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Arthur Dubinsky Collection

Identifier: PZ-Mss-0006


  • Creation: 1963-1984


Biographical / Historical

Arthur Dubinsky (1925-1985) was born in Chicago in 1925 to Russian Jewish immigrants. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Chicago in 1942 and served in India with the US Army from 1944-1946. He attended Northwestern University and the University of California, Berkeley. He was a photojournalist and took documentary photographs in Times Square in the 1950's of Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. He took photographs of migrant farm workers for "The Ground is Our Table," a 1966 book written by Steve Allen, American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian and writer.

Pitzer’s first president, John W. Atherton, hired Dubinsky to document the founding of Pitzer College in 1963. He continued an in-depth and on-going photographic documentation of the growth and evolution of the College until 1974, returning in 1978 and 1984 to produce more images.

While at Pitzer, Dubinsky photographed the first faculty and trustee meeting; students, faculty and administrators at work learning and teaching and at rest, classroom gatherings, retreats at Mt. Baldy, a trustee meeting in Marina Del Rey, Pitzer Parents Association dinners in downtown Los Angeles, art events in the desert, student and faculty governance meetings and musical events, to name a mere few.

Dubinsky's photographs of Pitzer College are remarkable for their aesthetic intention and the openness and transparency of his subjects, as well as the obvious rapport he had with them.

Arthur Dubinsky’s work at Pitzer College produced a collection of approximately 4,000 35mm negatives.


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Part of the 05 - Pitzer College Archives Repository

1050 N. Mills Avenue
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