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MUUS Collection

A Quintessentially American Photography Collection


MUUS Collection

A Quintessentially American
Photography Collection


The MUUS Collection brings together photographic works that mark major turning points in American history, ultimately creating a road map of our shared past. We believe in the unique power of photography as an inimitable touchstone of collective cultural memory, and it is our goal to preserve and promote these invaluable artifacts for generations to come. We are proud home to the estates of prolific photographers such as Fred W. McDarrah, André De Dienes, and Alfred Wertheimer.

With the optimism and prosperity embodied in the images of young Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley in the early 1950s, photographers André De Dienes and Alfred Wertheimer captured the pioneering spirit of Post-War America. The work of photojournalist Fred W. McDarrah, who for fifty years shot the streets of New York City for the legendary Village Voice, takes us a step further. McDarrah’s photographs bear witness to the humble roots of the most significant social justice movements in modern American history, including the struggles of the LGBTQ community, the fight for women’s rights, and some of the earliest environmental movements, as well as the mass social upheaval caused by the Vietnam War and the continuation of the battle for civil rights.

Altogether, the MUUS Collection speaks to the layered, multifaceted history of the United States in the Post-War era. Through these archives, we strive to unveil human stories that have been historically underrepresented or even invisible. In a time when the American population is as divided as it has been since the Civil War, the MUUS Collection looks back on our shared American history and asks, where did we come from and where are we going? What have we learned from our victories and mistakes, and how can we filter these lessons productively through our current moment?

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Mission


The primary focus of the MUUS Collection is to bring together quintessentially American photography archives from the second half of the twentieth century. Our mission as custodians of this collection is to make visible these exceptional photography archives to the public through exhibitions, donations, licensing, and the printing of images and books.

Mission


The primary focus of the MUUS Collection is to bring together quintessentially American photography archives from the second half of the twentieth century. Our mission as custodians of this collection is to make visible these exceptional photography archives to the public through exhibitions, donations, licensing, and the printing of images and books.

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News & Updates


April 6, 2020

New Acquisition: The Semple Portfolio of Notable Women

The MUUS Collection is excited to announce its recent acquisition of The Semple Portfolio of Notable Women. The archive, assembled in the 1920s by American publisher […]
April 6, 2020

The MUUS Collection Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of NYC Pride March

The MUUS Collection celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the NYC Pride March. The first NYC pride march, then known as “Gay Liberation Day,” was held on […]
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Photographers

For licensing, prints, and more information: photos@muus.com