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Summer 2012




The University of Louisville Photographic Archives celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2012. Now holding over two million images within hundreds of discreet collections, the Photographic Archives was started by Robert J. Doherty who was responsible for acquiring the very significant Roy E. Stryker Papers and Standard Oil (New Jersey) social documentary collections . First curator, Don Anderson, collected fine print photography with work by photographers like Ralph Eugene Meatyard. The extensive archives of local commercial studios Caufield & Shook and The Royal Photo Company ensured the preservation of Louisville’s visual legacy and long-time curator James “Andy” Anderson grew the collection tremendously. Assistant David Horvath published an influential study on the deterioration of acetate negatives, and darkroom manager Bill Carner worked closely with local photographer Stern Bramson to put together an influential travelling exhibition. The Archives has transitioned from traditional darkroom to digital imaging, and makes many photographs available online through Digital Collections. The Photographic Archives continues to mount regular exhibits, host lectures, and make available collection items for teaching and research purposes to university students and the general public.

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This article was originally published in Kentucky Libraries, volume 76, issue 3, in 2012.