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Neil Croom papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0251

Scope and Contents

Over 200 photos, research and lecture notes make up the Neil Croom papers. Photograph subjects include landscapes and nature; most are black and white with a few in color. Other items of note include a glossary of nature and photographic terms created by Croom, lecture notes for classes he taught at RIT, and research materials used in teaching.


  • Creation: 1941-1978


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Neil Croom was born in Detroit in 1914. He graduated from the New York State College of Forestry and Syracuse University. From 1956 to 1978 he taught nature photography and cinema arts in the Fine Arts Department and School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at RIT, and was instrumental in shaping the program.

Croom served in the Army Corps of Engineers, and was an active member of the World Wildlife Federation, Audubon Society, Sierra Club, and in particular, the Cumming Nature Center (a division of the Rochester Museum and Science Center).

Neil Croom died in January 2008 at the age of 93.


4.17 Linear Feet (3 Document boxes, 1 Clamshell box, 1 Oversize lid box)




Photographs, research and lecture notes, articles, and glossary of RIT professor Neil Croom. Croom taught photography in the Fine Arts department from 1956-1978.


Collection is roughly arranged by subject and material type.

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Neil Croom papers

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in September 2011.

Neil Croom papers
RIT Archives
Amy Vilz
14 September 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA