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Wayne State University Photograph Collection

 Collection
Identifier: WSAV002643
The collection is largely the output of communications and community and university relations work conducted under the auspices of the University Relations Division. Images depict the activities, events, and places on or around the university's Detroit campus as well as the people associated with its academic and administrative functions. Student life, from classroom learning to sports; the built environment and physical growth of the campus; and portraits of faculty and staff are particularly well represented.

Series

Series 1:
Administration (1.1 - 1.9)
Series 2:
Buildings (2.1 - 3.68)
Series 3:
Departments (4.1 - 4.19)
Series 4:
Academic Units (5.2 - 5.52)
Series 5:
Campus and Community (6 - 6.14)
Series 6:
Activities and Events (7.1 - 9.7)

Dates

  • circa 1945-2003

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.
Patrons must make an appointment with the AV Department prior to visiting.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.
For image reproduction, contact the AV Department.

Extent

130 Linear Feet ((30 file cabinets, 68 OS).) : Contains prints, contact sheets, and 4x5, 35mm, and 120mm negatives.

Abstract

The University Relations Division dates back to the early days of the university and reflects the activities of WSU's public relations offices. Undergoing several name changes (Community Relations), reporting structures, and unit services, it maintained a focus on communication and interpretation of the university's work both internal and external to the university. By 1961, photography had become a major facet of public awareness programs. Sixteen years later as part of the Media Services and Information Services units it became integral to conveying university related activities, events, and higher education to the general public through mass media.

The collection is largely the output of communications, community, and university relations work conducted under the auspices of the University Relations Division. Depicted are activities, events, and places on or around the university's Detroit campus as well as the people associated with its academic and administrative functions. Student life, from classroom learning to sports; the built environment and physical growth of the campus; and portraits of faculty and staff are particularly well represented.

History

Wayne State University (WSU), founded in 1868 as the Detroit Medical College, formed through the merging of six different colleges (liberal arts, education, pharmacy, engineering, medicine, and graduate studies) in 1933. Undergoing a physical expansion during the post WWII years into a modern college campus, WSU's administration and student body likewise swelled. This expansion waned during the economic hardship of the 1980s, to gain traction again during the 1990s and on into the 2000s. Still largely a commuter campus since the 1950s, the university has invested in new campus housing as well as research and learning facilities in recent years. An urban university known for serving the most diverse student body in Michigan, WSU has traditionally maintained close ties with the surrounding Midtown community and the city of Detroit.

The University Relations Division dates back to the early days of the university and reflects the activities of WSU's public relations offices. Undergoing several name changes (Community Relations), reporting structures, and unit services, it maintained a focus on communication and interpretation of the university's work both internal and external to the university. By 1961, photography had become a major facet of public awareness programs. Sixteen years later as part of the Media Services and Information Services units it became integral to conveying university related activities, events, and higher education to the general public through mass media.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by format (negatives further arranged by size), then by series, and then sequentially by number.
Series and original numbering scheme created by Media Services prior to transfer to the archives has been maintained. Numbers after the decimal place are cumulative (e.g. .10 = ten).

Acquisition

Transferred by Media Services, campus photographers, and other campus departments in installments, over the last 40 years.

Other Copies

Select images have been digitized.

Related Materials

Wayne State University Records Collections, Wayne State University Vertical Files

Processing History

Processed by Max Stephaniak, Audrey Swartz, and Alexandrea Penn. Finding aid created on July 20, 2016. Additions and revisions by Deborah Rice, 2016.
Title
Guide to the Wayne State University Photograph Collection.
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Max Stephaniak, Audrey Swartz and Alexandrea Penn. Finding aid additions and revision by Deborah Rice.
Date
2016-07-20
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA