• Title
    • Archie Lieberman Collection
    • Archie Lieberman Collection, 1950-2003 RG 1000.04
  • PublisherCollege Archives & Special Collections at Columbia College Chicago
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositoryCollege Archives & Special Collections at Columbia College Chicago
  • OriginationLieberman, Archie
  • Physical Description243.55 Cubic Feet 118 record boxes, 13 document cases, 68 print boxes, 53 artifact boxes Forms of Material: black-and-white negatives; color negatives; contact sheets; Correspondence; Diaries; Interviews; Magazines (periodicals); Newspaper Clippings; personal papers; Photographs; proofs (prints by function); reports; Slides
  • Date1950-2003
  • AbstractArchie Lieberman (1926-2008), of Chicago, Illinois, was a photographer for magazines, advertising, and corporations, including Look magazine, Time, Life, and Collier's. The collection demonstrates Lieberman's professional work for many decades as a photographer, author, and photojournalist.

There are 60 boxes of oversize prints that remain to be processed. This finding aid reflects the processing work of paper-based materials. Further processing of slides and oversize prints will continue.

Archie Lieberman was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 17, 1926 and died in Galena, Illinois on March 13, 2008. He was educated at the Chicago Institute of Design (now Illinois Institute of Technology) where he studied with Alexander Archipenko, Buckminster Fuller, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Aaron Siskind, and he attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Lieberman worked as a photographer for magazines, advertising, and corporations working extensively for Look magazine between 1952 and 1972 and his photographs have also appeared in such magazines as Life, Time, Fortune, Collier's, Holiday, London Illustrated, and Paris-Match. In the 1960s, Lieberman taught Photography classes at Columbia College Chicago.

Lieberman was the author or photographer of more than twenty books. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and Canada. He won numerous prizes and awards, including five from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the Friends of Literature Award (1974, for Farm Boy), the Society of Professional Journalists' Peter Lisagor Award (1980 for "Final Verdict", the Chicago Book Clinic Award and selection among the Best Fifty Books of 1965 (for The Israelis), and numerous awards from photographic, typographic, and graphic design professional associations.

The Archie Lieberman Collection dates from 1950 to 2003 in 243.55 cubic feet (252 boxes). The Collection contains the work of Archie Lieberman, outlining his professional work for many decades as a photographer, author, and photojournalist. This collection includes job notebooks, photographic negatives, slides, prints, and contact proofs. Personal and business correspondence, academic activities, journals, and personal writings. The remainder of the collection contains major project materials, such as his Farm Boy work, and categories of materials such as correspondence, academic work, and exhibit information.

This collection has been arranged into seven series:

Series 1: Farm Boy/Neighbors, 1954-1994 Series 2: Project Work, 1950s-2000s Series 3: Commercial Work, 1951-1971 Series 4: Prints/Contacts, 1965-2002 Series 5: Printed Materials, 1966-1996 Series 6: Correspondence & Academic Work, 1960-2003 Series 7: Negatives, 1950s-2000s

The majority of the collection is arranged around the job numbers assigned by Lieberman to each photographic session. These job numbers, recorded in annual journals, were meticulously kept by Lieberman and the negatives, proof sheets, photographs, and slides are generally arranged by this number. A small amount of material from his time at Black Star predated his numeric system and this material is arranged alphabetically by name or chronologically by date.

Folder/Item Title, (date). Series Title, Archie Lieberman Collection, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago.

While the processed portions of this collection are available for research in person, a portion of it have been digitized and made available online including:

Job Book | http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/job_book/1/

Archie Lieberman's Photography Job Book was created by College Archives & Special Collections staff by compiling all of Lieberman's job books into one document. The entire Lieberman Job Index shows job and client information for negatives held within the Collection. This Index provides access to Lieberman's jobs by Job Number, Job Date, Client, and the format(s) of the film.

Look Magazine Collection, Library of Congress Look Magazine Collection

The processed portions of the Archie Lieberman collection are available to all users. Any unprocessed items in the collection that are not in this current inventory will become available for all users once the Archivist has updated the collection's description.

Materials are the property of Columbia College Chicago. Intellectual property rights of work belong to the original creators. Materials within the collection that are published and copyrighted maintain their copyright protections and must be used according to United States Copyright Law. Use of this collection and its materials is understood to be primarily for research, teaching, and creative study; additional uses, such as publication, exhibition, or other appropriate purposes may be considered upon consultation with the Archivist.

All physical materials and reformatted media must be viewed during a scheduled appointment time within the College Archives & Special Collections office. No materials are to be circulated unless otherwise consulted with the Archivist.

Access to some audiovisual media in the collection, such as VHS, audio cassette, or phonographic record, may be temporarily unavailable pending digital reformatting.

Due to preservation concerns, such as mold or water damage, some items may be unavailable for research.

Researchers viewing digitized, online material (http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/lieberman/) from this collection may access these materials from home via the World Wide Web 24/7.

Access to reformatted media in the collection, such as VHS, audio cassette, phonographic records, or computer files, must be viewed within the College Archives & Special Collections office during a scheduled appointment. Although reformatted, these items cannot be sent electronically nor can be published in our online database due to copyright restrictions. A computer and other necessary equipment will be provided during the appointment to access these materials.

Gift, 2008-07-18 Materials were acquired from three sources: the family home and a storage unit both located in Illinois and from another repository in Iowa that deaccessioned the collection.

  • Subject
    • Photography
    • Photojournalism
    • Photography of farms
  • Names
    • Lieberman, Archie
    • Look magazine
    • Collier's magazine
    • Time
    • Black Star (Picture agency)