Donald Rupert Edmonds Photograph Collection

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Donald Rupert Edmonds Photograph Collection


Donald Rupert Edmonds Photograph Collection

(Circa 1940 to 1944)

D.R. Edmonds (1916-2005), worked in construction on Johnston Island, Midway Island, and the Hawaiian Islands between 1940 and 1944. He was an accomplished photographer as well as a motorcyclist, and many of the photographs in the collection document informal cycling events. Also included are images of Waikiki, Honolulu, Honolulu Harbor, Oahu North Shore, and a few images of Molokai and Hawaii. Some of the people photographed are identified and most are associated with cycling. A few images document the “Hawaii Calls” radio program in Waikiki and the Kodak Hula Show.

Included are 70 black and white prints, approximately 8" x 10", some mounted on cardboard, showing numerous motorcycle-related events, landscapes on Oahu and Hawaii, Honolulu Harbor, and several images of Hawaiian people.

Two larger black and white photos are Akaka Falls, approximately 9" x 14", and Diamond Head, approximately 10" x 13". Both are located in the Oversize Photo drawer.

There are 34 pages of black and white prints, approximately 3" x 4", covering the following subjects: a luau, Waikiki areas, Honolulu Harbor, “Hawaii Calls” radio show, North Shore Oahu landscapes, Oahu landscapes, Hawaii Island landscapes, flood in Moiliili, Oahu farm, Molokai landscape and poi pounding, motorcycle activities, Bishop Museum exhibits, unidentified people, lei sellers and exhibit, and Pan Am China Clippers. Many of the prints are stamped “Photo By D.R. “Doc” Edmonds” on the reverse.

Also in the collection are six color slides of the Kodak Hula Show, four motorcycle images, and two Waikiki beach scenes.

Seven pages of typescript accompany the collection, describing Edmonds’s trip to Hawaii, Johnston Island, and Midway. Excerpts from his letters to his family describe shell collecting and bird life on Johnston and Midway.

Gift from the Edmonds Family, February 2007.

Collection Items

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