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with the help of Getty Images Photo Archives Grant For Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Jackson State University has digitized thousands of photographs from its historical archives.
The University, based in Jackson, Mississippi, was one of four. HBCUs Recipient of a $500,000 grant announced earlier this year. This grant program is made possible by The Getty Family and the charity Stand Together.
It was created to honor the legacy of HBCUs and their contribution to American history through the preservation of the invaluable visual history of these institutions.
Grant funds are being used to digitize a total of 50,000 archival photographs from JSU’s library. 4,000 photos have been digitized so far. It also supports future images captured with camera equipment donated by Getty Images, the world’s leading visual content creator and marketplace.
The Jackson, Mississippi-based university was one of four recipients of a $500,000 grant made possible by the Getty Family and the charity Stand Together. This program was created to honor the legacy of HBCU and its contribution to American history by preserving the invaluable visual history of these institutions.
The grant will be used to digitize 50,000 archival photographs from JSU’s library. 4,000 photos have been digitized so far. It also supports future images captured with camera equipment donated by Getty Images, the world’s leading visual content creator and marketplace.
When the selected schools were first announced, Cassandra Illidge, vice president of partnerships at Getty Images, said:
According to Dr. Rochord Wilson, Director of Libraries at JSU, the grant provides equipment, training, and the opportunity to highlight the university’s photographic archives in ways never dreamed of before.
“This allows the world to see what we have to offer and deliver it across four walls,” she told the release. “From early leadership to historical events like the Gibbs Greene Collection, there are photographs depicting campus life and the famous Southern Sonic Boom.”
The scanned photos cover a wide range of topics. His JSU sports legends such as Walter Payton, Robert Brasil and Willie Richardson, as well as Margaret Walker-Alexander, Alice Walker, Nicky Giovanni.
“With a wide range of photographs, this project is something JSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends can be proud of,” Illidge said.
She said some of the JSU photos scanned and licensed at gettyimages.com would most likely appear in textbooks, publications and other media related to African Americans. . Illidge said Getty Images does not profit from such things.
JSU retains all copyrights in its photographs. Once digitized, they will be placed in a new standalone photography collection called the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Collection, which can be licensed at gettyimages.com.
In addition to the images saved through the grant, all earnings generated will be used to fund the program. Each year, it is reinvested to fund Getty Images Photo Archive grants for these institutions.
“Many of the photographs are historical and have never been seen,” said Darlita Ballard, an archivist at the university.
So far, Ballard says, three students have been trained to scan photos. They will teach additional students in the future. She also added that archive work can serve as a springboard to careers in art, history and photography.
Illidge said there are three HBCUs that JSU has so far received grants after scanning about 100 photos from their archives: Claflin University, North Carolina Central University, and Prairie View A&M University.
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