"Preserving Our Past in Images, 1930-1999" will be display at G.A.R. Hall, 508 Douglas Avenue, Yankton, until Jan. 30.
"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.
"Our greatest challenge in preparing this exhibit was picking 50 photographs from a collection of this magnitude," said Gayla Koerting, special collections librarian. "The exhibit represents an educational opportunity for the public, showcasing images of superior quality while emphasizing the preservation concerns for this important collection."
To accompany and commemorate this occasion, a catalogue of exhibition will be available for sale at G.A.R. Hall for $18.50. This companion book provides a look at the history and future of the USD Photograph Collection as well as features guest commentary by distinguished Professor Emeritus Wayne S. Knutson, Ph.D., John Banasiak, USD professor of photography, and Nancy Hoy McCahren, retired director of the USD Alumni Association.
Catalogues of the exhibition may also be purchased at the USD Archives and Special Collections, I.D. Weeks Library, Vermillion, or online at www.usd.edu/library/special/photobook.cfm. The Archives and Special Collections department also will be offering for sale two limited edition portfolios of the full exhibition.
The exhibit will travel to The Center for Western Studies in Sioux Falls in February and March, and is scheduled to be on display at the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre during July and August.
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.