14,400 slides part of Cushman Photo Collection

The Charles Weever Cushman Collection at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, consists of ten cubic feet of materials, including 2,200 b/w negatives and prints. Just three of those cubic feet are slides, but what a collection — more than 14,400 color Kodachrome slides shot from 1938 to 1969. Cushman’s photos have been digitized through Indiana University’s Digital Library Program and the Indiana University Archives and are now online.

Cushman and his LZ
Cushman and his trusty 1940 Lincoln Zephyr at San Francisco, 1958, at 202,000 miles by then.

An amateur photographer, most of Cushman’s images are scenic, many are from such countries as from Lebanon, Germany, Austria, England, and Mexico. There are few roadside or industrial sites, but roads and cars do make it into many of the slides. Here are some from along the Lincoln Highway or close to it—click the links to see larger views.

The old Lincoln Highway snakes under the railroad at Donner Summit, CA, 1958.
CA_Donner

Along Lake Tahoe at Tunnel Rock, NV, 1953.
NV_TunRock

An antique car climbing Spooner Summit, NV, 1958.
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Check out Green River, Wyoming, in 1958, or another view in 1963 showing the Husky Truck Stop Cafe.
WY_GrRiv 58

WY_GrRiv 63


A clear day in Salt Lake City, 1958, looking north on State Street toward the capitol.
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There’s lots else to see plus essays about Cushman and his collection. Photos reprinted here with the kind permission of Indiana University, Office of University Archives & Records Management, with special thanks to Curator Bradley D. Cook.

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One thought on “14,400 slides part of Cushman Photo Collection

  1. To think, that Lincoln was just an old car then.

    Old color slides bring times and places alive for me like b/w photos can’t. I want to go to 1958 Green River and buy a soda (a Green River?) at the Phillips 66 station, or to 1958 Salt Lake and catch a matinee.

    The Tunnel Rock photo is spectacular.

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