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“Spaces and Faces: Namesakes at the University of Arkansas” highlights the people and places of the University of Arkansas by showing the names behind the buildings.

Spaces and Faces:
Namesakes at the University of Arkansas

This digital image collection highlights the people and places of the University of Arkansas by making publically available historical photographs and background information related to campus leaders and their namesake buildings. It is offered as a resource for past, present, and future students, faculty and staff, and anyone with an interest in the history of the University and the community of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Images and information for this collection were drawn from the Special Collections Image Collection, the Public Relations Image Collection, printed university histories and yearbooks, and the preexisting digital collection, Shared History. Formats currently include glossy and matte photographic prints, negatives, digital files, and printed book pages. The collection will continue to grow under the direction of the University Archivist.

Images were selected primarily for quality and interest. Each photo’s main subject clearly depicts an individual or a campus building’s interior or exterior. In some cases, multiple images that show different relevant aspects of a building or person have been included.

The collection is searchable by alternate title, keyword, date of photograph, building construction date, relation, source of original, and series title. Browsing by building name is also offered.


Metadata was collected from the photographs, shelf-list cards, and published sources. Each item in the collection is described by CONTENTdm fields mapped to Dublin Core elements. Viewable CONTENTdm fields include title from photograph, alternate title, relation (which connects each person to his or her namesake building), keywords, description, date of construction, content notes, date of photograph, photographer/studio, physical description, source of original, publisher, copyright/restrictions, digitized by, and series title.

Individuals were assigned Library of Congress name authority records indicating preferred usage, and keywords conform to a controlled vocabulary.

Technical Information

Photographs, negatives, and images from printed books were scanned using an Epson Expression Scanner, Model 1640XL, with a 12" X 17" scanning bed, using Epson Twain Pro version 1.75A software and Adobe Photoshop. Photographic prints were scanned at 600 dpi, and negatives were scanned at 1200 dpi. All images were initially saved as TIFF files before being imported into CONTENTdm as JPEGs.

All images were imported into OCLC's CONTENTdm digital content management system as JPEG files with maximum dimensions of 800 x 600 pixels. Images reused from the Shared History digital collection were previously scanned as JPEGs at 72 dpi.

Metadata and CONTENTdm indexing fields were selected from Dublin Core and MARC elements.


This digital collection was created by Anne Gresham, under the supervision and editorial direction of Amy Allen, University Archivist, with technical assistance from George Fowler, Beth Juhl and Timothy G. Nutt in partial fulfillment of the requirements for ILS 655-S71 Digital Libraries at Southern Connecticut State University, as taught by Dr. Yan Quan Liu, in collaboration with the University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections and Web Services departments.

For assistance with using the collection or for any questions or comments, please contact the Special Collections Department at or (479) 575-5577.


Hale, Harrison. University of Arkansas 1871-1948. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas, 1948.

Leflar, Robert A. The First 100 Years: Centennial History of the University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Foundation, 1971.

Reynolds, John Hugh and David Yancey Thomas. History of the University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1910.

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