MTSU’s Baldwin Photographic Gallery now has a state-of-the-art archive on campus that will allow faculty, staff and students to gain access to its extensive collection while also allowing the university to determine a more definitive value of a rich trove of visual art.
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee joined Department of Media Arts faculty, staff and gallery supporters recently to cut the ribbon on the home of the new Baldwin Photographic Collection and Archive located in Room 2300 on the second floor of the Miller Education Center at 503 E. Bell St.
Gallery founder and professor emeritus Harold Baldwin and longtime gallery curator Tom Jimison built a permanent collection of purchased works by artists such as Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Edward Weston, Minor White and Jerry Uelsmann, in addition to hundreds of prints by students.
With the establishment of the archive, which is equipped with a temperature- and humidity-controlled vault and a reading room area, faculty, students and the community can study the photographic works and use them for research across a variety of academic disciplines. Also, faculty can teach archiving and preserving.
“Thanks to Harold’s and Tom’s inspired vision, our entire community has opportunities to view exhibitions from nationally and internationally renowned photographic artists over the last half century,” McPhee told the crowd gathered in the atrium of the MEC.
Current gallery curator Jackie Heigle, also a media arts professor, said the first plan for the archive is to produce a public online catalogue of the entire collection, which she estimates includes 1,500 prints. Such an effort will provide opportunities for student internships to help update digital records, she said.
The Baldwin Photographic Collection and Archive is available to the public by appointment only. To set up an appointment, email Heigle at Jackie.Heigle@mtsu.edu.