The Roger G. Barry Archive at National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has over 50,000 photographs of glaciers. From glass plate negatives taken in 1890 to chromogenic prints taken in 2017. These documents allow for landscape and glacier observations giving scientists opportunities for discovery and analysis. It’s also a great record of photographic history and the various negative/print processes. While currently housed in the NSIDC, CU Boulder has partnered with the center on a grant to digitize and create metadata for every image in the glacier collections. The materials will soon be moved to the CU Boulder Archives and the collaboration will make the collection widely available both online and for onsite researchers. You explore the ones that are available so far at the Glacier Photo Collection.
Photograph of the Alps by Harry F. Reid, 1892