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Curtiss Bartlett Munn Papers, 1940-1998

Thirty-six items, 1940-1998, of Michigan native Curtiss Bartlett Munn (1899-1971) document his early days in Columbia as a commercial photographer, especially in a scrapbook of newspaper clippings indicating which pictures by him appeared in The State and the Columbia Record between 1940 and 1943. Munn began his photographic career in St. Cloud, Fla., in 1922 and then worked in Tampa (1924-1928), Birmingham (1928-1931), and Atlanta (1931-1940).

In 1940 he was sent by the Reeves Studio of Atlanta to operate the Sargeant Studios in Columbia (which Reeves had bought). In 1948 he opened his own studio on Main Street (advertised as "The Best in Commercial Photography"), but by 1951 he and Tom A. Teal had established the Munn and Teal Studio on Harden Street. A few years later he moved to Florida, where he spent the rest of his life. Of special interest in the collection is a unit of eighteen pictures taken at Ft. Jackson, ca. 1940-1941, including aerial views, architectural shots, and depictions of enlistees at various stages of army life and training.

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