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Peter L. Goss Photograph Collection

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About the Collection

The Peter L. Goss digital collection includes photographs taken by Goss, an Ohio University alumnus (Ph.D. ‘73, Comparative Arts), of the Ohio University campus and the surrounding area from 1966-1970. Goss took the photographs as part of his academic studies, and as a freelancer with the Columbus Dispatch.

Images selected for digitization include campus photographs of demonstrations that were part of the nationwide Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, protests following the May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State University, and events such as the Black Showcase, commencement, and football games. Also included in the digital collection is Goss’ off-campus photography documenting vernacular architecture and local community gatherings such as the Athens County Fair, auctions, and motorcycle races.

In 2020 the Libraries published a digital exhibit, Framing Time: The Photographic Legacy of Peter Goss, 1966-1970, which features an interview with Goss and images from the collection.

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About Peter L. Goss

Peter L. Goss holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fairfield University, a Master's in Library Science from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Arts from Ohio University.
Goss was a professor of architectural history at the University of Utah from 1970 until his retirement in 2009. He has been involved as a consultant and documentary photographer on numerous historic preservation projects.

Future Additions

Photos in the Peter L. Goss online collection were selected from the larger analog collection for digitization. There are no future additions planned.

Related Collections

The Peter L. Goss Photograph Collection is part of the Documentary Photography Archive housed in the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections. Related collections include the Lynn Johnson Collection, Lloyd E. Moore Photographic Materials, and Len Vaughn-Lahman Collection.

Access at Alden

The Peter L. Goss Photograph Collection is stored off-site. Schedule an appointment at least one week in advance to ensure that materials are available for viewing. Researchers may be asked to visit the Hwa-Wei Lee Library Annex Reading Room (205 Columbus Rd, Athens, OH 45701) instead of the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections (5th floor of Alden Library).  

Access Online

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Collection Contact

Use the Mahn Center Research Request Form to submit a question to Photo Archivist Laura Smith.


See the Digital Archival Collections Materials Selection and Rights policy.

Rights Statement

Peter Goss retains copyright for his photographs.

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