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At a Glance
Scope and Content
The Charles Dudley Arnold photographic collection is composed of three parts. The first is a collection of 47 platinum print photographs showing views of the Columbian Exposition. These photos were formerly mounted in an album from the library of McKim, Mead & White, architects. This album was v.10 of a 14 volume "collection of albums of photographs, illustrations from periodicals, clippings and sketches depicting works of the firm," now in Avery Classics at AA 712 M195.
The second part of the collection contains 26 platinum and albumen print photographs, mounted on board, showing views of the World's Columbian Exposition. Twenty of these photographs show buildings under construction, including three views of Louis Sullivan's Transportation Building.
The third part contains 28 platinum and albumen print photographs, mounted on board, showing views of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Also included is one gelatin silver print photograph of a model of the Electric Tower, signed by architect John Galen Howard.
Exhibitions: Picturing the white city, architectural photography from the World's Columbian Exposition, 1893 : an exhibition of photographs, drawings, and ephemera from the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, commemorating the centennial of the Chicago World's Fair. Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Nov. 1993 - Jan. 1994
Avery Library's Department of Drawings and Archives collection also houses some photographs from v.2 of the McKim Mead and White albums. These photographs show the Columbian Exposition buildings under construction and were part of the exhibit, Picturing the white city.
Using the Collection
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
Restrictions on Access
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Permission to publish must be obtained in writing from the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Ave., Mail Code 0301, New York, NY 10027.
C. D. Arnold photographic collection. Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York, NY.
Existence and Location of Copies
Copy prints of the 1963 accession may be consulted in the Dept. of Drawings and Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Collection of 47 platinum prints of the Columbian Exposition were the gift of Amherst College Library (bequeathed to Amherst by James K. Smith). Accession number--Accession number 1963.003.
Source of acquisition--Collection of 26 photographs of the Columbian Exposition and collection of 29 photographs of the Pan- American Exposition were received in 1977, when Columbia University's Ware Library collection was physically moved to the new Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library extension. Accession number--Accession number 1977.006.
Publications About Described Materials
Appelbaum, Stanley. Chicago World's Fair of 1893 : a photographic record, photos from the collections of Avery Library at Columbia University and the Chicago Historical Society. NY : Dover, c1980.
Official views of the World's Columbian Exposition. Chicago : Press Chicago Photo-gravure.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
2009-02-04 File created.
2009-10-02 File revised.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Charles Dudley Arnold, 1844-1927, was the official photographer of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo.