since 1960.
DescriptionThe collection consists of original black and white negatives taken, chiefly by Witter Bynner, when the D.H. Lawrence and his wife Frieda were in New Mexico and Mexico, 1922-1923. They feature the Lawrences, Witter Bynner and Willard Johnson at Teotihuacan and other locations in Mexico.
MgtGroupLiterary and cultural records
MgtSubGroupD H Lawrence
ArrangementThe photographs are arranged by place and date.
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham. Online: Catalogue available through the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Publication Note'Witter Bynner's Photographs of D.H. Lawrence', (The Great South West Books, 1981)

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA42Lawrence; D.H. (1885-1930); David Herbert; writer1885-1930
NA169Lawrence; Frieda (1879-1956); née von Richthofen; married Ernest Weekley 1899 D.H. Lawrence 1914 Antonio Ravagli 19501879-1956
NA393Johnson; Willard (1897-1968); American journalist and editor1897-1968
NA3395Bynner; Witter (1881-1968); American writer1881-1968
PL299/Santa Fé/New Mexico/U.S.A.
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