The Steichen family papers consist of photographs, correspondence, writings, exhibition materials, legal papers, genealogical materials, audiovisual materials, digital media, and other papers relating to Edward J. Steichen and members of his family, including his wives Clara Smith Steichen, Dana Steichen, and Joanna T. Steichen, his daughters Mary Steichen Calderone and Charlotte "Kate" Rodina Steichen, his granddaughters Linda and Nell Martin and Francesca and Maria Calderone-Steichen, and his sister Lilian "Paula" Steichen and her husband, poet Carl Sandburg. Photographs and photograph albums by Edward Steichen and other photographers include portraits of Edward Steichen and other family members, photographs of family homes, and other subjects. Correspondence includes family correspondence with Carl Sandburg, and correspondence with playwright Edward Albee and others. Writings include works by family members, including Joanna T. Steichen and Francesca Steichen Calderone, as well as writings of others about Edward Steichen and Mary Calderone Steichen. Exhibition materials document exhibitions created by or relating to Edward Steichen. Legal papers include both estate papers and documentation of a lawsuit with the Museum of Modern Art regarding the disputed ownership of ''Vue de Collioure a l'Eglise,'' a painting by Matisse lent by Charlotte "Kate" Rodina Steichen and the subsequent sale of the painting by the Steichen family. Audiovisual materials include oral histories and documentaries about Edward Steichen.