Indiana University Archives

About Indiana University Archives

The Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management holds a vast photograph and negative collection that comprises approximately two-million images. The majority of these were shot by Indiana University’s Photographic Services Department, Athletic Department, and News Bureau. The remaining images were shot mostly by local professional photographers, alumni, and faculty. The bulk of the Archives photographic holdings can be found at Included on this site are two collections. First are images from archaeological work conducted by faculty from Indiana University’s Department of Classical Archaeology at the Grecian Franchthi Cave from 1967-1979. Second are personal photographs taken by Indiana University Professor Emeritus of Education Malcolm “Mac” Fleming in 1945 Germany, where he served as a photographer for the US Army Signal Corps.


Montgomery Photographs

Pauline Montgomery Indiana Tombstone Photographs

The Pauline Montgomery Indiana Tombstone Photographs collection contains approximately 1,600 images of grave markers. The images from the 1960s were predominately shot in eastern Indiana. The collection also contains two ledgers in which Montgomery kept additional valuable contextual information about each image (e.g. image number, location, description, and date the marker was placed).


Franchthi Photographs

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

Fleming Photographs

Malcolm Fleming World War II Photographs

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.

Arthur R. Metz

Arthur R. Metz Photograph Collection

Arthur R. Metz received the AB in medicine from Indiana University in 1909 and later his MD degree from Rush Medical College. In a medical capacity he worked for Wesley Memorial Hospital; the Chicago Cubs; the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad; the Pennsylvania Railroad; and the Wrigley family of Chicago. During World War I he served as a captain in the Medical Reserve Corps at Base Hospital 13. In 1927, as a replacement surgeon, Metz joined the East African safari of George Getz, Jr. The collection presented here consists of photographs that Metz purchased, or was given, that depict locations and scenes during World War I. The safari images, as well as other images, will be added to this collection at a later date (NOTE: a large amount of the safari images can be found in the main IU Archives Photograph Database. Simply search the accession number 2018/102 to view them).

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