Photographic negatives created by Bert Morgan and his son Richard from the 1960s through the 1980s documenting Palm Beach high society people, places, and events.
Collection Number: N2013-16
Creator: Morgan, Bert, 1904-1986.
Additional Creator: Morgan, Richard, 1936-2012.
Title: Bert Morgan photographic collection, ca. 1960-1989.
Quantity: More than 350,000 photographic negatives
The images on this website represent a selection from the Bert Morgan Collection. The entire collection can be viewed onsite at the State Archives of Florida in Tallahassee.
This collection consists of more than 350,000 photographic negatives created by Bert Morgan and his son Richard from the 1960s through the 1980s, primarily in the Palm Beach area. Included are images of parties, charity balls, sporting events, gallery openings, street scenes, and other events and locations. Nearly every prominent individual or public figure who lived in or passed through Palm Beach during this time was captured in these images, including a number of photographs of John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family.
Bert Morgan (1904-1986) was a photographer known for his photographs of Palm Beach high society events and people. Morgan frequently worked with his son Richard (1936-2012). Bert Morgan began his photography career at the age of 15 as a photograph syndication salesman for the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News. He began working as a full time freelance photographer in 1930, specializing in high society events including weddings, polo matches, horse shows, private parties and charity balls. Morgan was also the official track photographer of the New York Racing Association. His son Richard started his career in photography by assisting Bert in transmitting photographs by wire from racetracks to newspapers and magazines, and later by filling in for Bert as photographer when Bert was unavailable. Later, father and son photographed the social scene together in locations such as Palm Beach, New York, Southampton, Newport, Saratoga, Key West, Nassau and Jamaica. Bert Morgan moved his base of operations to Florida in the late 1950s and began to concentrate on photographing the east coast social scene, particularly Palm Beach. His work was regularly published in magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Town and Country, and The Social Spectator.