After nearly a year of painstakingly preserving university negatives that were slowly starting to deteriorate, 50 images have been chosen for the exhibit titled, "Preserving our Past in Images, 1930-1999."
The display began Oct. 3, and the will remain on display at the W.H. Over Museum, Sletwold Hall, Vermillion, until Oct. 21.
According to Gayla Koerting, special collections librarian, "Our greatest challenge in preparing this exhibit was picking 50 photographs from a collection of this magnitude. The exhibit represents an educational opportunity for the public, showcasing images of superior quality while emphasizing the preservation concerns for this important collection."
"The USD Photograph Collection consists of over 300,000 negatives and is the first collection in South Dakota to be preserved utilizing sub-zero preservation. In this exhibit, we have included images not only of historical campus events, but also people of broader interest such as Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Howe, Robert Penn, and Jimmie and Clifton Daniels," said Sarah A. Hanson, photograph collection manager and curator.
To accompany and commemorate this occasion, a catalogue of exhibition will be available for sale at the W.H. Over Museum, USD Archives and Special Collections, and other locations yet to be announced.
Catalogues of the exhibit are also available online for $18.50 and may be ordered at www.usd.edu/library. The Archives and Special Collections office will also be offering for sale two limited edition portfolios.
G.A.R. Hall in Yankton will be the next location hosting this exhibition, Jan. 4-30, 2006.
The exhibit will then travel to The Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls in February and March of 2006 and is scheduled to be on display at the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre during July and August.�
Call Sarah A. Hanson at (605) 677-5450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to book an exhibit.
This exhibition was provided for in part with generous contributions from the Mary Chilton Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution through the Mary Chilton DAR Foundation, Sioux Falls.