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Constance Stuart Larrabee collection

Identifier: MS-0030

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs, negatives, correspondence, organizational records, clippings, and ephemera from Constance Stuart Larrabee. The photographs are primarily from her time on the Eastern Shore and with Washington College. There are also prints from her work during World War II and in South Africa. The organizational records relate to the Friends of the Arts and the Larrabee Arts Center at Washington College.

This collection has been divided into seven series: Series 1: Art Center at Washington College; Series 2: Catalogs; Series 3: Clippings and Articles; Series 4: Correspondence; Series 5: Friends of the Arts; Series 6: Miscellany and Ephemera: Series 7: Photographs and Negatives.


  • 1950-2014

Access restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication rights

Copyright has been assigned to Washington College. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Washington College as the owner of the physical items and as the owner of copyright in items created by the donor.

Although copyright was transferred by the donor, copyright in some items in the collection may still be held by their respective creator(s). For further information contact the Archives and Special Collections.

Biographical Information Note

Constance Stuart Larrabee (1914-2000) was born August 7, in Cornwall, England. The family moved to Cape Town, South Africa when she was three months old settling at a tin mine in Transvaal. In 1920 they moved to Pretoria where Constance spent most of her childhood. On her 10th birthday she was gifted a Kodak Box Brownie and her interest in photography began. When the family returned to England, she attended Regent Street Polytechnic and then apprenticed with the portrait photographer Yevonde Middleton. In 1935 she went to the Bavarian State Institute of Photography in Munich. While there she began working with the Rolleiflex camera, which she used throughout the rest of her career, and moved to a more straight forward unmanipulated approach to her black and white photography. Larrabee began her professional career back in South Africa documenting the indigenous tribes in their native costumes. She worked as the official photographer for the royal tour through the area. Her work led her to be South Africa’s first female war correspondent for Libertas magazine, between 1945 and 1955 she worked throughout Europe. In 1948 Larrabee moved from South Africa to America settling in Chestertown in 1949 after marrying Sterling Larrabee, who she met during her time as a war correspondent. While living in Chestertown she began her longstanding relationship with Washington College serving as chairwoman of Washington College Friends of the Arts and establishing the Constance Stuart Larrabee Arts Center. Sterling Larrabee died in 1975 and Constance passed away on July 27, 2000.


12.88 Cubic Feet (7 boxes, 6 OS boxes, 1 OS folder)

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Custodial history

Received from the estate.

Acquisition information

Gift of the Estate of Constance Stuart Larrabee, 2017.

Separated materials note

Many of Larrabee’s photographs have been framed and are on display around the Washington College campus. These have been cataloged separately and can be found on the Washington College Digital Archive.

Finding Aid to the Constance Stuart Larrabee Collection
L. Sheldon
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Washington College Archives & Special Collections Repository

300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown MD 21620