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Cynthia Ellen Elbaum Papers, 1984-2012
7 boxes (5.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 560

Abstract:
Photojournalist. The Papers document Elbaum's career as a photojournalist, notably in Chechnya during the war with the Soviet Union and include biographical information and photographs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Original audiovisual materials and master copies are closed. Research copies are available.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection is protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Cynthia Ellen Elbaum grew up in Ashfield, Massachusetts and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston before graduating from Smith College in 1989, where she pursued her interest in photography and also studied Russian. She taught English while studying on a scholarship in Moscow, and then moved to New York where she taught English to Russian refugees. Elbaum began her career as a photojournalist in 1992, after she witnessed dead bodies on a Moscow street following Boris Yeltsin's takeover of the Russian parliament. On December 1, 1994, she went to Chechnya to cover the gathering of Russian forces there; she was killed three weeks later by a Russian bomb.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Cynthia Ellen Elbaum Papers document Elbaum's career as a photojournalist, notably in Chechnya during the war with the Soviet Union. It consists primarily of biographical information, correspondence and documentation of photo exhibits compiled and curated, respectively, after her untimely death in 1994.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Original audiovisual materials and master copies are closed. Research copies are available.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection is protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Cynthia Ellen Elbaum Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Alternative Formats Available

Research copies of audiovisual materials are available on DVD and as digital files.

History of the Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email Reference Form: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/emailform.html
URL: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/
Language
English

Contents List
ACCESSION I.



Biographical information: obituaries, tributes, photographs, articles, VHS tapes, and clippings
circa 1994-95, n.d.

Box 1
Diary (spiral bound notebook, only a few pages of writing)
1994

Box 1
Jude Elbaum (mother of Cynthia): correspondence about Cynthia Elbaum
circa 1995-97

Box 1
Elbaum's photojournalism career


Box 1
Information about exhibits of Elbaum's photographs
circa 1994-97

Box 1
Correspondence, clippings, articles, VHS tape, and audiocassette
circa 1996-2000

Box 1
Clippings, articles, newspapers and VHS tape
1994-2000

Box 2
Photographs and negatives
circa 1992-94

Box 3
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Clippings, and photographs from exhibit
1995-97

Box 4
Mounted exhibit of Elbaum's photographs
1997

Box 5
ON SHELF



Mounted exhibit of Elbaum's photographs
1997

Box 5
ACCESSION II.



VHS tapes (3)


Box 1
"Suzannah's Christining Party," A Cynthia Elbaum Video
1989

Box 1
Cynthia's 27th birthday


Box 1
Cynthia - Christmas
1992

Box 1
Super 8 (Ektachrome)


Box 1
Unmarked


Box 1
8 mm
n.d.

Box 1
Unmarked (5)


Box 1
"Peace Bagota"


Box 1
"Florida - Train - Sunrise - Gulls(?)"


Box 1
"The Dubious Shopper - The Film(?)"


Box 1
"Diner(?)"


Box 1
"Still Life"


Box 1
"Road(?) footage (shit)"


Box 1
"#67 - clouds - CEK(?) & diego"


Box 1
"#67 - Amusement Park"


Box 1
"Martha"


Box 1
"#90"


Box 1
"#90 - Malarians"


Box 1
"Gregor"


Box 1
ACCESSION III.



Personal correspondence
1991-1994

Box 1
Slides, photographs, and negatives early
1990s

Box 1
Newspaper clippings and photographs
1984

Box 1
"Betsy Beebe's Collection of Cynthia's Info. & Communication with her"
1994-2007, n.d.

Box 1
Two journals circa early-1990s
n.d.,

Box 1
DVD (1): "Cynthia Elbaum: A Life in Photographs," Grand Prize Winner, Ashfield Film Festival
2012

Box 1
CD (1): "For Cynthia," Tony Jillson
n.d.

Box 1
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



1 FedEx envelope


Box 1
Newspaper articles, originals and color photocopies


Box 1

Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Chechnia (Russia)--History--Civil War, 1994-1996
  • Elbaum, Cynthia Ellen, 1966-1994
  • Photojournalists--Biography--Sources
  • Russia (Federation)--Politics and government--1991- --Sources


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