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This collection contains images relating to the University of Louisville and its history. It includes the "building book," an online encyclopedia of current and historical campus structures as well as images of faculty, administrators and students and campus activities and events.
The UofL Images collection includes photographs taken by a variety of staff photographers and student photojournalists. Two photographers are particularly well represented in this collection: Norris Mode and Steve Gruebbel.
Norris Mode's negatives were donated to the University Archives & Records Center in 2008. Mr. Mode was a local photographer who worked with the University to document its academic, civic, and extracurricular life in the mid-twentieth century. Many of his images were used in University alumni publications, for example. The bulk of the images included in this collection date from 1947 to 1960. Only a portion of the more than 1300 negatives were selected for inclusion in this online collection; for more information, view the full description of the contents of the Norris Mode photographs. Topics such as athletics, visiting dignitaries, University administrators, and building construction and dedications are particularly well represented.
Steve Gruebbel was a photographer for the Thoroughbred, UofL's yearbook, in 1968-1969. Mr. Gruebbel donated his negatives to the University Archives in 2010, and then volunteered to scan and describe them as well. His knowledge of the context of each photograph resulted in metadata with a far higher level of certainty and detail. Again, only 405 of the photographs in his collection of more than 1500 images were selected for the online collection. These pictures focus largely on the student experience, including athletics, pep rallies, the Fryberger Sing and other student competitions, and Greek life.