Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
4.8 cubic ft. (3 records cartons), (3 oversize boxes), and (1 oversize drawing)
Roger deMontebello, 1908-1989, was an artist, commercial illustrator, and inventor who developed various methods for producing photographic images that appeared three-dimensional. After working in Paris as an art critic and illustrator, he moved to the United States in 1947 to pursue his interests in optical research. He worked for, consulted to, and managed several companies which developed a number of his inventions, including the VIDEX process, a pseudo three-dimensional photographic system; IDEALITE, an ultra-thin transparency illuminator; 3-D x-ray technique, an automatic photo-enlarger exposure meter; SYNTHALYZER, a technique and instrumentation for the dissection of scientific specimens and their 360 degree optical reconstruction; INTEGRAM, an integral autostereoscopic process; and the STEREOPICTOSCOPE, developed for artist Salvador Dali. Collection includes correspondence, laboratory notebooks, and patent applications for INTEGRAM and SYNTHALYZER, deMontebello's three-dimensional photographic process. Also includes consulting contracts with D-Cube, Inc., Integrated Images Co., and MDH Products Corp.; correspondence and court decisions concerning deMontebello's lawsuit against the Hembre Company; and photographic and graphic art studies.