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David Jarrett collection

Identifier: COU:865

Scope and Contents

Published articles about Colorado history, including stories about Otto Mears, placer mining and the postal service. Also a centennial issue of the "Rocky Mountain News," and microfilm copies of letters of the Myron E. Hill family of Salida, Colorado. Collection also contains many thousands of negatives, proof sheets, photographs, and slides taken by Jarrett while a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1959 to 1963. This collection documents the history of the University of Colorado during during the presidency of Quigg Newton while Jarrett was a photographer for the Colorado Daily.


  • Creation: 1910 - 1929
  • Creation: 1959 - 1963

Biographical Note

David Jarrett specializes in fine art (gallery work), travel and exterior architectural photography. His interest in photography started at the University of Colorado, where he was chief photographer on the Coloradan yearbook for three years. At that time he concentrated on available light candid photography, scenics and architectural images.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Business) in 1962, Mr. Jarrett went into the investment business in New York and suspended his work in photography. In the the early 1980s he began doing occasional magazine work for Our World, In Touch, Mandate, Blue Boy, HIM, Outing Travelogue, Playguy and other periodicals. Mr. Jarrett has had many images appear in Out (including the premier issue in 1992) and several of Sydney appeared in Genre.

Since 1990 Jarrett has devoted substantially more time to photography, with works exhibited in Provincetown, MA at Jones and Hobbs Gallery (1990), Stellwagen Gallery (1991), Gallery Matrix (two one-man exhibits, 1992 and 1993), and Icon Gallery (1996). In addition, in 1992 his images appeared in group shows in New York at both the Leslie/Lohman Gallery and Ganymede Gallery. In 1993 he exhibited several images at Puchong gallery and was represented at group shows at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003 and 2007.

Commercially, hundreds of his color images have been published worldwide -- in editorial and advertising -- marketed through Getty Images (formerly through Photonica). He was well represented in New York, the Great Metropolis, a large photo book on Manhattan; one full-page image of his appeared on the title sheet.

Mr. Jarrett is a volunteer at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Foundation in New York and is chairman of the board of advisors. He has written several articles on artists for the Archive journal and many other periodicals.


7.5 linear feet (19,687 negatives, 663 proof sheets, 177 contact sheets, 48 black and white negatives, 563 color slides and negatives) : 5 boxes

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States