Guide to the William C. (Chuck) Eymann Photograph Collection, 1960-1978

Processed by University Archives staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Anne McMahon
University Archives
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Santa Clara, California 95053-0500
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Santa Clara University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the William C. (Chuck) Eymann Photograph Collection, 1960-1978

Collection Number: EYM

University Archives

Santa Clara, California

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  • University Archives
  • Santa Clara University
  • 500 El Camino Real
  • Santa Clara, California 95053-0500
  • Phone: (408) 554-4117
  • Fax: (408) 554-5179
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© 1999 Santa Clara University. All rights reserved.

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


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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)

Container List


Negative Series, 1960-1978

Physical Description: 3 l.f. approximating 3000 strips of 35 mm black and white film, 100 2x2 and 4x5 black and white film.

Scope & Content

The Negative Series, consisting of approximately 3000 strips of 35 mm negatives, is arranged numerically by photographer-assigned numbers labeled on each negative strip. The series also includes approximately 100 2x2 and 4x5 format negatives, located in Box 14. The subjects include buildings, events, faculty, and students.
Box: 1


Box: 2


Box: 3


Box: 4


Box: 5


Box: 6


Box: 7


Box: 8


Box: 9


Box: 10


Box: 11


Box: 12


Box: 13


Box: 14



Subject Series A, 1960-1979

Physical Description: 2 l.f. approximating 800 8x10 black and white gelatin silver photographs

Scope & Content

Subject Print Series A consists of approximately 800 8x10 black & white prints, arranged alphabetically by subject. Subjects include buildings, campus views, events, and student life.
Box: 1

Buildings (A-D)

Box: 2

Buildings (E-K)

Box: 3

Buildings (L-M)

Box: 4

Buildings (N-Z)

Box: 5

Business School


Campus Views

















Box: 6



Law School



Box: 7


Box: 8



Student Government

Box: 9

Student Life


Chronological Series, 1971-78

Physical Description: 3 l.f. of approximately 1500 8x10 b&w gelatin silver prints

Scope & Content

The Chron Series consists of approximately 1500 8x10 b&w images arranged chronologically from March, 1971 to November, 1978. The series includes photographic work taken of people, places and things, for University publications and other purposes.
Box: 1


Box: 2


Box: 3


Box: 4


Box: 5


Box: 6


Box: 7


Box: 8



Subject Series B, 1970-77

Physical Description: Approximately 300 B&W gelatin silver prints

Scope & Content

Subject Series B consists of approximately 300 b&w 8x10 photographs, arranged alphabetically by subject. The majority of the collection are photographs of buildings on campus.
Box: 1



Adobe Lodge


Benson Center


Bergin Hall


Campus Store


Daley Science


deSaisset Museum


Dunne Hall


Graham Complex


Heafey Law Library


Kenna Hall


Mayer Theater


McLaughlin Hall


Mission Church


Nobili Hall


O'Connor Hall


Orradre Library


Ricard Observatory


St. Joseph's Hall


Varsi Hall


Walsh Dormitory


Business School


Campus Views





Box: 2



Project 50


Student Life




Classroom Scenes


Lab Scenes


Student Societies