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Glacier photographs by geographical region


Scope and Contents

Originally named The Glacier Photo Collection, this collection was given to the World Data Center-A (also known as the National Snow and Ice Data Center) in the late 1970’s by William Osgood Field. Field was head of the World Data Center-A for Glaciology (WDC) at the American Geographical Society where he collected photographs of glaciers and grew the center into one of three archives for glacier exploration. These photographs, including his own images from various expeditions, are all part of the Glacier Photograph Collection.

The WDC was originally housed in New York as part of the American Geographical Society archive and was maintained by the WDC until the collection was moved to the United states of Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) in Tacoma, Washington in 1970. In the mid 1970s, Field worked with Roger G. Barry, the founder of a new glaciology center in Boulder, Colorado, which later became known as the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Field arranged to have the photographic glaciology collection transferred to NSIDC. At this time the title World Data Center-A was also transferred to the Boulder location. More about World Data Center history can be found here:

These subseries are photographs sorted by Geographic region indicated by the title of the collection.


  • Creation: 1860 - 2012

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use. Material marked as restricted is due to the inclusion of legally and ethically protected confidential collection donor and researcher information. Please contact for questions about access to this material.

Research access to original moving image films in this collection is restricted, due to preservation concerns. Contact with a list of desired items and a statement of intended use, which will be evaluated by the Moving Image Archivist based on preservation condition of the desired items and staff availability; please note that access may not be guaranteed for all items.

All analog sound recordings, video formats, and badly deteriorated film held by the Archives must be digitized for research access, due to preservation concerns. If these materials have not previously been digitized, the researcher is responsible for the cost of digitization. Researchers may request access to previously-digitized audiovisual materials that are not online on the CU Digital Library by contacting

This collection contains digital materials not available for download directly. Access to these materials is available either on-site in the Reading Room or by remote access. Requests to access born-digital materials must be made in advance by contacting Once a request has been made, please confirm viewing arrangements with Archives staff. Please allow at least 7 business days before download access is provided.


57.75 linear feet (46 total boxes (42 flat boxes, 1 oversize flat box, 2 short document boxes, 1 small box))

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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