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Rexford Scott Sorenson negatives collection

 Collection
Call Number: RH PH 537

Overview

Rexford Scott Sorenson took photographs throughout his life, and this collection of his photographic negatives begins in 1957. The Sorensons spent many holidays with friends and family, whom serve as the subjects of many of Rexford's photographs. Other frequent subjects include cats, landscapes, trees, construction, and buildings. The majority of the photographs were taken either in Kansas, New Mexico, or Oregon.

Dates

  • 1957 - 2009

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Rexford Scott Sorenson

Rexford Scott Sorenson was born on July 6, 1935 to Daniel Jans and Beatrice (Bennett) Sorenson. He married Louise Maxwell, a science teacher in Salina, Kansas, in 1970. He earned his PhD in English at Ball State University. He taught at Carlstop College, Marymount University, Kansas Wesleyan University, and Kansas State University. The Sorensons had no children of their own and spent many holidays with friends and family, whom serve as the subjects of many of Sorenson's photographs. Rexford Scott Sorenson passed away in 2010.

Extent

11.75 Linear Feet (24 document cases)

Scope and Contents

Sorenson mostly shot 35mm black and white photographs. The Sorensons spent many holidays with friends and family, whom serve as the subjects of many of Rexford's photographs. Other frequent subjects include cats, landscapes, trees, construction, and buildings. The majority of the photographs were taken either in Kansas, New Mexico, or Oregon.

Also included in the collection are negatives of photographs that Rexford took while on military duty in Okinawa, Japan. There are a few contact sheets dispersed throughout the collection, but the majority of the collection is made up of negatives. Paper files include indexes to the negatives and are included at the end of the collection.

Sorenson organized his photography, giving each negative strip a film number (FNBR on his indexes). This system has been continued in the arrangement of his collection and used in the finding aid. Some strips in the collection had been unidentified when initially rehoused, but staff were later able to determine where those strips fit into Sorenson's system and so are described slightly out of sequence.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: Negatives and paper files. Both are for the most part organized chronologically.

Physical Location

RH PH 537

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Evelyn M. and Dr. Gordon E. Maxwell, 2015.

Source

Creator

Title
Guide to the Rexford Scott Sorenson Collection
Subtitle
Rexford Scott Sorenson negatives collection
Author
Finding aid prepared by haz. Finding aid encoded by haz.
Date
2018-11
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Sponsor
Support for the processing of this collection was provided by the G. Baley Price Graduate Student Fellowship Fund.
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/8054607563
Preferred citation
Rexford Scott Sorenson negatives collection, RH PH 537, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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