University Libraries Historical Photograph Collections Processed

Posted: July 25, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: July 22, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Last summer, University Libraries Special Collections and Archives (SC&A) received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to process two of its major photograph collections, the Oliver F. Atkins Photograph Collection and the Arthur E. Scott Collection.

Now, those collections have digital finding aids making it easier for researchers to see what is in the collection.

The new finding aids show that photojournalist/photohistorian Arthur E. Scott photographed many U. S. senators and presidents, including Barry Goldwater, Gerald Ford, and Richard Nixon. Scott also documented important landmarks, such as the U.S. Capitol Building and Arlington National Cemetery. The collection includes more than 5,000 prints and negatives from 1910 to 1976.

Oliver F. Atkins was a photojournalist and White House photographer. The finding aid for the collection shows that he photographed many important public figures from the 1940s to the 1970s, including John F. Kennedy and his family in the late 1950s and early 1960s. As White House photographer during Richard Nixon’s administration, Atkins photographed many significant events, including the last days before Nixon’s resignation.

According to SC&A, the series of photos documenting Nixon’s meeting with Elvis Presley in 1970 is the most famous and the most requested.

See some photos from the collections and read more about them on the SC&A blog, Vault 217.



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