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Preliminary Guide to the Ed Kirwan ASUC Photograph Archive
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Photographs of student life, athletics, campus events, and buildings and grounds at the University of California, Berkeley, chiefly from 1942 into the 1970s. The photographs were created by the ASUC Photography Department, headed by Ed Kirwan from about 1957, and later under contract to Ed Kirwan Graphic Arts.
Bernal Edmon (Ed) Kirwan, born 1923, was a staff photographer for the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC, Berkeley) from the late 1940s until the mid-1960s. By 1957-1958 Kirwan was listed in campus directories as Director of the ASUC Photography Department. In Spring of 1964 the Photography Department (then called ASUC Graphic Arts) in Eshleman Hall was closed and Kirwan established his own freelance studio, Ed Kirwan Graphic Arts, located across the street from campus on Bancroft Way. As reported in the Daily Californian (April 15, 1964), Kirwan was sold the ASUC Graphic Arts operation and awarded the ASUC photography contract, so he continued to document Berkeley student events, athletics, organizations, and a wide range of campus activities through the 1960s, into the 1970s, and beyond. By the late 1960s the scope of his campus photographic work had diminished, but he continued to take portraits and undertake more specific photography jobs for various offices or departments of the University. The business later moved to 9th Street in west Berkeley, where it continued to operate into the 21st century.
153 boxes (and approximately 25 cartons and 5 oversize boxes of unprocessed additional negatives and prints) photographs : chiefly black and white film negatives
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Negatives of UC subjects (NEG boxes 1-153): available by appointment. Remainder of collection: UNPROCESSED. UNAVAILABLE FOR USE. Consult library catalog for details.