Sep 30, 2022

The University of Central Arkansas Digitizes More Than 1,000 Historic Photos

Archivists in Torreyson Library at the University of Central Arkansas have recently digitized more than 1,000 historical photographs. The collection, which can be accessed here, includes buildings, social activities and student life dating back to the school’s beginning in 1907. 

The process has taken several months and interim archivist Daniel Klotz says this is just a start. His office has been collecting images since 1986 and is constantly acquiring more photos to digitize. 

“Our goal is to make the collections more accessible,” Klotz said. “With this project, anyone can find a photograph by typing in keywords. So if someone is interested in what student life looked like in the 1920s, they could click on ‘students’ and see all the photos of come up.” 

The UCA collection has dozens of categories which include buildings, group and individual shots, residence halls, music, athletics and several others. Klotz scans each photo (some of which are on glass plates) and adds captions and metadata to each image. 

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