Agnes L. Reynes-Williams
Correspondence from Gisele Freund, 1986-1994
Acquisition and Processing Information
Dr. Agnes L. Reynes-Williams donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 2007 (MS 2007-05). Cheryl Gunselman processed the collection in 2007.
Number of Containers: 1
Linear Feet of Shelf Space: .25
Agnes Reynes-Williams, a young physician from the Philippines, first wrote to Gisele Freund, a well-known European photographer, after reading an article about her in Reader's Digest magazine in 1986. Freund wrote back, and this commenced a correspondence which continued through 1994. The two women never met.
This collection consists of 18 letters from photographer Gisele Freund to Dr. Agnes L. Reynes-Williams. The correspondence demonstrates a relationship that began with Reynes-Williams' interest in Freund's work and life, and progressed to a long-distance friendship. In her letters, Freund provided Reynes-Williams with encouragement and advice related to her career, and also discussed her own life and travels. In her 80s at the beginning of the correspondence (she described herself as "over 70"), Freund was still professionally active, and she frequently wrote about her work, including her books, exhibits and public appearances, and a visiting scholar grant she received from the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles during the 1980s.
The collection is arranged in a single chronological sequence.
This collection is open and available for research use.
The suggested citation for the collection is:
Agnes L. Reynes-Williams Correspondence from Gisele Freund, 1986-1994
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Gisele Freund Papers, 1933-1990 (Collection number: Cage 678)
These documents are in English.