History of SSU in Photography

Over the past 50 years, the various staff photographers of Sonoma State University have taken pictures of events, people, buildings, Commencements, Convocations, classroom activities and many others topic areas. Much of the older collection is in black and white print and slides and were actually developed in a darkroom on campus. As we moved into the digital world, so did photography. The darkroom, all the chemicals and the black and white prints became a memory of the past, although all of those photos and slides still exist in a hard copy archive.

All photography work is now digital and is stored electronically. Below are selections from different time periods of Sonoma State University’s history


Mustard field, site of new campus


College View Campus, Rohnert Park


Early campus entrance


Parking Lot late 60's


Early views of Stevenson and Darwin Halls


Schulz Building, opened in 2000


Recreation Center


Art Department


Ambrose Nichols Hall


Charles Ives Hall



Students, 1966


Sonoma State Cossacks


Barbara Biebush, Sonoma State's first Librarian


1976


Campus, 1970's


Cheerleaders, 1980's



Judge Rattigan and Governor Edmund G. Brown sign SSC legislation


Temporary campus in Rohnert Park (College View Drive)


In person registration


In person registration


Commencement, 1976


Commecement, 1980's


Commencment, 2007


Open House, 1986


Science Night viewing of Wooly Mammoth bones