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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.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

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 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.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

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.

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
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Language
English

Contents List
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, 00
circa 1996-20

Box 1
Clippings, articles, newspapers and VHS tape,00
1994-20

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

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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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