Ned Westover Papers
Scope and Contents
The Ned Westover Papers consists of a small number of items from Ned Westover. Included is a copy of the University of Nevada, Reno's Artemisia yearbook from 1938 when he was the student photographer and the year he graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno; miscellaneous publicity pieces from exhibits; and a copy of Indigena: The Photography of Ned Westover by Roberta Tryon, which includes both descriptions and prints of some of Westover's photographs.
- Majority of material found within 1975-1986
- Westover, Ned (Creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Born in Reno, Nevada in 1917 to Pauline E. and Charles W. Westover, Ned Beryl Westover spent his early years there and received his extensive photographic training at a commercial and portrait studio in Reno while studying engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. During his time at the University, he worked as a student photographer for the Artemisia yearbook and the U. of N. Sagebrush, the student newspaper. He graduated from the University in 1938.
Westover's college experience led to freelance work for Reno newspapers, United Press International (UPI), Associated Press (AP), and, later, the New York Daily News. His work was published in Life, Look, and other magazines. This lucrative hobby paid for his education. Other commercial assignments included the Reno Rodeo Association, Nevada Chamber of Commerce, and colleges in five western states.
Snapping photos of celebrities in Reno enabled him to work for two years as a still photographer for a major Hollywood studio following World War II. He took portraits of many familiar faces, including Hedy Lamarr, Joan Crawford, and Bing Crosby. After those two years, Westover returned to engineering, but continued to take photographs in his spare time.
In 1964, Westover and his wife, Elsie "Mac", took their first trip abroad to Asia. Delighted with the interesting people and exotic landscape, Westover decided to make photography a vocation. His experience as a photojournalist helped him photograph people in their everyday environment. Since 1966, Westover took more than 120,000 photographs in over 80 countries.
As a member of the Photographic Society of American, Westover's images have been seen in over 56 juried shows across the United States. Since 1975, select photographs have been exhibited in invitational shows and galleries throughout Oregon, Washington, and California.
Ned Westover died on November 27, 2007 in Otis, Oregon at the age of 90.
0.41 Linear Feet (6 folders, 1 oversize folder)
Language of Materials
Ned Westover (1917-2007) was a nationally known portrait and landscape photographer. He was born in Reno and attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he studied engineering. In 1966, he changed careers and dedicated himself full time to photography. From 1966 until his death, he took more than 120,000 photographs in over 80 countries. Collection contains a copy of the Artemisia yearbook from 1938, the year he graduated from UNR; miscellaneous publicity pieces from exhibits; and a copy of Indigena: The Photography of Ned Westover by Roberta Tryon, which includes both descriptions and prints of some of Westover's photographs.
Arranged without hierarchy.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by the Ned Westover estate in 2008.
Photographs transferred to the Special Collections Photo Archives as collection number UNRS-P2008-26.
- Westover, Ned (Creator, Person)
- Tryon, Roberta (Title of a work--Indigena) (Person)
- Guide to the Ned Westover Papers
- Jessica Maddox
- August 2017
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