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Guide to the Ronald Reis photographs, 1950-2012

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Abstract

American-born documentary photographer.

The Ronald Reis Photographs collection contains 289 black-and-white photographs, accompanied by negatives and contact sheets, of documentary images taken by Reis during the 1960s and 1970s, primarily in Connecticut, London, and New York City, with a smaller number from Athens, Barcelona, Como, Dublin, Florence, Jerusalem, London, Rome, and Venice. An avid amateur street photographer influenced by Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt, and Louis Stettner, Reis focused his camera on street scenes in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East during the 1960s. The images capture the anti-war demonstrations of the time while also documenting the quotidian life of urban neighborhoods, street markets, and other public spaces such as Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park and New York City's Washington Square. The black-and-white gelatin silver prints range in size from 8x10-inch contact sheets to 11x14-inch finished prints. Other materials include manuscript and printed materials such as an early curriculum vitae, some correspondence, exhibition fliers, articles, and photo essays. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Reis, Ronald [photographer]
Title
Ronald Reis photographs 1950-2012
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.25 Linear Feet, Approximately 350 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Ronald Reis Photographs collection contains 289 black-and-white photographs, accompanied by negatives and contact sheets, of documentary images taken by Reis during the 1960s and 1970s, primarily in Connecticut, London, and New York City, with a smaller number from Athens, Barcelona, Como, Dublin, Florence, Jerusalem, London, Rome, and Venice. An avid amateur street photographer influenced by Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt, and Louis Stettner, Reis focused his camera on street scenes in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East during the 1960s. The images capture the anti-war demonstrations of the time while also documenting the quotidian life of urban neighborhoods, street markets, and other public spaces. Favorite locations chosen by Reis and portrayed in a multiplicity of scenes include London's Hyde Park Speakers' Corner, Portobello flea market, and Trafalgar Square; New York's Bryant Park, Greenwich Village, and Washington Square; and market scenes in Connecticut and Jerusalem. Other images portray anti-Vietnam War protests in Bryant Park, parades, amusement parks, and other street scenes.

The collection is arranged in three series: Photographs, Negatives, and Manuscript and Print Materials. The black-and-white gelatin silver prints range in size from 8x10-inch contact sheets to 11x14 finished prints. Other materials include manuscript and printed materials such as an early curriculum vita, some correspondence, exhibition fliers, negative sleeves, articles, and photo essays. Prints and contact sheets are organized by chronological date (year and month) of the shoot, with a few exceptions where only the decade is known. Contact sheets are followed by the selected prints from the same roll.

Each contact sheet has an identifier derived by the photographer from the roll id, which in most cases notes the month and year plus a letter code (e.g., 6/1962G or 07-1962F). Each print also is identified by the roll id followed by a numeral (6/1962G-01). A few rolls are identified by decade only.

The negatives in the collection have been arranged by year and month, and have been labeled from original notes on the negative envelopes. They overlap with the prints in the collection to some degree, but there are also negatives for images that are not currently present in the photographic prints.

Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Folders house 289 prints and contact sheets. Each contact sheet has an identifier derived by the photographer from the roll id, which notes the month and year plus a letter code (e.g., 6/1962G or 07-1962F). Each print also is identified by the roll id followed by a numeral (6/1962G-01). Print sizes vary from 6 3/8 x 9.5 inches up to 11 x 14 inches. All contact sheets are 8x10 inches. Id ranges on each folder represent the prints and contact sheets housed within. Arranged in order by id number.

West Haven, CT: Savin Rock amusement park [contact sheet], 1962 June
Box 1 Print rrcs 06-1962G
New York City: Guggenheim Museum [contact sheet], 1962 July
Box 1 Print rrcs 07-1962F
New York City: street scene, 1962-07
Box 1 Print rrpp 07-1962F-9
New York City: Guggenheim Museum, 1962 July
Box 1 Print rrph 07-1962F-18
New Haven, CT: street scene [contact sheet], 1962 Aug.
Box 1 Print rrcs 08-1962G
New Haven, CT: children on steps, 1962 Aug.
Box 1 Print rrph 08-1962G-8
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1962 Aug.
Box 1 Print rrcs 08-1962J
West Haven, CT: Savin Rock amusement park, 1962 Aug.
Box 1 Print rrph 08-1962J-2
New York City: street scene, 1962 Aug.
Box 1 Print rrph 08-1962J-7
New York City: New York Public Library on 42nd Street [contact sheet], 1962 Aug.
Box 1 Print rrcs 08-1962L
New York City: New York Public Library on 42nd Street, 1962 Aug.
Box 1 Print rrph 08-1962L-2
New York City: street scene, 1962 Aug.
Box 1 Print rrph 08-1962L-9
New York City: Bryant Park, 1962 Aug.
Box 1 Print rrph 08-1962L-12
New York City: Washington Square Park [contact sheet], 1962 Sept.
Box 1 Print rrcs 09-1962C
New York City: Washington Square Park, 1962 Sept.
Box 1 Print rrph 09-1962C-12
New Haven, CT: street scene [contact sheet], 1962 Sept.
Box 1 Print rrcs 09-1962D
New Haven, CT: street scene, 1962 Sept.
Box 1 Print rrph 09-1962D-9
Philadelphia: shoe shine boys, University of Pennsylvania, 1962 Oct.
Box 1 Print rrpp 10-1962C-00
West Haven, CT: Savin Rock amusement park [contact sheet], 1962 Nov.
Box 1 Print rrcs 11-1962R
New York City: newsstand, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963A-x1
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner [contact sheet], 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrcs 03-1963E
London: street scene, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963E-12
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963E-19
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963E-34
London: Portobello Road flea market [contact sheet], 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrcs 03-1963F
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963F-05
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963F-06
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963F-11
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963F-16
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963F-24
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963F-27
London: street scene, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963F-36
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963F-x
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrcs 03-1963G
London: street scene, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963G-05
London: Buckingham Palace tourist, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963G-09
London: Buckingham Palace police, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963G-14
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner [contact sheet], 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrcs 03-1963H
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963H-01
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963H-03
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963H-12
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963H-22
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963H-24
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrcs 03-1963J
London: Trafalgar Square, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963J-07
London: Trafalgar Square [contact sheet], 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrcs 03-1963K
London: Trafalgar Square, 1963 Mar.
Box 1 Print rrph 03-1963K-31
New York City: parade, 1963 June
Box 1 Print rrph 06-1963F-x1
New York City: Washington Square Park [contact sheet], 1963 June
Box 1 Print rrcs 06-1963J
New York City: Washington Square Park, 1963 June
Box 1 Print rrph 06-1963J-15
New York City: Washington Square Park, 1963 June
Box 1 Print rrph 06-1963J-17
New York City: Washington Square Park [contact sheet], 1963 June
Box 1 Print rrcs 06-1963L
New York City: Washington Square Park, 1963 June
Box 1 Print rrph 06-1963L-03
New York City: Washington Square Park, 1963 June
Box 1 Print rrph 06-1963L-11
New York City: Greenwich Village, 1963 June
Box 1 Print rrph 06-1963L-33
St. Louis, MO: park [contact sheet], 1963 June
Box 1 Print rrcs 06-1963N
St. Louis, MO: park, 1963 June
Box 1 Print rrph 06-1963N-26A
New York City: Washington Square Park [contact sheet], 1963 July
Box 1 Print rrcs 07-1963B
New York City: street scene, 1963 July
Box 1 Print rrph 07-1963B-00
New York City: Washington Square Park, 1963 July
Box 1 Print rrph 07-1963B-18
New York City: Greenwich Village [contact sheet], 1963 Aug.
Box 1 Print rrcs 08-1963H
New York City: Greenwich Village, street fair, 1963 Aug.
Box 1 Print rrph 08-1963H-11
New York City: woman modeling clothes [contact sheet], 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrcs 10-1963A
New York City: New York Public Library on 42nd Street, 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrph 10-1963A-02
Danbury, CT: Danbury State Fair [contact sheet], 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrcs 10-1963B
Danbury, CT: Danbury State Fair, 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrph 10-1963B-21
Danbury, CT: Danbury State Fair [contact sheet], 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrcs 10-1963C
Danbury, CT: Danbury State Fair, 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrph 10-1963C-01
Danbury, CT: Danbury State Fair, 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrph 10-1963C-03
Danbury, CT: Danbury State Fair, 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrph 10-1963C-10
West Haven, CT: Savin Rock amusement park [contact sheet], 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrcs 10-1963H
West Haven, CT: Savin Rock amusement park, 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrph 10-1963H-32
West Haven, CT: Savin Rock amusement park, 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrph 10-1963H-39
West Haven, CT: Savin Rock amusement park [contact sheet], 1963 Oct.
Box 2 Print rrcs 10-1963J
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1963 Nov.
Box 2 Print rrcs 11-1963B
New York City: Washington Square Park, 1963 Nov.
Box 2 Print rrph 11-1963B-36
New York City: Washington Square Park, 1963 Nov.
Box 2 Print rrph 11-1963B-68
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1963 Dec.
Box 2 Print rrcs 12-1963D
New York City: street scene, 1963 Dec.
Box 2 Print rrph 12-1963D-8a
New York City: newsstand, 1963 Dec.
Box 2 Print rrph 12-1963D-13
Hamden, CT: church creche [contact sheet], 1963 Dec.
Box 2 Print rrcs 12-1963H
Hamden, CT: church creche, 1963 Dec.
Box 2 Print rrph 12-1963H-07
Italy: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrcs 04-1964A
Rome: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964A-17
Naples, Italy: Roma women on the street, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964A-23
Italy: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964A-28
Rome: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrcs 04-1964B
Rome: Via Veneto, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964B-04
Rome: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964B-23a
Rome: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964B-28
Rome: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964B-29
Rome: priest with school boys, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964B-34
Florence, Italy: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrcs 04-1964C
Florence, Italy: street tour guide, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964C-01
Florence, Italy: fishing on the Arno River, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964C-23
Florence, Italy: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964C-27
Florence, Italy: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964C-31
Como, Italy: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrcs 04-1964D
Como, Italy: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964D-21
Como, Italy: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964D-23
Florence, Italy: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrcs 04/1964E
Florence, Italy: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964E-03
Florence, Italy: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964E-08
Florence, Italy: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964E-26
Florence, Italy: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964E-28
Italy: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrcs 04-1964F
Florence, Italy: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964F-10
Venice: St. Mark's Square, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964F-22
Venice: St. Mark's Square, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964F-24
Italy and England: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrcs 04-1964G
Venice: canal scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964G-02
Venice: musicians in a café, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964G-05
Venice: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964G-19
Venice: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964G-21
London: school boys, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964G-26a
London: school boy, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964G-27
Venice: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964G-34
Italy and England: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrcs 04-1964H
Italy: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964H-11
London: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964H-24
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964H-26
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964H-28
London: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 2 Print rrph 04-1964H-33
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrcs 04-1964J
London: Trafalgar Square, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964J-04
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964J-18a
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrcs 04-1964K
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964K-05
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964K-14
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964K-16
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964K-18
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964K-25
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964K-30
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrcs 04-1964L
Dublin, Ireland: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964L-10
London: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964L-19
London: Rockers in Trafalgar Square, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964L-30
Ireland and England: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrcs 04-1964M
London: Trafalgar Square, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964M-05
London: street scene, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964M-21a
Dublin, Ireland: stone mason, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964M-25
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrcs 04-1964N
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964N-01
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964N-02
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964N-06
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964N-07
London: Green Park , 1964 Apr.
Box 3 Print rrph 04-1964N-11
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 June
Box 3 Print rrcs 06-1964A
New York City: Little Italy, 1964 June
Box 3 Print rrph 06-1964A-0a
New York City: Greenwich Village, 1964 June
Box 3 Print rrph 06-1964A-1a
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 June
Box 3 Print rrcs 06-1964B
New York City: Little Italy, 1964 June
Box 3 Print rrph 06-1964B-23
New York City: Little Italy, 1964 June
Box 3 Print rrph 06-1964B-27
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 June
Box 3 Print rrcs 06-1964C
New York City: Washington Square Park, 1964 June
Box 3 Print rrph 06-1964C-9a
New York City: Hudson River, "City of Keansburg" sightseeing boat, 1964 June
Box 3 Print rrph 06-1964C-27a
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 June
Box 3 Print rrcs 06-1964D
New York City: Madison Square Park, 1964 June
Box 3 Print rrph 06-1964D-09
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 July
Box 3 Print rrcs 07-1964D
New York City: Lower East Side, 1964 July
Box 3 Print rrph 07-1964D-16a
New York City: Lower East Side, 1964 July
Box 3 Print rrph 07-1964D-23a
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Aug.
Box 3 Print rrcs 08-1964J
New York City: Lower East Side, 1964 Aug.
Box 3 Print rrph 08-1964J-3a
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Sept.
Box 3 Print rrcs 09-1964D
New York City: Washington Square Park, 1964 Sept.
Box 3 Print rrph 09-1964D-20
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Sept.
Box 3 Print rrcs 09-1964E
New York City: Greenwich Village, 1964 Sept.
Box 3 Print rrph 09-1964E-14a
Meriden, CT: motorcycle race [contact sheet], 1964 Oct.
Box 3 Print rrcs 10-1964A
Meriden, CT: motorcycle race, 1964 Oct.
Box 3 Print rrph 10-1964A-23a
Meriden, CT: motorcycle race [contact sheet], 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrcs 10-1964B
Meriden, CT: motorcycle race, 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrph 10-1964B-1a
Meriden, CT: motorcycle race, 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrph 10-1964B-7a
Meriden, CT: motorcycle race, 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrph 10-1964B-9a
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrcs 10-1964C
New York City: Greenwich Village, 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrph 10-1964C-7
New York City and England: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrcs 10-1964E
New York City: Lower East Side, 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrph 10-1964E-7
New York City: Lower East Side, 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrph 10-1964E-8
New York City: Washington Square Park, 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrph 10-1964E-15a
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrph 10-1964E-21a
New York City : Washington Square Park, 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrph 10-1964E-24
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrcs 10-1964F
New York City: street scene after a parade, 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrph 10-1964F-15a
New York City: street scene after a parade, 1964 Oct.
Box 4 Print rrph 10-1964F-30a
New Haven, CT: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Nov.
Box 4 Print rrcs 11-1964D
New Haven, CT: flea market, 1964 Nov.
Box 4 Print rrph 11-1964D-15a
New Haven, CT: flea market, 1964 Nov.
Box 4 Print rrph 11-1964D-25
New Haven, CT: street scene [contact sheet], 1964 Nov.
Box 4 Print rrcs 11-1964E
New Haven, CT: street scene, 1964 Nov.
Box 4 Print rrph 11-1964E-31a
New Haven, CT: Firemen at house fire [contact sheet], 1964 Dec.
Box 4 Print rrcs 12-1964G
New Haven, CT: street scene, 1964 Dec.
Box 4 Print rrph 12-1964G-18a
New York City: street scene [contact sheet], 1965 Jan.
Box 4 Print rrcs 01-1965B
New York City: street scene, 1965 Jan.
Box 4 Print rrph 01-1965B-4a
New York City : street scene, 1965 Jan.
Box 4 Print rrph 01-1965B-9a
New York City: street scene, 1965 Jan.
Box 4 Print rrph 01-1965B-34a
New Haven, CT: street scene [contact sheet], 1965 Jan.
Box 4 Print rrcs 01-1965C
New Haven, CT: street scene, 1965 Jan.
Box 4 Print rrph 01-1965C-8a
New Haven, CT: street scene [contact sheet], 1965 Feb.
Box 4 Print rrcs 02-1965D
New Haven, CT: "the Green", 1965 Feb.
Box 4 Print rrph 02-1965D-18a
New Haven, CT: street scene [contact sheet], 1965 Feb.
Box 4 Print rrcs 02-1965E
New Haven, CT: "the Green", 1965 Feb.
Box 4 Print rrph 02-1965E-00
New Haven, CT: "the Green", 1965 Feb.
Box 4 Print rrph 02-1965E-8a
New York City: St. Patrick's Day Parade [contact sheet], 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrcs 03-1965D
New York City: St. Patrick's Day Parade, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965D-14a
New York City: St. Patrick's Day Parade, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965D-20a
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner [contact sheet], 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrcs 03-1965H
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965H-12
London: Portobello Road flea market [contact sheet], 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrcs 03-1965J
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965J-2a
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965J-27a
New York City: St. Patrick's Day Parade, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965-00
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrcs 03-1965L
London: Antique shop, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965L-7a
London: school boys on Regent Street, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965L-20a
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965L-29a
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965L-31a
London: Portobello Road flea market [contact sheet], 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrcs 03-1965M
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965M-8
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965M-10
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965M-26
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrcs 03-1965N
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965N-4a
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965N-14a
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1965 Mar.
Box 4 Print rrph 03-1965N-32a
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1965 Mar.
Box 5 Print rrcs 03-1965O
London: street musicians, 1965 Mar.
Box 5 Print rrph 03-1965O-3a
London: Portobello Road flea market [contact sheet], 1965 Mar.
Box 5 Print rrcs 03-1965R
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1965 Mar.
Box 5 Print rrph 03-1965R-27a
New York City: Greenwich Village [contact sheet], 1965 Sept.
Box 5 Print rrcs 09-1965A
New York City: Greenwich Village, 1965 Sept.
Box 5 Print rrph 09-1965A-7a
New York City: Greenwich Village, 1965 Sept.
Box 5 Print rrph 09-1965A-12a
Athens: street scene [contact sheet], 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrcs 04-1967E
Athens: street scene, 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1967E-8a
Athens: street scene, 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1967E-32a
Spain: street scene [contact sheet], 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrcs 04-1967F
Barcelona: Ritz Hotel, 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1967F-10a
Barcelona: street scene, 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1967F-15a
Barcelona: street scene, 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1967F-23a
Greece: street scene [contact sheet], 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrcs 04-1967G
Athens: street scene, 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1967G-14a
Athens: street scene, 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1967G-28a
Athens: street scene, 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1967G-33a
Athens: street scene [contact sheet], 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrcs 04-1967H
Athens: street scene, 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1967H-5
Athens: street scene [contact sheet], 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrcs 04-1967K
Athens: street scene, 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1967K-16a
Athens: street scene, 1967 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1967K-28a
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1968 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrcs 04-1968C
London: street musician, 1968 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1968C-26a
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1968 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrcs 04-1968D
London: Hyde Park Speaker's Corner, 1968 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1968D-31a
London: street scene [contact sheet], 1968 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrcs 04-1968E
London: street scene, 1968 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1968E-7a
London: street scene, 1968 Apr.
Box 5 Print rrph 04-1968E-9a
London: Portobello Road flea market, 1969 July
Box 5 Print rrph 07-1969-x1
London: street scene, 1969 July
Box 5 Print rrph 07-1969-x2
London: Trafalgar Square, 1969 July
Box 5 Print rrph 07-1969-x3
Philadelphia: North Philadelphia, sitting on front stoop, 1950-1959
Box 5 Print rrph 1950s-x1
New York City: Bryant Park, Biafra demonstration, 1960-1969
Box 5 Print rrph 1960s-x1
New York City : New York Public Library at 42nd Street, 1960-1969
Box 5 Print rrph 1960s-x2
Queens, NY: TWA Terminal at Idlewild Airport (JFK), 1963
Box 5 Print rrph 1963-x1
New Haven, CT: flea market [contact sheet], 1971 Sept.
Box 6 Print rrcs 09-1971J
New Haven, CT: flea market, 1971 Sept.
Box 6 Print rrph 09-1971J-8a
New Haven, CT: flea market, 1971 Sept.
Box 6 Print rrph 09-1971J-22a
New Haven, CT: flea market, 1971 Sept.
Box 6 Print rrph 09-1971J-25a
Jerusalem: market scenes [contact sheet], 1972 Aug.
Box 6 Print rrcs 08-1972A
Jerusalem: market in the old city, 1972 Aug.
Box 6 Print rrph 08-1972A-0
Jerusalem: market in the old city, 1972 Aug.
Box 6 Print rrph 08-1972A-19
Jerusalem: market in the old city, 1972 Aug.
Box 6 Print rrph 08-1972A-20
Jerusalem: street scene [contact sheet], 1972 Aug.
Box 6 Print rrcs 08-1972B
Jerusalem: market in the old city, 1972 Aug.
Box 6 Print rrph 08-1972B-6a
Jerusalem: Mea Shaarim, 1972 Aug.
Box 6 Print rrph 08-1972B-19a
New Haven, CT: street scene, 1973 Nov.
Box 6 Print rrph 11-1973-x1
New York City: anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Bryant Park., 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x1
New York City: anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Bryant Park., 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x2
New York City: anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Bryant Park., 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x3
New York City: anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Bryant Park., 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x4
New York City: anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Bryant Park., 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x5
New York City: anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Bryant Park., 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x6
New York City: anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Bryant Park., 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x7
New York City: anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Bryant Park., 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x8
New York City: anti-Vietnam war demonstration in Bryant Park., 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x9
London: Beauchamp Place, 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x10
London: street scene, 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x11
London: Beauchamp Place, 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x12
London: Beauchamp Place, 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x13
London: Beauchamp Place, 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x14
London: street scene, 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x15
London: street scene, 1970-1979
Box 6 Print rrph 1970s-x16

Series contains 66 envelopes containing 35 mm negatives and 13 envelopes of 120 mm negatives; each envelope holds one roll of film cut into strips. Images correspond to locales of prints in the collection, including Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York City, and various countries in Europe, especially England (London), Greece, and Italy. There are also images from a trip to Jerusalem in the 1970s. Also among the images are Vietnam protest marches and other demonstrations, as well as early street scenes from urban areas and shots taken at an amusement park in Connecticut, Savin Rock.

The negatives are arranged chronologically by year and month, and within by location and strip letter id, with undated items at the end of the series. Titles are taken from notes on the original envelopes. Some negatives represent images not currently among the prints or contact sheets.

1954, Black kids playing--streets of Philadelphia
(35 mm)
Box 8
1962 June, West Haven, CT, Strip G, Savin Rock
(35 mm)
Box 8
1962 August, New York City, Strip L
(120 mm)
Box 8
1962 August, Strip G
(35 mm)
Box 8
1962 August, Strip M
(120 mm)
Box 8
1962 September, West Haven, CT, Strip D
(120 mm)
Box 8
1962 September, New York City, Strip C, Greenwich Village
(120 mm)
Box 8
1962 October, Strip C, Philadelphia reunion
(35 mm)
Box 8
1962 November, Strip R, Clown at Savin Rock fun house
(120 mm)
Box 8
1963 January, Strip B, Nuns--never printed
(120 mm)
Box 8
1963 February, Strip F, Overturned row boat in snow
(120 mm)
Box 8
1963 March, London, Strip E, Hyde Park
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 March, London, Strip G, Hyde Park
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 March, London, Strip H, Hyde Park
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 March, London, Strip J, London scenes
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 March, London, Strip K, London scenes
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 March, Strip A, Newspaper man in kiosk
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 May, Strip D, Dr. Bill Kessler
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 June, New York City, Strip F, NYC cops / Parade crowds
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 June, New York City, Strip J, NYC street scenes
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 June, New York City, Strip K, NYC street scenes
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 June, New York City, Strip L, NYC street scenes
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 June, St. Louis, MO, Strip N, Park scenes including "Woman and Duck"
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 July, New York City (Washington Square), Strip B; Couple resting on edge of fountain; single negative: man asleep in front of store
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 August, New York City, Strip H, NYC street scenes
(120 mm)
Box 8
1963 September, Strip B, John and Peter Resnick
(120 mm)
Box 8
1963 October, Danbury, CT, Strip B, Danbury Fair
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 October, Danbury, CT, Strip C, Danbury Fair
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 October, New York City, Strip A; Fashion shots; 3 NYC street scenes
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 October, Strip G, Savin Rock
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 October, Strip H, Savin Rock
(35 mm)
Box 8
1963 October, Strip J, Savin Rock
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 April, Florence--Rome, Strip C
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 April, Florence, Strip D
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 April, Florence, Strip E
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 April, Florence--Venice, Strip F
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 April, London, Strip K
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 April, Rome, Strip A
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 July, New York City, Strip D, NYC street scenes (several in show)
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 September, New York City, Strip D, Greenwich Village
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 October, New York City, Strip D, Greenwich Village
(120 mm)
Box 8
1964 October, Strip A, Motorcycle hill climb
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 October, Strip B, Motorcycle hill climb
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 November, New Haven, CT, Strip E, New Haven street scenes (inc. in show)
(35 mm)
Box 8
1964 December, Strip G, Fire at Reilly's Rest (one photo in collection)
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 January, Strip C, "8A in Collection?"
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 February, New Haven, CT, Strip E, Yale students rally--Vietnam (New Haven Green)
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 March, London, Strip G
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 March, London, Strip H
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 March, London, Strip J
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 March, London, Strip K
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 March, London, Strip O, Happy Wanderers included
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 March, London, Strip P
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 March, London, Strip Q
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 April, New York City, Strip B, NYC candids
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 October, Strip A, Flea market on Boulevard
(35 mm)
Box 8
1965 October, West Haven, CT, Strip B, Pamela--Savin Rock buildings
(120 mm)
Box 8
1967 April, Greece, Strip E
(35 mm)
Box 8
1967 April, Greece, Strip J
(35 mm)
Box 8
1967 April, Spain, Strip H
(35 mm)
Box 8
1967 November, Strip A; Peace demonstration Greenwich Village; Celebration of end of Vietnam War
(35 mm)
Box 8
1968 April, London, Strip E
(35 mm)
Box 8
1968 April, London, Strip F
(35 mm)
Box 8
1969 July, London, Strip C
(35 mm)
Box 8
1969 July, London, Strip D
(35 mm)
Box 8
1969 July, London, Strip E
(35 mm)
Box 8
1969 July, London, Strip F (II)
(35 mm)
Box 8
1969 October, New York City, Strip D, Vietnam Moratorium (Bryant Park)
(35 mm)
Box 8
1969 October, New York City, Strip E, Vietnam Moratorium (Bryant Park)
(35 mm)
Box 8
1970 August, New York City, Strip C, Women's Liberation Day (Bryant Park)
(35 mm)
Box 8
1972 August, Jerusalem, Strip A
(35 mm)
Box 8
1972 August, Jerusalem, Strip B
(35 mm)
Box 8
1974 August, England, Strip A; Antique Fair, Family, England
(35 mm)
Box 8
1972 August, England, Strip B
(35 mm)
Box 8
1976 January
(35 mm)
Box 8
City 8 Keansburg, undated
(35 mm)
Box 8
Miscellaneous A, undated
(35 mm)
Box 8
Miscellaneous B, undated
(120 mm)
Box 8
R. Reis fooling around with camera, 1960s? Note Corvette, undated
(120 mm)
Box 8

Contains a short biographical narrative; curriculum vitae; correspondence from publishers; publications featuring Reis's photographic work; and publicity relating to Reis's exhibitions and lectures. Also includes a folder with samples of Reis's original negative envelopes with handwritten titles and dates. Folders arranged alphabetically by title.

Biographical information, 1964-2012
Box 7
Camera 35, 1973 (2 copies)
Box 7
High Meadows, 1973
Box 7
Leica Photography, 1985 (2 copies)
Box 7
Original negative envelopes (samples), various years
Box 7
Promotionals, clippings, 1964-2011
Box 7
U.S. Camera and Travel, 1964
Box 7
U.S. Camera International Pictures, 1965
Box 7
Worcester Art Museum Bulletin, 1974 (2 copies)
Box 7

Historical Note

Ronald Reis began taking photographs as a child with an Argus A2. He shot sports photography in junior high school with an Argus C-3 and an Ansco Reflex. He continued photographing sports, acquiring cameras, and developing his darkroom skills throughout high school. When he moved to Philadelphia in 1953 to attend the University of Pennsylvania, Reis turned his 35mm Leica from the sports fields to the streets.

Influenced by the work of Helen Levitt, Louis Stettner, and Cartier-Bresson, Reis became a passionate street photographer, honing his ability to compose and capture photographs on the fly. This decisive quality is reflected in his contacts sheets filled with single exposures. Reis primarily photographed in New York, Connecticut and Europe during the 1960s. The collection captures the look and feel of the 1960s, especially in the cities of New York City and London.

Reis's photographic work has been exhibited at the Worcester Art Museum, Dartmouth College, the A.T. Gallery in New Haven Connecticut, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the E. Leitz Gallery in New York, and the Image Gallery in New York. In addition, several of his prints were exhibited, as the only amateur photographer, in a Christmas show at the Witkin Gallery in New York City as well as in a one-man show at Parents Magazine Gallery in New York City. His work has been published in Camera 35, Leica Magazine, Popular Photography, and U.S. Camera. Permanent collections of his images reside at Duke University's Rubenstein Library, in the Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, Massachusetts), the Museum of American Art in New Britain, Connecticut, and the British Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Ronald Reis continues to photograph on the street using digital cameras and now prints in color as well as black-and-white.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ronald Reis Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Ronald Reis photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2010 and 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, June 2012.

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, July 2012.

2014 accession processed by Levi Crews; finding aid updated by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, February 2014.

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2010-0231 and 2014-0004.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.