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John Henry Faber papers

Identifier: MSS-0499

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photocopies of reports and biographical sketches written by John Henry Faber after his retirement from the Eastman Kodak Company. There is also a section on early Alabama television.


  • 1933 - 1988


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Biographical / Historical

John Henry Faber was born on 13 February 1918 in New York City, New York, to John Martin and Jennie F. Faber. He studied journalism at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, from 1937 until 1941. While at the University, he worked for the UA News Bureau and freelanced for The Birmingham News (Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama). In 1941, he left the University and entered the United States Army Air Corps. After leaving the Air Corps, he remained in Alabama as Director of Photography for The Birmingham News and its television station, WAFM-TV.

In 1950, Faber accepted a position as Technical Sales Representative for the Eastman Kodak Company, based in New York City. He remained in that position until he retired in 1983 and received many awards during that time.

Faber married Gertrud “Trudie” Margot on 26 October 1964 and the couple had seven children. He wrote five books including Great Moments in News Photography (1960), Humor in News Photography (1961), and Great News Photos and the Stories Behind Them (1978). Faber died on 20 June 1993.


0.08 Linear Feet (photocopies)

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Photocopies of reports and biographical sketches written by John Henry Faber after his retirement from the Eastman Kodak Company, as well as a section on early Alabama television.


Gift of John Faber, 1991

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2008; updated by Martha Bace, 2013


Guide to the John Henry Faber papers
January 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266