Issue: Spring 2015

Saint Louis University Digitized Photo Collection

The largest and most popular part of the SLU Libraries Digital Collections is the Photo Collection. This collection shows over 16,000 images from the holdings of the University Archives, with more being added nearly every day.

The majority of the online collection comes from the Boleslaus Lukaszewski Photographic Collection. Fr. Lukaszewski, or “Father Luke” as he was called, was a professor of Philosophy at SLU from 1947 until his death in 1970. During that time, he was also the unofficial campus photographer, and he took tens of thousands of photos of life at SLU. There are over 1,300 rolls of negatives stored in the Archives, all taken by Fr. Luke, and about 10,000 of his photos have been added to the digital collection so far. These include many photos of student life in the 1950s, as well as his coverage of the SLU Soccer team’s early years in the 1960s.

Other sets of images include the Tristan da Cunha photos, which show over 700 images from the most isolated human settlement on earth, and the Walter Ong Slide Collection. These images were taken by Fr. Ong, famous Jesuit scholar and former SLU professor of English, during his three years spent in Europe in the 1950s, while he was doing research for his dissertation.

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Contact the Author

Drew Kupsky
Digital Resources Librarian

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