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About the Images of Brown Collection

The visual history of Brown has been captured in a variety of ways, from samplers, woodcuts, drawings, and paintings to daguerreotypes, glass-plate negatives, photographs, posters, postcards, and slides.

Consisting of over 75,000 items, the image collections of the Brown University Archives depict campus scenes and views, buildings and gates, University clubs and societies, events, student life and customs, and athletics. Represented also are many individual images of the university presidents, corporation members, faculty members, administrators and staff, students, and distinguished visitors.

Two of the earliest scenes of Brown are captured in a sampler stitched by Abigail Adams Hobart depicting University Hall and the first President’s House in 1802 and an engraving by John Worrall of College Hill in 1808.

The prints predate the photographs and include drawings, etchings, and cartoons of events and campus scenes as well as whimsical sketches of student life done by artistic students of the 19th century. Class Albums assembled annually by students from 1856 to 1904 contain photographs of campus scenes, student groups, and individual shots of graduating students. Scrapbooks include candid photographs illustrating campus life from as early as 1884. The Edward North Robinson Collection of Brown Athletics includes images of athletic contests, student-athletes, teams, and athletic facilities and fields. Architectural drawings and plans capture the built environment of Brown.

Images of Brown also includes digital images of other items of Brown’s heritage including tickets, athletic programs and scorecards, and brochures and pamphlets.

The collection can be browsed by title or thematic categories.