Rus Arnold papers

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1920, circa 1938–1987
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

8 linear ft. (15 boxes) of material consisting of articles, correspondence, photographs, books, newspaper clippings, magazines, and other papers of Rus Arnold, a Chicago photojournalist. The collection largely consists of articles written and photographs taken by Arnold for newspapers, magazines, lectures, and industrial promotional literature as well as two books written and illustrated by Arnold: Flash Photography (1940) and Guide to 120/620 Cameras (1961). The collection also includes some family photographs and 22 sound cassettes of interviews by Rus Arnold related to articles he wrote for Camera 35 and Par Golf, c. 1950–1969.

Biographical Historical Note

Rus Arnold, a long-time Hyde Park-Kenwood resident in Chicago, was a widely published photojournalist and leading expert on flash photography during the early 1940s. Arnold worked as an industrial photographer, photo columnist, travel editor, and magazine writer, taught photojournalism courses at Northwestern University, and served as a corporate consultant on visual communications.