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Rephotographic survey project photographs, 1977-1997

Identifier: 1997-004

Scope and Contents

Set of thirty-five pairs of photographs selected from the one hundred and twenty two sites visited by the Rephotographic Survey Project between 1977 and 1979. Each set consists of a reproduction of a nineteenth-century site photograph and the corresponding site photograph made by the Project photographer. These seventy photographs are also included in the Project's published work, Second View (University of New Mexico, 1984). Each photograph is labeled with a site number located on the bottom left corner on the back of each print.


  • Creation: 1977 - 1997


These materials are in English.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader. This material is housed off-site and will require advance notice of 1 business day for use.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. The second set of photographs are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Rephotographic Survey Project, which operated between 1977 and 1979, visited the sites of photographs taken in the nineteenth century and rephotographed them. The original landscape, photography from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Idaho, and Nevada were originally made by William Henry Jackson, Timothy O'Sullivan, John Hillers, Andrew J. Russell, and Alexander Gardner.

The purpose of the project was to rephotograph the exact site that several 19th century photographers had photographed in the West. The Project was sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Polaroid Corporation and features the work of 19th century photographers William Henry Jackson, Timothy O'Sullivan, John K. Hillers, and Andrew J. Russell. Each pair in this set consists of a reproduction of the 19th century photograph and the corresponding photo taken by the project team. The project team consisted of Ellen Manchester, Director; Mark Klett, Chief Photographer; JoAnn Verburg, Research Coordinator; Rick Dingus and Gordon Bushaw, photographers. The 19th century images in this set are copy prints made from original albumen prints. In most cases the copy negatives were made by the team. Surface imperfections in the originals are reflected in the copies. The prints in this set were made from the project's 4 x 5" field negatives. Both copy prints and project prints were made on Agra Portriga Rapid paper and archivally processed. The prints were made by Mark Klett and Wayne Jenkins between 1984 and 1985. This set was collated and issued by Mark Klett on April 10, 1997.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box (70 prints : black & white ; 20 x 25.2 cm))


Each photo in this set is labeled with a site number located on the bottom left corner on the back of the print, which corresponds to the "print list" which accompanied this set and gives the captions and attributions. It is necessary to consult the Rephotographic Survey Project Site Catalogue, pages 191-211, in Second View, the Rephotographic Survey Project, for information such as date and time of exposure, map coordinates, etc. Second View is the published record of the project and includes all 122 site photos. It was thought that it would be more useful if the prints here were organized in the order that they can be found in Second View, instead of by site number, so that the used could more easily locate them in the work and read the descriptive material pertaining to the particular shot. Each set of prints has been assigned the same plate or illustration number as given in Second View and organized accordingly. The site number is also noted.

Physical Location

Collection shelved at off-site storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown.

Related Materials note

Reproduced in: Second view, the Rephotographic Survey Project / Mark Klett, chief photographer ; Ellen Manchester, project director ; JoAnn Verburg, project coordinator ; Gordon Bushaw and Rick Dingus, project photographers ; with an essay by Paul Berger. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, c1984.

Rephotographic Survey Project photographs, 1977-1997
Lori N. Curtis
1997 November
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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