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Jeff Roberts ’68Iconic ImageryA photographer who documented a historic campus era donates his collection of 3,000-plus images to the University.By Matt Cook

A collection of images that captures the University of the late 1960s—student strikes, freshman week, and a range of other campus activities—is now part of the University’s Archives.

Taken by former Interpres photography editor Jeff Roberts ’68, the collection of more than 3,000 negatives, contact sheets, and prints includes photographs that are considered some of the most recognizable and iconic images from a sometimes tumultuous period at Rochester.

The collection offers both a representation of Roberts’s four years as a student and an unedited perspective of what it was like to be a student at the time. It includes well-known snapshots of University history as well as photos that capture the moments just before and after the iconic images were taken, many of which show a range of emotions and, sometimes, people.

Roberts made a point to make his gift in time for Meliora Weekend this fall. As a result, members of the Class of 1969, many of whom are in the photographs and attended the 50th reunion celebration, were able to see and enjoy the photos. Roberts was also able to help classmates identify themselves in the images and provide some of the stories behind the pictures.