Mellon grant funds cataloging of 2 million photos
With the help of a grant of $312,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Harry Ransom Center will enhance the preservation and cataloging of one of the most complete journalistic photograph collections outside of a working newspaper, the photograph morgue of the New York Journal-American newspaper. Published from 1895 to 1966 and owned for much of its run by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, the paper was a rival and complement to the better-known New York Times. The morgue contains a rich visual history of the people, places, and events of New York and the country, with the sensational perspective for which Hearst papers were known.
Approximately 2 million photographic prints from the archive will be cataloged and rehoused to facilitate access to the images and ensure they remain a lasting resource for scholars and patrons. Consistent with the mission of the Center, the three-year project will result in an online database to open this vast visual resource to the public. Clipping files from the Journal-American are available at the University’s Center for American History.
Image: Sweet Daddy Grace with reporters on March 3, 1938. New York Journal-American collection.