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Amherst College Photographer Records

Identifier: MA.00219
Digital Collection: Amherst College Photographer Records (Selections)
Digital Collection: Amherst College Photographer Records (Selections)

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Scope and Contents

Negatives, prints, transparencies and digital images documenting Amherst College events, people and places taken by College Photographers and their assistants. The records include visual documentation of major campus events, such as convocations, commencements and reunions, as well as athletics, music and theater performances, lectures, student and academic life, and college buildings and grounds. Also included are ID and professional portraits of college faculty and staff, copy work for faculty, Archives researchers and college departments, and special projects for the alumni magazine and other college units.


  • Creation: 1960 - 2005
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1965 - 2005


Biographical / Historical

Official college photographers and their assistants have been employed by the college since at least the early 1960s. College photographers worked primarily at the direction of the Office of Public Affairs although work was also done for individual staff and faculty and for campus units such as the Mead Art Museum and Physical Plant. Individual jobs may also have been contracted out to local photographers, particularly for athletic events and large events such as commencement and reunion.

Images taken by the college photographers were used in campus publications of all sorts including the alumni magazine and admissions and fundraising materials. College photographers also took ID photographs and professional portraits for faculty and staff; took documentary photographs for various campus units and provided copy photography for faculty, Archives researchers, and campus departments.

Prior to the 1960s, it appears that independent photographers in Amherst and the surrounding area were hired to take photographs of college events, buildings and community members as needed. Lincoln Barnes and John L. Lovell both took many photographs of the college in this capacity.


109 Linear feet (175 negative boxes, 97 archives boxes, 10 flat boxes, 8 record boxes, 3 half archives boxes, 2 CD boxes and 1 oversize flat box)

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Negatives, prints, transparencies and digital images documenting Amherst College events, people and places taken by College Photographers and their assistants.

Related Materials

  1. Amherst College Photographs Collection
  2. Amherst College Athletics Collection
  3. Amherst College Dramatic Activities Collection
  4. Amherst College Buildings and Grounds Collection
  5. Amherst College Alumni Biographical Files
  6. Amherst College Non-Alumni Biographical Files
  7. Amherst College Archives Copy Negatives
  8. James Gerhard Papers
  9. Amherst College Class Albums Collection
  10. Lincoln Wade Barnes Photographic Negatives Collection
  11. John L. Lovell Collection, Jones Library Special Collections, Amherst, Mass.
Inital listing, 2006: Peter A. Nelson; Molly Brown; Lauren Delapenha AC 201; John Dobreski AC 2007; Casey Guenthner AC 2008; Judith Lively; Deborah Raji AC 2006; Jai Roehl AC 2007; Lauren Schmale AC 2006; Phillip Smith AC 2008 Processed, 2014-2019: Mariah Leavitt; Tessa McEvoy, AC 2016; James O’Connor, AC 2017; Jonathan Jackson AC 2019; Alex Siqing Liu AC 2019; Norah Oteri AC 2018; Santiago Vargas Garcia AC 2021; Diego Gomez AC 2020; Olivia Geiger AC 2021; Stephanie Calderón AC 2021; Samuel Hood AC 2021; Alice Jackson AC 2021; Umaimah Ahmed AC 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299