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Stanley A. Bauman Photograph Collection

 Record Group
Identifier: SAB-2007

Scope and Contents

Overview:

The Stanley A. Bauman Photograph Collection arrived at Stonehill College in 2007. Since its arrival at the College, Archives staff have been diligently processing and digitizing the collection to ensure its preservation and accessibility.

Although Mr. Bauman did his utmost to protect his collection of roughly 500,000 negatives, environmental conditions caused damage to certain portions of the collection. Pests, temperature and humidity fluctuations, and human error resulted in the damage, loss, or destruction of negatives. Another important point about the collection is that the majority of negatives and prints Mr. Bauman created prior to World War II are not extant. Thus, the collection essentially begins in 1946.

Many patrons contact the Archives daily inquiring about finding photographs in the Bauman Collection. What many patrons do not realize is that the collection consists primarily of negatives, which are stored in over 760 shoe-box-size containers. Each container houses approximately 150 to 200 envelopes, and any single envelope contains 1 to over 100 negatives. Processing and preserving this portion of the collection occupies a great deal of the Archive’s time.

Work-study students, interns, and volunteers work year-round at assessing the condition of and rehousing negatives, transcribing original information, and compiling all of this into a searchable database. On average, it takes about one academic year (early-September to early-May) to process one calendar year of negatives. Nevertheless there are a variety of factors that influence the rate at which the collection is processed and preserved, such as the number of students and volunteers working on the collection, the number of original envelopes and negatives that need to be processed, and whether the Archives is involved in other projects.

Mr. Bauman also relied heavily on employees and volunteers to create, organize, and preserve his collection. Over the years, Mr. Bauman employed many individuals and worked with numerous volunteers who helped take, prepare for publishing, and organize thousands of photos. There were those working with Mr. Bauman who received the title of Ace. These were the young men who spent countless hours helping build Stanley Bauman Photography.

Negatives:

The bulk of the Bauman Collection consists of negatives. From 1946 to the late-1960s, most of the negatives are 4X5-inch or 2.5X2.5-inch black and white film, with color negatives first appearing in the early-1960s. From the late-1960s to the early-1970s, there is a mix of 2.5X2.5-inch film (black and white and color) and 35-millimeter film (black and white and color). From the early-1970s to 2002, the collection consists almost entirely of 35-millimeter black and white and color film.

Documents:

Though the Bauman Collection is known for its iconic photographs, it also contains hundreds of original documents. These documents are a testament to the organization and efficiency that characterized Mr. Bauman and his work. As Mr. Bauman and his assistants photographed weddings, sporting events, plays, family portraits, and car accidents, he compiled a variety of documents. From newspaper clippings and business cards, to photo assignment sheets, handwritten notes, event programs, and letters, these primary sources aid in the cataloging process and deepen our knowledge of southeastern Massachusetts’ history.

Dates

  • 1946 - 2002

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright: Stanley A. Bauman Photograph Collection, Stonehill College Archives and Special Collections Easton, MA

For use and reproduction: Contact Stonehill College Archives and Special Collections, Easton MA

Biographical / Historical

Born April 25, 1913, Stanley A. Bauman was the son of German immigrants, William and Anna Bauman. Making their home at 46 Breer Street, Brockton, the Bauman family grew to include Stanley’s younger sister, Beatrice, who was born in 1916. Apart from the four years Stanley served in the U.S. Army during World War II, he lived his entire life at Breer Street, transforming the basement of his home into a base of operations from which he conducted most of his work. Stanley’s passion for photography began in the 1930s and transformed into a career that would span over 70 years. For the first 40 years Stanley worked for the Brockton Enterprise, which helped him become one of Brockton’s most iconic figures. Eventually, Stanley started his own business, Stanley Bauman Photography, which operated for 30 years. Brockton residents knew Stanley well, as they often saw him snapping photos of people, places, and events that ranged from the ordinary to the fantastic. During those rare intervals when his camera shutter went quiet, Stanley took to his car with eyes searching the city streets and ears listening to the police scanner, eager to find something to photograph. Traveling from Boston to Barnstable, Mansfield to Marshfield, and all the towns in-between, Stanley took over 500,000 photographs.

Throughout his career, Stanley developed a reputation as being Stonehill College’s official photographer. From student organizations and athletic events to graduations, building dedications, and even day-to-day student life, Stanley’s camera captured a large portion of the college’s history. The relationship he developed with Stonehill led him to decide in the early 2000s that he would leave his collection to the college. In 2007, Stanley passed away at the age of 93. With his passing, his collection moved to the Stonehill College Archives where it is currently being processed and preserved to ensure that Stanley’s legacy lives on. This exhibit offers a small glimpse of that legacy.

Extent

500000 Photographic negatives

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

This collection is organized chronologically by calendar year, and within each calendar year negatives are stored in envelopes, which are organized by item number.
Title
Stanley A. Bauman Photograph Collection
Status
Completed
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Stonehill Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Stonehill College Archives, 320 Washington St
Easton MA 02357 United States