CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: May 16, 2001
UI web site features century-old photo collection
IOWA CITY, Iowa - A trip back in time to the turn of the 19th century
is just a click away, thanks to the University of Iowa College of Liberal
Arts department of geoscience's new web site featuring more than 800 photographs
taken between the mid-1880s and the 1920s.
Photographed by Samuel Calvin, UI professor of natural sciences from 1873-1911,
and his colleagues, the Calvin Photographic Collection (www.uiowa.edu/~calvin)
includes geological, agricultural and industrial landscapes as well as scenes
of Iowa City, the UI campus and students and a collection of portraits. While
the original collection is housed in the department of geoscience and consists
of more than 10,000 glass plate negatives, Julia Golden, UI curator of paleontologic
collections, created the database and the web site for the on-line version
with the assistance of volunteers and student research assistants.
According to Golden, the diversity of the Calvin Photographic Collection
makes it of interest to anyone who wants to see what life was like for people
living in Iowa and other parts of North America at the turn of the 19th century.
She notes that the collection will also be of use to teachers, students, geologists,
The Calvin Project was made possible by grants from the State Historical
Society of Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection - Historical Resource
Development Program (REAP/HRDP), and the University of Iowa Arts and Humanities
Initiative, with additional support from the University of Iowa department
Visitors to the web site are invited to browse through the collection of
photographs in "Calvins Scrapbook" by subject and search for
geological images by state with the "Calvin Image Database." A virtual
exhibition, "Fixing the Image: Samuel Calvin's Vision of Iowa,"
showcases some of the most evocative and aesthetic photographs in the collection.