Mr. Seele was born in Topeka, Kansas and studied aeronautics at the Spartan School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He worked for thirty years as an engineering technician at the Kansas Department of Transportation. Photography became a hobby that ultimately allowed him to pursue his interest in aviation. In the mid-1970s, he began to photograph the Kansas countryside.
Approx. 1,065 color photographs (chromogenic prints) of rural scenes, mostly in Kansas. Also 2 boxes of color slides.
Jean W. Seele Rural Photographs, 1970s-1980s, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Charline Seele
2000.3079 (NMAH Acc.)
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