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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection

Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Names:
New York Graphic  Search this
New York Journal-American  Search this
New York School of Photography  Search this
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Extent:
10.91 Cubic feet (9,579 photographic items)
25.37 Linear feet (38 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
circa 1920s-1950s
bulk 1920-1940
Summary:
Rudy Arnold (1902-1966) was introduced to photography in 1918. After studying at the New York School of Photography, he worked at the New York Journal-American and the New York Graphic. During his stint at the latter he started to focus on aviation photography. In 1928, Arnold started his own aviation photography business and worked out of the following New York air fields and airports during his career: Roosevelt Field, the old Curtiss Airport, Floyd Bennett Field, and LaGuardia Airport His coverage of a wrecked airliner in upstate New York was the first photograph sent by wire to newspapers across the country. Arnold's work appeared in every aviation magazine, house organs (Douglas, Grumman), and mass circulation magazines as well as many newspapers. He also did motion-picture camera work for Universal and Paramount.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of Rudy Arnold's collection of negatives, glass plates and color transparencies, spanning his career as an aviation photographer. The following subjects are included in this collection: civilian and military aircraft; experimental aircraft; seaplanes; airliners; aerial images; helicopters; aviation events and personalities.
Arrangement:
The Rudy Arnold Photo Collection consists of 25.37 linear feet (10.91 cubic feet) of original photographic material. It contains 9,579 original photographic items: Series I contains 5,303 black and white negatives, Series II contains 3,058 color transparencies, Series III contains 447 black and white glass plate negatives and Series IV contains 769 120 mm format negatives and two 8 x 10 inch color transparencies. Each series is organized alphabetically starting with the aircraft company name and designation followed by personalities and various other subjects. The last item is a 3-ring binder with 369 35mm copy slides of a variety of Arnold's images. While these copy slides are part this collection, they are not counted in the total number of items because they are copies of the Arnold originals.
Biographical / Historical:
Rudy Arnold (1902-1966) was a commercial aviation photographer. He began his career by studying at the New York School of Photography in New York City, New York. Arnold worked for both The New York Journal-American and The New York Graphic as a photographer. By 1928 he had developed an interest in aviation photography and started his photography business. He primarily worked out of Floyd Bennett Field, Roosevelt Field and LaGuardia Airport in New York for aviation magazines and newspapers and aviation industry house organs. Arnold photographed both civil and military aircraft, including airplanes, airships, and helicopters. While Arnold took images on the ground, he used air-to-air photography extensively. Rudy Arnold's photography was and still is considered to be artistic as well as a great documentary source. His photography was widely published during his career and still is today. Rudy Arnold's aviation photography career is documented in the book Images of Flight: The Aviation Photography of Rudy Arnold by E.T. Woodridge (Smithsonian Institution, 1986).

The bulk of the images were taken between circa 1920 through 1940 on Long Island, New York. The majority of these images are of American aircraft. Some of the represented manufacturers are Grumman, Douglas, Lockheed and Curtiss. In addition, the collection contains images Arnold took of aviation personalities including Douglas Corrigan, Amelia Earhart, Wiley Post and Howard Hughes. There are also images of United States military personal, armaments and vehicles, Atlantic coastal defense, as well as aircraft models and civilian vehicles, among other topics.

The collection was held by the Arnold family for many years. It suffered water damage prior to being accessioned by the Archives Division. The damage is more noticeable in the color material where there are color variations. However, in most cases the aircraft in the image is not disfigured. This collection was housed in the Aeronautics Division of the National Air and Space Museum for several years before being transferred the Archives Division. Prior to the Archives Division rehousing the collection, the materials were in acidic paper envelopes and boxes. These envelopes had Arnold's original caption and negative number (when assigned). Most of the envelopes were intact but a few were missing or had been damaged by moisture. After capturing the information on these envelopes, the Archives Division has rehoused the collection and the individual items are now in Mylar enclosures in acid free envelopes and boxes.
Provenance:
Dagmar Arnold-Wahlforss, gift, 1980-1990
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
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Topic:
Aeronautics -- Exhibitions  Search this
Helicopters  Search this
Aeronautics, Commercial -- United States  Search this
Research aircraft  Search this
Aeronautics, Military  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0356
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356
Online Media:

"Focus On Flight" Exhibit and "Images of Flight" Book Materials

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Series note:
This series consists of mixed materials (copy photography and documents) used in the creation of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) exhibit, Focus on Flight: Four Decades of Aerial Photography (Rudy Arnold and Hans Groenhoff), on display in Gallery 104 of the NASM National Mall Building from November 16, 1984, through September 2, 1985, and the related book by curator E. T. (Tim) Wooldridge, Images of Flight: The Aviation Photography of Rudy Arnold, published for the National Air and Space Museum by Smithsonian Institution Press (Washington, D.C.), 1986.
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Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0356, Series 5
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Additional Copy Prints

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 46, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 5: "Focus On Flight" Exhibit and "Images of Flight" Book Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1584

Rudy Arnold Writings and Articles

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 43, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 5: "Focus On Flight" Exhibit and "Images of Flight" Book Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1585

"Aviation Album" (Original and Photocopies)

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 46, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1933
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 5: "Focus On Flight" Exhibit and "Images of Flight" Book Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1586

"Danger Was My Beat" By Rudy Arnold and John Stephen Doherty (Partial)

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 46, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 5: "Focus On Flight" Exhibit and "Images of Flight" Book Materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1587

"Disaster Was My Beat" (Chapter 5) by Rudy Arnold and John Stephen Doherty

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 46, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 5: "Focus On Flight" Exhibit and "Images of Flight" Book Materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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"Wrong Way Corrigan" Flight

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 46, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 5: "Focus On Flight" Exhibit and "Images of Flight" Book Materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1589

Draft Manuscript by Rudy Arnold (?)

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 46, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 5: "Focus On Flight" Exhibit and "Images of Flight" Book Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1590

Materials Related to "Images of Flight"

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 46, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 5: "Focus On Flight" Exhibit and "Images of Flight" Book Materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1591

Rudy Arnold Interview Notes

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 46, Folder 10
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 5: "Focus On Flight" Exhibit and "Images of Flight" Book Materials
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1592

Exhibit Planning Materials

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 46, Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 5: "Focus On Flight" Exhibit and "Images of Flight" Book Materials
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National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1593

Copy Photography, 35mm Color Slides

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 45, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 4: Smithsonian Black and White Prints and Copy 35mm Color Slides
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1594

Copy Photography, 35mm Black and White and Color Slides

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 45, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Slides
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 4: Smithsonian Black and White Prints and Copy 35mm Color Slides
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1595

Smithsonian Black and White Prints and Copy 35mm Color Slides

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1986
Scope and Contents:
Black and white contact prints made by the Smithsonian Institution of Printing and Photographic Services (OPPS) in 1986 for National Air and Space Museum (NASM) from original Rudy Arnold black and white negatives. Smithsonian Institution (SI) negative numbers were assigned to the images by NASM, but negatives were never transferred to OPPS (some duplicate numbering errors were made); numbers in this 86-30000 to 86-30510 series have never been valid Smithsonian negative numbers. Most prints are annotated with 1986 numbers. Contact prints are interfiled with photocopies of negative envelopes labelled with both the 1986 numbers and the original Rudy Arnold numbers, if known.

35mm color slides were copied by OPPS for NASM from original Rudy Arnold color transparencies, and are labelled with Rudy Arnold "C" image numbers.
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.XXXX.0356, Series 4
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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SI 86-30000 through 86-30046

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 44, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 4: Smithsonian Black and White Prints and Copy 35mm Color Slides
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1597

SI 86-30047 through 86-30114

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 44, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 4: Smithsonian Black and White Prints and Copy 35mm Color Slides
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1598

SI 86-30115 through 86-30139

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 44, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 4: Smithsonian Black and White Prints and Copy 35mm Color Slides
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1599

SI 86-30140 through 86-30176

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 44, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 4: Smithsonian Black and White Prints and Copy 35mm Color Slides
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1600

SI 86-30177 through 86-30212

Collection Creator:
Arnold, Rudy, 1902-1966  Search this
Container:
Box 44, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Permissions Requests
Collection Citation:
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection, Acc. NASM.XXXX.0356, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Rudy Arnold Photo Collection
Rudy Arnold Photo Collection / Series 4: Smithsonian Black and White Prints and Copy 35mm Color Slides
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-0356-ref1601

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