Edwin and Novella Lineberry and Duane Van Vechten Pictorial Collection
Scope and Content
As the contributors to this collection were in residence in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Chicago, Illinois and Taos, New Mexico, the photographs depict the life and travels of Duane Van Vechten from the age of 2 until her mid-40s. There are photographs chronicling Duane's childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. The Van Vechten family traveled extensively in the United States as well as in Europe, and photographed these travels, their homes, rooms, portraiture of friends and family and recreational activities. Most individuals remain unidentified.
The locations, both urban and rural landscape, are largely unidentified places throughout the United States. Rural landscapes of the southwest and coastal California encompass a large portion of the material. Having traveled extensively by car there is a prolific quantity of the Rocky Mountains, desert, and rock formations and vegetation in the southwestern United States.
Notes on material with attribution to Carl Van Vechten: while some material has evidence of Carl Van Vechten’s embossing stamp, the majority of photographs and negatives assumed to be produced by Carl have been grouped as such due to the processing lab in Manhattan near his residence, subject matter, and their order and grouping upon acquisition.
Identified persons: Duane Van Vechten, Edwin Lineberry, Ralph Van Vechten, Fannie Brownell Maynard Van Vechten, Mary Ann Brownell Maynard , Carl Van Vechten, and Charles Duane Van Vechten.
Photographic processes and formats: gelatin silver negatives and prints, glass plate negatives, cyanotypes, cellulose negatives, silver nitrate prints on paper, and other unidentified negative and photographic print types. Photographic formats range in size from 1.5"x2.5" to 11”x9”. The majority of works are 2.5"x3.5" photographic prints.
- Majority of material found within 1920-1940
Duane was the adopted child of Ralph Van Vechten and Fannie Brownell Maynard Van Vechten. In Duane’s early childhood, she lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and later moved with her family to Chicago. Ralph Van Vechten was the president of the State Bank of Chicago for more than two decades and vice president and director the Continental and Commercial National Bank. Carl Van Vechten, Duane’s uncle and friend was a noted photographer, author, and follower of the Harlem Renaissance.
A dedicated painter, Duane initially relocated to Taos with her mother Fannie in 1929. In the 1930s and 1940s, Duane and Edwin operated the first grocery store in Taos. They married in 1940, and along with their other community activities, the couple maintained an art studio and darkroom at their estate, El Rancho de la Mariposa, built throughout the 1930s. Edwin was a building contractor and noted for his construction of the Kachina Lodge 1959-1960.
Following Duane's death, Edwin remarried in 1979. Novella Avenell Stiles Jacques (1939-2013) and Edwin, constructed and founded a museum with the work of Duane and other major artists of Taos. In 1994 the Van Vechten-Lineberry Taos Art Museum opened and in 2003, after Edwin’s death, the museum closed and was merged with the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. The majority of the Lineberry Art Collection was sold at Sotheby’s in 2008.
2000 plus items (19 boxes) : Approximately 2000 prints and negatives, 3 oversize works on paper, and 5 scrapbooks
Language of Materials
Gelatin Silver Prints and other Material Attributed to Carl Van Vechten Postcards and Gelatin Silver Prints of Places
Informal Photographs and Glass Plate Negatives of the Lineberry, Van Vechten and Maynard Families
Gelatin Silver Prints of Unidentified Persons
Gelatin Silver Prints of Identified Locations
Travel Photographs of the Lineberry, Van Vechten, and Maynard Families
Photographs of Identified Locations
Photographs of Unidentified Locations
Oversize Works on Paper
Negatives of the Lineberry, Van Vechten, and Maynard Families
Negatives Attributed to Carl Van Vechten
Cellulose Negatives of Identified Locations
Collection Available Online
- Finding Aid of the Edwin and Novella Lineberry and Duane Van Vechten Pictorial Collection, 1880-1990
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- Cindy Abel Morris and Rachel Donovan
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