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Arnold Krochmal Photography Collection



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United States

Central America

Greece and Rome

South America

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Title: Arnold Krochmal Photography CollectionAdd to your cart.

Primary Creator: Krochmal, Arnold -- 1919-1993

Extent: 1.0 Cubic box

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in five series by setting of photograph: 1. Afghanistan; 2. United States; 3. Central America; 4. Greece and Rome; and, 5. Central America.

Subjects: Krochmal, Arnold -- 1919-1993, Photograph collections.

Languages: English


Arnold Krochmal was born January 30, 1919, in New York to Morris and Leah Krochmal. The son of immigrant parents, he was raised in the Bronx. He earned a B.S. in Pomology from North Carolina State College in 1942, and served in the Army from 1942 to 1946. After serving in the European theatre during WWII, he went on to earn his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.

Dr. Krochmal spent his life traveling the globe writing books, teaching and documenting his trips in photographs. Asa botanist and experimental horticulturist, he made medicinal plants and naturopathy his specialty and worked with small farmers in the developing world to increase crop yield and develop disease-resistant plants through processes now assigned to genetics.  Although he worked and traveled around the world, he also worked in the United States for the United States Forest Service as an economic botanist. From 1961 to 1966, Krochmal served as a project leader for timber-related crops in Berea, Kentucky, and was a visiting professor at Berea College in 1967.

Dr. Krochmal was the author and co-author of numerous books (including A Guide to the Medicinal Plants of the United States) and research papers (such as the Guide to Medicinal Plants of Appalachia).  He co-authored many of his works with wife Connie Brite Krochmal, a writer from Appalachian Kentucky.  Later in life, Dr. Krochmal adopted Harlan County and its people as his own.  Arnold Krochmal died September 2, 1993, in Asheville, North Carolina.  He is buried in Harlan County.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of twenty-seven black and white photographic prints by Arnold Krochmal.  The photographs vary in size from 8x10 to 11x14.  Some prints are damaged and a majority of the prints are mounted on board.  Three of the photographs are dated.

Subject/Index Terms

Krochmal, Arnold -- 1919-1993
Photograph collections.

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: Berea College does not hold the rights to the photographs.  Federal copyright regulations apply. Please cite all references to this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Item description and number], Arnold Krochmal Photography Collection, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The finding aid and box list were created by Lori Myers-Steele, Collections Archivist, in July 2014.

Other Note: Collection number: BCA 0171 HC 67

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Afghanistan],
[Series 2: United States],
[Series 3: Central America],
[Series 4: Greece and Rome],
[Series 5: South America],

Series 3: Central AmericaAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 9: Convicted Murderer, Antigua Jail, GuatemalaAdd to your cart.
B/W, 8x10, some damage
Item 10: Guatemalan JailAdd to your cart.
B/W, 8x10, mounted
Item 11: To Market, Guatemala CityAdd to your cart.
B/W, 8x10, mounted
Item 12: Workman, Tegucigalpa, HondurasAdd to your cart.
B/W, 9.5x12.5, some damage
Item 13: Jamaica (Two women with farm produce)Add to your cart.
B/W, 8x10, mounted

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[Series 2: United States],
[Series 3: Central America],
[Series 4: Greece and Rome],
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