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Collection Scope and Content Notes

The Forrest "Bud" Harris Photograph Collection is comprised of photographic prints, negatives, audio/visual, and manuscript materials that relate to his photographic projects. Items date from the 1950s to 2007 with the bulk of the collection dating between 1960 and 1999.

Harris worked for the University of Pittsburgh during the years of Chancellors Litchfield and Posvar. In addition to his professional collection of images, Harris was an accomplished documentary photographer. He produced projects documenting the lives of coal miners in West Virginia, garbage men in Pittsburgh, homelessness in Pittsburgh, and the Panther Hollow project. Included in this collection is a series of photographs taken on Sunday, April 7, 1968, three days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the National Day of Mourning. A personal passion of Harris’s was cycling; he photographed the sport extensively, especially BMX and road racing and was the co-founder of the Thrift Drug Classic race.

This collection includes work produced for Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), Koppers Company (Koppers), Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (PPG), American Express Bank (American Express), Archadeck, Walt Disney Company (Disney), Jones and Laughlin Steel Company (J&L Steel), Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO), Mellon Bank, Time, Fortune, Business Week, Medical World News, Rutgers University, Boy Scouts of America, The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), New York Times, and the Social Security Administration, among others.

Since the arrangement of this collection is partially dependent on format, there are gaps in the display of folder numbers. These gaps reflect the separation of 35mm and 120mm negatives.

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