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Miami University
Oxford, Ohio 45056
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Historic photograph collection now online


One of Miami University libraries' largest and most recognizable collections of historic photographs is available via the Web as of March 7.

The Frank R. Snyder Collection, with more than 4,000 photographs, contains some of the most recognizable images of Miami and the surrounding areas ever produced.

Reprints of the original photographs have been used for years by the university and local businesses to document and promote local history.

The libraries have digitally reformatted the entire collection, compiling scans of the original images into a fully searchable online resource. The launch will mark the completion of one of the libraries’ most exhaustive and ambitious digital collection projects to date.

The collection is named for Frank R. Snyder, a leading Oxford photographer during the early 20th century. Snyder also worked for Miami during that period, taking many photographs that were used in university publications. Snyder's son and daughter-in-law, Frank King Snyder '41 and Lois Snyder '42, gave most of his surviving negatives to Miami University.

The collection spans 1897 to 1955, with the bulk dating from between 1900 and 1930. The photographs include classic images of turn-of-the century athletics, early fraternity group portraits, local historic landmarks and other images of life at Miami, Oxford College, Western College and surrounding areas.

While the new digital prints will be available to the public online, the original negatives and archival prints will continue to be housed and preserved in the university archives.

Anyone wishing to use a photo should credit Miami University Libraries. Contact Jason Jackson at the libraries at 513.529.1690 or, for more information.


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