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University Photograph Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UnivRec-0066

Scope and Contents

The University Photographic Collection includes thousands of prints, negatives, contact sheets, and slides which document the history of East Tennessee State from 1911 through 1986. Early prints cover the school's years as a normal school and a teaching college, while later prints, slides, and negatives cover the school's history as a college and university. Also included in the collection are prints and negatives from the "Buccaneer" yearbook for the years 1987 through 1990. These prints and negatives document student life at the university.

The addition to the University Photographic Collection consists of photo lab daily work report sheets from the office files of the university photographer (Tom Daniel, at the time). The forms and a notebook used by the photographer document specific photographic activities of the photographer and photo lab for the period 1965-75.


  • 1911 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


64.00 Boxes (51 Hollinger Boxes, 2 Flat Boxes, 10 Oversize Boxes, Room 424 File cabinets, Oversize prints in map cabinets)

5.00 Motion pictures

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The collection is divided into three subgroups: Subgroup 1, University Affairs Archives (UAA), 1965-1986; Subgroup 2, University Photographic Archives (UPA), 1911-88; and Subgroup 3, The Buccaneer Photographs, 1987-90.

UAA is subdivided into three series according to material type: Series 1, Negatives, 1965-86 and undated; Series 2, Contacts, 1965-86; and Series 3, Miscellaneous Materials, 1968 and undated.

UPA is divided into four series according to type of material: Series 1, Negatives, 1911-85; Series 2, Contacts, 1984-85; Series 3, Prints, 1911-90; and Series 4, Slides, 1960-90.

The Buccaneer Photographs are divided into five series according to school year: Series 4, 1986; Series 2, 1987; Series 3, 1988; Series 4, 1989, and Series 5, 1990. Three folders containing oversize UPA Prints have been placed in the map cabinets according to accession number.

The collection addendum is arranged in reverse chronological order with the exception of the notebook which is filed first. The addendum is ordered Subgroup 4, Office Files, 1965-75. Subgroup 4 consists of a single series titled Photo Lab Daily Reports, 1965-1975, Boxes 53-55.

Method of Acquisition

The University Photographic Collection was given to the University Archives in seven separate donations between 1979-89. The first donation was made by retired university photographer Thomas N. Daniel on behalf of the Office of University Relations in 1979. Prints and negatives in the Daniel donation originally were included in accession 50, the Thomas Nance Daniel Collection. Larry Smith, university photographer since 1980, has been responsible for the subsequent donations. Since 1987, when the university photographer assumed responsibility for the yearbook, prints and negatives from the Buccaneer yearbook have been included with these donations. Previous donations of Buccaneer materials have been processed as accession 275.

Accruals and Additions

The addition to the University Photographic Collection was transferred to University Archives by Larry Smith, university photographer, ETSU, on August 30, 1993, and opened to researchers in January 1998.

Heather Flood donated two 1916 panoramic photographs in 2008, acq# 2008-031.

Processing Information

M.Tedesco completed processing the collection in 1993. N. Irwin completed processing the addition in 1998.

M. Tedesco; N. Irwin
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA