Professional Papers, 1970s-2019

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Scope and content:

The professional papers of photographer Jim Dow reflect two spheres of activity important to Dow and integral to his photographic career: teaching, and supporting arts communities.

The Teaching series covers almost all facets of Dow's professional teaching career from the 1970s to the 2010s. A selection of course readers is supplemented by electronic files of lecture notes, syllabi, and other resources (in process).

The series also houses a very large collection of approximately 130,000 teaching slides from a variety of sources, used by Dow in his photography and art history classes; it includes two slide sets documenting photography holdings of the Center for Canadian Architecture and photography exhibits at the Photography Resource Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Galleries File, a collection of hard copies of announcements, press releases, invitations, exhibition programs, and lists of artists' works, derives from Dow's interest in and partnerships with New York City commercial art galleries, where he mentored artists, coordinated exhibits, and attended many opening nights.


The Professional Papers series currently consists of two subseries: Gallery Files and Teaching. The Teaching subseries is further subdivided into groups for course readers, slide collections, and born-digital teaching resources.


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Access note. Collection contains fragile audiovisual/photographic formats in the form of film negatives that may need to be reformatted before use. Contact Research Services for access.

Access note. Some materials in this collection are electronic records that require special equipment. Contact Research Services with questions.

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