Guide to the Karl Woodcock photography collection, 1890's-1930's | MC054

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Woodcock, Karl, 1895-
Title
Karl Woodcock photography collection
ID
MC054
Date
ca. 1890s-1930s
Extent
6.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Bates College professor of Physics, Karl Woodcock, was an avid photographer and served as faculty advisor to the Bates Camera Club in the early 20th century. The collection is comprised of negatives and few photograph prints either created or collected by Woodcock. It includes images of dorm rooms, buildings, faculty members, sports activities, the Jordan Scientific Society Exhibition, student clubs, the Student Army Training Corps (1917-1918), and class reunions. Also includes images of family activities, such as trips to the White Mountains, Rangeley, and Moosehead Lake.

Preferred Citation

Karl Woodcock photography collection, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

Karl Woodcock was born in Thomaston, Maine on May 11, 1895. His parents were Elmer F. and Jessie Killeran Woodcock.

Woodcock graduated with honors from Bates College in 1918, and joined the Bates faculty the following fall as an instructor in Physics. He took leave to return to school, earning his master's degree in 1922 and his Ph.D. in 1932, both from the Universisty of Chicago.

In 1923 he was named assistant professor of Physics, associate professor in 1931, and full professor in 1939. In 1943, he became chairman of the Physics Department. Woodcock was a guiding influence in the development of the Physics Department, and under his tenure Bates saw the building of several key scientific facilities at Bates, including the observatory and the planetarium. He also conducted classes in surveying, and established a summer surveying program for Bates students.

In 1933, he married Hazel Luce, Bates Class 1922, and they had three children, all of whom graduated from Bates College.

He was an active member of the American Physics Society, the American Physics Teacher's Association, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In Maine he was the Chief of the Radiological Defense Section. In 1956 he was a member of the Maine Civil Defense and Public Safety Board and he was Chairman of the Lewiston Fire Department Civil Service Board for over 35 years. Late in his life, Woodcock was involved in a research program with the Maine Department of Sea and Shore Fisheries. The program was concerned with the control of corrosion of underwater metals and its effect on marine environment.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists primarily of glass plate and acetate negatives. A few prints are also included. The images date from the 1890's to the 1930's. The bulk of the collection is Bates-related images: dorm rooms, buildings, faculty members, sports activities, as well as images of the Jordan Scientific Society Exhibition, student clubs, the Student Army Training Corps (1917-1918), and class reunions.

Family activities are also documented, including images taken on trips to the White Mountains, Rangeley, and Moosehead Lake, dating from 1920's-1930's, and other family outings.

Woodcock was the faculty advisor to the Bates Camera Club. While it appears that Woodcock took many of these photographs, some of these photographs may have been taken by other photographers and collected by Woodcock. Some of these images may have been published in Bates publications.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is organized into five series: I. Woodcock Family Negatives; II. Summer Survey Camp Negatives; III. Miscellaneous (found with the survey negatives); IV. Bates College Negatives; and V. Miscellaneous.

Within series, by subject and chronological where appropriate.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Found in a storeroom in Carnegie Science Center, 1999. Accession No.: 99-001.

Processing Information

Processed by Maria Theresa Mendoza, 1999.

Final arrangement and description by Kurt Kuss, 1999.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Bates Historic Photograph Collection, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College

Fred Reuel Jones Negatives (accession # 2000.136) , Maine State Museum, Augusta, Maine

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--History
  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Photographs--Archives
  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Students

Geographic Name(s)

  • Maine--Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Woodcock, Karl, 1895-

Subject(s)

  • Photograph collections--Maine--Lewiston

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Collection Inventory

 MC054/01 Woodcock family negatives 1920's-1930's   197.0 negatives

Scope and Content Note

Images of Woodcock family, house, and Christmas greetings. Includes negatives from the Wavus Camp, where the Woodcock children presumably attended summer camp. Wavus was founded by Delbert Andrews (Class of 1910), and both Woodcock and his wife were camp counselors. These include images of children on horses, images of the camp, and the words to camp songs.

The glass plate negatives appear to have been taken on family vacation trips to the White Mountains, and to Rangeley, Kingfield, and the Moosehead Lake regions in Maine.

Organization and Arrangement

By subject.

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 MC054/02 Summer survey camp negatives 1920's-1940's 

Scope and Content Note

These appear to be images of the summer survey camp established by Woodcock for Bates students. Included are images of survey work and other activities.

Organization and Arrangement

By subject.

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 MC054/03 Miscellaneous negatives found with survey negatives 1930's-1940's 

Scope and Content Note

These may have been taken by Roscoe Stinerof, Jr. Includes images of an old heating plant (probably the Bates College heating plant); images of children; a Dr. Sawyer in front of the Carnegie Building; images identified as Ted and Frank in front of Coram Library; of W. Keck dated 1935; and Christmas images of the Kelleys.

Organization and Arrangement

By subject.

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 MC054/04 Bates College negatives 1890's-1930's   613.0 negatives

Scope and Content Note

Includes images of dorm rooms; survey classes; Bates S.A.T.C. (Student Army Training Corps) program training on the quad by the Chapel and by Parker Hall; images of Johnny Stanton; Bates buildings; images of the campus taken from Mt. David; the Jordan Scientific Society exhibition held in Carnegie; student groups; athletic events; the class of 1894 and the class of 1909; exams held in the Alumni Gym; formal dances in Chase Hall; women's athletics; reunion weekend; and a ground breaking ceremony. Several of these images were taken by Fred Reuel Jones during the Bates 1906-1907 academic year.

Organization and Arrangement

By subject.

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 MC054/05 Miscellaneous unidentified negatives 1920's-1930's   103.0 negatives

Scope and Content Note

The images have not been identified or processed.

Organization and Arrangement

Unprocessed.

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