Ryerson Acquires Berenice Abbott Archive

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Berenice Abbott, Inference Pattern, Cambridge Massachusetts. Courtesy Ryerson Image CentreBerenice Abbott, Inference Pattern, Cambridge Massachusetts. Courtesy Ryerson Image Centre

Toronto’s Ryerson Image Centre has acquired the archive of Berenice Abbott, containing more than 6,000 images and 7,000 negatives. The archive was purchased from the Abbott estate by a group of philanthropists who donated it to the Ryerson. The archive also includes letters, notebooks, and other ephemera. 

RIC Director Paul Roth told the Globe and Mail that his institution plans to collaborate with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Museum of the City of New York, which both have substantial archives of Abbott’s work, on future projects.