Marjory Collins

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Marjory Collins
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Marjory Collins (c. 1943)
Alma materAntioch University (San Francisco)

Marjory Collins (1912–1985) was an American photojournalist. She is remembered above all for her coverage of the home front during World War II.

Personal life[edit]

Marjory Collins was born March 15, 1912 to Elizabeth Everts Paine and writer Frederick Lewis Collins in New York City, and grew up in nearby Scarsdale, Westchester County.

She died in 1985 at the age of 73.[1]


She studied at Sweet Briar College and the University of Munich. In 1935, Collins moved to Greenwich Village, and over the next five years she studied photography informally with Ralph Steiner and attended Photo League events. In the 1980s she moved to San Francisco where she obtained an M.A. in American Studies at Antioch College West.


Her work as a documentary photographer was taken up by major agencies. As a result of a contribution for U.S. Camera and Travel about Hoboken, New Jersey, she was invited to work for the Foreign Service of the United States Office of War Information. She completed some 50 assignments there with stories about the American way of life and support for the war effort. In line with new emphasis on multiculturalism, she contributed to photographic coverage of African Americans as well as citizens of Czech, German, Italian and Jewish origin.[1]

In 1944 Collins worked freelance for a construction company in Alaska before travelling to Africa and Europe on government and commercial assignments. Thereafter she worked mainly as an editor and a writer covering civil rights, the Vietnam War and women's movements. In the 1960s she edited American Journal of Public Health.[1] Collins was very active politically; a feminist, she founded the journal Prime Time (1971–76) "for the liberation of women in the prime of life." [2] In 1977 Collins became an associate of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press.[3]



  1. ^ a b c Beverly W. Brannan, "Marjory Collins (1912-1985): Biographical Essay", The Library of Congress. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Papers of Marjory Collins, 1904-1985". Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  3. ^ "Associates | The Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press". Retrieved 2017-06-21.

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