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Colgate University photograph collection, A0999

Identifier: A0999

Scope and Contents

The Colgate University photograph collection documents student life, academics, faculty, alumni, athletics, special events, and the physical campus at Colgate University over the past 150 years. Most of the photographs are black and white, although some color images are also included. For the vast majority of images, the photographers and the source of the photographs are unidentified.


  • Creation: 1855 - 2000s

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.


16 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by broad topic in five series, some of which are further divided in topical subseries. There is a final sixth series for negatives. Photographs are ordered roughly chronologically within each series or subseries. In many cases dates are estimates, as many photographs are unlabeled and undated.

The Athletics series is the largest in the collection and consists of a series for each sport for which the Archives has photographs.

The next largest series, Students and campus life, is divided in three general subseries and includes formal and informal shots of students participating in all aspects of college life, including social events, academics, and residential life.

  • Students and campus life, 1855-2000
  • Faculty, staff, and administrators, 1880s-1990s
  • Campus buildings and landscapes, 1880-2009
  • Graduation, reunion, and alumni events, 1885-2000s
  • Athletics, 1873-2000s
  • Negatives, 1973
  • Related Materials

    For photographs from the Colgate University Communications Office, see A1009, Colgate University Communications Office records, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.

    For photographs from Colgate University's student yearbook, the Salmagundi, see A1288, Salmagundi records, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.

    Photographs transferred to the Archives as part of distinct collections, such as departmental records or personal papers, remain with those collections.

    Guide to the Colgate University photograph collection
    Allyson Smally and Lisa King
    August 14, 2015
    Description rules
    Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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    Repository Details

    Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

    13 Oak Drive
    Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
    Colgate University
    Hamilton New York 13346 United States US
    315-228-7934 (Fax)