James S. Klar Photograph Collection
Scope and Content
In 1975, James S. Klar received a grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts to photograph seventy-five railroad stations in southern New England and prepare a one hundred picture exhibit. The photographs taken by Klar from 1975-1976 in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont in preparation for this exhibition entitled “Down by the Depot” comprise the James S. Klar> Photographs. The collection consists of six boxes of materials.
- undated, 1974-1976
The collection is open and available for research.
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Born in Greenfiled, Massachusetts, on 30 May 1912, James Shepard Klar was the son of Walter Hughes and Mary Shepard Klar, who were well-known landscape painters in New England in the 1920s and 1930s. Klar received his landscape architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1934, and worked at different posts in state government throughout his career. He married Majory Hemenway in 1932. The couple moved to Connecticut in 1945, eventually settling in the town of Bolton in 1976. When Klar retired in 1945, he was director of the state's Bureau of Program Development, where he was in charge of state assistance programs for local planning, urban renewal, and housing
As a youth, Klar engaged in photography as a hobby, and in later life used it to augment his professional career. After his retirement, he turned full time to photography, studying advanced photographic techniques at the University of Hartford from 1972-1973. He studied with Phil Zimmerman at the Natural Light Workshop in 1973 and with George Tice at the Apeiron School of Photography in 1974.
In 1975, he received a grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts to photograph 75 railroad stations in southern New England and prepare a 100 picture collection for exhibition. The photographs taken in preparation for this exhibit, entitled “Down by the Depot” comprise the James S. Klar Collection
Klar's photographs have been exhibited throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. Klar also took first prize at the Heritage Village open contest in 1968, second prize in the South Britain (CT) annual open contest in 1969, and fourth prize in the Asahi Pentax International Contest (Japan) in 1970. His works, have been published in national magazines and are also represented in the permanent collections of the Springfield (MA) Museum of Fine Arts, the Mattatuck Museum (Waterbury, CT), the Lyman Allyn Museum (New London, CT), and the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center (Amherst, MA). In addition, Klar had a small gallery, The Silver Image Gallery, in his home, where his work could be seen by appointment
Klar died on 26 May 1985.
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Born in Greenfiled, Massachusetts on 30 May 1912, James Shepard Klar received his landscape architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1934, and worked at different posts in state government throughout his career. When Klar retired in 1945, he was director of the state's Bureau of Program Development, where he was in charge of state assistance programs for local planning, urban renewal, and housing. In 1975, Klar received a grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts to photograph 75 railroad stations in southern New England and prepare a 100 picture collection for exhibition. The photographs taken in preparation for this exhibit, entitled “Down by the Depot” comprise the James S. Klar Collection.
Series I: Mounted Prints (undated, 1974-1976) contains ninety-two of the one hundred archivally mounted photographs which were originally exhibited under the title “Down by the Depot.” They are numbered R.R. 2A to R.R. 100. Box 1 also contains a mounted photograph of Versailles Station by photographer L. Jeff French.
Series II: Unmounted Prints (undated, 1975) contains unmounted prints. Approximately two thirds of the unmounted prints are duplicates of the mounted exhibition prints. The remaining unmounted prints did not appear in the exhibition.
Series III: Print Marked for Cropping (undated, 1975-1976) contains prints marked for cropping. The prints marked for cropping are divided into three folders. The first two contain copies of prints which appeared in the exhibit. The third contains prints marked for cropping which were not included in the exhibition.
Series IV: Negatives and Slides (undated) contains the negatives of the photographs contained in the collection and four unmarked slides.
Series V: Index Cards (undated) contains index card record of the exhibition photographs. The index cards, compiled by Klar, list each photograph by number (in the upper left hand corner) and by negative number of the photograph (in the upper right hand corner). The index cards also provide information on the photographic techniques and processes used by Klar in taking each photograph (front on index card), and the dates and places where each photograph was exhibited (back of index card).
The collection was bequeathed to the University by Mr. Klar's widow, Marjorie H. Klar, in 1988.
Existence and Location of Copies
Digital reproductions of materials in this collection may also be found in the Archives & Special Collections digital repository
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