Robert Bagby photographs and other material

RIT Archives

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Robert Bagby
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Administrative Information
Related Materials

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Robert Bagby photographs and other material
Bagby, Robert
Inclusive Date(s)
Papers of Robert C. Bagby, a former professor of photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Bagby worked as a commercial photographer for many years before teaching at RIT. The collection includes examples of Bagby's published work, photographs, and biographical information.
4.6 Linear feet (2 lid boxes, 1 lantern slide case)
C.S. Mid-Range, Shelf 43
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Biographical Information for Robert Bagby (Collapse)

Robert C. Bagby (1896-1972) was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on October 16, 1896. After graduating from Springfield High School in 1914, Bagby attended the Illinois College of Photography. He graduated in 1916 and moved to New York City where he worked for Stadler Photographic Company. In 1933, Bagby left Stadler to open his own commercial photography business, Robert Bagby Inc. A successful photographer, Bagby traveled around the world helping to shoot advertisements for various companies and organizations such as W. R. Grace & Company. Through his work, Bagby was able to travel to Canada, the Caribbean, South America, New Zealand, and the Far East, as well as throughout the United States.

In 1953, Bagby closed his firm in New York City and relocated to Rochester, NY. He had accepted a position at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as an associate professor in the university's School of Photography. Although Bagby taught a variety of photography courses at the Institute, his focus was on the field of color photography. While at RIT he published two instructional books for amateur photographers: Anscochrome and Ektachrome Processing at Home (1957) and Make Your Own Color Prints (1961). Bagby was promoted from associate professor to professor in 1966. He retired from the school in 1967, but continued to teach part-time until June 1972.

Throughout his career, Bagby established himself as a successful photographer in the field of color photography and photoillustration. He was awarded the honorary title of "Fellow" in the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 1948. He died on August 4, 1972 in Santa Fe, NM.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The Robert Bagby photographs and other material primarily consist of examples of Bagby's work. For instance, the collection includes several Grace Line travel publications, as well as other publications containing Bagby's work. There are also travel posters (mostly of New York City) and Christmas cards. Additionally, there are two Ektachrome transparencies that appear to have been used in one of Bagby's books. The collection also includes 31 photographs taken by Bagby. Many of these are travel scenes such as one of Mendenhall Glacier, in Juneau, AK.

In addition to Bagby's works, the collection includes several pieces of biographical material. These include newspaper clippings and a paper on Bagby written by Paul Duran. There is also a case of lantern slides, presumably used by Bagby in his teaching.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Materials are housed in three containers. The photographs in the collection are contained in the second box, while the lantern slides are housed in Bagby's original case.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Robert Bagby photographs and other material

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Bagby, Robert

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute. Department of Photographic Technology.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. Department of Photographic Technology.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology. School of Photographic Arts and Sciences.
  • W.R. Grace & Co. .


  • Color photography -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Commercial photography
  • Photographers -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Lantern slides
  • Photographs
  • Publications

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Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in April 2011.

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Robert Bagby plaques

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