Archives Photograph Collection

About the Archives Photograph Collection

The Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management holds a photograph and negative collection that comprises approximately two-million images that mainly document the history of Indiana University and its regional campuses. The vast majority of these were shot by Indiana University’s Extension Division, Photographic Services Department, Athletic Department, and News Bureau. These departments have, over the years, employed many photographers who have become well known for their work. These names include: Will Counts, Barney Cowherd, Jerry Uelsmann, Jerry Mitchell, Jack Welpott, Clarence Flaten, Dave Repp, and Ralph “Porky” Veal. Today, Indiana University’s PhotoGraphics department employs Ric Cradick who studied with Ansel Adams and who has worked with The Rolling Stones. The remaining images in our collection were shot mostly by local professional photographers, alumni, and faculty.

The Indiana University Archives has also made great efforts to collect the personal portfolios of other notable photographers that have connections to Indiana University. These include Charles W. Cushman, Will Counts, and Benjamin W. Douglass. Through these collections and those of other photographers, including alumni and faculty do we have images of the City of Bloomington, the State of Indiana, the United States, and other parts of the world.

To order a print or higher resolution scan for the purpose of publication of a single image, you may click on the "Ordering information" on the detailed view of the photograph.

To order prints for multiple images at once, you can add each image to "My Selections" by clicking the "add to my selections" link on either the search results page or the photo detail view. Then at the bottom of the "My Selections" page click on the link to "order images" and you'll be presented with a form to collect more information. After you complete and submit the form the Curator of Photographs will contact you with the costs associated with your order.

Please note that images are being entered into the system on almost a daily basis. Check back often or contact the Curator of Photographs if you do not find what you are looking for.