James Keen Photographic Collection
Scope and Content
The James N. Keen collection consists of black and white negatives and photographs ranging from 1939 to 1945. It is arranged into eleven series. The bulk of the collection consists of images of Dayton, OH and the surrounding region. They include pictures of local businesses, schools, and the military. These photographs were most likely taken to accompany newspaper stories.
Series I, Business, consists of images of specific businesses, such as Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (Delco), National Cash Register (NCR) and Rike's Department Store, workers' strikes, and more genetic images of people in various occupations and industries. Images include local companies being awarded the Army-Navy "E" Award for excellence in production of war equipment.
Series II, Community Organizations, includes images of the Boy Scouts of America, the YMCA/YWCA, Community Chest (now known locally as the United Way), and the Red Cross. These are images of events that these organizations held and people who worked for and may have been helped by these charitable organizations.
Series III, Schools, is comprised of images of high schools, such as Fairview and Stivers, colleges, including the University of Dayton and the Ohio State University, as well as specialized education for the deaf and blind. The images include sports, graduations, and campus life. The bulk of the series are images from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio that merged with Miami University in 1974. Series IV, Sports and Outdoor Activities, consists of non-collegiate sports, including the Dayton PGA tournament, and other activities such as hunting and fishing.
Series V, People, consists of photographs of individuals, families and children. This series includes several images of Charles Kettering.
Series VI, Military, is comprised of images of soldiers and aircraft. The bulk of this series is made up of pictures of Wright Field and Patterson Field, prior to their merger. It includes images of soldiers on base, events for the troops and soldiers' wives.
Series VII, News, consists of Dayton Journal-Herald images, as well as photographs that were most likely shot to accompany lifestyle stories, such as weddings and deaths, accidents and disasters, and entertainment news. Series VIII, Cities, includes images of Dayton, Ohio and nearby cities and towns, including New Carlisle and West Carrolton.
Series IX, Animals and Nature, is comprised of photographs of primarily domesticated animals, such as dogs and rabbits, and natural features, such as clouds, snow, and foliage. Series X, Other Images, consists of miscellaneous images from Florida and some unidentified photographs of people, gatherings and items.
Series XI, Photographs, is comprised of numerous black and white photographs, including photographs of Wright and Patterson Fields, rallies in support of the United States military, worker strikes, and other various images of science and industry.
- Creation: 1933 - 1946
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1941 - 1945
- Keen, James N. (Person)
Restrictions on Access
There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection. Digitization of this collection is in process for preservation. For negatives listed in Boxes 1-2, please use Reference Copies available in Box 17B instead of the originals.
Restrictions on Use
Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.
Biography of James N. Keen
James N. Keen was a photographer for a number of newspapers, including the Dayton Journal-Herald, Chattanooga News, Associated Press, Louisville Courier-Journal and Louisville Times. His work appeared in national publications such as Life and U.S. Camera Annual. His subjects included high-profile individuals, such as Orville Wright and Charles Kettering.
13 linear feet
Language of Materials
James Keen was a newspaper photographer for a number of newspapers throughout the country, including the Dayton Journal-Herald. This collection consists of approximately 9,300 black and white negatives and black and white photographs. These photographs were taken from 1937 to 1946 in and around the Miami Valley, including Dayton, Wright and Patterson Fields and other nearby Ohio areas. As a newspaper photographer, many of these photographs were taken to accompany news in the Dayton Journal Herald.
Statement of Arrangement
This collection is arranged into 11 series:
- Series I: Business
- Series II: Community Organizations
- Series III: Schools
- Series IV: Sports and Outdoor Activities
- Series V: People
- Series VI: Military
- Series VII: News
- Series VIII: Cities
- Series IX: Animals and Nature
- Series X: Other Images
- Series XI: Photographs
This collection is comprised primarily of black and white film negative which will require a light box for viewing.
Other Finding Aid
A complete box and folder inventory for this collection is available on the Special Collections and Archives web site at http://www.libraries.wright.edu/special/collection_guides/guide_files/ms450.pdf .
The materials were donated by the University of Louisville Special Collections in 2011.
- Keen, James N. (Person)
- Boy Scouts of America (Organization)
- Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (Organization)
- Dayton journal herald (Organization)
- General Motors Corporation. Frigidaire Division (Organization)
- General Motors Corporation. Inland Manufacturing Division (Organization)
- United States. Air Force (Organization)
- Western College for Women (Organization)
- Guide to the James Keen Photographic Collection (MS-450)
- Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Stanze, June 2012
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
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- Finding aid written in English
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Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA