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December 7, 2000

Photo collection donated to UPB

Pitt's Bradford campus has received a large collection of photographs and negatives taken by the late photographer W. Forres Stewart, who spent much of his life photographing Bradford and its residents.

Stewart's son, Ron, presented the collection in memory of his father, who died in Bradford last year. The gift represents the bulk of W. Forres Stewart's personal collection.

The collection, which will be housed in Hanley Library's Special Collections Room, includes 119 oversized mounted prints and thousands of negatives taken from 1959 to 1977, as well as clippings of photos taken from 1962 to 1963 and negatives and prints of Pitt-Bradford's campus construction from 1973 to 1975.

Richard E. McDowell, Bradford campus president, said, "This permanent collection of Forres's work is a fine tribute to a talented man who was dedicated to the people of the Bradford area."

In presenting his father's work, Stewart said, "I am very pleased that the public will now be able to see this work and enjoy his photographic style."

Ron Stewart donated $1,000 to cover the costs of archiving the photographs and to start an endowment fund to maintain and exhibit the permanent collection. Trisha Morris, director of library services, said the library has used a portion of the funds to buy preservation materials and to hire an expert to index and archive the collection.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 33 Issue 8

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