John I. Crabtree Papers

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John I. Crabtree papers
Creator: Crabtree, J. I. (John Ickeringill), 1891-1979
Call Number: D.83
Dates: circa 1890's-1969
Physical Description: 5 boxes
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
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Biographical material
Series II: Professional material
Series III: Photographs by subject area
Series IV: Slides by subject area
Series V: Home movies
Collection Overview
Title: John I. Crabtree papers
Creator: Crabtree, J. I. (John Ickeringill), 1891-1979
Call Number: D.83
Dates: circa 1890's-1969
Physical Description: 5 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
John Ickeringill Crabtree was an Eastman Kodak Company researcher originally from England. He graduated from Victoria University and joined Kodak Research Laboratories in 1913, where his main interests lay in developing improved methods and equipment for photographic processing. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1924.

Crabtree worked extensively on motion picture film from 1916 to 1938. The experience culminated in a book that reflected his interest in post-production. It contained actual film samples and explained how to tone and tint positive motion picture film. He was a member of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers and winner of their Gold Progress Medal in 1952.

By the time of his retirement in 1957, Crabtree was the holder of 35 US patents and had authored or co-authored over 160 papers on the subject of photography. He received the Photographic Society of America's highest honor, the Progress Medal, in 1956. As late as 1989, Kodak was still selling proprietary packaged chemicals based on formulas developed under Crabtree's supervision.

Scope and Content
The John Crabtree Papers consists primarily of undated photographs, most of which appear to be from the 1920's.

Subject(s):
Photography
Photographs
Crabtree, J. I. (John Ickeringill), 1891-1979
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The John I. Crabtree Papers were donated in February 1991 by the Estate of Ruth Crabtree.Access
The John I. Crabtree papers 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], John I. Crabtree papers, D.83, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Many works of John Crabtree are also available in the University library system.


Administrative Information
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Content List
Series I: Biographical material
Box 1, Folder 1Citizenship ceremony, 1924
Box 1, Folder 3Ridgemont Golf Club, 1938
Box 1, Folder 4Photographs: "Taken in England" (Crabtree); photo lab; Crabtree next to van; Middlesex, NY, 1942
Box 1, Folder 10Christmas card, 1969
Box 1, Folder 12Photographs: Crabtree as a young man, circa 1910's
Box 1, Folder 13Photographs: Crabtree as an older man, undated
Box 1, Folder 14Series of negatives, undated
Series II: Professional material
Box 1, Folder 2H. Parker and J.I. Crabtree, "Rapid Processing Methods" (Communication No. 577 from Kodak Research Laboratories)
Box 1, Folder 5H.A. Miller, J.I. Crabtree, H.D. Russell, "A Prehardening Bath for High Temperature Processing," Journal of the Photographic Society of America, October 1944
Box 1, Folder 6J.I. Crabtree, "Rapid Processing of Films and Papers" (Journal of the Photographic Society of America), February 1949
Box 1, Folder 7Kodak Research Laboratories anniversary and retirement dinners for Crabtree, 1953, 1956
Box 1, Folder 8Honorary Membership Award from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, 1965
Box 1, Folder 9Fifty Years of Membership certificate from the American Chemical Society, 1969
Box 1, Folder 11ID materials, undated
Box 3, Folder 5Pages (bound) from the Motion Picture News, especially the "Accessory News Section", late 1916-1917
Series III: Photographs by subject area
Box 1, Folder 15Photographs: Autos and horses, undated
Box 1, Folder 16Photographs: Blimp at fairgrounds, undated
Box 1, Folder 17Photographs: Boats and ships, undated
Box 1, Folder 18Photographs: Camping, undated
Box 1, Folder 19Photographs: Canoeing, undated
Box 1, Folder 20Photographs: Ceremonies and performances, undated
Box 1, Folder 21Photographs: Cities, towns, urban scenes, undated
Box 1, Folder 22Photographs: Construction (?), undated
Box 1, Folder 23Photographs: Costumes, undated
Box 1, Folder 24Photographs: Family and youth in England, circa 1890's-1910's
Box 1, Folder 25Photographs: Fish pond, undated
Box 1, Folder 26Photographs: Houses, undated
Box 1, Folder 27Photographs: Laboratories and research, undated
Box 2, Folder 1Photographs: Landscapes
Box 2, Folder 2Photographs: Men jumping
Box 2, Folder 3Photographs: Military
Box 2, Folder 4Photographs: Miscellaneous
Box 2, Folder 5Photographs: Native Americans
Box 2, Folder 6Photographs: Native Americans, Niagara Falls, etc.
Box 2, Folder 7Photographs: Niagara Falls/views from ships
Box 2, Folder 8Photographs: People - miscellaneous
Box 2, Folder 9Photographs: People with cameras
Box 2, Folder 10Photographs: Portrait of a young woman, outdoor gathering
Box 2, Folder 11Photographs: Rural buildings
Box 2, Folder 12Photographs: Sports
Box 2, Folder 13Photographs: Sports - baseball
Box 2, Folder 14Photographs: Sports - soccer
Box 2, Folder 15Photographs: Sports - track and racing
Box 2, Folder 16Photographs: Victoria College and Manchester, England
Box 2, Folder 17Photographs: Swimming - diving
Box 2, Folder 18Photographs: Swimming - people in water
Box 2, Folder 19Photographs: Swimming - people out of water
Box 3, Folder 1Photographs: Unidentified older man
Box 3, Folder 2Photographs: Winter
Box 3, Folder 3Photographs: Women (Wife?)
Box 3, Folder 4Photographs: Women, Niagara Falls, etc.
Series IV: Slides by subject area
Box 4Oversized group photographs, undated
Box 4Baseball, Niagara, Newark Rose
Box 4Cape Cod
Box 4Coons and flowers
Box 4Cottage
Box 4Lake, 1962
Box 4Lake
Box 4Lake (old)
Box 4New York - Hyde Park
Box 4Niagara
Box 4Parks
Box 4[Lake] Placid
Box 4"Rachel"
Box 4Thousand Islands
Box 4World Fair
Series V: Home movies
Box 5Hollywood
Box 5Wetmore, California Valley
Box 5Washington
Box 5Canandaigua in Kodacolor
Box 5Canadian Rockies


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