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Syracuse University Portrait Collection

A description of the collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Syracuse University.
Title: Syracuse University Portrait Collection
Dates: circa 1870s-2000s
Size: 44 cabinet drawers (approximately 65 linear feet)
Abstract: Portraits of students, alumni, faculty, staff, visitors, and chancellors of Syracuse University
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Historical Note

Syracuse University was founded on March 24, 1870, when its Board of Trustees signed the University charter and certificate of incorporation, acting on a proposal put forth earlier that year at the Methodist State Convention. Despite its modest beginnings, the story of Syracuse University has been one of remarkable growth and progress. The University’s population has expanded from a few dozen local students to over 21,000 students from all over the world. Significant eras of development in campus building and academic programs included the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries and the post-World War II years. The second half of the twentieth century saw the University transform into a modern research institution with international connections.

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Scope and Content Note

The Syracuse University Portrait Collection comprises photographs of students, alumni, faculty, staff, visitors, and chancellors.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions for this collection.

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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Related Material

The University Archives holds the Photograph Collection.

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Selected Search Terms


Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Alumni and alumnae.
Higher education.

Types of material


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Syracuse University Portrait Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The University Archives acquired these materials from various campus offices and donors.

Processing Information

These records are not processed.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Jaihyun Park
Date: 2018
Revision history:

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The collection is unprocessed and remains in original order.

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An inventory has not yet been created for this collection. Please contact the Repository listed above for more information.

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