Image Collections

Image Collections

The GBL Historic Image Collection is comprised of over 12,000 photographic prints, 9,000 negatives, 8,200 slides, 50 glass plate images, and 100 16mm film reels.

The collection documents the history of archaeological work in Indiana and the Midwest since at least the 1920s, including over 75 years of the Angel Mounds excavations. Images also depict early figures in the field such as Eli Lilly, Glenn A. Black, Warren K. Morehead and others.

This collection also records the artifacts, sites, and excavation work of 59 Indiana counties and 22 states other than Indiana.

The GBL is currently working on a image preservation and digitization project. Many of our historic images will be available to view through Indiana University's Image Collections Online.

For copies of images, or to make an appointment to view the collections, please contact us at gbl@indiana.edu. Copyright restrictions apply.

An historic black and white image of two workers taking a break from an angel mound dig. - N2463
An historic black and white image of 5 artifacts recovered from angel mound digs. - N1845
An historic black and white image of Glenn A. Black and others taking photos of a grassy landscape. - N1820
An historic black and white image of roughly one dozen workers in the middle of a dig. - N1864
An historic color image seven workers posing around their dig site.
An historic black and white image of two workers using a camera to document their dig. - N3552
An historic black and white image of six workers in the middle of a dig taking various measurements. - N2159
An historic black and white image of various ceramic pieces of artifacts found in angel mound digs. - N1854
An historic black and white image of an angel mound in the middle of an open field. - N1799

Films

Films in our collection include several reels capturing Glenn Black's 1934-1935 excavation of Nowlin Mound, an Adena culture site in Dearborn County. These are among the earliest films of professional archaeologists conducting field work in North America.

This short clip depicts Glenn Black, wife Ida Black, William Rude, Bernard Bucher, and Joseph Schulyer setting up camp and conducting surveys at the site. Note: This clip does not feature audio.

Nowlin Mound archaeological survey and excavations, 1934-1935.

Description of the video:

This film has no audio file associated with it. Shows brief scenes of Glenn Black, Ida Black, and other crew members surveying and setting up camp for excavations of Nowlin Mound, Dearborn County, Indiana.

The scene transitions to a panoramic shot of angel mound in an open grassy field. Glenn Black, Ida Black, and other crew members begin using measuring tools and digging equipment on the side of the angel mound.

Crew members are depicted doing various acitivities in service of researching the angel mound - including marking measurements and data, cleaning procedures such as regularly washing their hands, and taking breaks in a nearby camp setup for the dig.