Guide to the University Historic Photograph Collection

Prepared by Kate Legg
Colorado State University Archives and Special Collections
Copyright 2011 Colorado State University. All rights reserved.
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 by Amy Meger 2011
Creator: Colorado State University. Office of Instructional Services
Title: University Historic Photograph Collection
Dates: 1879-2001
Bulk Dates: 1920s-1980s
Quantity: 185 linear feet
Identification: UHPC
Abstract: The University Historic Photograph Collection is the visual history of Colorado State University from the 1880s to 2001. It documents various aspects of campus life, including academics, athletics, student activities, faculty research, Cooperative Extension, and the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station. Materials dated from the 1880s to the 1950s are processed. Some materials from the 1960s to the 1980s are minimally processed. Later series have not been processed.
Contact Information: Archives and Special Collections
Morgan Library
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1019 USA
Phone: 970-491-1844
Fax: 970-491-1195
Email: library_dl_specialcollections@mail.colostate.edu
URL: https://lib.colostate.edu/archives
Restrictions on Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, it is stored offsite, so advance notice is required.
Restrictions on Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Colorado State University Libraries online catalog. Researchers seeking materials about related subjects, persons, organizations, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Subjects:
  • Colorado State University -- History.
  • Colorado State University -- Buildings.
  • Colorado State University -- Students.
  • Colorado State University -- Sports.
  • Colorado State University -- Employees.
  • Colorado State University -- Faculty.
Organizations:
  • Colorado State University.
  • Fort Lewis College.
Places:
  • Fort Collins (Colo.)
  • Colorado.
Special Document Types:
  • Photographs.
  • Lantern slides.
  • Negatives.
  • Slides (photographs).
The University Historic Photograph Collection consists of photographs taken by the official campus photographers of Colorado State University from the earliest days of the land grant college through the large public university era. Originally known as the Campus Photo Shop, the department has experienced organizational and name changes over the years. For many years, the campus photographers worked in the Office of Instructional Services. During a reorganization in 2006, the OIS was disbanded and the photographers joined Communication and Creative Services. During that move, the historic prints and negatives were donated to the archives department.
The Morrill Act of 1862, granted federal land to states to build colleges that would provide practical and scientific instruction in agriculture and mechanic arts. On February 11, 1870, Colorado's territorial government authorized the founding of Colorado Agricultural College under the provisions of the Morrill Act. In 1877, a governing board for the College was organized, known as the State Board of Agriculture, currently known as the Board of Governors. The first campus building was erected in 1878, and classes began in 1879. Early course offerings focused on agriculture and disciplines that supported agriculture, such as civil and irrigation engineering and entomology. Female students were offered a course of study in domestic science.
The College continued to grow over the years, expanding programs of study and course offerings. The campus also experienced name changes that reflected the widening breadth of academic offerings. In 1935 the school changed its name to the Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, signaling that other courses of study were available to students than just agriculture. In 1957, the College was renamed again to Colorado State University, indicating its transformation to a full-fledge University with a wide variety of courses and graduate-level educational offerings.
The University Historic Photograph Collection consists of over 400,000 photographic materials dated from the 1879 to 2001. It is the visual history of Colorado State University, documenting academics, student activities and organizations, athletics, the campus and its buildings, faculty research, Cooperative Extension, the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, and scenes of Fort Collins and the surrounding area. The collection also represents a timeline of the history of photography as it contains glass plate negatives, magic lantern slides, cabinet cards, cyanotypes, silver gelatin prints, acetate negatives, color negatives, 35mm rolled film, 35mm color slides, and even digital images.
The collection is arranged by negative format.
The collection consists of nineteen series in 120 boxes and 12 file cabinets:
Preferred Citation

University Historic Photograph Collection, Colorado State University Archive, Colorado State University.

Acquisition

The University Historic Photograph Collection was transferred from the Office of Instructional Services, now Communication and Creative Services, to the Archives in summer 2006.

Appraisal

The Coordinator of Archives and Special Collections met with Communication and Creative Services staff in December 2005 to survey the collection. Further appraisal was carried out by the project archivist. No items were discarded from the oldest series. Duplicates from Series 15, Safety negatives and prints: 1908-1953 and undated were discarded by the project archivist.

Processing

The photographic materials, both prints and negatives, were arranged by a consecutive numbering system original to the collection that is roughly organized by date. Duplicate numbers were used, and often duplicates indicate a different pose of the same subject, but can also refer to very different subjects. The original point of access to most of the images (and those covered in this finding aid) was a system of 8x10" subject index cards organized broadly by subject, and housed in a dozen 4-drawer file cabinets. These cards included a print of the negative, caption, date, subject headings, and negative number.

Notations on the cards are varied and inconsistent. Four different classification systems were used to organize the cards during the collection's active records lifecycle. Some cards do not include dates, captions, or negative numbers. Negatives and prints slated to be digitized that had no number were given a number during processing, starting with 20,000.

The donor sleeved most of the glass plate negatives in acid-free paper enclosures. The processing archivist replaced any enclosures mislabeled and/or labeled in pen. It is important to note that the donor was not trained in archival standards when transferring the new enclosures, and it is likely information from the original enclosures was lost. The plates were cleaned on the non-emulsion side and were rehoused in acid-free paper enclosures and labeled in pencil using the information on the existing enclosures and the subject index cards. The subject index cards were checked against the plates in order to synthesize information on the original enclosures with the cards. Captions in the inventory represent those found on the transcribed enclosures and subject index cards, except for the Western Slope Fruit Investigations and Glass plate addendum subseries, which were still housed in original enclosures. For those subseries captions were transcribed word for word by the archivist. The glass plates are stored vertically in acid-free boxes. Barrier board was inserted in the boxes to aid in taking weight off the plates.

Some contact prints and plastic acetate and polyester negatives were housed with the glass plate negatives, sometimes in addition to the glass plate, other times in lieu of a glass plate. Those prints that were in lieu of a glass plate negative have been labeled as "negative surrogates."

Sixty-five glass plates required stabilization due to breakage and cracks in the glass. Broken and cracked plates were stabilized using window glass to create "sandwiches" to keep the broken glass together as an entire image and are stored flat. All the glass plates were cleaned with a soft cloth on the non-emulsion side to remove dirt and fingerprints. About 45 glass plate negatives were identified as in serious states of chemical deterioration and presented possible health hazards and thus were destroyed.

The magic lantern slides had no original enclosures apart from a storage box. Each lantern slide was cleaned and re-housed in acid-free four-flap enclosures.

The silver gelatin prints from nitrate negatives are the contact prints made from the cellulose nitrate negatives. Due to safety and fire hazards associated with nitrate film, the donor duplicated their collection of nitrate negatives in the 1980s and destroyed the originals.

Unfortunately, the university did not give appropriate notice to the department responsible for making the duplicates and as a result, the duplicate prints were not developed according to the highest standards. While the images represent an important historical record from the nitrate negatives, the prints are rapidly fading, negatively affecting image quality. Due to the poor image quality of the duplicate prints made in 1980, the historic prints that were adhered glued to 8x10" subject index cards were processed as the archival masters. On occasion no subject index card existed and the 1980 print was used in lieu of a historic print on a card. The subject index cards were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes. Loose prints were rehoused in acid-free paper envelopes and stored in archival boxes.

The cabinet cards were removed from their original manila envelopes and rehoused in acid-free paper enclosures and stored in a metal edge archival box. Captions and dates found on the original enclosures were transcribed word for word to the new enclosures by the archivist.

The scenic file is a group of photographic materials with unique negative numbers beginning with an "S" and labeled as the "Scenic File." These materials were separated by the donor from the main collection as a distinct series. The subject index cards were rehoused in acid-free folders and acid-free record cartons. Loose prints, postcard prints, and negatives were rehoused in acid-free paper envelopes and stored in archival boxes. The negatives for this series were nitrate negatives, which are dangerous to keep and can adversely affect other collections. The Special Collections and Archives department asked the Morgan Library digital unit to create high resolution TIFF images of the negatives to serve as the archival master. The nitrate negatives were then destroyed by the hazardous materials department.

The silver gelatin prints: "M" prints series is a collection of 2 1/2 x 3 1/2" prints glued to 8x10" subject index cards. The location of the original negatives is unknown; they were not part of the collection transferred to the Archives. It is likely the prints were made from roll nitrate film that was destroyed in 1980 by the donor. Many of these prints were falling off the subject index cards and were rehoused in acid-free paper envelopes and stored in archival boxes. Some prints still remain on the subject index cards, and these cards were rehoused in acid-free folders and stored in acid-free record cartons.

The silver gelatin prints from diacetate negatives series is a collection of prints glued down to 8"x10" subject index cards. The original diacetate negatives are in various states of physical deterioration due to the effects of time and inadequate storage. The subject index cards were processed as the archival masters rather than the original negatives due to this deterioration. The subject index cards were rehoused in acid-free folders and stored in acid-free record cartons.

The "A" prints series is a collection of negatives and contact prints with unique negative numbers beginning with the letter "A" and were thus arranged as a distinct series. Many of the contact prints were glued to 8x10" subject index cards, but have fallen off over time as the glue deteriorated. Many of these prints show signs of glue staining. Groups of negatives were removed from manila envelopes and stored in individual acid-free paper enclosures. All captions, titles, and dates were transcribed word for word by the archivist onto the new enclosures.

The safety negatives and prints series is a collection of negatives and contact prints. As the photograph industry discovered the hazards of nitrate negatives, they created a stable poly base and named the negatives, "safety." This series represents safety negatives date generally before 1950. Many of the contact prints were glued to 8x10" subject index cards, but have fallen off over time as the glue deteriorated. Many of these prints show signs of glue staining. Groups of negatives were removed from manila envelopes and stored in individual acid-free paper enclosures. All captions, titles, and dates were transcribed word for word by the archivist onto the new enclosures.

The safety negatives and prints series is a collection of negatives and contact prints. As the photograph industry discovered the hazards of nitrate negatives, they created a stable poly base and named the negatives, "safety." This series represents safety negatives date generally before 1950. Many of the contact prints were glued to 8x10" subject index cards, but have fallen off over time as the glue deteriorated. Many of these prints show signs of glue staining. Groups of negatives were removed from manila envelopes and stored in individual acid-free paper enclosures. All captions, titles, and dates were transcribed word for word by the archivist onto the new enclosures.

The "B" prints series is a collection of negatives and contact prints with unique negative numbers beginning with the letter "B" and were thus minimally processed as a distinct series. Together with the "R" and "T" images, groups of contact sheets are kept alphabetically by subject in file drawers. All titles and dates were transcribed to a spreadsheet to create access.

The "R" prints series is a collection of negatives and contact prints with unique negative numbers beginning with the letter "R" and were thus minimally processed as a distinct series. Together with the "B" and "T" images, groups of contact sheets are kept alphabetically by subject in file drawers. All titles and dates were transcribed to a spreadsheet to create access.

The "T" prints series is a collection of negatives and contact prints with unique negative numbers beginning with the letter "T" and were thus minimally processed as a distinct series. Together with the "B" and "R" images, groups of contact sheets are kept alphabetically by subject in file drawers. All titles and dates were transcribed to a spreadsheet to create access.

This series of contact sheets and negatives represents campus images taken with 35 mm film from the mid- 1960s to the early 1980s. The original order has been maintained for this group of negatives and prints. The negative binders are labeled PA_PR. It is likely that the public affairs and public relations department donated this group of prints and negatives in 1982. Groups of negatives were already housed in archival enclosures. The contact sheets were removed from their binders, put into archival boxes and interleaved with acid-free paper.

Separated Collections

Separated materials include eight CSU publications dated 1916-1931.

Series 1: Glass plate negatives, 1903-1931 (20.62 linear feet)

This series consists of over 6,000 glass plate negatives that cover the early years of Colorado State University, with particular attention to the academic disciplines of agriculture, mechanical engineering, home economics, science and arts, and veterinary medicine. Student activities, organizations, and athletics are also documented, as well as early scenes of the campus and its buildings. The University's rich Extension Service and Experiment Station history is also well represented, pointing to the importance of the University not only to the Fort Collins community and its students, but people throughout Colorado. Early scenes of Fort Collins homes, streets, businesses, and churches can also be found in this series. Images are arranged in eleven subseries.
Subseries 1.1: Academics, 1903-1930
This subseries contains the five divisions of study offered at the Colorado Agricultural College during a thirty-year period. The College's early focus on agriculture is paramount, and other divisions engaged in work that reflected agricultural concerns, such as veterinary medicine for livestock, entomology classes dedicated to controlled agricultural pests, and engineering classes geared toward repairing farm machinery and constructing irrigation systems. For young women, the Home Economics division provided cutting-edge scientific knowledge and training necessary to be a successful farm wife and mother. Images in this subseries include classroom scenes and field work. Some images may have served dual purposes and were used for Extension and Experiment Station bulletins as well. The subseries is arranged according to divisions of study identified using College Catalogs, and within each division the images are arranged numerically.
Subseries 1.2: Athletics, 1918-1932
This subseries represents the largest subseries in the glass plate negative series. It includes a broad spectrum of athletic pursuits at the College for both men and women. Of interest is the annual May Fete event, a pageant featuring most of the College's female student body. May Fete offered one of the few "physical" activities for women students. Football is prominent in this subseries, reflecting its popularity among the College community. The subseries is arranged according to sport and within each sport numerically by negative number.
Subseries 1.3: Campus buildings and scenes, 1911-1929 and undated
This subseries contains images of the campus. Specific buildings, shots of campus walkways, even aerial images of the entire campus are found in this subseries. The aerial images provide an interesting look at the campus and Fort Collins in the early twentieth century, providing a visual timeline of growth and change. The names and functions of some buildings have changed. The subseries is divided according to building or landmark and arranged numerically therein according to negative number.
Subseries 1.4: Colorado School of Agriculture, 1915-1925 and undated
This subseries contains images of the Colorado School of Agriculture (C.S.A.). Established in 1909, the C.S.A. filled a void experienced by rural Colorado families who wished further training for their children beyond the eighth grade. As many communities lacked a high school or a high school with vocational training, the C.S.A. provided practical instruction in Agriculture, Home Economics, and Mechanic Arts. Students age fifteen and up attended the C.S.A., and many went on to become full-fledged college students. The C.S.A. ceased operation in 1927 due to curriculum improvements in Colorado's public school system. This subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 1.5: Extension Service, 1915-1930 and undated
This subseries contains images documenting the Extension Service. Many of these photographs were used for Extension Bulletins. Poultry appears repeatedly in this subseries, pointing to the College's work in boosting the poultry business in Colorado by educating livestock producers in the scientific methods of poultry husbandry. The Extension Service also sponsored demonstration trains that brought information to communities all over Colorado. Images in this subseries point to the College's land-grant mission of education and reveal what concerns were pertinent to the people of Colorado during the first few decades of the twentieth century. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 1.6: Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, 1905-1931 and undated
This subseries contains images that document research undertaken by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station of the Colorado Agricultural College. The Hatch Act stipulated funding for agricultural experiment stations at land-grant colleges, and thus, agricultural research enjoyed a privileged position. The Experiment Station functioned as an instructional facility for students as well as a place of faculty and staff research into agricultural interests, concerns, and problems. Livestock feeding trials figure prominently in this subseries, and the role of sugar beets in livestock feeding is touched upon. Several images in the Experiment Station subseries were also used for Extension bulletins and vice versa. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 1.7: Faculty, staff, and others, c. 1916-1930 and undated
This subseries contains images of University faculty and staff, including Extension workers. Images of President Charles Lory's family, including a few of his children's weddings, can be found in this subseries. The subseries is arranged by negative number.
Subseries 1.8: Military Science/Campus Battalion, c. 1916-1929 and undated
This subseries contains images of military life on campus. The Morrill Act dictated that land-grant colleges teach military tactics. Thus, participation in the campus battalion was mandatory for male students. A Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program was established in 1916 at the College. Furthermore, in 1918 the College trained soldiers in a special program as mechanics. Images of individual students in uniform, military drills, spring encampments, award ceremonies, and girl sponsors are prominent in this subseries. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically by negative number.
Subseries 1.9: Student life and activities, 1912-1931 and undated
This subseries contains images of the many activities and College traditions students involved themselves in. Greek life and houses are represented as well as numerous honors societies and clubs. Images of graduation are found in this subseries. Of interest are images of the Class Scrap, a competition that pitted incoming freshman against sophomores. Making an appearance as a tradition around the turn-of-the-century, the Class Scrap included various games and rituals such as tug-of-war contests and rules for freshman created by sophomores. In 1929 a student died from injuries sustained during the Class Scrap and the tradition ceased. The subseries is arranged by activity and within each activity, numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 1.10: Fort Collins scenes, 1917-1929 and undated
This subseries contains images of businesses, churches, homes, schools, and streets in Fort Collins. Images of downtown Fort Collins allow a glimpse into the business community, with several signs visible in the images. These images provide information on the history of the built environment of Fort Collins. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 1.11: Subject images, 1919-1928 and undated
This subseries contains images that do not fit in any other subseries. Among the images in this subseries are the College seal, a burned out safe, the College's World War I service flag, and the Liberty Bell. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.


Series 2: Glass plate negatives surrogates, 1903-1930 and undated (1.5 linear feet)

This series consists of subject index cards with contact prints of images made from glass plate negatives that are missing from the collection; these cards represent the only existing copy of the images. The series arrangement mirrors that of the glass plate negatives, and description is at the item level. Subject index cards are filed in subseries order according to negative number.


Series 3: Glass plate addendum, 1887-1906 and undated (1.25 linear feet)

This series consists of glass plate negatives that were housed in the Archives suite in Morgan Library. Reviewed by archives staff in April 2007, it was determined that this small collection of glass plate negatives were likely part of the large sub-collection of glass plates negatives transferred to the Archives from Office of Instructional Services/Communication and Creative Services based on their original housings, sizes, numbering, and subject matter. These images appear to be some of the oldest in the UHPC and must have been separated from the rest of the collection many years ago. The series contains images similar to those in Series 1: Glass Plate Negatives. The series is arranged into ten subseries.
Subseries 3.1: Academics, 1900-1902 and undated
This subseries contains images of College livestock, a class in dairying, and a home economics scene. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 3.2: Athletics, undated
This subseries contains images of baseball players. It is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 3.4: Extension, 1901, 1906 and undated
This subseries contains images of a Farmers' Picnic, Grange Day, and a Short Course, all held at the College. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 3.4: Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, undated
This subseries contains images from the Government Horse Breeding Station. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 3.5: Campus buildings and scenes, 1902 and undated
This subseries contains images of Agricultural Hall, the Horse Barn, and the Civil Engineering Building. This subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 3.6: Military Science/Campus Battalion, undated
This subseries contains one image of a drill.
Subseries 3.7: Student life and activities, 1901 and undated
This subseries contains a class picture of the 1904 Aggies, a Memorial Day event on campus, and the Tallyho Party on the Athletic Field. This subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 3.8: Fort Collins scenes, 1901 and undated
This subseries contains images of Fort Collins, including private residences and street scenes. This subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number
Subseries 3.9: Subject images, 1887, 1901 and undated
This subseries contains images of livestock, campus visitors, and farm implements. This subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 3.10: Magic lantern slides, 1902 and undated
This subseries contains 49 magic lantern slides that depict various classroom scenes, campus buildings and views, and field work. Some lantern slides are hand-colored. This subseries is arranged according to its original order, and most of the lantern slides are unnumbered.


Series 4: Glass plate negative subject index cards, duplicates of Series 1, 1903-1931 (6.5 linear feet)

This series consists of the glass plate negative subject cards that correspond to the glass plate negative series. These cards are duplicates; they mirror the arrangement and subseries of the glass plate negative series and thus are not described at the item level.


Series 5: Silver gelatin prints form nitrate negatives, 1918-1944 and undated (21.25 linear feet)

This series consists of over 7,000 silver gelatin prints developed from nitrate negatives. This series overlaps with Series 1: Glass Plate Negatives, with shared subjects, events, and date ranges. As photographic technologies overlapped, campus photographers used both the older technology of glass plate negatives, and the newer, less cumbersome, cellulose nitrate film. This series covers the early years of Colorado State University up to World War II, with particular attention to the academic disciplines of agriculture, engineering, home economics, science and arts, and veterinary medicine. Student activities, organizations, and athletics are also documented, as well as scenes of the campus and its buildings. As part of the University's land grant mission, the history of the Extension Service and Experiment Station is also well represented. Scenes of Fort Collins homes, streets, businesses, and churches can also be found in this subseries.
Subseries 5.1: Academics, 1918-1944 and undated
This subseries contains the five divisions of study offered at the Colorado Agricultural College between 1918-1944. It is arranged according to divisions of study identified using College catalogs and within each division the images are arranged numerically. The College's early focus on agriculture is paramount, and other divisions engaged in work that reflected agricultural concerns, such as veterinary medicine for livestock, entomology classes dedicated to controlled agricultural pests, and engineering classes geared toward repairing farm machinery and constructing irrigation systems. For young women, the Home Economics division provided cutting-edge scientific knowledge and training necessary to be a homemaker. Images in this subseries include classroom scenes, field work, and research. Some images may have served dual purposes and were used for Extension and Experiment Station bulletins as well.
Subseries 5.2: Athletics, 1901-1941 and undated
This subseries includes a broad spectrum of athletic pursuits at the College for both men and women. The growing number of athletic offerings and participants is well documented in this series. Nye trophy winners can be found here, as well as leisure-type sports, such as horseshoes, ping-pong, and folk dancing. The subseries in arranged according to sport and within each sport numerically by negative number.
Subseries 5.3: Campus buildings and scenes, 1879-1941 and undated
This subseries contains images of the campus. Specific buildings, campus walkways, aerial images, and scenes around the Oval are found here. Several new buildings appear during this time period, such as the Forestry building and Johnson Hall. The flood of 1938 is also documented, showing the damage to campus grounds and buildings. The names and functions of some buildings have changed. The subseries is divided according to building or landmark and arranged numerically therein according to negative number.
Subseries 5.4: Colorado School of Agriculture, 1921-1927 and undated
This subseries contains images related to the Colorado School of Agriculture (C.S.A.). Established in 1909, the C.S.A. filled a void experienced by rural Colorado families who wished further training for their children beyond the eighth grade. As many communities lacked a high school or a high school with vocational training, the C.S.A. provided practical instruction in Agriculture, Home Economics, and Mechanic Arts. Students age fifteen and up attended the C.S.A., and many went on to become full-fledged college students. The C.S.A. ceased operation in 1927 due to curriculum improvements in Colorado's public school system. This subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 5.5: Extension Service, 1902 and undated
This subseries contains images documenting the Extension Service. Many of these photographs were used for Extension Bulletins. The problems facing rural communities and Extension's role in finding ways to alleviate those problems are well documented, from soil erosion and conservation to grasshopper plagues and eradication. It is possible that images in this subseries were used by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station as well. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 5.6: Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, 1921-1927 and undated
TThis subseries contains images that document research undertaken by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station of the Colorado Agricultural College. The Hatch Act stipulated funding for agricultural experiment stations at land-grant colleges, and thus, agricultural research enjoyed a privileged position. The Experiment Station functioned as an instructional facility for students as well as a place of faculty and staff research into agricultural interests, concerns, and problems. The images in this subseries illustrated the Experiment Station's work with livestock feeding trials and soil conservation. Several images in the Experiment Station subseries were also used for Extension bulletins and vice versa. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 5.7: Faculty, staff, and others, 1887-1941 and undated
This subseries includes images of College faculty and staff, athletic coaches, Extension workers, groups visiting campus, and the State Board of Agriculture. Images of President Charles Lory's family, including a few of his daughter's wedding, can be found in this subseries. The subseries is arranged by negative number.
Subseries 5.8: Military Science/Campus Battalion, 1920-1941 and undated
This subseries contains images of military life on campus. The Morrill Act dictated that land-grant colleges teach military tactics. Thus, participation in the campus battalion was mandatory for male students. A Reserve Officers Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) program was established in 1916 at the College. Images of individual students in uniform, military drills, spring encampments, awards ceremonies, cadet (women) sponsors, R.O.T.C. Band, and equipment are prominent in this subseries. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically by negative number.
Subseries 5.9: Student Life and Activities, 1919-1941 and undated
This subseries contains images of the many activities and College traditions students were involved in. Greek life and houses are represented as well as numerous honors societies and clubs. Images of graduation and class photographs are found in this subseries. Numerous stage productions are also well documented. The subseries is arranged by activity and within each activity, numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 5.10: Fort Lewis, 1935 and undated
The Fort Lewis School joined the land-grant system in 1910 as a boarding school offering two years of college-level coursework in Agriculture, Engineering, Home Economics, and Education. The land and buildings were originally part of the Fort Lewis Military Reservation. Native American students could attend free of charge. This subseries contains images of the Fort Lewis School, including classroom scenes, buildings, and leisure activities.
Subseries 5.11: Fort Collins scenes, 1886-1940 and undated
This subseries contains images of businesses, churches, homes, schools, and streets in Fort Collins. Images of downtown Fort Collins allows a glimpse into the business community with several signs and storefronts visible in the images. These images provide information on the history and changes in the built environment of Fort Collins. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 5.12: Subject images, 1924-1939 and undated
This subseries contains images that do not fit in any other subseries. Among the images in this subseries are the College seal, a burned out safe, and several maps of Colorado. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.


Series 6: Magic lantern slides from Christopher Sargent's presentation, undated (1.87 linear feet)

This series consists of 124 magic lantern slides that were likely used in a presentation by a College professor, Christopher Sargent, during the early twentieth century to rally voters behind rural school consolidation. The subseries includes images of Colorado schools, school children, school buses, and charts, graphs, and maps related to rural school consolidation. Many of the slides are hand-colored. The subseries is arranged according to its original order. Many of the slides are unnumbered and do not have captions or descriptive information.


Series 7: Silver gelatin prints from nitrate negatives, duplicate prints and subject index cards of Series 5, 1879-1944 and undated (8.5 linear feet)

This series consists of duplicate subject index cards and contact prints that correspond to Series 5: Silver Gelatin Prints from Nitrate Negatives. These duplicate prints mirror the arrangement and subseries of Series 5.


Series 8: Historic prints from glass plate negatives and nitrate negatives, duplicates of Series 1 and Series 5, 1879-1930 and undated (6 linear feet)

This series consists of a collection of duplicate subject index cards and contact prints that correspond to both Series 1: Glass Plate Negatives and Series 5: Silver Gelatin Prints from Nitrate Negatives. These index cards appear to be the earliest system of organizing the photograph collection and are historic photographs, including cyanotypes. This series has not been fully processed and is stored according to its original order in acid-free record cartons.


Series 9: Cabinet cards, 1879-1892 (0.62 linear feet)

This series consists of twenty cabinet cards depicting faculty members who were employed by the College in its early years. In the inventory, the cabinet cards are listed alphabetically by last name.


Series 10: Scenic file, 1924-1951 (2.1 linear feet)

This series includes scenic images of mountains, streams, landscapes, and meadows in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and the Dakotas. Poudre Canyon, Estes Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park are highlighted. Many images depict student trips to these areas, particularly Lori Hi, and there are a few images of Dr. Charles Lory and family. The series is arranged according to negative number and each image is listed individually in the inventory.


Series 11: Silver gelatin prints: "M" Prints, 1928-1950 (9.4 linear feet)

This series consists of approximately 5,000 silver gelatin contact prints. This series overlaps with many others, with shared subjects, events, and date ranges. The "M" print series covers the home front activities of the campus community during World War II and the post-war campus culture. This series covers the academic disciplines of agriculture, engineering, forestry, home economics, science and arts, and veterinary medicine. Student life and activities represent the largest subseries in the series, offering a comprehensive view of a student's life at the College during this time period. Athletics, the campus and its buildings, the Extension Service, and the Experiment Station are also represented, as are a few scenes of Fort Collins. This series is described at the aggregate level; there is no item-level inventory with the exception of the Faculty, staff, and others subseries.
Subseries 11.1: Academics, 1940-1950
This subseries contains the divisions of study offered at the Colorado Agricultural College between 1940-1950, identified using College catalogs. It is arranged according to these divisions and within each division the images are arranged numerically. Images in this subseries include classroom scenes, field work, and research. Some images may have served dual purposes as photographs for Extension and Experiment Station bulletins as well. The Department of Music moved under the umbrella of the Division of Science and the Arts in 1944.
Subseries 11.2: Athletics, 1939-1950
This subseries includes a broad spectrum of athletic pursuits at the College for both men and women, with a substantial number of photographs documenting basketball, football, and the Women's Athletic Association. The subseries is arranged according to sport and within each sport numerically by negative number.
Subseries 11.3: Campus buildings and scenes, 1928-1950
This subseries contains a small collection of images of the campus, including specific buildings and scenes around the campus. The names and functions of some buildings have changed over time. The subseries is divided according to building or landmark and arranged numerically therein according to negative number.
Subseries 11.4: Extension Service, 1940-1948
This subseries contains images documenting the Extension Service. Field Days, an outreach activity sponsored by Extension where local farmers visited other farms to view new methods of doing agriculture, is a prominent category in this subseries. A Summer Session picnic, held in 1940, is well-documented. Many of these photographs were used for Extension Bulletins, and it is possible that these same photographs were used by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station also. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 11.5: Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, 1940-1947
This subseries contains images that document research undertaken by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station. The images illustrate the Experiment Station's work with animal husbandry community and the Station's outreach event, Feeders Day. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 11.6: Faculty, staff, and others, 1939-1948
This subseries includes images of College faculty and staff, athletic coaches, Extension workers, and groups and individuals visiting campus. The subseries is arranged numerically by negative number and is described at the item level.
Subseries 11.7: Military Science/ROTC, 1943-1948
This subseries contains images of military life on campus. The Morrill Act dictated that land-grant colleges teach military tactics. Images of individual students in uniform, military drills, spring encampments, awards ceremonies, cadet (women) sponsors, R.O.T.C. Band, Clerical School, and equipment are found in this subseries. The subseries is arranged numerically by negative number.
Subseries 11.8: Student life and activities, 1939-1950
This subseries is the largest in the "M" print series. It contains a broad spectrum of images depicting the many activities students participated in. Greek life and houses are represented as well as numerous other clubs and organizations. Several images of dances and balls reveal the social milieu of students during this time period. Of interest are images related to WWII, showing student war efforts as well as older students returning to college after military service. The subseries is arranged by activity and within each activity, numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 11.9: Colorado State's 75th anniversary, 1945
This subseries includes forty photographs related to the festivities held for the College's 75th anniversary, including visitors to campus, a KOA radio broadcast, and the Anniversary Ball. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 11.10: Fort Collins scenes, 1942-1945
This subseries contains a small set of photographs depicting local scenes, including businesses and the Chamber of Commerce Junior Rodeo. The war efforts of the local Fort Collins community are also documented. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 11.11: Subject images, 1942-1943
This subseries contains three photographs depicting children with a dog and on horseback, and an image of a woman holding photographic equipment. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.


Series 12: Silver gelatin prints from nitrate negatives: "M" prints, duplicate prints of Series 11, 1928-1950 (3.75 linear feet)

This series consists of duplicate subject index cards and contact prints that correspond to Series 11: Silver gelatin prints "M" Prints. These duplicate prints mirror the arrangement and subseries of Series 11.


Series 13: Silver gelatin prints from diacetate negatives, 1942-1951 (15 linear feet)

This series consists of approximately 16,000 silver gelatin contact prints made from diacetate negatives. The original negatives are in advanced stages of chemical deterioration. This series overlaps with many others, with shared subjects, events, and date ranges, and includes images that reflect the home front activities of the campus community during World War II and post-war campus culture. This series covers the academic disciplines of agriculture, engineering, forestry, home economics, science and arts, and veterinary medicine. The largest subseries in this series is the Extension Service, offering a comprehensive view of the activities of outreach arm of the land-grant mission. Series 11 is described at the aggregate level; there is no the item-level inventory with the exception of the Faculty, Staff, and Others subseries.
Subseries 13.1: Academics, 1945-1951
This subseries contains the divisions of study offered at the Colorado Agricultural College between 1945-1951. It is arranged according to divisions identified using College catalogs, and within each division the images are arranged numerically. Images in this subseries include classroom scenes, field work, and research. Some images may have served dual purposes and were used for Extension and Experiment Station bulletins as well.
Subseries 13.2: Athletics, 1945-1951
This subseries includes a range of athletic pursuits available for both male and female students, with a sizeable number of photographs documenting basketball, football, and swimming. Minor sports, such as bowling, modern dancing, and shuffleboard can also be found in this subseries. The subseries is arranged according to sport and within each sport numerically by negative number.
Subseries 13.3: Campus buildings and scenes, 1945-1951
This subseries contains a small collection of images of the campus, including specific buildings and scenes around the campus. The names and functions of some buildings have changed over time. The subseries is divided according to building or landmark and arranged numerically therein according to negative number.
Subseries 13.4: Extension Service, 1945-1951
This subseries contains images documenting the activities and focus areas of the Extension Service. The wide range of activities carried out by the Extension Service is evident: images of animal husbandry, farm machinery, dairy barns and operations, the sugar beet industry, and bee culture represent a few of the many areas covered by Extension. The youth arm, 4-H, represents the largest collection of photographs in this subseries. Of particular interest are images depicting rural electrification and the prison farm at Canon City. Many of these photographs were used for Extension Bulletins, and it is possible that these same photographs were used by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station also. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 13.5: Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, 1942-1951
This subseries contains images that document research undertaken by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station. The images illustrate the Experiment Station's work with animal husbandry community and the Station's outreach event, Feeders Day. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 13.6: Faculty, staff, and others, 1945-1951
This subseries includes images of College faculty and staff, athletic coaches, Extension workers, and groups and individuals visiting campus. The subseries is arranged numerically by negative number and is described at the item level.
Subseries 13.7: Military Science/ROTC, 1947-1951
This subseries contains images of military life on campus. The Morrill Act dictated that land-grant colleges teach military tactics. Images of Scabbard and Blade (military honor society), classroom and drill scenes, honors and awards, social events, the ROTC band, and the Pistol Team are found in this subseries. The subseries is arranged numerically by negative number.
Subseries 13.8: Student life and activities, 1945-1951
This subseries is one of the largest in this series. It contains images of the many activities students took part in during their time on campus. The first photographs of the Aggie Ram mascot are found here. Numerous other clubs and organizations are represented, with many images depicting Greek life and houses. The Little International Stock Show takes a prominent place in this subseries. Of interest are images related to WWII veterans returning to college after their service, often with families. The subseries is arranged by activity and within each activity, numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 13.9: Features, 1947-1951
This subseries includes a variety of images that were originally labeled as "Features" by their creators. It is unclear what publications these images appeared in. Photos include images of farms and farmers in the area, dogs, Kremmling Hospital, children and wives of Agriculture majors, square dancing, carp at Timnath Reservoir, the Hobby Show and Gay Nineties Party, and tours of the Freedom Bell and Santa Claus in downtown Fort Collins. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 13.10: Fort Collins scenes, 1945-1950
This subseries contains photographs depicting schools, businesses, homes, and scenes around Fort Collins and the surrounding area. Images include Dunn Elementary, Timnath School, Big Thompson Mill and Elevator, Fort Collins cherry canning factory, the Junior Chamber of Commerce Rodeo. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 13.11: Subject images, 1948-1951
This subseries contains a handful of photographs depicting various subjects that do not fit in any other subseries, such as a cap and gown, diploma, and photograph equipment. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.


Series 14: "A" negatives, 1943-1961 and undated (1.48 linear feet)

This series consists of approximately 1,000 photographic negatives. This series overlaps with many others, with shared subjects, events, and date ranges, and includes images that reflect the home front activities of the campus community during World War II and post-war campus culture. This series covers the academic disciplines of agriculture, engineering, forestry, home economics, science and arts, and veterinary medicine. The subseries contain images of many campus buildings, capturing new buildings on campus during the time period. Series 14 is described at the aggregate level; there is no item-level inventory with the exception of the Faculty, Staff, and Others subseries.
Subseries 14.1: Academics, 1944-1954 and undated
This subseries contains the divisions of study offered at the Colorado Agricultural College between 1944-1954. It is arranged according to divisions identified using College catalogs, and within each division the images are arranged numerically. Images in this subseries include classroom scenes, field work, and research. Some images may have served dual purposes and were used for Extension and Experiment Station bulletins as well. The subseries is arranged according to division and within each division by subject and then numerically by negative number.
Subseries 14.2: Athletics, 1944-1951
This subseries includes a few of the athletic pursuits available for both male and female students, with a large number of photographs documenting football. The subseries is arranged according to sport and within each sport numerically by negative number.
Subseries 14.3: Campus buildings and scenes, 1944-1956
This subseries contains images documenting the campus during this time period, including specific buildings and scenes around the campus. Of particular interest are images showing the plans for Veterans Housing along Laurel Street. The names and functions of some buildings have changed over time. The subseries is divided according to building or landmark and arranged numerically therein according to negative number.
Subseries 14.4: Extension Service, 1943-1954 and undated
This subseries contains images documenting the activities and focus areas of the Extension Service. The wide range of activities carried out by the Extension Service is evident. Of particular interest are images depicting war workers. Many of these photographs were used for Extension Bulletins, and it is possible that these same photographs were used by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station also. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 14.5: Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, 1944-1945
This subseries contains images that document research undertaken by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station. The images in this subseries illustrate the Experiment Station's work with animal industry in particular, such as the outreach event, Feeder's Day. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 14.6: Faculty, staff, and others, 1944-1957 and undated
This subseries includes images of College faculty and staff, athletic coaches, Extension workers, and groups and individuals visiting campus. The subseries is arranged numerically by negative number and is described at the item level.
Subseries 14.7: Military Science/ROTC, 1944-1952
This subseries contains images of military life on campus. The Morrill Act dictated that land-grant colleges teach military tactics. Many of the images are group photographs, although there are a few images depicting award ceremonies. The subseries is arranged numerically by negative number.
Subseries 14.8: Student life and activities, 1944-1952
This subseries contains images of the activities students took part in during their time on campus. Numerous other clubs and organizations are represented. The subseries is arranged by activity and within each activity, numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 14.9: Features, 1945
This subseries consists of two images that were originally labeled as "Features" by their creators. It is unclear what publications these images appeared in. The images depict kittens in a hat and an unusual snow formation caused by wind. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 14.10: Colorado State's 75th anniversary, 1945
This subseries includes photographs related to festivities held for the College's 75th anniversary. The majority of the images depict historical themes related to the College and were originally requested by Ruth Wattles as part of a history project she compiled for the 75th Anniversary. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 14.11: Historical, 1944-1961
Images in this subseries were originally labeled "Historical" by the creators. Images include individuals, buildings, and letters. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 14.12: Fort Collins scenes, 1944-1945
This subseries contains photographs depicting an airport and a rodeo sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 14.13: Subject images, 1945-1954
This subseries contains a handful of photographs depicting various subjects that do not fit in any other subseries, such as maps of Colorado and the United States, and a few graphs and drawings. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.


Series 15: Safety negatives and prints, 1928-1953 and undated (8.5 linear feet)

This series consists of approximately 1,100 photographic images. This series overlaps with many others, with shared subjects, events, and date ranges, and includes images that reflect the home front activities of the campus community before, during and after World War II. This series covers the academic disciplines of agriculture, engineering, forestry, home economics, and veterinary medicine. The series contains images of many campus buildings, aerial photos, classroom and laboratory scenes, and historical images. Series 15 is described at the aggregate level; the only item-level inventory is the Faculty, staff, and others subseries.
Subseries 15.1: Academics, 1930-1953 and undated
This subseries contains the divisions of study offered at the Colorado Agricultural College. It is arranged according to divisions identified using College catalogs, and within each division the images are arranged numerically. Images in this subseries include classroom scenes, field work, and research. Some images may have served dual purposes and were used for Extension and Experiment Station bulletins as well. The subseries is arranged according to division and within each division by subject and then numerically by negative number.
Subseries 15.2: Athletics, 1908-1942
This subseries includes a few of the athletic pursuits available for both male and female students, with a large number of photographs documenting football. The subseries is arranged according to sport and within each sport numerically by negative number.
Subseries 15.3: Campus buildings and scenes, 1938-1952 and undated
This subseries contains images documenting the campus during this time period, including specific buildings and scenes around the campus. Of particular interest are images showing aerial views. The names and functions of some buildings have changed over time. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 15.4: Extension Service, 1935-1952
This subseries contains images documenting the activities and focus areas of the Extension Service. The wide range of activities carried out by the Extension Service is evident: 4-H club work, community projects, State Fair exhibits, Extension Indian Service, and noted visitors F.B. Morrison from Cornell and S.R. McKelve from Lincoln, Nebraska. Many of these photographs were used for Extension Bulletins, and it is possible that these same photographs were used by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station also. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 15.5: Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, 1938-1944
This subseries contains images that document research undertaken by the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station. The images in this subseries illustrated the Experiment Station's work with field crops, rural engineering, andcharts used in research and experiments. The subseries is arranged by subject and within each subject numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 15.6: Faculty, staff, and others, 1934-1952
This subseries includes images of College faculty and staff, athletic coaches, Extension workers, and groups and individuals visiting campus. The subseries is arranged numerically by negative number and is described at the item level.
Subseries 15.7: Military Science/ROTC, 1944-1952
This subseries contains images of military life on campus. The Morrill Act dictated that land-grant colleges teach military tactics. Many of the images are group photographs, although there are a few images depicting award ceremonies, campus drills, the Military Clerical Jewish New Year Celebration, and the Fire Protection program. The subseries is arranged numerically by negative number.
Subseries 15.8: Student life and activities, 1944-1952
This subseries contains images of the activities students took part in during their time on campus. Numerous clubs and organizations are represented. The subseries is arranged by activity and within each activity, numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 15.9: Fort Collins scenes, 1944-1951
This subseries contains photographs depicting aerial views, the Big Thompson reservoir, Fort Collins Light and Power Building, Construction of Colorado Ditch Water Storage site, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and a Fort Collins motorcycle police officer circa 1940. The subseries is arranged numerically according to negative number.
Subseries 15.10: Subject images, 1945-1954
This subseries contains a handful of photographs depicting various subjects that do not fit in any other subseries, such as maps, historical letters, telegrams, checks, plaques, receipts, exhibits, landscapes, Fort Lewis, World's Fair medals, graphics for publications, and the [University] Diamond Anniversary logo. The subseries is arranged into two categories: historic and maps, charts, and drawings and then arranged numerically according to negative number.


Series 16: "B Prints" 4x5 negatives and contact prints, 1945-1979 (38 linear feet)

This series consists of approximately 14,200 photographic images. This series overlaps with many others, with shared subjects, events, and date ranges, and includes images that reflect the home front activities of the campus community during and after World War II. This series covers the academic disciplines of agriculture, engineering, forestry, home economics, and veterinary medicine. The series contains images of many campus buildings, aerial photos, classroom and laboratory scenes, and historical images. Series 16 is minimally processed. Please contact the department for assistance.


Series 17: "R Prints" 2.5x2.5 negatives and contact prints, 1957-2001 and undated (12.8 linear feet)

This series consists of approximately 6,200 photographic images. This series overlaps with many others, with shared subjects, events, and date ranges, and includes images that reflect the home front activities of the campus community after World War II. This series covers the academic disciplines of agriculture, engineering, forestry, home economics, and veterinary medicine. The series contains images of many campus buildings, aerial photos, classroom and laboratory scenes, and historical images. Series 17 is minimally processed. Please contact the department for assistance.


Series 18: "T Prints" 35mm negatives and contact prints, 1957-1999 and undated (12.8 linear feet)

This series consists of approximately 1,100 photographic images. This series overlaps with many others, with shared subjects, events, and date ranges, and includes images that reflect the home front activities of the campus community after World War II. This series covers the academic disciplines of agriculture, engineering, forestry, home economics, and veterinary medicine. The series contains images of many campus buildings, aerial photos, classroom and laboratory scenes, and historical images. Series 18 is minimally processed. Please contact the department for assistance.


Series 19: PA_PR Contact sheets and negatives, 1966-1982 and undated (12 linear feet)

This subseries contains images taken by the Public Affairs and Public Relations Department for the campus community. This series consists of approximately 56,000 photographic images. This series overlaps with many others, with shared subjects, events, and date ranges, and includes images that reflect the academic disciplines, campus scenes, and veterinary medicine. The series contains images of many campus buildings, aerial photos, classroom and laboratory scenes, and historical images. Series 19 maintains an original order form the donor, arranged by binder with subject pages for each binder described at the page level.
Subseries 19.1: Binders 1-31 and 34, 1966-1982 and undated
The subseries includes aerial images of Fort Collins, Theater productions, Faculty Art Shows, Campus buildings, Athletics, Student Activism, Alumni luncheons, Student Activities. A detailed list of subjects is available from the Archives and Special Collections Department
Subseries 19.2: Binders 35-37, undated
This subseries contains images taken by the Public Affairs and Public Relations Department for the campus community. The collection includes aerial images of Fort Collins, Theater productions, Faculty Art Shows, Campus buildings, Athletics, Student Activism, Alumni luncheons, Student Activities. These binders did not include subject pages. Access to this part of the collection is limited. Please contact the department for more information.