Robert Kniesche Manuscript Collection, 1933-1974, MS 3129

Finding Aid to the Robert Kniesche Manuscript Collection, 1933-1974, MS 3129

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society


Collection summary


Robert Kniesche Manuscript Collection, 1933-1974


Kniesche, Robert

Call number

MS 3129

Inclusive dates



2 boxes


Summary: The collection contains correspondence, certificates, awards, a scrapbook, and other materials related to Robert F. Kniesche. Robert Kniesche (1906-1976) was a longtime Baltimore Sun photographer


Administrative summary                                                                 



H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21218

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.


Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kniesche, 1977

Accession number


Processing note

The collection was processed by Damon Talbot, August 2013. Items in this collection were originally housed with the materials in PP79, the Robert Kniesche Photograph Collection.

Biographical Note

Robert F. Kniesche (1906-1976) was a photographer of international importance. Born in Baltimore, he dropped out of high school at Polytechnic to pursue his career. He began work as a photographer for the Sun papers in the 1920s, and stayed there until his retirement, serving many years as photographic director. He also worked briefly for the Chicago Tribune, served in the Navy during World War II, and organized the photographic department of WMAR-TV when it opened in 1947. He was a charter member of the National Press Photographers Association. Kniesche specialized in aerial and animal photography. His photographs won many awards, and were exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Peale Museum, and at universities and libraries. For more information about Robert Kniesche and to see examples of his photographs please visit Underbelly: The Photographs of Robert Kniesche.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of two boxes of manuscript items. Most of the materials are associated with Robert Kniesche’s career as a photographer including awards, certificates, a scrapbook, correspondence, and other items. There are also correspondence, certificates and other items related to Kniesche’s service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

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Container List




Royal Order of Certified "Link" Instrument Pilots Certificate, March 24, 1943

Box 1

Folder 1

Certificate of Completion, Instrument Flight Instructors School, July 15, 1943

Box 1

Folder 2

State of Maryland, Certificate of Appreciation, 1945

Box 1

Folder 3

Appointment Certificate to Rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserves of the Unites States, June 8, 1945

Box 1

Folder 4

Navy Department Certificate of Satisfactory Service, December 31, 1945

Box 1

Folder 5

Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal to Robert Kniesche, February 9, 1946

Box 1

Folder 6

For Merit in Photography…award, 1948

Box 1

Folder 7

Proclamation by Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. designating Sunday, March 13, 1949 as National Reserve Aviation day, 1949

Box 1

Folder 8

National Press Photographers Association Inc., to Robert F. Kniesche, March 18, 1952

Box 1

Folder 9

Tenth Annual Press Photographer's Dance, June 7, 1957, booklet, 1957

Box 1

Folder 10

Eleventh Annual Press Photographer's Ball, May 31, 1958, booklet, 1958

Box 1

Folder 11

17th Annual News Picture of the Year Certificate, 1960

Box 1

Folder 12

National Press Photographers Association Inc., Certificate, June 27, 1960

Box 1

Folder 13

Membership directory, National Press Photographers Association, Inc., 1976

Box 1

Folder 14

Graflif Instruction Manual, not dated

Box 1

Folder 15

National Press Photographers Association special citation to Robert F. Kniesche, not dated

Box 1

Folder 16

National Press Photographers Association special citation to Mr. Bob Kniesche, not dated

Box 1

Folder 17

National Press Photographers Association Burt Williams Award, not dated

Box 1

Folder 18

Seventh Annual Exhibition of the Maryland Institute Alumni Association, November 2-19, 1933 - program

Box 1

Folder 19

Biographical Sketches of Robert Kniesche, not dated

Box 1

Folder 20

Invitation to White House News Photographer’s Association Annual Dinner in honor of the President of the United States at the Sheraton Park Hotel, April 19, 1964

Box 1

Folder 20

R.F. Kniesche, Permission for Use of Photograph, card, not dated

Box 1

Folder 20

Newspaper clippings about Robert F. Kniesche exhibits,, 1930, 1934, 1936, Photostats (3 items)

Box 1

Folder 20

Maiden Voyage of the S.S. Cities Service Baltimore largest tanker built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Co. at Sparrows Point., Md. - by Robert Kniesche, not dated

Box 1

Folder 21

Correspondence, 1958-1974

Box 1

Folder 22

Picture Taking: Robert Kniesche, not dated - Transcript of a speech given by Robert Kniesche (5 copies)

Box 1

Folder 23

World Press Photo Annual Contest for the Best Press Pictures of the World, Certificates to Robert Kniesche, May 12, 1964, February 22, 1965, February 28, 1967 (3 items)

Box 2

Folder 24

Naval Air Training Center, United States Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas, Naval Aviator certificate to Robert F. Kniesche, December 7, 1942

Box 2

Folder 24

Scrapbook of news clippings from the Baltimore Sun featuring photographs taken by Robert Kniesche collected by his wife, Kathryn Kniesche, 1938-1942

Box 2