Fiat Lux Redux: Ansel Adams and Clark Kerr

Finishing Fiat Lux

This is a rare letter because it is one of the few from Adams directly to Clark Kerr. It speaks to some of the overall goals of the project and the idea of providing a “resonant image” of the University system rather than a spectacular one. “It does one thing which people who have seen it respond to; it indicates the broad relationship of the University and the people of California.”

Letter from Ansel Adams to Clark Kerr, May 27, 1967

Letter from Ansel Adams to Clark Kerr, May 27, 1967

Memo from Verne Stadtman to Clark Kerr, May 28, 1967

Memo from Verne Stadtman to Clark Kerr, May 28, 1967

The handwritten notes on verso from Clark Kerr regarding his reaction to the Fiat Lux book would have been written after Kerr’s firing, showing his continued involvement in the project.

Verso of Memo from Verne Stadtman to Clark Kerr, May 28, 1967

Verso of Memo from Verne Stadtman to Clark Kerr, May 28, 1967

Transcription of Clark Kerr’s handwritten comments to Stadtman, dated May 28, 1967

Memo from Verne A. Stadtman to Ansel Adams and Nancy Newhall, June 5, 1967

Memo from Verne A. Stadtman to Ansel Adams and Nancy Newhall, June 5, 1967