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Title: Grancel Fitz papers
Call Number: Coll200
Creator: Fitz, Grancel
Dates: 1933-1956
Size: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language: English
Abstract: Collection consists of (6) cloth bound, alphabetized account books of photographer William Grancel Fitz. The books chronicle Fitz's photographic ad work for many different advertising agencies and manufacturing companies in New York City. Notable companies include N. W. Ayres, Chevrolet, and Fostoria Glass.
Citation: Grancel Fitz papers, Collection 200, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

Grancel Fitz (1894-1963) began taking photographs as a hobby in 1914, in the pictorialist tradition. Fitz sold photographic materials up until he became a professional illustrator and advertising photographer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1929, Fitz opened a commercial photographic studio in New York City, New York. (Source: ULAN)

Scope & Content


Books are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Includes accession PHMS 2011-01, donated by Fitz's niece Anne Brown in memory of her great uncle.

Processing Note

This collection is unprocessed. Grancel Fitz photographs, donated in 1986, are available in The Photography Collections at UMBC.

Descriptive Rules Used

Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)

Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including PastPerfect.

Access & Use

Finding Aids

Finding Aid:

Access Conditions

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Reproductions allowed for research purposes. UMBC is the copyright owner; permission to reproduce is required.

Subject Headings


Fitz, Grancel


Advertising photography

Fitz, Grancel -- Archives

Series Description & Container List

  1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
    Paid invoices 1933-1935
    Alphabetical invoices 1934-1935
    Paid invoices 1936-1937
    Alphabetical paid invoices 1937-1947
    Paid invoices 1947-1949
    Accounts receivable 1950-1956

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