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Collection on Charlie Arnold

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0409

Scope and Contents

Collection of photos, press releases, and correspondence related to Charles Arnold's career and teaching.


  • Creation: ca 1955-1990

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Charles Arnold spent three-and-a-half years in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and 28 months overseas. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 1949.

After five years of museum photography he came to the newly formed museum of photography at George Eastman House to work with Minor White as assistant to the curator, Beaumont Newhall.

Two years later, he joined the faculty of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)’s School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. For five years he served as designer and design consultant of Minor White’s Aperture Magazine. Professor Arnold received his MFA in Communication Design in 1966. In 1970-1971 he taught at the London Polytechnic, School of Photography, in Regent Street in a teaching exchange.

Professor Arnold spent five weeks in Sao Paulo, Brazil as Photographic Consultant to the Editoria Abril, South America’s largest publisher, in 1975. In 1977 he returned to Brazil with a Fulbright-Hayes Senior Lectureship to exhibit and lecture in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Charles Arnold taught the first course in photography given at RISD in 1953. With Minor White, Ralph Hattersley, and Neil Croom, he wrote the BFA in photography program at RIT, became its first staff chairman, and served in that position for seven years. He taught at RIT for 32 years, in both graduate and undergraduate photography programs.

Professor Arnold has worked with Xerography as an art form since 1964. He exhibited in Brazil, Spain, England, Finland, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States .


2 Box(es) (2 document boxes)




Collection of photos, press releases, and correspondence related to the career and teaching of former RIT School of Photographic Arts and Sciences faculty member Charles (Charlie) Arnold.


The collection is arranged roughly by 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.

Collection on Charlie Arnold

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Charlie Arnold in July 2012.

Accession number(s): 2012:038

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in August 2012.

Collection on Charlie Arnold
RIT Archives
Jody Sidlauskas
01 August 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA