Collection Description (from online finding aid): Forrest “Bud” Harris was a commercial and advertising photographer. Born and based in Pittsburgh, Pa., his professional clients included a variety of local corporate and non-profit institutions. Working mainly between the late 1960s and 1990s, Harris captured a multifaceted view of not only the corporate manufacturing world of Koppers and Alcoa, but also the local communities that allowed these institutions to thrive. Media includes gelatin silver prints, inkjet prints, 35mm, 120mm and 4x5 black and white and color negatives, 35mm black and white and color slides, 16mm film, videotape, digital video disk, audio cassettes, and manuscript materials.
The Forrest "Bud" Harris Photographs 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.
Archive name: University of Pittsburgh Archives & Special Collections
Archive location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Archive website: http://library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections