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Syracuse University Photo & Imaging Collection

A description of the collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Syracuse University.
Title: Syracuse University Photo & Imaging Collection
Dates: 1949-2014
Size: 188 boxes (105.5 linear feet)
Abstract: The Photo & Imaging Collection contains negatives, contact prints and sheets, and digital images of Syracuse University grounds, campus life, and community.
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Historical Note

The Syracuse University Photo & Imaging Center (previously known as The Photo Center) began taking and collecting photographs of the grounds, campus life, and University community in 1949 and continues to do so today.

The Photo & Imaging Center provides still photography services ranging from black-and-white and color film processing to slide processing and mounting. Photographers from the Center also attend University functions and events.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains over 50,000 images of University life, campus grounds, and events from 1949 to the present day. Materials comprise 4x5 single negatives and their corresponding prints, 35mm negatives and contact sheets, and CD-Rs of digital images.

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Alternative Formats

Some of the photographs from this collection are also available as digital files. Please contact the archivist for access.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Selected Search Terms


Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Higher education.

Types of material

Black-and-white negatives.
Contact sheets.
Cut film.
Negatives (photographs)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Syracuse University Photo & Imaging Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The Photo & Imaging Center transferred a large amount of material to the University Archives in 1976 and in 1992. For the past several years, the University Archives has continuously received material from the Photo & Imaging Center.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Maggie Teschler
Date: 2017
Revision history: 8/15/17 - extent modified, duplicates removed from physical collection - SAM

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Most of the materials in the collection are organized chronologically.

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An inventory is not available for this collection. Please contact Archives staff for more information.

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