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GLMS 66 - Walter Cowles Photograph Collection

Introduction

The .5 cubic feet of material in this collection was donated to the HCGL by Walter Cowles of Morristown, New Jersey in 1994. An addition to the collection was donated in 1998. Literary and property rights were donated to the public. Photocopying is permitted for purposes of conservation and research.

Biographical Sketch

Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, Walter Cowles became interested in photographing Great Lakes vessels early in life. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Cowles worked for the American Shipbuilding Company in Cleveland, Ohio for several years. In this position, Cowles received many unique opportunities to photograph Great Lakes vessels.

Scope and Content

This .5 cubic foot collection is composed of 355 black and white photos and 318 black and white negatives of Great Lakes vessels. The bulk of the photos in the collection were taken from 1947 to 1950, Between Cowles’ return from the Navy and promotion to Chief Hull Draftsman.

Series Description

Series 1: Black and White Photographs, .25 cubic feet

1936-1961
Box 1
Series contains 339 black and white photos of Great Lakes vessels. Photos in this series date from the 1936 to the 1961. All photos were taken by Walter Cowles, predominantly in Cleveland Ohio.

Series 2: Black and White Negatives, .25 cubic feet

1930s-1950s
Box 1
Series contains 318 black and white negatives of Great Lakes vessels. Negatives in this series date from the 1930s to the 1950s. All negatives were taken by Walter Cowles, predominantly in Cleveland Ohio.

Series 3: Background Information, .2 cubic feet

1936-1994
Box 2
Contains an autobiographical sketch of Cowles, a photograph of him, and contextual information on the photographs in the collection.

Files

GLMS-066_CowlesColl.pdf