Published: May 13, 2018

Mother and child photo by Charles Snow

Happy Mother’s Day! These images of mothers and children are just a few out of about 64,000 images form the Charles F. Snow Photograph collection, many of which have been digitized and can be found in our CU Boulder Libraries onling gallery.

Mother with her daughter and son by Charles Snow, photographer.

Charles Snow came to Boulder in 1908 at the age of 22. By 1910, he bought Charles E. Gosha’s studio and married Georgia McNaught who worked there. Georgia and Charles worked together in his studio; and while she took care of the administration side of the business, he took the pictures. He accumulated hundreds of accolades, including being awarded the title of Master of Photography from the Professional Photographers of America, and becoming a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. Snow considered himself the unofficial photographer of the University for many years, taking pictures of events, the campus and its residents. In 1961, he sold his business to Hans Hink. At the same time, he sold a portion of his negatives to the University of Colorado Boulder. Later, large additions of his negatives were added to this collection and many of Snow’s prints come up in numerous collections throughout the Archives.

100 Stories for 100 YearsThe University of Colorado Boulder Libraries will celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Archives on June 6, 2018. This is story #76 in our series: 100 Stories for 100 Years from the Archives!