Severson Studio photo negatives collection

Years ago we were given several boxes of old large (4×6 and 5×7) photo negatives from the Severson Studio which was owned and operated by Herbert M. Severson (1885-1971) in Scottsbluff.  Most of the negatives were in old, thin paper sleeves that were literally breaking apart as they were handled.  Written on most but not all of the paper sleeves was a name which we presume is the surname of the individual in the photo.

The Severson Photo Negative Scanning Project was actually designed as two distinct projects.  Phase 1 of the project entailed removing each and every photo negative from its paper sleeve and then placing it in a new archival safe polyester photo negative sleeve.  We then copied any information from the paper sleeve to a new label and placed the label on the new sleeve.  The photo negatives, in their new archival safe sleeves, were then placed into archival safe lignin free boxes for long term storage.

Phase 2 of the project, when started, will be to digitally scan each and every photo negative in the collection and then place those images on this website.

This project and especially phase 2, will be one of those tedious and time consuming projects that may take a year or several to complete.  We have not yet purchased or setup the computer equipment that will be required to complete this project but once a project leader is assigned and other volunteers are brought on board, a designated work area at the Center will be allocated and the equipment will be purchased for the project.  Project volunteers will be able to work on this project at their convenience.  The project leader will be responsible for managing the project and will provide occasional status reports to the staff and director.

9 thoughts on “Severson Studio photo negatives collection”

  1. Hello,

    a message from the Netherlands. I very recently came into possession of a small lot of 6 film holders in 5×7″ size. They are all of similar age, design and show similar marks of use. One of them has a sticker. It reads

    Severson Studio
    cameras – film – developing
    1719 Brodaway – Ph 211 Scottsbluff

    I have carefully restored these old film holders to useable condition and will use them with several vintage cameras I own.

    The film holders are made by the Folmer corporation, for Eastman Film. They have a patent date 07.1927 stamped on them.

    They were purchased as a lot from an internet seller located in Boulder, CO.

    On my website I will be showing them shortly, since I like to show vintage camera equipment that I build, restore and use.

    Best regards from the Netherlands,

    Johan Niels Kuiper

  2. I am a grandson of Herbert Severson and I am interested in any info on this project
    Kim S. Severson

  3. As a great grandson of Herbert Severson, I have been trying to find out more information about his life in Western Nebraska.

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