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C.B. Neblette collection

 Collection — Box-Folder: 1
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.


  • 1950s-1970s
  • 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, he moved on to become the head of the technical photography lab at the Agriculture & Mechanical college of University of Texas. He stayed there for 7 years at which time he landed a job with Kodak.

Although he felt as though he had left education behind, that September he began teaching ‘on loan’ at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1931. Neblette began establishing the department for photography which he officially took over when Mark Ellingson became president of the institute. After years of service to the school he retired in 1967. C.B. Neblette passed away in 1977.

Over his photographic career he received numerous awards and fellowships to various prestigious associations. including the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, among others. Proclaimed the ‘Father of Modern Photography’ his text books are still referenced today.


1 Folder(s) (One small document box and one large folder)




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 Archive Collections Repository

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