Guide to the Tod H. Francis (1959- ) Photograph Collection

Collection Title: Tod H. Francis (1959- ) Photograph Collection
Dates: 1977-1983
Identification: 75/31/28
Creator: Francis, Tod Huntington, 1959 -
Extent: 16 Boxes
Abstract: The Tod H. Francis photograph collection spans the period 1977-1983 and fills 16 boxes. Francis, an alumnus of Northwestern University, took photographs of activities of student life on campus during his years at NU, especially fraternity and sorority activities. The collection contains color photographic negatives, prints, contact sheets, and transparencies.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Tod Huntington Francis was born September 8, 1959. After spending his youth in Indianapolis, he entered Northwestern University in 1977. Francis graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. While a student at Northwestern, he funded his tuition through extensive work in photography, taking pictures of numerous campus events typically relating to fraternities and sororities, working especially for the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Francis also worked as the photo editor for the Northwestern University Syllabus during his senior year. He did his postgraduate studies at Northwestern, taking a Master of Management degree in 1983 from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. While remaining an avid and accomplished photographer, Francis has pursued a career in venture capitalism, specializing in areas relating to technology development and energy efficiency.

Scope and Content

The Tod H. Francis photograph collection spans the period 1977-1983 and fills 16 boxes. The collection contains color photographic negatives, prints, contact sheets, and transparencies documenting his work as a popular and successful photographer of campus, especially fraternity and sorority, activities. Materials are arranged first according to physical format:

Photographic negatives are found here in 35 millimeter format, both four to five-image strips and by the score on reels. Three boxes of strip negatives cover activities of the year 1979 and include a substantial quantity of unidentified, undated material. These negatives are organized into categories relating to fraternities and sororities, to locations on or around the Northwestern campus, to sports, and to student activities, events, and people.

A single box of prints follows, documenting several locations, themes, and events. None of the prints are dated. They are arranged in alphabetical order according to broad subject identifications.

Negatives found on reels, or "line negatives," span the years from 1979 to 1983 and cover many of the same events reflected in the contact sheets. These negatives tend to carry more detailed information with regard to the events they document. Each reel of negatives is identified with the name of the sponsoring organization and the name and date of the event.

The contact sheets are housed in three dropfront boxes. The subject matter depicted relates to numerous fraternity and sorority events held between 1979 and 1983. Contact sheets are organized alphabetically by topical headings. Much of the imagery available on contact sheets corresponds to photographs also found in the collection's group or reel or line negatives.

Three boxes of transparencies complete the collection and cover the period between 1977 and 1983. Subject matter relates primarily to locations and events on the Northwestern campus. Transparencies are organized first by broad topical categories and then chronologically. Completing the collection are transparencies made for the production of the 1983 Men of Northwestern and Women of Northwestern calendars which were distributed by Northwestern's Athletic Department.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Photographs

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--Students--Photographs


Container List / Contents

  • Strip Negatives: Fraternities and Sororities
    • Alpha Tau Omega Spring Formal, May 18, 1979Box 1, Folder 1
    • Chi Omega Candids, n.d.Box 1, Folder 2
    • Delta Delta Delta Spring Pledging, April 9, 1979Box 1, Folder 3
    • Delta Gamma Spring Pledging, April 10, 1979Box 1, Folder 4
    • Kappa Alpha Theta Football, November 1979Box 1, Folder 5
    • Phi Kappa Psi Spring Formal, May 26, 1979Box 1, Folder 6
    • Pledging, n.d.Box 1, Folder 7
    • Rush, n.d.Box 1, Folder 8
    • Sigma Alpha Epsilon, n.d.Box 1, Folder 9
    • Theta Chi Spring Formal, May 4, 1979Box 1, Folder 10
  • Strip Negatives: Locations
    • Auditoriums, n.d.Box 1, Folder 11
    • Beach Photos, n.d.Box 1, Folder 12
    • Chapel, n.d.Box 1, Folder 13
    • Chicacgo: Beer Chug, n.d.Box 1, Folder 14
    • Chicago El, n.d.Box 1, Folder 15
    • Eating Places, n.d.Box 1, Folder 16
    • Emmett's, n.d.Box 1, Folder 17
    • Evanston, n.d.Box 1, Folder 18
    • Northwestern University: General, n.d.Box 1, Folder 19
    • Sculpture, n.d.Box 1, Folder 20
    • Searle, n.d.Box 1, Folder 21
    • Willard, n.d.Box 1, Folder 22
  • Strip Negatives: Sports
    • Baseball, n.d.Box 2, Folder 1
    • Boating, n.d.Box 2, Folder 2
    • Football, n.d.Box 2, Folder 3
    • Gymnastics, n.d.Box 2, Folder 4
    • Hockey, n.d.Box 2, Folder 5
    • Picnic, n.d.Box 2, Folder 6
    • Sailing, n.d.Box 2, Folder 7
    • Softball, n.d.Box 2, Folder 8
    • Swimming, n.d.Box 2, Folder 9
    • Tennis, n.d.Box 2, Folder 10
    • Track (Women's), n.d.Box 2, Folder 11
    • Waterskiing, n.d.Box 2, Folder 12
    • Windsurfing, n.d.Box 2, Folder 13
  • Strip Negatives: Activities, Events and People
    • A & O, n.d.Box 2, Folder 14
    • Band, n.d.Box 2, Folder 15
    • J.B. (Play), n.d.Box 2, Folder 16
    • Shoot Yourself, n.d.Box 2, Folder 17
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 1
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 2
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 3
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 4
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 5
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 6
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 7
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 8
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 9
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 10
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 11
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 12
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 13
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 14
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 15
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 16
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 17
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 18
    • Unidentified Events, n.d.Box 3, Folder 19
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 20
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 21
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 22
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 23
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 24
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 25
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 26
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 27
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 28
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 29
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 30
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 31
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 32
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 33
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 34
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 35
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 36
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 37
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 38
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 39
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 40
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 41
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 42
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 3, Folder 43
    • Unidentified Sorority Group Shots, n.d.Box 4, Folder 1
  • Prints
    • Cahn Auditorium, n.d.Box 4, Folder 2
    • Chapel, n.d.Box 4, Folder 3
    • Deering Library, n.d.Box 4, Folder 4
    • Greek, n.d.Box 4, Folder 5
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma, n.d.Box 4, Folder 6
    • Main Library, n.d.Box 4, Folder 7
    • Norris, n.d.Box 4, Folder 8
    • Outdoors: Around Northwestern, n.d.Box 4, Folder 9
    • Pick-Staiger, n.d.Box 4, Folder 10
    • Radio Studio, n.d.Box 4, Folder 11
    • Sailing, n.d.Box 4, Folder 12
    • Spring Events, n.d.Box 4, Folder 13
    • Unidentified, n.d.Box 4, Folder 14
    • Unidentified People, n.d.Box 4, Folder 15
    • Unidentified People: Headshots, n.d.Box 4, Folder 16
    • Windsurfing, n.d.Box 4, Folder 17
  • Line Negatives
    • Alpha Chi Omega Spring Formal, May 2, 1980Box 5, Folder 1
    • Alpha Chi Omega Fall Formal, November 17, 1989Box 5, Folder 2
    • Alpha Tau Omega Fall Formal, November 21, 1980Box 5, Folder 3
    • Alpha Tau Omega Spring Formal, May 30, 1980Box 5, Folder 4
    • Alpha Tau Omega Casino Party, February 2, 1980Box 5, Folder 5
    • Alpha Tau Omega Fall Formal, November 15, 1981Box 5, Folder 6
    • Alpha Tau Omega Boat Formal, May 21, 1982Box 5, Folder 7
    • Alpha Tau Omega Casino Party, March 6, 1982Box 5, Folder 8
    • Alpha Tau Omega Boat Formal, May 29, 1981Box 5, Folder 9
    • Alpha Tau Omega Fall Formal, December 1, 1979Box 5, Folder 10
    • Beta Theta Pi Activation Brawl, January 16, 1982Box 5, Folder 11
    • Delta Delta Delta Fall Pledging, October 3, 1979Box 5, Folder 12
    • Delta Delta Delta Parent's Weekend, November 4, 1979Box 6, Folder 1
    • Delta Tau Delta Spring Formal, May 11, 1979Box 6, Folder 2
    • Delta Zeta Pledge Formal, Novemeber 22, 1981Box 6, Folder 3
    • Delta Zeta Fall Formal, November 15, 1981Box 6, Folder 4
    • Delta Zeta Pledge Formal, November 14, 1982Box 6, Folder 5
    • Delta Zeta Spring Formal, May 1, 1982Box 6, Folder 6
    • Delta Zeta Fall Pledging, October 4, 1982Box 6, Folder 7
    • Delta Zeta Pledge Formal, January 31, 1981Box 6, Folder 8
    • Delta Zeta Fall Pledging, October 5, 1981Box 6, Folder 9
    • Delta Zeta Spring Semi-Formal, May 2, 1980Box 6, Folder 10
    • Graduation Party, June 12, 1981Box 6, Folder 11
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma Centennial Formal, April 26, 1982Box 6, Folder 12
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma Winter Formal, January 31, 1980Box 7, Folder 1
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma Fall Formal, November 14, 1982Box 7, Folder 2
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma Spring Formal, May 6, 1982Box 7, Folder 3
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma Fall Pledging, October 4, 1982Box 7, Folder 4
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma Spring Formal, May 1 , 1983Box 7, Folder 5
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma Crush Party, February 18, 1983Box 7, Folder 6
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma Fall Formal, 1981Box 7, Folder 7
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma Fall Formal, 1980Box 7, Folder 8
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma Fall Pledging, October 5, 1981Box 7, Folder 9
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma Spring Formal, May 8, 1981Box 7, Folder 10
    • Kellogg Spring Fling, May 22, 1982Box 7, Folder 11
    • Phi Kappa Psi Spring Formal, May 23, 1981Box 7, Folder 12
    • Phi Kappa Psi Fall Formal, November 6, 1980Box 8, Folder 1
    • Phi Kappa Psi Fall Formal, November 20, 1981Box 8, Folder 2
    • Phi Kappa Psi Pledge Formal, November 10, 1979Box 8, Folder 3
    • Phi Kappa Psi Spring Formal, May 23, 1980Box 8, Folder 4
    • Pi Beta Phi Fall Formal, November 21, 1980Box 8, Folder 5
    • Pi Beta Phi Fall Pledging, October 5, 1981Box 8, Folder 6
    • Pi Beta Phi Spring Formal, May 9, 1981Box 8, Folder 7
    • Sigma Alpha Epsilon "Boxer Rebellion", April 16, 1982Box 8, Folder 8
    • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Suitcase Party, March 4, 1983Box 8, Folder 9
    • Sigma Nu Spring Formal, May 15, 1981Box 8, Folder 10
    • Theta Chi Fall Formal, November 14, 1982Box 8, Folder 11
    • Theta Chi Spring Formal, May 24, 1980Box 8, Folder 12
    • Theta Chi Boat Formal, May 31, 1982Box 9, Folder 1
    • Theta Chi Fall Formal, November 15, 1980Box 9, Folder 2
    • Theta Chi Fall Formal, November 15, 1981Box 9, Folder 3
    • Theta Chi Fall Formal, Ocotber 27, 1979Box 9, Folder 4
    • Theta Chi Boat Formal, May 22, 1981Box 9, Folder 5
    • Theta Chi Boat Formal, May 29, 1983Box 9, Folder 6
  • Contact Sheets
    • Alpha Chi Omega, 1979-1980Box 10, Folder 1
    • Alpha Tau Omega, 1979-1982Box 10, Folder 2
    • Beta Theta Pi, 1982Box 10, Folder 3
    • Delta Delta Delta, 1979Box 10, Folder 4
    • Delta Gamma, 1979Box 10, Folder 5
    • Delta Tau Delta, 1979Box 10, Folder 6
    • Delta Zeta, 1980-1982Box 10, Folder 7
    • Delta Zeta, 1980-1982Box 11, Folder 1
    • Kappa Kappa Gamma, 1980-1983Box 11, Folder 2
    • Kellogg Graduate School of Management, 1982Box 12, Folder 1
    • Phi Kappa Psi, 1979-1981Box 12, Folder 2
    • Pi Beta Phi, 1981Box 12, Folder 3
    • Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 1981-1983Box 12, Folder 4
    • Sigma Alpha Epsilon-Kappa Kappa Gamma, 1981-1983Box 12, Folder 5
    • Sigma Nu, 1981Box 12, Folder 6
    • Theta Chi, 1981-1983Box 12, Folder 7
    • Theta Chi, 1979-1982Box 13, Folder 1
    • Willard Hall, 1981Box 13, Folder 2
    • Untitled, 1982Box 13, Folder 3
  • Transparencies
    • Campus, November 1977Box 14, Folder 1
    • Waa Mu Show, May 1979Box 14, Folder 2
    • Campus, May 1979Box 14, Folder 3
    • Campus, April 1980Box 14, Folder 4
    • Campus, May 1980Box 14, Folder 5
    • Campus, June 1980Box 15, Folder 1
    • Campus, October 1980Box 15, Folder 2
    • Sailing Club, 1981Box 15, Folder 3
    • Untitled, May 1983Box 15, Folder 4
    • Untitled, June 1983Box 15, Folder 5
    • Untitled, n.d.Box 15, Folder 6
    • Calender: The Women of Northwestern, May/June 1983Box 16, Folder 1
    • Calender: The Men of Northwestern, May/June 1983Box 16, Folder 2