Brandeis University photography collection Edit


07 MWalB00286A


  • 1940-2004, undated (Creation)
  • 1946-1997 (Creation)


  • 24.00 Linear Feet (Whole)
  • 17 record center boxes, 5 manuscript boxes, 9 oversized flat boxes, 5 irregular boxes, 3 loose photographs, 2 large posters other_unmapped (Whole)
  • 24.00 Cubic Feet (Whole)
  • 0.00 unknown (Whole)

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  • Arrangement

    Arranged in eleven alphabetical series: 1. Board of Trustees Photographs, 1985-1990, undated; 2. Julian Brown Photographs, 1983-1997, undated; 3. Campus Photographs, 1940-1984, undated; 4. Contact Sheets, 1950-1983, undated; 5. Albert Einstein Photographs, 1946-1947, undated; 6. From the Beginning Photographs, 1950-1987, undated; 7. Negatives, circa 1950-1995, undated; 8. Photographs of Individuals, 1948-1997, undated; 9. Photographs of Subjects, 1947-2000, undated; 10. Slides, circa 1950-1994, undated; 11. Ephemera, 1978-2004.

    For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.  Please contact the department for more information.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Transferred over time from the Office of Communications and other university units.

  • Preferred Citation

    Brandeis University photography collection, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University

  • Other Descriptive Information

    Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

  • Biographical or Historical Information

    From 1948-1950, Ralph Norman documented the founding of Brandeis University as a commercial photographer.  In 1950, he became the first University Photographer and remained in that position until his retirement in 1981. Ralph Norman was followed by Julian Brown, who served as University Photographer from 1981 to 2001. The current University Photographer is Michael Lovett, who was hired in Nov. 2001. Photography is a sub-department within the Office of Communications, and the University Photographer reports to the Senior Vice President of Communications for the University.

  • Related Materials

    Most university photo negatives and slides are located in another collection.

  • Scope and Contents

    Files in this collection contain prints, negatives and contact sheets of primarily black and white images documenting the history and development of Brandeis University (1940-2004, undated; bulk 1946-1997).  Also included are some black and white and color slides.  Most photographs were taken by university photographers Ralph Norman and Julian Brown. The collection complements a much larger photo negative and slide collection, which is cataloged in a separate, in-house database.  Many prints and contact sheets in this collection contain negative numbers assigned by the university photographer that correspond to master negatives in the larger negative/slide collection.  For contact sheets, the corresponding negative numbers are listed in brackets in the folder title, unless otherwise specified.


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    Flat boxes on top of file cabinets in back of Archives