Cage 719
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.

Extent/Quantity Information

Number of Containers: 1

Linear Feet of Shelf Space: .25

Collection History

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.

Collection Description

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.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged in a single chronological sequence.


This collection is open and available for research use.

Preferred Citation

The suggested citation for the collection is:

[Item Description]
Agnes L. Reynes-Williams Correspondence from Gisele Freund, 1986-1994
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Washington State University Libraries
Pullman, WA

Related Materials

Gisele Freund Papers, 1933-1990 (Collection number: Cage 678)


These documents are in English.

Container List:

Box Folder Description
    Letters from Gisele Freund to Agnes Reynes-Williams
1 1 1986
  2 1987
  3 1989-1990 (includes photograph of Freund)
  4 1993-1994
  5 Supporting documentation provided by donor (copies of articles, including obituaries)
  6 Administrative file