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Edward J. Steichen (1879-1973) was a prominent photographer during both World War I and World War II. During World War I he commanded the photographic division of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Forces, where he learned aerial photography. During World War II Steichen served as director of the U.S. Naval Photographic Institute, overseeing all combat photography, and organized the 'Road to Victory' and 'Power in the Pacific' exhibits at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). From 1947 to 1962 he directed MOMA's Department of Photography.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0553

Creator

Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973

Date

1941-1945

Provenance

No donor information, Unknown, unknown, XXXX-0553, unknown

Extent

0.23 Cubic feet ((1 legal document box))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Photographs

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 442 copy photographs including color dye coupler photo transparencies and silver gelatin photo-negatives which document U.S. Navy aircraft and aviation activities during World War II. They include aerial combat, aircraft carrier landings and takeoffs, bombings, explosions, flights, and signal exchanges. Aircraft shown include a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, Douglas SBD Dauntless, and Grumman F6F Hellcat. There are photographs of aircraft carriers including details of bridges and flight decks, as well as images of ships in dry dock, a task force, and one image of Pearl Harbor in 1944.

Genre/Form

Photographs

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Names

United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces

United States. Navy

United States. Navy -- Aviation

United States. Navy. Naval Photographic Institute

Steichen, Edward, 1879-1973

Topics Air warfare
Aircraft carriers
Aeronautics
Aeronautics, Military
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations
Aerial photography
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver Family
Douglas SBD Dauntless Family
Grumman F6F Hellcat Family

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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