Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hohenberger mss., 1917-1960, consist primarily of photographs by Frank Michael Hohenberger, 1876-1963, Brown County photographer and newspaperman. The photograph collection totals 8300 prints and 9400 negatives. Also present in the collection is a small amount of correspondence, a lengthy "diary" by Hohenberger describing many of his photographic tours and processes, and copies of his "Down in the Hills O' Brown County" articles. A few works of art on paper by Beatrice S. Levy, Carl C. Graf, Louis Oscar Griffith, and John Moranz complete the collection.

Hohenberger was born in Ohio in 1876 and orphaned at five years of age. He spent his boyhood as a printing apprentice and later worked several years on newspapers in Dayton, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky, and finally for the Indianapolis Star. In 1917 he left Indianapolis to start a small photography business in Nashville, Indiana, concentrating on the subject matter of Brown County. The next forty-seven years were spent recording the life, customs, and scenes of the hills of Brown County, with side trips and hired assignments in other areas of Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Mexico. From 1923 to 1954 he wrote a column for the Sunday Indianapolis Star, "Down in the Hills O' Brown County." The articles were frequently illustrated with his photographs. Hohenberger, who died in November 1963, willed his collection to the Indiana University Foundation. The collection is housed in, and administered by, the Lilly Library, Indiana University.

Among the correspondents are Rossa Belle Cooley, Arthur Wells Elting, Kate Gleason, Don Herold, William M. Herschel, James R. Hopkins, Horace Kephart, Elfrieda Lang, Richard Lieber, James Arthur Stuart, Webb Waldron, Thomas Jackson Woofter, and Carolina Bleach.

Also present is Hohenberger's own index to the negatives. The finding aid has been created from this index.

Also see the Frank M. Hohenberger Photograph Collection [digital collection]

Gift. Frank M. Hohenberger estate. 1964

Collection size: 18,700 items

Related manuscripts: Hohenberger mss. II

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.