Guide to the Kjell Sandved nature photograph collection, 1960s-2008

Kjell Sandved nature photograph C0020


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University.Special Collections and Archives.
Creator Sandved, Kjell Bloch, 1922-
Title Kjell Sandved nature photograph collection
Date 1960s-2008
Physical Characteristics 4 linear ft. (6 boxes)
Abstract This collection contains thousands of natural history slides taken by nature photographer Kjell Sandved. Included are slides of flowers, fish, sea anemone, and hundreds of butterfly slides with identification information--family, genus, species, vernacular name, and locality--individually listed on most.
Collection number C0020
Language English

Biographical Information

Kjell B. Sandved is a nature photographer who has traveled the world taking pictures of butterflies and moths. Trecking through the rain forests of Brazil and New Guinea and the jungles of the Far East, Sandved photographed butterflies in their natural habitat during the early morning and late afternoon when cooler temperatures kept them inactive. On moonless nights he attracted moths with portable mercury lights. Over the years, Sandved has found a fantastic array of shapes and patterns on butterflies including every letter of the English alphabet, smiling faces, red hearts, and animal shapes. Sandved also worked at the Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History. During his 32 year career there, Kjell Sandved has filmed penguins and seals in Antarctica, marine life and coral reefs in the Caribbean and Pacific, excavations of Early Bronze-Age Man at the Dead Sea, social behavior of orangutans in Kalimantan, and the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia Arnoldi, in Sumatra. He lectured with the Smithsonian Associates at schools and colleges around the United States on animal behavior and nature photography. Sandved has published two encyclopedias: The World of Music and The World of Art. He has also co-authored nine books: Butterfly Magic, Insect Magic, Shells, Butterflies, Rain forest and Cloud forest, Leaves, Bark, Butterfly Alphabet, and Spiders in the Smithsonian.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains thousands of natural history slides taken by nature photographer Kjell B. Sandved. Spanning a 20 year period, the slides represent the bulk of Kjell B. Sandved's work from the early 1960s through the late 1980s. Included are slides of flowers, fish, sea anemone, and hundreds of butterfly slides with identification information--family, genus, species, vernacular name, and locality--individually listed. In addition to insects and animals, the Kjell B. Sandved collection includes numerous landscape slides and images of people and objects representing cultures from around the world. Slides in the collection demonstrate a wide variety of photographic technique including wide angle shots, close cropped shots, aerial photography, microscopic photography, and underwater photography. Included with the slides is an original copy of Kjell B. Sandved's The Butterfly Alphabet and promotional material associated with his published works and his commercial photography.

Series 1 contains over one thousand Kodachrome slides of plants. The bulk of the series includes domestic, European and tropical flowers. Also represented are several types of tree, cactus and grass. Included within this series are slides of fungus. Images of flowers, trees, and fungus are categorized by family and species. The series contains over a hundred slides of orchids representing a wide spectrum of distinct orchid species. Slides of anthropomorphic plants are similar to those published in Kjell B. Sandved's books.

Series 2 contains several hundred slides of insects. Comprised of mostly moth and butterfly photography, the series also contains a wide variety of beetles as well as snails, mites, ants, weevils, worms and dragonflies. Many photographs from Kjell B. Sandved's published works such as The Butterfly Alphabet are represented in this slide collection. Photographs of moths and butterflies include full body depictions but also Sandved's familiar faces and letters found in their wings. The majority of slides are labeled with family, genus and species as well as their common name. Slides in this series are organized by family and type.

Series 3 is comprised of over 200 slides of landscape photography. Traditional landscapes, urban landscapes and seascapes represent Kjell B Sandved's extensive travels. The series contains numerous slides of the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as photographs of urban areas in south east Asia and the United states.

Series 4 contains hundreds of slides of animal photography. Represented in the series is a variety of species from around the globe. Subjects include domesticated animals such as cats, pigs and cattle, a large collection of animals indigenous to Africa, arctic penguins, and a variety of sea life. The series contains a large collection of Coral images including florescent corals. The series also represents a variety of photographic techniques including underwater photography, microscopic photography, and black light photography.

Series 5 contains general photographs spanning a 20 year period of Kjell B. Sandved's career. Included in the series are numerous photographs of museum artifacts and museum displays documenting Sandved's work as a scholar at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History. The series also includes a large collection of photographs of people from around the world. Many pictures of school children, indigenous tribes, and tourists represent the people Kjell B. Sandved met and interacted with during his extensive career. Also included are images of transportation, monuments and miscellaneous photography. Grouped with Series 5 is an original copy of Kjell B. Sandved's book The Butterfly Alphabet and promotional material for his other published works and Butterfly Poster series.

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Arrangement

Organized into five series:

Series 1: Plants 1960s-1980s (Boxes 1-3)
Series 2: Insects 1960s-1980s (Box 4)
Series 3: Landscape 1960s-1980s (Box 4)
Series 4: Animals 1960s-1980s (Boxes 5-6)
Series 5: General 1960s-1980s (Box 6)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are use restrictions. Copyright held by Kjell Sandved.

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Related Material

Special Collections and Archives also holds the Edith McChesney Ker papers.

Kjell B. Sandved owns and maintains his own website Butterfly Alphabet.

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Index Terms

Corporate Names:

Smithsonian Institution--Photographs.

Geographical Names:

Africa--Photographs.
Asia--Photographs.
Australia--Photographs.
China--Photographs.
Grand Canyon (Ariz.)--Photographs.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Qld.)--Photographs.
Japan--Photographs.
Nova Scotia--Photographs.
Sri Lanka--Photographs.
Washington (D.C.) Monuments--Photographs.

Subjects:

Beetles--Photographs.
Birds--Photographs.
Botany--Photographs.
Butterflies--Photographs.
Cactus--Photographs.
Corals--Photographs.
Dragonflies--Photographs.
Hermit crabs--Photographs.
Jellyfishes--Photographs.
Legumes plants--Photographs.
Lepidopterology--Photographs.
Lizards--Photographs.
Moths--Photographs.
Natural history--Photographs.
Orchids--Photographs.
Penguins--Photographs.
Plant morphology--Photographs.
Sea anemones--Photographs.
Zoology--Photographs.

Document Types:

Slides.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kjell Sandved nature photograph collection, Collection #C0020, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by Kjell Sandved in 2005-2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections and Archives staff. EAD markup completed by Eron Ackerman and Jordan Patty in August 2009. Additional processing and EAD markup completed by Kristen Korfitzen in September 2011.

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Contents List

Series 1: Plants 1960s-1980s
Series 1 contains 1,045 Kodachrome slides picturing various plant life such as tropical plants, orchids, trees and fungus. Slides which are labeled are organized by family and species. Slides that are not labeled are grouped together.
Box Folder
1 1 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; acanthaceae through agricoles
2 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; alangiaceae through apocynaceae
3 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Trees; apocynaceae through araceae
4 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers; araceae through asapagus
5 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; asclepiadaceae through beloperone
6 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; beloperone through bougainvillea
7 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; bougainvillea through bromeliaceae
8 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Trees; bromeliaceae
9 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers, trees and cactus; bromeliaceae through cactaceae
10 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers, trees and cactus; cactaceae through calotropis
11 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; calotropis through citrus Limon
12 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; chamaecyparis through cruciferae
13 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers, trees, and fruit; crinum through cyperaceae
14 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees: datura candida through epidendrum
15 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; epiphytic through euphorbiaceae
16 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees, euphorbiaceae through forbidden fruit tree
17 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers, trees and fungus; fouquieriaceae through maresmius
18 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Fungus and flowers; gazania through graminae
19 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; Graminae through Gynura
Box Folder
2 1 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees: haemodoraceae through ipomoea indica
2 Plants, 1960s-1980s
9 slides: Flowers and trees; iris through liliaceae
2-4 Plants, 1960s-1980s
38 slides: Flowers and trees; leguminosae
4 Plants, 1960s-1980s
13 slides: Flowers and trees; lenticles on tree through lilium tigrinum
5 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 Slides: Flowers and trees, limonium latifolium through mammillaria gummifera
6 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; mangifera indica through musaceae
7 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; musaceae through myrtaceae
8 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 Slides: Flowers and trees: myrtaceae through myrtus
9 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and fungus; myxomycete through nymphaceae
10 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers; nymphaea through arachnis hookeriana orchid
11-17 Plants, 1960s-1980s
154 slides: Orchids; arundina graminifolia through vanda miss agnes
18 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and fruit; oxalis through pelargonium
Box Folder
3 1 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; peperomia through portea petropolita
2 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers; portea petropolita through ranunculaceae
3 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; ranunculaceae through rubiaceae
4 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; runnia sarmentosa through solanaceae
5 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; solanaceae datura through strongylodon
6 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers and trees; sunflower through venidium fastuosum
7 Plants, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Flowers; yellow flowers through zingiberaceae
8 Plants, 1960s-1980s
6 Slides: Flowers; zingiberaceae
8-15 Plants; Unidentified, 1960s-1980s
145 Slides. Several slides of bright tropical flowers, trees, and leaves. All slides are unlabeled but some are dated. Includes slides of palm trees, orchids, and marine plants.
Series 2: Insects 1960s-1980s
Series 2 contains several hundred Kodachrome slides of insects including hundreds of slides of moths and butterflies. The series also contains some photographs used for Kjell B Sandved's The Butterfly Alphabet and Butterfly Posters. Insects are grouped by type and family.
Box Folder
4 1 Insects, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Beetles; paussidae through chrysomelid
2 Insects, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Beetles and butterflies; coleoptera through helicondiae
3-5 Insects, 1960s-1980s
44 slides: Butterflies; heliconidae through satyridae
5 Insects, 1960s-1980s
16 slides: Moths, cockroaches, and flies; cenuchidae through cranefly
6 Insects, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Moths, flies and katydid; ctenuchidae through tettigoniidae
7 Insects, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: Koa Bug, mites and moths; scutelleridae through geometridae
8-13 Insects, 1960s-1980s
103 slides: Moths; arctiidae through sphingidae. Includes portraits of Kjell B. Sandved with moths.
13 Insects, 1960s-1980s
17 slides: Spiders, snails, stink bugs, ticks, and tree hoppers; psocoptera through membracidae
14 Insects, 1960s-1980s
15 slides: Tree Hoppers, wasps, weevils, worms: membracidae through sabellastarte
14-15 Insects, 1960s-1980s
20 slides: General insect photos including butterflies, moths, walking sticks, beetles, and dragonflies.
Series 3: Landscape 1960s-1980s
Series 3 includes pictures of different landscapes. Pictures in this series cover subject matter from all over the world, including photography of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia, and urban China. Slides in this series are grouped by area.
Box Folder
4 16 Landscape, 1960s-1980s
20 slides including pictures of the Grand Canyon, African desert, Alaska, and Antarctic.
17 Landscape, 1960s-1980s
20 slides including pictures of the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, Borneo, and Australia.
18 Landscape, 1960s-1980s
20 slides including pictures of Australia, China, Connecticut, Costa Rica, the Falkland Islands, and the Galapagos Islands
19 Landscape, 1960s-1980s
18 slides of the Great Barrier Reef. 2 slides of Hawaii.
20 Landscape, 1960s-1980s
20 slides including pictures of Hawaii, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, and Jordan.
21 Landscape, 1960s-1980s
20 slides including pictures of Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, New Guinea, New Zealand, New England, and North Carolina.
22 Landscape, 1960s-1980s
20 slides including pictures of Norway, Nova Scotia, Oregon, and Pago Pago.
23 Landscape, 1960s-1980s
20 slides including pictures of Panama, Portugal, Sabah and Sri Lanka.
24 Landscape, 1960s-1980s
18 slides including pictures of Tanzania, Venezuela, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington DC.
24-25 Landscape, 1960s-1980s
22 unidentified slides including pictures of Asian, European and Ancient architecture and pictures of various beaches, huts, and a desert scene.
26 Landscape, 1960s-1980s
13 unidentified slides including pictures of a harbor, beaches, the sky, huts, and a store front.
Series 4: Animals 1960s-1980s
Series 4 contains hundreds of slides of animal photography. Included are pictures of domestic animals such as cats and livestock, as well as wild animals from a variety of different habitats. Series 4 includes a large collection of marine life photography slides which have been grouped together by family.
Box Folder
5 1 Animals, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of animal photography, including: birds (albatross, anhinga and black skimmers), fruit bats, African buffaloes, and cape hunting dogs.
2 Animals, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of animal photography including: Cape hunting dogs, cattle, cranes, cheetahs and dolphins.
3 Animals, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of animal photography including: dolphins, birds (ducks and doves), and elephants.
4 Animals, 1960s-1980s
18 slides of animal photography including: elephants, frogs, lizards (geckos and Galapagos lizards), gazelles, and gibbons.
4-6 Giraffes, 1960s-1980s
30 slides of giraffes.
6 Animals, 1960s-1980s
4 slides of animal photography including: Goats, and gorillas.
6-7 Greater Kudu, 1960s-1980s
10 Slides of the greater kudu. 2 Slides of forked tail gull.
7 Forked Tail Gull, 1960s-1980s
2 slides of forked tail gull.
7-8 Hartebeest, 1960s-1980s
21 slides of the hartebeest.
8 Animals, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of animal photography including: birds (hawks and herons) hippopotamuses, horses, and iguanas.
9 Animals, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of animal photography including: iguanas, impalas, jaguars, kittens and leopards.
10 Animals, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of animal photography including: leopards, lions, lizards.
11 Animals, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of animal photography including: llamas, birds (macaws, mockingbirds, owls and ostrich) orangutan and opossum.
12 Animals, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of animal photography including: ox, pandas, pangolin, birds (penguins and parrots), and pigs.
13 Animals, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of animals photography including: pigs, pit vipers and wild ponies.
14 Animals, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of animal photography including: wild ponies, pythons, seals, sparrows, dogs (Sharpaei) and terrapin.
15 Animals, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of animal photography including: tigers, titmouse, topi and turtles.
16 Animals, 1960s-1980s
17 slides of animal photography including: turtles and wildebeest.
16-18 Zebras, 1960s-1980s
30 slides of zebras.
18 Animals: Unidentified, 1960s-1980s
33 slides of unlabeled and unidentified animals including lizards, birds, zebras, lions, penguins, and antelope like animals.
Box Folder
6 1 Animals: Ocean, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of ocean animals including: amphipod, bivalve, chitons and boxfish.
2 Animals: Ocean: Conch, 1960s-1980s
1 slide of a conch.
2-3 Corals, 1960s-1980s
26 slides of coral.
3 Animals: Ocean, 1960s-1980s
13 slides of ocean animals including: crabs and cowry.
4 Animals: Ocean, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of ocean animals including: crabs, crayfish, discus fish, dolphins, eels, guppies and jellyfish.
5 Animals: Ocean, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of ocean animals including: jelly fish, limpets, lobsters, lion fish and nudibranch.
6 Animals: Ocean, 1960s-1980s
20 Slides of ocean animals including: nurse shark, octopus, piranhas, Portuguese man o' war, marine worms, and scallops.
7-8 Anemones, 1960s-1980s
32 slides of various species of anemone.
8 Animals: Ocean, 1960s-1980s
8 slides of ocean animals including: sea cucumbers, sea hares and sea horses.
9 Animals: Ocean, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of ocean animals including: sea horses, sea urchins, tube worms, shrimps and sea walnut.
10 Animals: Ocean, 1960s-1980s
20 slides of ocean animals including: X-Mas tree worms, sea sponge, squid, star fish, and triton.
11 Animals: Ocean: General, 1960s-1980s
7 slides of ocean creatures including: shells, worms and limpets, triton, and frogs.
11 Animals: Ocean: Unidentified, 1960s-1980s
5 slides of unidentified and unlabeled animals including a shark, a small fish and lobsters(?)
Series 5: General 1960s-1980s
Series 5 contains general photography. Images include museum objects, people, transportation and unidentified photographs. Included is a copy of Kjell B. Sandved's The Butterfly Alphabet and promotional material associated with his publications.
Box Folder
6 12-14 Museum Objects, 1960s-1980s
48 slides of various museum objects mainly from the Smithsonian Museums. Objects include Native American and other cultural artifacts, drawings, dioramas, and fossils.
14 Shells, 1960s-1980s
2 Slides of Shells
14 Lighthouses, 1960s-1980s
3 Slides of lighthouses and lights from lighthouses
14 Bamboo Structures, 1960s-1980s
4 Slides of Bamboo structures, bridge and cages
14 Personal Photographs, 1960s-1980s
2 Slides, one of Sandved's first lab in Hawaii and one of Sandved carrying equipment
15-17 People, 1960s-1980s
44 Slides of People including: School children, people on boats, the crew of a hydroplane, scientists, people on the street
17 Buildings, 1960s-1980s
12 Slides of various buildings including: Po Lin Monastery, a railroad station, a tree house and Mexican home
17-18 Ice and Snow, 1960s-1980s
6 Slides of ice and snow on plants and roads
18 Boats, 1960s-1980s
3 Slides of boats
18 Land, 1960s-1980s
4 Slides of land erosion and land
18 General Plants, 1960s-1980s
4 slides of a flower show, autumn leaves, and insect on flowers.
18 Totem Poles, 1960s-1980s
2 slides of totem poles
18-19 Miscellaneous, 1960s-1980s
12 slides either unidentified or not able to be categorized including: a picture of fireworks, details of insects(?) a barrel of corn.
Order Form, Undated
An order form for Butterfly Alphabet posters and Sandved's Animal Posters
Promotional Photographs, Undated
4 Promotional 5'' x 3'' animal photographs signed by Kjell B Sandved
The Butterfly Alphabet, 1999
Copy of The Butterfly Alphabet by Kjell B Sandved, published Scholastic Inc. 1999. Includes butterfly bookmark and promotional letter introducing Butterfly posters
Floppy Disk, Undated
A Floppy Disk containing 17 digital photos
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