Frank M. Hohenberger Photograph Collection

Project Information

Newspaperman and photographer Frank M. Hohenberger (1876-1963) left Indianapolis in 1917 to start a small photography business in Nashville, Indiana, concentrating on the subject matter of Brown County. The next forty-seven years were spent recording the life, customs, and scenes of the hills of Brown County, of other areas of Indiana, of Kentucky, of South Carolina, and of Mexico. From 1923 to 1954 he wrote a column for the Indianapolis Star entitled "Down in the Hills O' Brown County." The articles were frequently illustrated with his photographs.

Hohenberger willed his collection to the Indiana University Foundation. In 1998 the Foundation transferred ownership of the collection to the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.

In addition to 8300 prints and 9400 negatives included in this project, the collection also includes correspondence, a lengthy "diary" by Hohenberger describing many of his photographic tours and processes, and copies of his "Down in the Hills O' Brown County" articles.

About the Collection

Collection Description

Description of the contents of the Hohenberger collection, including the photographs seen on this site.

Conditions of Use and Copyright

Copyright and usage policies for the images from the Hohenberger collection.

Ordering Information

Information on ordering digital copies of images from the collection.

About Frank M. Hohenberger

Introduction to Frank M. Hohenberger's Indiana Photographs by Cecil K. Byrd.

"He Quit His Job; Took a Train—" by Webb Waldron, from American Magazine, Volume 116, Number 4, October 1933.

About the Project

Technical Implementation

Includes the technologies used to make the online Hohenberger collection run and details on the digitization process for this collection.


Overview of how metadata was developed for the Hohenberger collection.