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Colgate University Office of Communications records, A1009

Identifier: A1009

Scope and Contents

The Colgate University Office of Communications records contain photographs, negatives, slides, contact sheets, proof books, press releases, subject files, and a small amount of audiovisual material, mostly from the second half of the twentieth century. They document student life on campus, faculty and teaching, student activities, the arts, athletics, special events and campus speakers, Colgate's campus, graduation, reunion, and other alumni events. Most of the images were taken on campus, but some are from other locations, such as receptions, off-campus study groups, and alumni places of business. A small portion of the photographs appear to have been taken by alumni and mailed to the Office of Communications for use in publications such as the Scene.

A significant portion of the photographs and negatives are the work of campus photographers Dick Broussard and John Hubbard.


  • Creation: 1930 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical note

Dick Broussard and John Hubbard were both Colgate graduates who later became campus photographers. Broussard graduated from Colgate University in 1960 and was Colgate's campus photographer in the late 1960s and 1970s. John D. Hubbard graduated from Colgate in 1972. Following six years of work in Vermont, he was appointed as a writer and photographer for Colgate's Office of Communications in 1979. He served as the campus photographer for many years and held a variety of positions in the Office of Communications until his retirement in 2005.

Charlie Melichar, "Colgate photographer, editor John Hubbard '72 dies," May 6, 2010, Colgate News, accessed November 13, 2015,


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The Colgate University Office of Communications records are arranged by format into six series. Each of the series is further divided in subseries.

  • Series 1. Photographs, 1930-2010
  • Series 2. Proof books, 1964-1999
  • Series 3. Textual records, 1940s-2010
  • Series 4. Negatives, 1950s-2001
  • Series 5. Slides, 1963-early 2000s
  • Series 6. Audiovisual material, 1984-2012
  • Related Materials

    A0999, the Colgate University photograph collection, contains many unlabeled photographs with unknown creators. If the provenance of a group of photographs was not clear, they were generally placed there. Therefore, it is likely that A0999 contains some photographs from the Office of Communications. See A0999, Colgate University photograph collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.

    The Scene is the alumni magazine published by the Office of Communications. For published copies of the magazine, see A1283, Colgate University alumni magazines, Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries.

    Processing Information

    Both the slide and negative series contain subseries for campus photographer John Hubbard. When processing began, these items were in boxes labeled with Hubbard's name. These labels were maintained, but their accuracy is unknown. The general negatives and slides subseries were in unlabeled boxes.

    Guide to the Colgate University Office of Communications records
    Allyson Smally, Lora J. Davis, Astonya Ambrose, Jinsuh Cho, Frances Holmes, Adrielle Jefferson, Lisa King, Sara Darcy Klik, Victoria Kwong, and Jazmin Pavon
    November 17, 2015
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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)