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Photographs and Negatives, circa 1970-2004 (majority within 1987-2004)


The Photographs and Negatives series (7 linear feet) continues the series from previous accessions. The majority of the images date from 1987 to 2004, but there are earlier images dating from as far back as the 1920's/1930's to 1986. The series has been divided into six sub-series: Binders; Buildings and Other Structures; Events and Programs; People; Projects; and Publications. There is some overlap between sub-series.

Included in this series are photos of exhibits, commencements, notable visitors to the college, alumni, buildings and structures designed by faculty and alumni, and images used to illustrate TCAUP publications. Of note are images of the Detroit Charettes held in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 (located in two sub-series: Binders, and Events and Programs), and from the naming ceremony held to celebrate the endowment from A. Alfred Taubman and the renaming of the college in his honor. Other significant images include a memento to Buckminster Fuller's geodesic dome, the dedication of the Wallenberg memorial in front of the school, and a nice set of faculty photos from 1981 that include brief CV's attached to each portrait. Finally, the series provides a nice sampling of student work from classes, exhibits, and competitions.

Researchers should note that the Binders sub-series is unique from the other sub-series in organization. The materials in this sub-series were originally housed in binders. Most of the binders contained a combination of photos from various events, projects, people, and structures that were housed together according to year, or month and year. There were also a number of binders containing images relating to a specific event, such as the charrettes of 2001 and 2002. The materials in each binder were kept together and re-housed in expandable folders. Therefore, the labels for these folders will be much broader than the folders labels used in the other sub-series, and researchers will find materials from multiple events and activities in these folders.

Researchers should also note that some folders in the series included image identification forms containing descriptive information on the images included in that file. These forms were part of a project to describe the images before they were sent to the Bentley, and the information on some of these forms may not be accurate.