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Roy C. Craven, Jr. Photograph Collection

Identifier: Ms Coll. 125

Scope and Content

This collection consists of photographic prints, negatives, and slides (both 35 mm and 120 mm) taken from 1962 to 1994, with most of the images coming from the 1970s. Images in this collection come from sites throughout the Americas, India, Indonesia, Europe, and Africa. Additionally, images of family members and faculty are also included. The subjects of the images include historic Mayan ceremonial sites located in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Belize, and Honduras. Some of the sites include Tikal, Uxmal, Palenque, Copán, and Chichén Itzá. There are also photographs of sites such as Machu Picchu (Inca) in Peru, historic churches and contemporary architecture in cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Delhi, and scenes of the countryside. Many artifacts, art, and textiles are also featured, including Andean and Indian folk art, assorted museum collections, and ceramic crafts.

There are detailed descriptions on the reverse side of each photograph in Series 1 with information about the date of the site or building and the geographical location. Additionally, each photograph in the series was given a code and then sequentially numbered within that code. Information regarding items in Series 2 is less detailed, if present at all. This collection documents Craven's wide-ranging interests in art and culture from a wide variety of people and geographic locations. These images also highlight the work Craven did in collecting art and crafting exhibits for the UF University Gallery.


  • Creation: 1962-1994, undated
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970s



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Biographical/Historical Note

Roy Curtis Craven, Jr., born in Alabama on July 29, 1924, was an artist who used the mediums of painting, sculpture, and photography. Craven was also the author of or contributor to over a dozen books on the subjects of art of India and Mayan ceremonial sites, as well as exhibit catalogs. From 1962 to 1963, he was in India as a senior research scholar under the Fulbright Program. He was an associate professor of art at the University of Florida when he was appointed as acting director of the University's new gallery in September of 1964. He served as the director of the University Gallery from its opening in 1966 until his retirement. Craven died on May 30, 1996.


16.96 Linear feet (28 boxes (includes approximately 6,800 slides))

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Roy C. Craven, Jr. (1924-1996) served as the first director of the UF Gallery. This collection documents Craven's wide-ranging interests in art and culture and highlights the work he did in collecting art and crafting exhibits for the gallery. The collection consists of photographic prints, negatives, and slides featuring images from sites throughout the Americas, India, Indonesia, Europe, and Africa.


This collection is arranged into two series based on accession. "Series 1: First accession" contains only photographs and was originally processed in 2008. "Series 2: Second accession" features photographs, negatives, and slides and was processed in 2016. This series is further divided into four subseries, largely based on geographic location: "Subseries 2a: Mexico and Central America," " Subseries 2b: North and South America," " Subseries 2c: Europe, Asia, and Africa," and "Subseries 2d: Assorted." Items within each series are arranged alphabetically, generally by location.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Related Material

Roy C. Craven, Oral History Interview, Samuel Proctor Oral History Program:

UG at 50: The Roy Craven Legacy: In the loop article; Vimeo video

Processing Notes

From Series 1: The photographs arrived in two boxes. A label on the lid of one box had printed, "The William E. Carter Memorial Photographic Archive of Latin America." Below that was printed "Photography by ROY C. CRAVEN, JR." The photographs were removed and placed in archival folders in manuscript boxes. The photographs were given to Richard Phillips by the Center for Latin American Studies.

A Guide to the Roy C. Craven, Jr. Photograph Collection
Finding aid created by Steve Duckworth and Joyce Dewsbury
October 2008 (revised April 2016)
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America