University Photography Collection

University Photography Collection

The Brandeis University Photography Collection comprises over 100,000 photo negatives, taken over the course of the history of the institution from the beginning to the recent past. The collection provides rich visual documentation of Brandeis University’s unique history and development, showcasing the influential people, places, and events associated with the school in its founding years—including the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee (now BNC). These images have value for researchers and scholars across disciplines, and their digitization will ensure broad and seamless access to them.

The University Photography Collection is among the most actively used collections in the University Archives. Brandeis students, faculty, staff, alumni, and administrators, as well as community researchers, request the use of images for scholarly publications, research papers, presentations, classroom lectures, documentary films, exhibits, publicity materials, museum publications, and university celebrations. Digital access to these images of historical importance will provide a valuable service to the research community and will preserve vulnerable early photographic images—degradation of original acetate negatives is progressive and irreversible,  and digitization will serve to capture and restore their informational value before it is permanently lost.