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Creator:
Munn, Charles Allen, 1859-1924, compiler
Title:
Charles Allen Munn Collection of World War I Photographs
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/j9602070m
Dates:
1914-1918
Size:
11 boxes and 12.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-11
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, and printed ephemera related to World War I, compiled by Charles Munn (1859-1924), publisher and editor of Scientific American.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, cartoons, and contemporary ephemera related to World War I, mounted on scrapbook leaves; many are captioned. The leaves have been disbound, housed in mylar sleeves, and boxed by volume. The handwritten captions were likely added by Munn. Many of the photographs appear to have been prepared for publication, and display crop marks and painted alterations of images. The photographs are roughly arranged by country, with the greatest representation of American images, followed by English, French, Italian, and German, with a sampling of other nations represented, such as Greece and "Mesopatamia" (i.e., Iraq). There is a wide range of subjects of the photographs (which are of varying dimension), including naval construction, manufacturing, aviation, destruction, weaponry, treatment of wounds, and images from trenches.

The images originate from a wide variety of sources. Many come from the U.S. Signal Corps ("Signal Corps USA"), which provides and manages communications and information systems support for the command and control of combined arms forces. In additon, there are printed ephemera. Around 30 private photographers or illustrators are given credit, including Alfieri, a London photographer; C. McKnight-Smith, an American painter; Underwood & Underwood; and Harris & Ewing. Most items, however, do not list their source. Where no labeling was available, staff provided information in square brackets.

Arrangement

Organized in eleven volumes, now disbound, with pages mounted in mylar sleeves.

Collection Creator Biography:

Munn, Charles Allen, 1859-1924

Charles Allen Munn (1859-1924), a member of the Princeton Class of 1881, was associated with Scientific American for forty-three years, becoming publisher and editor. He was the son of Orson Desaix Munn, who had purchased Scientific American from its founder and founded Munn and Co. He succeeded his father as editor in 1907. Munn became an enthusiastic collector of Americana shortly after graduation. Upon his death, he left a large collection of American silver, paintings, and prints related to the history of the United States to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and a collection of Revolutionary War artifacts to a niece, who later left it to Fordham University.


Munn, Charles Allen, 1859-1924, compiler

Charles Allen Munn (1859-1924), a member of the Princeton Class of 1881, was associated with Scientific American for forty-three years, becoming publisher and editor. He was the son of Orson Desaix Munn, who had purchased Scientific American from its founder and founded Munn and Co. He succeeded his father as editor in 1907. Munn became an enthusiastic collector of Americana shortly after graduation. Upon his death, he left a large collection of American silver, paintings, and prints related to the history of the United States to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and a collection of Revolutionary War artifacts to a niece, who later left it to Fordham University.

Collection History

Custodial History

Transferred from EX to MSS in 2005. Accessed in April 2010. Former call number: EX 14094.08.251f AM2010-113.

Appraisal

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lisa Yankowitz, Class of 2013, in June 2010. Finding aid written by Lisa Yankowitz in June 2010.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Charles Allen Munn Collection of World War I Photographs; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/j9602070m
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-11