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Vis:767 1934 A784

1934 Art and Industry Exhibition Photograph Collection: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Vis:767 1934 A784
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: 1934 Art and Industry Exhibition photograph collection
Date(s): 1934
Quantity: 52.50 linear feet (16 mapcase drawers)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The 1934 Art and Industry Exhibition photograph collection contains photographs that were on display in New York City and Chicago in an exhibition sponsored by the National Alliance of Art and Industry.

Provenance:

Donated to Harvard Business School, 1935; On deposit at the Fogg Art Museum, 1980-2008.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 2010
By: Benjamin Johnson

Conditions Governing Access:

Researchers must register and provide valid photo identification before using this collection. Materials stored onsite. Please contact histcollref@hbs.edu for more information.

Copyright:

Copyright of the photographs in this collection is not held by Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School. Researchers are responsible for contacting the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: 1934 Art and Industry Exhibition Photograph Collection. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Related Collection

Some of the images in this collection are part of an online exhibit, The High Art of Photographic Advertising: The 1934 National Alliance of Art and Industry Exhibit. Please click this link to view online exhibit.

Historical Note:

In 1934, a stunning photographic exhibition sponsored by the National Alliance of Art and Industry (NAAI) and the Photographic Illustrators, Inc. opened at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The show featured works by the top photographers of the day– including Russell Aikins, Margaret Bourke-White, Nickolas Muray, John Paul Pennebaker, and William Rittase – with a particular emphasis on advertising and industrial images. A year later the NAAI donated over 100 prints from the exhibition to the Harvard Business School, which at the time was actively collecting photographs for exhibition and classroom use.

Arrangement:

The photographs in this finding aid are arranged alphabetically by artist. The numbering system was given by the Fogg Museum catalogers when the collection was deposited by Baker Library in 1980.

Scope and Content Note:

The 1934 Art and Industry Exhibition photograph collection consists of 117 photographic prints used in an exhibition sponsored by The National Alliance of Art and Industry and The Photographic Illustrators, Inc. The exhibition was held at Rockefeller Center, New York City, September 18-October 6, 1934 and at The Lake Side Press Galleries, November 1934. The intended purpose of the exhibition was to promote an importance of design in commerce and industry, demonstrate that beauty and sales values were complimentary to civilization, and to emphasize a trend toward a national visual style. The photographs in the collection represent documentary photography, studio photography, and advertising photography. The bulk of the photographs are black and white images with a small portion of the collection being color prints. Prominent photographers whose work is represented in this collection include Margaret Bourke-White, Russell Aikins, Alfred Cheney Johnston, Victor Keppler, Gordon Coster, Anton Bruehl, and Nickolas Muray, among others.

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