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Miami University Photographic Collection

 Item
Identifier: NEG

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographic negatives from various sources taken between circa 1870 and 2010. Topics include: awards, ceremonies, athletics, classroom activities, conferences, workshops, receptions, luncheons, exhibitions, yearly events and traditions, military education, music, physical plant, individual portraits, student groups, campus security, theatre, and faculty and student research. Additional photographic negatives and copy negatives of non-Miami University topics are also included in this collection.

Dates

  • circa 1870 - 2010, undated

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

When requesting materials from this collection, please include the unique item identifier (i.e. D-23-74 or AVN-1504) and the title/description of the negative(s) in your request.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is under the rules and regulations of the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives, Miami University Libraries. The Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives, Miami University Libraries, owns the property rights to this collection. Learn more about our policy here: https://spec.lib.miamioh.edu/home/permission/

Biographical / Historical

The concept of the Miami University Audio Visual Service (AVS) was born in 1949, when one staff member worked part time to meet the photographic needs of the campus. The addition of two more staff members in 1951 expanded the Audio Visual program. The three full-time staff members were provided a facility in what was then known as “Building C.” “Building YY” became the next home of the Miami University Audio Visual Service and was part of a complex affectionately called “the shacks.” The following year in 1956, the Ford Foundation provided funds for extensive expansion of the Audio Visual Service through an all-university research grant. Three additional members expanded the staff and many pieces of equipment were procured. The Audio Visual Service was an integral unit in the total university structure. In 1958, the Audio Visual Service was provided a new home in Gaskill Hall. By 1963, increases in faculty requests for services necessitated the organization of a Consultation Unit. Each faculty member now had a liaison representative within the Service to discuss, interpret, and provide for their instructional needs. In 1966, Title VI of the Higher Education Act was instrumental in providing for additional items of audio-visual equipment and materials. The program also provided for laboratory equipment at departmental levels across campus. In 1968, the Office of Instructional Resources Planning was established. This new division was designed to coordinate the activities of several instructional services on campus, including Audio Visual Service. By 1972, The Audio Visual Service was also assigned responsibility for campus closed-circuit television services. This new service complimented existing areas of activity for AVS. Responsibility for photography and print and negative production fell primarily to the unit’s Materials Production Service. During the 1992-1993 Fiscal Year, the Miami University Audio Visual Service became Applied Technologies, a division of Miami Computing and Information Services. Many of the photographic negatives and copy negatives in this collection were created by the Miami University Audio Visual Service, or the antecedent or subsequent iteration of the AVS.

The development of the Miami University Audio Visual Service, n.d., folder “Audio/Visual Service,” Miami University Building Files, The Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Miami University Audio Visual Services client guide, n.d., folder “Audio/Visual Service,” Miami University Building Files, The Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Applied Technologies Annual Report, 1992-1993, May 1993, box 15, folder 4, Audio Visual Services Collection, The Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Extent

13660 Folders (Folders contain Film Negatives)

XX Boxes (Boxes Contain Binders of photo proofs)

Arrangement

"AV Photographic Negatives, 1965 - 1980" are arranged chronologically (by academic year) and by topic. Photographic negatives from 1965 to 1967 are arranged by topic and assigned identifiers, loosely derived from the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Photographic negatives from 1968 to 1980 are arranged by topic and assigned a letter classification (i.e. D - Athletics). Chronological and topical arrangement and unique item identifiers were assigned by personnel from the Miami University Audio Visual Service and were maintained in this collection.

"AVN Photographic Negatives, 1940 - 2010, undated" are arranged alphabetically by topic and/or title and numerically by unique item identifier (i.e. AVN-1504).

"N Photographic Negatives, circa 1870 - 2010, undated" are arranged numerically by unique item identifier (i.e. N-104).

"NB Photographic Negatives, 1942 - 1990, undated" are arranged alphabetically by topic and/or title and numerically by unique item identifier (i.e. NB-507).

Physical Location

Cold Storage

Vault

University Archives Photograph Filing Cabinets

Custodial History

Provenance undetermined. Materials in this collection were likely received by the Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives from various sources throughout the 20th century.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection inventory for "AV Photographic Negatives, 1965 - 1980" completed 2021-09-23 by Mike Lockhart and Cody Sprunger. Finding Aid completed 2021-09-29 by Cody Sprunger. Collection inventory for "AVN Photographic Negatives, 1940 - 2010, undated" completed 2021-12-08 by Mike Lockhart, Marie Pruitt, and Cody Sprunger. Finding Aid revised 2021-12-13 by Cody Sprunger. Collection inventory for "N Photographic Negatives, circa 1870 - 2010, undated" completed 2021-12-22 by Cody Sprunger. Finding aid revised 2022-01-04 by Cody Sprunger. Collection inventory for "NB Photographic Negatives, 1942 - 1990, undated" completed 2022-01-14 by Cody Sprunger. Finding aid revised 2022-01-18 by Cody Sprunger.

Title
Miami University Photographic Negatives Collection
Status
Completed
Date
2022-01-18
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Miami University and Western College Memorial Archives Repository

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