Through the Lens: Documenting IU Bloomington Photographically

IU Office of the Bicentennial, Franklin Hall 200
April 20th 2018 to July 9th 2018
8:00am to 5:00pm
Photograph of Fieldhouse construction, September 4, 1959

Indiana University has long made it a goal to document its history. In 1935, the university created the Audio-Visual Center (later called Photographic Services), where their mission was to capture this history through visual media. This exhibition showcases a small sample of their work through the eyes of Indiana University alumnus William B. Oglesby, a graduate student working for Photographic Services between 1958-1961. The images shown feature the construction of iconic buildings on campus such as the Lilly Library and Memorial Stadium, as well as student and faculty events happening at the time. All images are from the Indiana University Archives Photographic Services photograph collection. The images are additionally accompanied by the commentary and reflections of the photographer himself and provide the perspective of students during this time.

Exhibition Highlights include:

  • Photographs of the construction of the Lilly Library (1959)
  • Images of Memorial Stadium during its construction (1959-1960)
  • Various campus groups covered by Photographic Services such as the Marching 100 and School of Music (1958-1961)
  • Photographic documentation of Photographic Services assignments featuring the Savings and Loan conference (1959)
  • Additional excerpts and reflections from William B.Oglesby about the photographs and his experiences working for Photographic Services

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Curators: Hunter Staskevich. Hosted by: University Archives, IU Office of the Bicentennial.

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Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-1127
Dina Kellams
Dina Kellams - Director
(812) 855-2323

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