Gerald E. Leeds' School of Aerial Photography lecture notes
2005.022

Summary Information

Repository
The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Crabtree, J. L.
Creator
Leeds, Gerald E., 1892-1973
Title
Gerald E. Leeds' School of Aerial Photography lecture notes
ID
2005.022
Date
1918
Extent
1.0 Box
General Physical Description note
Handlers of this notebook should be cautious of tearing pages. The 3 ring binder has already caused some tearing with the front pages. To prevent further damage gloves or tools may be necessary to turn the pages. Along the spine there is red spotting, which could be evidence of mold damage or leakage from the rust damage in the metal fasteners. The metal fasteners inside the notebook have some rust and can no longer be opened without being broken.
Language
English
Language
These materials are in English.

Preferred Citation note

Gerald E. Leeds Photo Notes, 1918-1920. Coll No. 1000.072.1. McFarlin Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. University of Tulsa.

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Biographical/Historical note

Gerald E. Leeds was born on April 8, 1892 in New York. He enlisted in the USNRFC, United States Navy Reserve Flying Corps during World War I and was among the first class of students enrolled in the School of Aerial Photography stationed in Miami, FL. Sometime during the war he also worked in a photo lab in Pensacola, FL. By the end of the war, he reached the rank of Ensign, which is the lowest rank for a naval officer. His wife Dorothy L. Leeds (maiden name Davis), was born in 1899. He has one son Gerald E. Leeds Jr. who was born in 1919 and enlisted in the US Army, reaching the rank of Corporal (CPL). Gerald E. Leeds' last known address before he died is listed in the American Library-Internet Archives as 68 Main St. in Waterville, Main. According to naval records he served in Miami, Pensacola, and Rockaway Beach. His son died in on March 7th, 1986 at the age of 67. His wife died at the age of 60 in 1959. Gerald E. Leeds died at the age of 81 on March 4th, 1973. He and his wife are buried in the Seventh Day Adentist Cemetery in Washington, New Hampshire. His son is buried in the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA.

He kept this notebook to record all his class notes at a time when there were no textbooks on the subject of photography. This notebook was kept as an important resource for future classes and any future students to the School of Aerial Photography in Miami, FL.

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Scope and Contents note

Gerald Leeds kept this notebook to record all his class notes at a time when there were no textbooks on the subject of photography. This notebook was kept as an important resource for future classes and any future students to the School of Aerial Photography in Miami, FL.

There are 96 pages total bound in this 9"x 6.25" green 3-ring binder. 63 pages are handwritten and 33 pages are typed to copy the handwritten information. These pages contain class notes on various aspects of photography including measures, chemicals, camera use, film development, etc. In the back of the binder there are 4 folded carbon typescript loose leaf papers. The first two are additional notes from class and titled "Map Plotting" and "Common Defects of Negatives". The 3rd typescript titled "Order 1" is a privacy contract for the school, prohibiting imparting information to anyone without specific authority. The 4th carbon is an extract taken from an article by J.I. Crabtree "The Camera: High Temperature Development of Roll Film". Another added insert is a letter and envelope addressed to Gerry from Windy, who is a former co-worker and friend. This personal letter was written to try to "catch-up" on old times and discuss possible employment opportunities. The last loose pages inserted into the back of the binder are 17 strips of paper with additional handwritten notes in pencil.

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Arrangement note

This notebook is organized chronologically by lecture dates, with extra papers inserted in the back of the notebook.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives 2013 September

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa, OK, 74104-3123
918-631-2496
Marc-carlson@utulsa.edu

Access

This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Notebook is susceptible to further damage of torn pages. It should be handled with care.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Tavistock Rare Books - Purchase -8/4/2005 - 1000.072.1

Processing Information note

This collection was originally processed by Alicia Ware as part of a class assignment. Volunteer, Amy Ziegler updated the finding aid on July 20, 2011.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Cemeteries -- New Hampshire
  • Naval Air Station Pensacola (Fla.)
  • United States. Navy -- Officers -- Biography
  • United States. Navy. Naval Reserve Flying Corps.

Personal Name(s)

  • Richardson, Walter Leroy

Subject(s)

  • Armed Forces.
  • Photography -- History.
  • School of Aerial Photography. Students.
  • Special Collections -- Manuscripts -- Leeds, Gerald E.

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Collection Inventory

3-ring binder 1918   1.0 Item Gray-green, canvas-covered 3-ring binder. 3 small, gummed red-bordered labels pasted on the front cover read: "Photo Notes", "Gerald E. Leeds", "Barracks - 7". Printed in ink on the inside front cover: "G.E. Leeds - O.S.N.R.F.C., New York City" The 108 pages of typed and handwritten notes, originally housed in the binder, have been removed and foldered separately. 22 x 16.5 x 2.8 cm


    Box Object
Realia   1 1

 1000.072.1.1-108 Lecture notes   108.0 Pages All but 2 pages are 3-hole punched onion skin pages, 21.6 x 14 cm. One page 2-hole punched on top edge, 26.8 x 20.4 cm. One page 20.6 x 8.9 cm.


    Box Folder
Text   1 1

Scope and Contents note

Typed and handwritten course notes (in pencil) covering topics including: aim of the school, secrecy, lettering, weights and measures, thermometers and hydrometers, developing and developer chemicals, cameras and lenses, titleing and numbering negatives and slides, photo papers, and photographic interpretation.

 1000.072.2.1-26 Lecture notes   26.0 Pages 16 note sheets, 20.6 x 8.9 cm. 1 page on YMCA letterhead, 22.9 x 15.2 cm. 6 pages, 26.4 x 20.3 cm.

Scope and Contents note

Handwritten lecture notes, some with sketches.

Other contents include:

Carbon copy typed notes and tables.

Order #1 regarding secrecy.

Article regarding high temperature development of roll film (page 89 torn from The Camera magazine).

Typed and signed letter to "Jerry" from "Windy", typed on The Cutler-Hammer Mfg. Co. (Cleveland) letterhead.

Unused YMCA envelope.

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