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The Jaromir Stephany papers have been divided into seven series:
Series I. Correspondence
Series II. Subject files
Series III. Education
Series IV. Exhibitions
Series V. Personal papers
Series VI. Personal photographs
Series VII. Audiovisual
The Jaromir Stephany papers consist of 26 boxes of records, ranging in date from 1928
to 2010, with the bulk of the materials from 1951 to 2009. The papers relate to both
Stephany’s professional and personal life. The records are divided into seven series:
correspondence, subject files, education, personal papers, photographs, and audiovisual
Series I consists of correspondence both to and from Stephany. Organized chronologically,
this includes both personal and professional correspondence from 1951 to 2009.
Series II, Subject files, includes records collected by Stephany relating to various
subjects. Records include exhibition mailers, newspaper clippings, and periodicals.
Other records relate to Stephany’s colleagues, various organizations, exhibits, and
Series III includes records relating to education, specifically Stephany’s role as
an educator. Records are divided into four sub-series: subject files (III.A); teaching
materials (III.B); Developing Images (III.C); and proposals (III.D). The subject files
include records that Stephany collected that generally relate to Stephany’s role as
a teacher. Teaching materials include slides, lecture notes, and course documents
relating to courses that Stephany taught. Records from The Developing Image sub-series
include TV scripts and accompanying book chapters. The Developing Image was an educational
documentary about the history of photography that Stephany created along with a companion
study guide by the same name. Sub-series III.D includes proposals for academic courses
and departments written by Stephany.
Records relating to Stephany’s exhibitions can be found in Series IV. These records
include writings about his exhibitions, and documents that pertain to exhibition planning
Series V includes Stephany’s personal papers. Records in this series include Stephany’s
personal writings, family papers, genealogical records, legal documents, and certificates.
Documents in this series also relate to Stephany’s work in Signal Corp.
Series VI includes personal photographs that are separate from Stephany’s professional
work. Photographs are of his family, colleagues, and students. Photographs include
images of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, taken by Jaromir Stephany.
Series VII includes audio-visual material. This series is divided into three sub-series:
CDs (VII.A); Reels (VII.B); and Video Cassettes (VII.C). These recording are of talks
given by various photographers. Sub-series VII.A includes digital versions of most
of the reels found in sub-series VII.B. Sub-series VII.C includes portions of Stephany’s
documentary The Developing Image.
Stephany’s photography can be found in the Photography Collections of the Special
Records were donated by Jaromir Stephany after his retirement from UMBC.
The Jaromir Stephany records were initially processed by Special Collections Technician
Robin Martin in 2009 under the supervision of the Special Collections Archivist Lindsey
Loeper. Jaromir Stephany provided some early guidance in the sorting of the papers.
In Spring 2013, graduate students Dorothy Alexander and Johanna Schein finished processing
the papers and wrote the finding aid.
This collection was processed to the folder level. Folders were examined for sensitive
and confidential items, which were removed. All items removed are noted in the original
folders with a document removal form. Audio and visual records as well as oversized
or physically compromised materials were transferred to appropriate storage. Stephany’s
professional photographs are located in the Photography Collections of Special Collections.
Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)
Archives Processing Manual: Description
(2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms,
Finding aid available.
Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll104.php
Reproductions allowed for research purposes. UMBC is the copyright owner; permission
reproduce is required.
Stephany, Jaromir, 1930-2010
Stephany, Jaromir, 1930-2010 -- Archives
Baltimore County (Md.)
Photographers -- United States
University of Maryland, Baltimore County -- Curricula
Extent: 6.5 boxes (3 linear feet)
This series contains correspondence sent by and to Stephany. It is arranged chronologically.
Date: 1904-2009; bulk 1962-2009
Extent: 5.5 boxes (2.75 linear feet)
This series contains records that Stephany collected relating to various subjects.
Papers are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Extent: 6.75 boxes (3.5 linear feet)
This series contains records relating to Stephany’s role as an educator. It is
arranged in to four sub-series: subject files, teaching materials, The Developing
Image, and proposals. Original folder titles were retained whenever possible, with
the exception of the addition of the sort phrase as needed.
Extent: 1 box (.5 linear foot)
This sub-series contains records collected by Stephany relating to education. Papers
are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
This sub-series contains records relating to Stephany’s courses. Included are slides,
syllabi, and course materials. Records are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Date: 1976-2000, bulk 1977-1979
Extent: 1.5 boxes (.75 linear feet)
This sub-series contains papers relating to Stephany’s documentary, The Developing
Image. Included are correspondence, press materials, and television scripts. Records
are arranged by alphabetically by subject, thereunder numerically. For parts of the
video of The Developing Image, see sub-series VII.C.
Extent: 1.25 boxes (.75 linear feet)
This sub-series contains proposals for new academic courses and departments, as
well as proposals for educational programs. Records are arranged alphabetically by
school or program, thereunder chronologically.
Extent: .5 boxes (.25 linear foot)
This series contains records that relate to Stephany’s exhibitions. Papers are
arranged alphabetically by subject. Records from exhibitions from other artists can
be found in Series II, subject files.
Extent: 2.5 boxes (1.25 linear feet)
This series contains records relating to Stephany’s personal life. Included are
certificates, legal documents, family and genealogical records, and personal writings.
Records are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Extent: 1 box (.5 linear foot)
This series contains photographs that are separate to Stephany’s professional work,
including photographs of Stephany’s students and colleagues. Records are arranged
alphabetically by subject.
Date: 1953-1969, undated
Extent: 2 boxes (2 linear feet)
This series contains audio recordings and VHS tapes made by Stephany or given to
Stephany. They are separated into three series by format CDs, Reels, and Videocassettes.
Date: 1953-1967, undated
This sub-series contains the digital versions of Reels 1 to 12 that are found in
sub-series VII.B. The CDs contain talks given by well-known photographers. They are
Date: 1958-1969, undated
Extent: 1.5 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
This sub-series includes audio recordings on various size magnetic reels. These
recordings are of famous photographers and curators discussing their work and the
history of photography. Reels in box 24 have been digitized, and the digital versions
can be found in sub-series VII.B. These reels are arranged chronologically by photographer.
The remaining reels (Box 25) that have not been digitized remain separate, and are
arranged alphabetically by subject. Original labels from the tapes have been retained
Extent: 1 box (.25 linear foot)
This sub-series contains to VHS tapes that include portions of The Developing Image,
Stephany’s documentary. The tapes are arranged numerically by section.
Extent: 1 box (2 linear feet)
Items inappropriate for the standard document box have been removed to oversized
boxes. The folder title from which the item was removed is used and the original location
is listed in parentheses.
Stephany, Jaromir, Tom Beck, and Emily Hauver. Music of the Mind: Cliche Verre Photographs
and Digital Imagery of Jaromir Stephany. Baltimore, MD: Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2012.
Jaromir Stephany: Artist. Accessed December 17, 2015. http://www.clicheverre.com/index.htm.
Kelly, Jacques. "Jaromir 'Jerry' Stephany dies at age 80." The Baltimore Sun, April
16, 2010. Accessed December 17, 2015. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-04-16/news/bs-md-ob-stephany-jaromir-20100415_1_photography-maryland-film-festival-eugene-bud-leake.