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College and University photographs collection

 Collection — Cabinet: 1-6
Identifier: BVU-0013

Content Description

This collection contains photographs depicting the history of Buena Vista College and Buena Vista University through the life of its students and faculty, through campus growth, through events, activities, and student organizations. The majority of photos contain little or no identification, especially where people are concerned. Researchers are encouraged to check the Unidentified files, as well as the Subject files for activities in which a former student may have been involved.


  • Creation: 1890s-2000


Biographical / Historical

The majority of these photographs were taken by University Marketing and Communication or its predecessor departments, although there are many photographs which appear to have been given by anonymous donors, and such gifts were undocumented. Also included in this collection are photos taken by former and current area photography studios as works for hire.


60 Linear Feet (5 filing cabinets) : black and white photographs, color photographs, color slides, black and white negatives, color negatives

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in four series: 1. Alumni and Former Students, 2. Faculty and Staff (which includes BV Presidents), 3. Speakers, Performers, Important People, and 4. Subjects. Each series is arranged alphabetically.

Condition Description



Language of description
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Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Buena Vista University Archives Repository

610 West Fourth Street
Storm Lake IA 50588 United States