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C.B. Neblette collection

 Collection — Box: 2
Identifier: RITArc-0564

Scope and Contents

This collection contains articles about C.B. Neblette, his own published works, and writings he had created for the Rochester Institute of Technology. Also included are many letters of correspondence, negatives, awards, and a portrait by Charlie Savage. These materials fall within the date ranges of 1927-1977.


  • Creation: 1950s-1970s
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1950 - 1980

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Born in 1901, Carroll Bernard Neblette bought his first camera (a brownie box) in his early teens. He attended Illinois College of Photography, before working at Penn State for three years as a college photographer. He then became an assistant editor at The Camera for a year. Neblette moved on to become the head of the technical photography lab at the Agriculture & Mechanical College at University of Texas in the 1920's and stayed there for 7 years, at which time he landed a job with the Eastman Kodak Company in 1930.

Although he felt as though he had left education behind, that September he began teaching photography ‘on loan’ in the fledgling photo tech program at Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute (RIT) in 1931. The program became the largest in the nation as he directed and developed the School of Photography from 1936-1960. Neblette became the first dean of the College of Graphic Arts and Photography in 1960. He retired in 1967, often being referred to as the ‘father of photographic education.’

Over his photographic career he received numerous awards and fellowships to various prestigious associations, including the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, among others. Neblette died in May of 1974 and in his honor, his wife Edith established a fund for the library to purchase materials in the fields of photography and reprography.


1 Folder(s) (One large folder)

1 Box(es) (1 half document box)




Files, photos, articles, and awards belonging to C.B. Neblette, photography instructor at Rochester Institute of Technology, and later, Dean of the College of Graphic Arts and Photography.


Collection is arranged by series and chronologically.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 330

Other Finding Aids

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

CB Neblette collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was created by the RIT Archive Collection from materials collected or deposited over time.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in March 2015.

C.B. Neblette collection
RIT Archives
Jody Sidlauskas
02 Feb 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA