All Image Collections

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    The AAAMC Black Radio Collections consist of a number of collections documenting the history of Black radio. Many of these collections also contain print and audiovisual materials. If you would like to access the collection finding aids, contact the AAAMC staff.

    Jack "The Rapper" Gibson Collection (SC 14)

    Documents the activities of Black radio pioneer "Jockey Jack" Gibson and other radio personalities with stations across the country as well as Gibson's Family Affair conventions. Also includes publicity photographs of R&B artists. Accompanied by an interview transcript with Gibson's descriptions of each photograph.

    Katherine Lewis Collection (SC 86)

    Documents radio station WERD in Atlanta, including the interior and exterior of the studio as well as photographic images of several WERD publications and advertisements.

    Ed Castleberry Collection (SC 87)

    Documents the career of Ed Castleberry and includes publicity shots of disc jockeys, radio stations, and events sponsored by black radio stations, including WKVO (Columbus, OH), WMBM (Miami, FL), and WEDR (Birmingham, AL).

    Rick Roberts Collection (SC 88)

    Documents the career of Houston deejay Rick Roberts and includes publicity shots of disc jockeys, musicians, and events sponsored by Black radio stations, primarily KYOK in Houston. Accompanied by an interview cassette and transcript with Robert’s descriptions of each photograph.

    George Nelson (SC 89)

    Documents the career of Houston deejay George Nelson and includes publicity shots of disc jockeys, musicians, and events sponsored by KYOK in Houston.

    Skipper Lee Frazier Collection (SC 95)

    Documents the career of well-known Houston deejay Skipper Lee Frazier at KCOH in Houston. Accompanied by an interview transcript with Fraziers’s descriptions of each photograph.

    Travis Gardner (SC 96)

    Documents events and personnel at Houston radio station KCOH from the 1960s-1970s. Accompanied by an interview transcript with Gardner’s descriptions of each photograph.

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    Logan H. Westbrooks is widely recognized as one of the central figures responsible for opening the doors of the music industry to black artists and executives. In addition to his pioneering role as the Director of Special Markets at CBS Records in the 1970s, Westbrooks is known for his work as an educator, international business consultant, author, real estate entrepreneur, pastor and philanthropist. The photographs in this collection primarily document Westbrooks’ work in the music industry from the mid-1960s on, including his interactions with other top-level executives, artists, and radio personalities affiliated with WVON (Chicago), WDIA (Memphis), Capitol Records, CBS, Mercury, MCA, Stax, Philadelphia International Records, Soul Train Records, and Westbrooks’ own company, Source Records. Events include sales and NATRA conventions, receptions, concerts, lectures, award presentations, PUSH Expos, Black Caucus meetings, and Westbrooks’ business trips to West Africa. Also represented are political figures from the United States, Senegal, and Nigeria; religious leaders from the early history of the Church of God in Christ; and events at the Helping Hands Home for Boys in Los Angeles, founded by Westbrooks. The collection also contains a number of artifacts, including posters and music industry awards received by Westbrooks. Extensive manuscript and print materials are also available as part of Westbrooks’ collection. For more information about this collection or a copy of the full finding aid, contact the Archives of African American Music and Culture.

    Information about the AAAMC, its collections, and programs is available on its website at http://www.indiana.edu/~aaamc.

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    Explore historical prints from the collections of the Lilly Library. Our online images will expand over time to include other intriguing images including works of original art and a wide range of photographs.

    Information about the Lilly Library, its collections, and programs is available on its web site, http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/.

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    Karen Shearer began her career as a publicist for Capitol Records before moving to the Westwood One Radio Network circa 1980 where she worked for the next decade as a producer on several popular music programs including Special Edition, a weekly program featuring the music of popular black recording artists. Featured here are photographs from the Special Edition series of Shearer’s collection, which consist primarily of artist publicity portraits of African American musicians from across a range of popular genres (rap, R&B, jazz, soul, rock, funk, etc.). Shearer’s collection also includes additional artist publicity materials as well as radio transcripts for Special Edition, That’s Country Music, Rock Chronicles, My Top Ten, History of Rock ‘n Roll, and various specials, including programs on Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones. The full collection finding aid is accessible at: purl.dlib.indiana.edu/iudl/findingaids/aaamc/VAB9514.

    For more information, visit the Archives of African American Music and Culture.

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    The Willie A. and Lucille S. Whitten Photography Collection contains nearly 700 images reproduced from slides taken during the Whittens’ stays in Liberia in the 1960s and 1970s. A native of Mississippi, Mr. Whitten first traveled to Liberia in 1963 on a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project while completing his graduate studies in adult education. Whitten conducted research for his doctoral dissertation in Lofa County, receiving a Doctorate in Education from Indiana University in 1966. He continued as a USAID education officer in Liberia during the late 1960s. He returned to Liberia in the late 1970s and early 1980s, before and after the violent overthrow of the William Tolbert presidency in the military coup led by Samuel Doe in 1980. The collection includes photographs of the Liberian towns and schools Whitten visited in his USAID work, photographs of Liberian government and cultural events, and family photographs.
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    William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman (1895-1971) was Liberia’s longest-serving president, in office from 1944 to 1971. During his presidency Tubman travelled extensively, visiting many African countries both pre- and post-independence, Haiti and Trinidad as well as other Caribbean countries, the United States and many European countries. In turn Liberia received frequent return visits by Heads of State and other high-ranking officials. The William V. S. Tubman Photography collection contains over 5,500 photographs, most documenting official functions such as trips, inspection tours, formal receptions and inaugurations. Tubman family member appear in many of the photographs in an official capacity, but the collection also includes family photographs. Most photographs were taken by official photographers for Liberia or the host governments.
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    Photographer and newspaperman Frank Hohenberger spent forty-seven years recording the life, customs, and scenes of the hills of Brown County, Indiana, with side trips and hired assignments in other areas of Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Mexico. Thousands of images taken from 1904-1948 of landscapes, buildings, and people testify to Hohenberger's belief, recorded in his diary, that "pictures speak the only language all mankind can understand."

    For more information about the collections, visit the Lilly Library web site: http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/collections/overview/hohenberger.shtml

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    Explore maps from the collections of the Lilly Library. Information about the Lilly Library, its collections, and programs is available on its web site.

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    This is the collection of anthropologist Fred McEvoy’s photographs from his 1967-1968 research among Sabo labor migrants in southeastern Liberia. McEvoy's major research sites were the Sabo home area in Webbo District of Grand Gedeh County (now in River Gee County) and the Firestone Company's Cavalla Plantation in Maryland County.
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    Dress is a vehicle for personal expression, a reflection of society, an art form. The clothing that people have worn throughout history provides insight into their lives and customs. In The Sage Collection at Indiana University—which includes clothing, accessories, and related items from the past as well as the present—our social history comes to life. Overseen by the Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design, the collection serves as a resource for students, professionals, and the public.
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    Explore the museum’s historic photograph collection. The collection is comprised of images of Wylie family members, property, and travels. This online image collection will be expanded upon over time, as sketches, property maps, and other materials are digitized.
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    This collection of Stephanie C. Kane’s ethnographic photographs documents everyday life and holidays among the Emberá people living along the rivers of the Darién tropical forest between 1983 and 1985. This region of riverine forest is known as the Darién Gap, as it is the only gap in the Pan American Highway that runs from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. The photographs also include images of the Wounaan and Catio (along with the Emberá, the three indigenous groups known collectively as the Chocó) and people of African descent. After coming across the forested mountains by canoe from the Department of Chocó, Colombia, mostly in the 20th century, these groups resettled along the rivers of the Darién and became Panamanian citizens. Kane studied the Emberá’s transition from dispersed settlements to villages, focusing on the ways in which women and men negotiated changes inherent in development and national integration. The Organization of American States and the Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin funded her field research. The photographs were taken during the years when the Emberá were writing their constitution and establishing their indigenous reserve. For the first time, the Pan American Highway reached as far as the regional town of Yaviza, two to three days travel time downriver by canoe from the villages, while upriver, a large swath of forest became a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Between these large scale events, initiated by forces outside their realm, the Emberá, among whom Kane lived, continued to survive principally by hunting, fishing, cultivating staples (plantains, corn, rice, manioc), gathering wild foods and medicines. In addition, they built canoes and open-walled, stilt homes using materials gathered in the forest and healed the sick with plants and shamanic ritual. For stories that will animate these images, see Kane’s book, The Phantom Gringo Boat: Shamanic Discourse and Development in Panama (Smithsonian, 1st ed, 1994; Cybereditions, 2nd ed, 2004).
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    The Jerry Slocum Collection of mechanical puzzles embodies a lifetime pursuit of the intriguing and the perplexing. The result is the largest assemblage of its kind in the world, with over 34,000 puzzles. Unlike word or jigsaw puzzles, mechanical puzzles are hand-held objects that must be manipulated to achieve a specific goal. Popular examples include the Rubik's cube and tangrams. The puzzles in the collection represent centuries of mathematical, social, and recreational history from across five continents. When complete, this database will allow researchers and puzzle enthusiasts to search and browse the entire puzzle collection.

    For more information about the Slocum puzzle collection, please visit the Lilly Library web page.

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    Indiana University’s Cyrillic map collection consists of maps in the Cyrillic alphabet. The bulk of this collection is made up of the Soviet Red Army topographic maps, which were produced for defense and economic planning. This collection came to Indiana University from the duplicate map room of the Library of Congress Map Collection in the early 1990s. These maps cover not only parts of Russia and Eastern Europe, but extend as far north as Scandinavia, as far west as Germany and the Netherlands, and as far south as Iran.

    Other collection high-lights include maps of Yugoslavia, Belarus, Romania, Poland, and Mongolia. There are also a few individual city maps, such as a reproduction of a map of Moscow from 1739.

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    Indiana Historic Maps provides images of a small portion of maps that focus on Indiana. The majority of this collection focuses on maps produced prior to 1923 unless known to be in the public domain as state or federal documents. In addition, Indiana University Bloomington holds an outstanding collection of print maps by and about geographic areas covering the state of Indiana. Most well known of these are the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps which have been digitized through 1923 and now available at: http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=1002181. In addition we own many maps produced by Indiana State government agencies including state and county highway maps, IGS geologic maps and DNR park maps; U.S. Federal agencies such as the USGS topographic maps, Congressional survey maps and AMS maps from the 1940s; as well as privately produced maps for the state but also cities and counties.

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    Franchthi Cave is located near the southwestern tip of the Argolid peninsula across the bay from the fishing village of Kiladha, Greece. In 1967, Tom Jacobsen began directing excavations inside the cave, under the sponsorship of Indiana University, Bloomington, on a permit issued through the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Excavations continued in 1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, and 1979, expanding to include the area on the slopes in front of the cave along the shore, called the “Paralia,” underwater exploration of the spring at the very back of the cave, and geophysical soundings and coring in the Bay of Kiladha. The work produced well-stratified remains from the Upper Paleolithic through the end of the Neolithic, with surface finds indicating visits, if not occupation, during most phases of historical times up to the present. Thirteen volumes in the series of specialist reports have appeared to date (later 2012), published by Indiana University Press; four others are in preparation, as is a synthesis of the entire project’s results (by Catherine Perlès). On Jacobsen’s retirement in 1997, K. D. Vitelli took over as Director of the project.

    The archives of the Franchthi Project are maintained by the IU Archives, and include, in addition to the color images included here, an extensive collection of black and white negatives and contact prints, copies of the excavation notebooks, the original inventory books for all finds, correspondence related to the project and its symposia held in Bloomington, a few soil samples, copies of the volumes in the Franchthi publication series, copies of many articles by Franchthi staff, and other related documents. The original field notebooks and copies of the inventory books are housed, along with all of the finds from the project, in the Archaeological Museum, and it’s storerooms in the Leonardo, in Nafplio, Greece. Additional copies of notebooks are in the archives of the American School in Athens, and in the Mayor’s office in Kranidhi, the political center for Kiladha.

    Queries may be addressed to Brad Cook at bcook@indiana.edu

Welcome to Image Collections Online

Image Collections Online serves as a showcase for various image collections curated by the libraries, departments, and cultural institutions of Indiana University. Launched in December 2011, Image Collections Online includes historical photographs from the Liberian Collections and images of cultural objects from the Lilly Library at IU Bloomington. As the site grows we will be adding new collections from throughout the Indiana University community, as well as bringing in existing collections such as:

For access to additional image collections from IU, please visit IU Digital Library Program Collections and Digital Collections of IUPUI University Library.

Image Collections Online is supported by the Indiana University Digital Library Program, a partnership between the IU Libraries and University Information Technology Services.

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