Search the online Photograph Collection now!

The archives is pleased to announce the launch of the NCSA archives image database. In the making for over five years and still a work in progress, this database presently contains over 6300 photographs and slides from the NCSA archive collections. The preliminary focus of this digitization project has been NCSA’s School of Drama productions which highlight the work of our design and production students as well as that of our young thespians. Over 3200 images document these performances from 1966 through 1984. In addition, many of the School of Music opera productions are represented. We continue to scan drama and opera productions from 1984 forward on a daily basis along with our other collections. Please check the site often.

Other subject categories include Buildings and Campus Views; People (including Administration and Staff); Events; the International Music Program and images from several of our Special Collections.

In order to provide the highest quality artistic representation of NCSA School of Dance performances, these images have been saved for last pending individual approval by our dance faculty. We apologize for this delay, however, please be assured that these images will spill onto your screen very shortly.

If there is an interest in any particular performance, please let us know and we will give your requests priority.

This project is made possible by donations from the late Jim Semans and his wife, Mary. Without their generosity and interest, the archives would not exist and we are infinitely grateful for their steadfast support. I would also like to thank Nora Gump who got this project off the ground in November of 2002 and Laurie Pearman who spent hundreds of hours scanning and indexing these photos.

Record summaries for each photograph include as much descriptive information as we have available. In the event that viewers can provide more identification or corrections, we welcome your input. We also appreciate any suggestions you may have for improving the process.

Guidelines for Use

Viewers may:
  • do a keyword search for an image by entering a name, title or keyword in any of the field boxes, or
  • may browse the images by title, photographer, collection name, and/or image date by clicking on the "browse choices" button at the end of the field. Click on the word or phrase in the index box to enter it into the field box
—then click on the "submit query" button.

The search will result in a short summary record of the images which meet the search criteria. The full record summary may be displayed by clicking on full record button. Also, an enlarged image may be obtained by clicking on the initial thumbnail image. In addition, the records may be viewed in table form (without the image) by choosing "table by title" from the drop down list.

The search screen includes a help function button at the bottom of the page for additional information on search strategies.

Search the online Photograph Collection now!

Access, Use and Copyright Information

Access to these images is provided for the PERSONAL USE of staff, faculty, students, scholars and the public.


Use or reproduction of some materials may also be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, and university policy.

Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, archives and libraries are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

The researcher downloading or making copies of photographs assumes sole responsibility for securing copyrights and other permissions that might be required prior to use of copied images for other than private study.

The policy further states that "restricted material may not be reproduced without permission from the donor" and that "permission to publish is not implied in any photo duplication services delivered. It must be granted separately and in writing."