Photographer; journalist. Born– February 18, 1916, Hyde Park, Md. Parents– Oliver Fraser and Annie Sally (McLeod) Atkins. Married– Marjorie Neola Deakin, August 10, 1940. Children– Two. Education– University of Alabama, A.B., 1938; while at the University served as member of the band, staff member of the Crimson-White, staff member of the Corolla, and member of the News Bureau. Employed as a photographer for the Birmingham Post, 1939-1940; staff photographer for the Washington Daily News, 1940-1942; foreign correspondent and photographer for the American Red Cross, 1942-1945. Worked for the Saturday Evening Post, 1945-1969; served as a foreign correspondent and photographer in Korea and Japan, 1951; photography columnist for the Washington Post, 1947-1950; personal photographer to the President and chief White House photographer, 1969-1974. Traveled with President Nixon and photographed the Nixon family in their private quarters on the President’s last day in office. Vice-president of Curtis Publishing Company, 1974-1977. Member White House  Photographers Association; National Press Photographers Association; American Overseas Association; U. S. Senate Photo Gallery.  Received the White House Photographers Association grand award, 1952; National Press Photographers Association Personalities Award, 1952.  Died January 10, 1977.


Contemporary Authors online

Publications (author and photographer);

Camera on Assignment. Fairfax, Va.; Fairfax Publishing, s.d.

The White House Years; Triumph and Tragedy. New York; Playboy Press, 1977.


Eye on Nixon. New York; Hawthorn, 1972.


A large collection of the photographs of Oliver Atkins Frazer is held by the Special Collections and Archives Division of the Library at George Mason University.  His presidential historical material is held by the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California.