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Collection Overview

Creator:
Munn, Charles Allen, 1859-1924, compiler
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
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 (mss): 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

Description:

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:

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.

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.

Archival Appraisal Information:

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

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

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