Arnold (Charlie) Print Collection

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Charlie Arnold print collection
Creator: Arnold, Charlie
Call Number: D.540
Dates: circa 1959-2012
Physical Description: 3.3 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Access
Use
Citation
Separated Materials
Content List
Matte prints
"Xerox and Color Photographs" exhibition material, March 6-27, 1989
Charlie Arnold biographical
About xerography
Collection Overview
Title: Charlie Arnold print collection
Creator: Arnold, Charlie
Call Number: D.540
Dates: circa 1959-2012
Physical Description: 3.3 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Charles "Charlie" Arnold was born and raised in 1922 in Providence, Rhode Island and served in the Navy during World War II. After his service, he attended the Rhode Island School of Design where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in illustration. After graduating in 1949 and working as a museum photographer in Manhattan for a few years, Arnold returned to the Rhode Island School of Design to teach the school's first-ever photography course. As the teaching of photography gained more popularity in the 1950s, Arnold was offered a job at the newly opened Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. Subsequently, two years later, Arnold was offered a job at the School of Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he would teach for the next 31 years. One of Arnold's major achievements was his pioneering work in xerography as an art form, which he likely began experimenting with for the first time while working on his thesis in the summer of 1965. Arnold travelled extensively throughout his career, teaching and working in locations such as England, Brazil, and Spain. Arnold passed away at the age of 89 on October 11, 2011.

Scope and Content
The Charlie Arnold print collection (1959-2012) consists of three series containing nine boxes that predominately house matte prints of artwork created by Charlie Arnold, with the exception of three photographs by his wife, June Arnold, which were exhibited March 6-27, 1989 in the Arnolds' joint exhibition at RIT entitled "Xerographs and Color Photographs." Majority of the matte prints in this collection are from Charlie Arnold's period of work in the 1980s. His artwork in this collection ranges from Xerox prints of found objects (which Arnold notes as "original objects" on the back of one print) including his first print ever produced by the Xerox copy machine, to prints of illustrations. Additionally, there is also a mounted photograph of Arnold's RIT class, a mounted poster of the film "Just Call me Charlie" directed by George M. Cochran, and an invitation to the March 9th, 1989 opening reception of "Xerographs and Color Photographs." The Charlie Arnold Collection provides a glimpse into the innovative printing techniques Arnold used in the process of creating his artwork.

Arrangement
Series I: Matte prints: Arranged by format and subject.

Subseries I: Xerox matte prints, entitled "Original Objects"

Subseries II: Xerox matte prints, illustration-based

Subseries III: Photographs

Series II: "Xerox and Color Photographs" exhibition material: Arranged by format and subject.

Series III: Charlie Arnold biographical: Arranged by format and subject.

Subject(s):
Xerography
Copy art (reprographic art)
Photographs
Arnold, Charlie
Access
The Charlie Arnold print collection is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Charlie Arnold print collection, D.540, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterSeparated Materials
The book entitled "Just Call Me Charlie" has been cataloged separately.


Administrative Information
Author: Emilee Brecht
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Matte prints
This series contains Xerox matte prints of found objects, or as Arnold called them "original objects," as well as prints based on illustration and black and white photography. Charlie Arnold's first print made from his Xerox copy machine method is feautured in this series.

Box 1;
Box 2;
Box 3;
Box 4;
Box 5
Xerox matte prints, entitled "Original Objects", circa 1980s
Box 6Xerox matte prints, illustration-based, circa 1980s
Box 7, Folder 4Black and white photograph, 2002
"Xerox and Color Photographs" exhibition material, March 6-27, 1989
This series features three framed color photographs taken by Charlie Arnold's wife, June Arnold, originally displayed in their joint exhibition entitled "Xerox and Color Photographs" which took place in March of 1989 at RIT. An original invitation to the opening reception of the exhibition is included, as well.

Box 8June Arnold photographs
Box 8, Folder 1Invitation to the opening reception of "Xerographs and Color Photographs" by Charles Arnold Jr. and June Arnold
Box 8, Folder 2"The Love of the Visual" exhibition materials
Charlie Arnold biographical
This series contains one box of three folders with one movie poster, two DVDs of a film that explores Arnold's work and artisitc process, and one mounted photograph of Arnold's RIT class.

Box 7, Folder 1Charlie Arnold button
Box 7, Folder 2"A" Means Amazing DVDs (2 copies), "Just Call me Charlie" DVD, "About Charlie" DVD from Ron Richardson
Box 7, Folder 3"Cook Things" and "Xerographs" booklets
Box 7, Folder 5Xerox prints
Box 7, Folder 6Mounted photograph of Charlie Arnold's RIT class
Box 7, Folder 7Charles Amasa Arnold Jr. "A Celebration of Life" event flyer
Box 7, Folder 8"Just Call me Charlie" mounted movie poster
About xerography
Box 9, Folder 1About xerography printed material
Box 9, Folder 2-3Lightworks magazine volumes


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