Photo Identity Crisis: Creating a Classification and Organization Method for Unidentified Photographic Archives


  • Heidi Blackburn
  • Pam Bower
  • Alysia Starkey



Institutional archives have always provided a sense of history and unity for most universities. This is especially emphasized for the Kansas State University at Salina photographic collection. The school has gone through four different name changes in the last fifty years and the library has amassed an overwhelming assortment of photographs documenting various events on campus, from groundbreaking ceremonies to student social occasions. With an estimated total of over 11,000 unlabeled photographs, the K-State at Salina
librarians have worked hard to begin the process of providing the university community with a useful resource for historical research in the future.