The University of Northern Colorado has received a donation of more than 750 photochroms - colorized prints made from black-and-white photographs - taken by William Henry Jackson, one of the most renowned 19th-century landscape photographers of the American West.
The prints, a gift from Howard Gottlieb of Evanston, Ill., are available for viewing in Archival Services in Michener Library; a few examples can be viewed at library.unco.edu/archives/photochroms.htm.
The photographs Jackson took as the official photographer of the 1871 Hayden geological survey that led to the creation of Yellowstone National Park established his reputation as a photographer of the American West. Travels with subsequent Hayden surveys and commissioned work gave Jackson further opportunities to photograph the West and other parts of the country. He eventually shifted to publishing and sold his entire stock of negatives to the Detroit Publishing Company after the company had acquired the exclusive rights to the photochrom process in America.
The Gottlieb Collection focuses primarily on the American West, but also includes images from throughout North America. The images are a valuable resource for faculty and students at the university, particularly for the study of the history of photography, art and American history.