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Midway Battle diorama: Akagi attacked by Yorktown Bombers
Ca. 1942
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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 536, Midway - U.S. Navy Historical Record, 1943-1947

Summary: Bel Geddes used his methods of model photography to recreate the Battle of Midway for the U.S. Navy.

See also Submarine Range Finder (job 420).


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Box/Location Folder Description
box 38 536.1-2 Correspondence Oct1943-Dec1946 (259 items listed on file index).
damaged box 14 536.1-4 Memos, meeting minutes Sep1943-Feb1946.
damaged box 14 536.5 Draft Job Diary, memos Oct1945-Jan1946.
box 39 536.3-4 Preliminary Script. Navy Criticism of NBG Script -Correspondence, memos, meeting minutes May-Nov1945.
box 39 536.5 Legal --- Contract 6Sep1945. Claim for extra expense - Correspondence 1944-1947.
box 39 536.6 Production --- Internal memos Oct1945-Jan1946.
box 39 536.7 Production --- Schedules Oct-Nov1945.
flat file 536.1 Production --- Labor distribution Sep-Dec1945.
damaged box 14 536.6 Diagrams, lay-outs, blueprints of sketches for model photography.
damaged box 15 536.7-11 Diagrams, lay-outs, blueprints of sketches for model photography (cont.).
box 39 536.8 Data --- Script - Navy Combat Narrative. War Damage Report U.S.S. Yorktown. Harper's "Story of Midway".
box 39 536.9 Data --- Weather - Booklets, set-up notes.
flat file 536.2 Data --- 2 Maps of battle.
oversize box 9 536.1 Data --- 2 Maps.
box 39 536.10 Data --- List of 87 photographs received from USN Sep, Nov 1945.
photo box 16a 536.1-8 Ca. 87 photographs received from USN --- 4 Our Ships, 8 Our Planes, 17 Midway Island, 17 Attacks on Japanese, 38 Attacks on Yorktown. Photos rec. Nov1945 --- 4 Our Planes, 4 Smoke.
object 536.1 Presentation book, June 1942 (copy 1 of 3).
object 536.2 Presentation book, June 1942 (copy 2 of 3).
object 536.3 Presentation book, June 1942 (copy 3 of 3).
flat box 12a 536.1 Presentation book, undated.
damaged flat box 15 536.1 150 Photographs of setups.
damaged flat box 16 536.5 150 Photographs of setups (continued).
damaged flat box 17 536.2 150 Photographs of setups (continued).
box 39 536.11 Sketches for camera set-ups. Equipment lists.
photo box 16a 536.9 11 Photographs of studio, models, NBG.
object 536.4 Models --- U.S. Merchant Marine ships (16 models), Mark I, in wooden carrying case.
object 536.5 Models --- Japanese Navy ships (6 models), in wooden carrying case.
box 39 536.11a Models --- Metal label, "Caution / Before Closing Cover / Face the Bows of All / Ships to the Right" (4 copies). See photo box 16a, folder 536.9 for image of label attached to a case of ship models.
box 40 536.12 Photography Negative Record Sheets Nov-Dec1945. Photography Approval Receipts.
oversize box 9 536.2 Photography Approval List Nov-Dec 1945.
negative box 16 536.1a-2a 267 Negatives --- Midway set-ups 4-12, experimental shots. 35 Negatives --- Tank Battle, Bismarck, Life Assignment 32 River Strategy.
negative box 49 536.1b 267 Negatives (continued). [nitrate]
negative box 50 536.2b 267 Negatives (continued). [nitrate]
negative box 17 536.3-6 267 Negatives (continued). [12 damaged]
negative box 18 536.7-8 267 Negatives (continued). [27 damaged]
negative box 19 536.9-10 267 Negatives (continued). (3 damaged)
negative box 19 536.11-12 Ca. 600 3 x 5" negatives (35 glass).
negative box 20 536.13 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 20 536.14a Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 50 536.14b Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued). [nitrate]
negative box 20 536.15-16 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 21 536.17 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 21 536.18a Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 50 536.18b Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued). [nitrate]
negative box 21 536.19-21 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 22 536.22-25 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 23 536.26-30 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 24 536.31-35 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 25 536.36-39 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 26 536.40-44 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 27 536.45-47 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 27 536.48a-49a Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 50 536.48b-49b Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued). [nitrate]
negative box 50 536.50 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued). [nitrate]
negative box 28 536.51a-54a Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued).
negative box 50 536.51b-52b Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued). [nitrate]
negative box 51 536.53b-54b Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued). [nitrate]
negative box 51 536.55-56 Ca. 600 3 x 5" Negatives (continued). [nitrate]
box 40 536.13 Publicity and clippings.
oversize box 9 536.3 Life article 18Feb1946.
box 40 536.14 Blueprints of formations (not camera setups).
box 40 536.15 Blueprints of layouts.
box 40 536.16 Diagrams.
box 40 536.17 Assignments --- Setup 13.4.
damaged flat box 18 536.4 18 Mounted photographs of Midway model shots.
photo box 16b 536.10-13 Press Release captioned photographs of model set-ups May-7Jun1942.
photo box 16b 536.14 Captioned USN photographs with BUAER # 4-5Jun1942.
photo box 16b 536.15-19 Photographs with ms. notes set-ups 1.3-13.5.
photo box 16c 536.20-36 11 x 14" Photographs with ms. notes set-ups 1.1-14.1.
photo box 16d 536.37-70 Photographs.
damaged box 15 536.12-13 Photographs (some damaged).

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