Stonehill College to host exhibit of Stanley Bauman photos
Iconic photographs of boxer Rocky Marciano and other period photographs will be on display Wednesday as Stonehill College holds an open house for its Stanley Bauman photography collection.
A longtime photographer for The Enterprise, Bauman, of Brockton, left his entire life’s work — an estimated 500,000 images stretching from the 1930s to 2003 — to Easton’s Stonehill College when he died in 2007.
The college’s archive department will host the open house to let the public see how far they’ve come in assembling the collection, as well as offering prints for sale of about 50 selected photographs.
The open house runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the college archives in room 208 of the Martin Institute.
Stonehill has been working since July of 2007 to sort, catalog and preserve the vast collection.
“The collection is very important because it documents — it’s one man’s life’s work — but it documents the history of Brockton and southeastern Massachusetts,” said archives director Nicole Tourangeau. “It documents how life changed over the course of 50 years.”
Over the past year, the archives department has processed between 40,000 and 50,000 of the images and cataloged 24,000 of them in an online index.
Tourangeau said the biggest challenge in working with the collection has been the sheer size of it.
“The time it takes to re-sleeve — to put the negatives in an archival sleeve and box — and put it in an electronic catalog so we can move away from Stanley’s paper catalog and index. It’s a very labor-intensive process. It’s taken us longer than we anticipated.”
Tourangeau said she still gets requests — including four last week — for copies of a Bauman Rocky photo.
Brockton native Marciano was the heavyweight boxing champion of the world from 1952 to 1956. He retired at age 31 as the only undefeated heavyweight champion in boxing history with a record of 49-0. He died in 1969 in a plane crash at age 45.
While the entire collection of Bauman negatives won’t be open for viewing, anyone interested in making an appointment to search for a specific photo can do so at the open house.
For more information, call the Stonehill College Archives Department at 508- 565-1121.