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Guide to the William C. (Chuck) Eymann Photograph Collection, 1960-1978
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Organization of the Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Guide to the William C. (Chuck) Eymann Photograph Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1960-1978
    Collection number: EYM
    Creator: Eymann, William C. (Chuck), 1917-1978
    Physical Description: 9 linear feet gelatin silver prints and acetate negatives
    Repository: Santa Clara University Archives
    Santa Clara, CA 95053
    Abstract: Photographs and negatives of students, faculty, events, buildings and campus life at Santa Clara University from 1960-1978, taken by professional photographer William C. (Chuck) Eymann.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Santa Clara University permits public access to its archives within the context of respect for individual privacy, administrative confidentiality, and the integrity of the records. It reserves the right to close all or any portion of its records to researchers.
    The archival files of any office may be opened to a qualified researcher by the administrator of that office or his/her designee at any time.
    Archival collections may be used by researchers only in the Reading Room of the University Archives and may be photocopied only at the discretion of the archivist.

    Publications Rights

    Permission to copy or publish any portion of the Archives' materials must be given by the Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William C. (Chuck) Eymann Photograph Collection, Santa Clara University. University Archives.

    Acquisitions Information

    Two series in this collection, the Negative Series and Subject Series A, were donated to the University Archives by Dorothy Eymann, wife of William C. Eymann (Accession Number 986-083). Subject Series B and Chronological Series


    William C. (Chuck) Eymann (1917-1978), nationally known photographer, photojournalist and cinematographer, was the first professional photographer contracted by SCU to capture campus life and University events on film. Eymann was born in Atchison, Kansas in 1917. He attended University of Missouri, and later, in 1937, relocated to San Fransisco as a commerical photographer. During World War II, he was Vice President of Photo and Sound Productions of San Fransisco, doing commercial cinematography as well as making documentaries and training films for the Federal Government. In 1952, he sold his partnership with Photo & Sound Productions, and started his own freelance business, working out of his studio in Palo Alto, CA. Over the years, his work was published in Better Homes & Gardens, Progressive Architecture, and Saturday Evening Post. Eymann received an award for best medical film in 1976. He was director of photography and wrote the script. His work with the University spanned 20 years, beginning in 1959, and ending with his death in 1978.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    The Eymann Collection contains images of students, faculty, events, buildings, and campus life at Santa Clara University, from 1960-1978. Formats include black and white photographs, contact sheets, 35 mm negatives, 2x2 negatives and 4x5 negatives. Accompanying the collection is a card catalog created by Eymann, arranged by subject, in which each card contains a 2x2 print, a description of the print and a cross-referenced negative number. The negatives are found in the Negative Series of the Collection.

    Organization of the Collection

    The collection consists of the following four series:
    • Negative Series, 1960-1978 (3 linear feet)
    • Subject Series A, 1970-1978 (2 linear feet)
    • Chronologrocal Series, 1971-1978 (3 linear feet)
    • Subject Series B, 1965-1978 (1 linear foot)