All Image Collections

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    Photographs of Kumasi Central Market (Ghana), one of the largest marketplaces in West Africa. A 1979 survey found its traders were 70% women and 70% from the locally dominant Asante ethnic group. The images show retail and wholesale areas, street scenes, special events, portraits of traders and their home life in this and other related trading sites in Kumasi and throughout Ghana. Black and white photos by Gracia Clark during ethnographic fieldwork 1978-80. Color images from slides by Gracia Clark and Carmen Paz, date from 1979 to 2006, as noted.
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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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    The photographs in the Nelson George Collection consist primarily of materials collected during research for Nelson George's book Where Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound (St. Martin's Press, 1985). Other materials in this collection include interviews (audiocassettes and transcripts), newspaper clippings, magazines, photocopies of legal documents, manuscripts, and correspondence. The full collection finding aid is accessible at:
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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

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    The Indiana Geological Survey recently rescued a collection of over 10,000 photographs from the early to mid-1900s; these photographs were used by the Indiana Limestone Company (Bedford, Ind.) for marketing purposes, namely, to illustrate architectural styles, limestone uses, and limestone types. The images reflect the urban transformation of the United States, but were hidden for decades in a dilapidated house on the outskirts of a quarrying operation in southern Indiana. The collection shows the extensive use of Indiana limestone in commercial, municipal, institutional, and residential building projects in nearly every state. Most of the black and white photos are 8 x 10 inches and are mounted on cloth; glued to the cloth backing are typed or handwritten labels that provide information on the location and name of the building, architect, date of construction, type and quantity of limestone, and other building details. The majority of the photographs were taken by professional photographers and the photos are stamped with the photographer’s name or company. Indiana University’s Office of the Vice Provost provided funding for this portion of the collection to be inventoried, catalogued, and scanned by the Indiana Geological Survey. The collection available here is of images from Indiana and Chicago and their corresponding data. NOTE: The ILPC project is currently unfunded; further work on this collection is suspended until such time as financial support is secured.
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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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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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:

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

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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:

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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,

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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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    Established in 1947, The Kinsey Institute works towards advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide. For nearly 70 years, the Institute has been investigating and informing the world about critical issues in sex, gender and reproduction. The Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections house extensive art, photography, and archival collections including the papers and correspondence of Dr. Alfred Kinsey, the Institute research data and codebooks, and the media response to The Kinsey Report. Other archival collections include materials of well-known scholars and organizations such as Alex Comfort, Harry Benjamin, Robert Latou Dickinson, Havelock Ellis, Magnus Hirschfeld, William Masters, Virginia Masters-Johnson, Carney Landis, John Money, Leah Schaefer, Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality, and International Academy of Sex Research. The art collection contains fine art prints, drawings, paintings, sculpture, photographs, novelty items, and sexual health artifacts.

    The Kinsey Institute photography collection contains more than 75,000 photographs dating from the 1840s to the present and produced primarily in the United States and Europe. Though many of these prints were produced by anonymous commercial and amateur photographers, the collection also contains works by fine art photographers such as Judy Dater, Wilhelm von Gloeden, George Platt Lynes, Arnold Newman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, and Joel-Peter Witkin.

    The Kinsey Institute collections are owned by The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Inc, a 501C3 non-profit Indiana organization.

    All images and photographs held in IU’s Image Collections Online represents a portion of the Kinsey Institute collections. Inquiries about obtaining research access or requesting reproductions should be directed to Onsite use of the Kinsey Institute Collections is by appointment only. For more information, please visit
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    William C. Siegmann (1943-2011) was a leading expert on the arts of Liberia and Sierra Leone and was particularly associated with West African masking traditions and performance. His interest was not only in their aesthetics, but in understanding the cultural meanings and context of these arts, including their relationship with cosmology, music and dance. During his career, Siegmann served as a curator at the Africana and National Museums in Liberia, Museum of the Society of African Missions African Art (NJ), Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Brooklyn Museum. He wrote and lectured extensively on the art of masquerades in Liberia and Sierra Leone, as well as on issues in museology, collecting, interpretation and connoisseurship. Siegmann shared his skills in collections development broadly, conducting frequent seminars on museum management and curatorial training in Europe, Africa, and South America. Both Siegmann’s papers and photographs are held by the Indiana University Liberian Collections.
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    Tom Draper was hired as a salesman by RCA in 1970 while still in business school. He worked his way up to promotions in the company’s newly established black music division and eventually became vice president of A&R. In 1975, he was hired to do marketing and promotion for Warner Bros. Records. During his tenure there, from 1975 to 1987, Warner Bros. Records’ black artist roster not only flourished but surpassed those of all the other major labels. Draper's collection documents the career of an African American music executive and covers his tenures at RCA Records and Warner Bros. Records. The bulk of the collection consists of 80 publicity photographs taken during music industry events. Also included is correspondence, press clippings and programs for concerts produced by Draper.

    The full collection finding aid is accessible at:

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    Lee H. Hamilton served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1964 to 1999, representing the 9th District of Indiana. The 1696 photographs in the collection document his legislative career, work with constituents, and international work as chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East.
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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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    The Archive of Tikas represents the personal business documents from ancient Egypt of a woman named Tikas. Tikas inherited a significant piece of property from her parents and later used that property as collateral for a series of financial transactions. The documents all date from the time frame of 200-180 BC in the Ptolemaic era in Egypt. This time period was the Egypt after the Greeks assumed control of Egypt after Alexander’s conquest in 332 BC and is mostly known as the time when traditional Egyptian culture was placed under significant pressures as the Greek language and customs were being systematically not being used in business and administrative procedures in favor of Greek forms and practices. The archive consists of 44 complete and fragmentary documents all written in the Egyptian script known as Demotic. Demotic Egyptian was used in Egypt from around 700 BC up through AD 300. For business purposes, the Ptolemaic period is the last phase where widespread use of Demotic is found until it is supplanted by Greek. This process began in the Ptolemaic period and was completed during the Roman period. The Egyptian language (written in Demotic) did survive and this archive is a classic example of that. The archive contains further significance as it shows that women in Egypt did have the right to own property outright and were legally capable of disposing and using that property in any manner that they wished.

    These plates form the photographic record for the publication: The Archive of Tikas. A Woman’s Archive of Demotic Papyri from Philadelphia in the Fayum by Eugene Cruz-Uribe & Charles Nims, Demotische Studien 15 (Sommerhausen, Gisella Zauzich Verlag, 2015, ISBN 9783924151089). For access to high resolution images, click here:

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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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    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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    Malcolm L. Fleming is a retired Indiana University Professor of Education. From 1942-1944 he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and in 1945 he became an Official Army Photographer. During his time as Official Army Photographer, Fleming also used his own personal camera to shoot a small collection of approximately 500 images that he has donated to the Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management.
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    This collection of photographs represents the results of a long field project to record the numerous Demotic graffiti located on the temple of the goddess Isis located on Philae Island (Aswan, Egypt). These graffiti are written in the Demotic script used in Egypt from around 650 BC through the fifth century AD. Most of these graffiti are the personal prayers of pilgrims who visited the temple from south of Egypt during the third to sixth centuries AD.

    Demotic is the fourth of five stages of the ancient Egyptian languages and is known for its extremely difficult script to read. These texts were mainly written by Nubians from south of Egypt when they came up to the temple of Isis to worship. Within the collection of graffiti are the last dated Demotic texts which are known, the last dating to December of AD 452. These are significant because the temple of Isis was the last traditional temple in Egypt which had begun to convert to Christianity mainly during the third century AD. The temple of Isis was kept open by diplomatic treaty between the Roman empire and the Meroitic Kingdom to the south. The temple was not closed until AD 538 during the reign of Justinian. These graffiti provide significant information of the continuation of traditional cults in Egypt long after most Egyptians had converted to Christianity.

    The first major work on the graffiti was done by F. Ll. Griffith, who published 450 of the graffiti in his volume Catalogue of the Demotic Graffiti from the Dodecaschoenus (Oxford, 1937). This project recorded an additional 534 graffiti. These photographs serve as a companion to the volume to be published by Lockwood Press (Atlanta) later in 2015.

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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.

    An interactive index map of the collection is located here:

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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: 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.

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.