January 19, 2022

History: University of Northern Iowa Project Creates Digital Archive of 20th Century Photos

From Radio Iowa:

UNI associate professor of communication studies Bettina Fabos says the project, called FORTEPAN Iowa, features mostly amateur, but high quality photos taken by Iowans during the 20th century.

“The idea is that people will be able to put together, through this extensive chronology, a very different, complex and appreciative history of Iowa as a diverse state,” Fabos says.


Gabos came up with the idea for the Iowa project after her Fulbright fellowship in Hungary in 2013. While she was there, she helped compile the original FORTEPAN project.

The name FORTEPAN comes from the name of a well-known Hungarian photographic film that was made from 1922 to 2007. Fabos is hoping other states will follow Iowa’s lead and create their own FORTEPAN photo archives.

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Note: The FORTEPAN Iowa Archive is scheduled to launch next week (March 25, 2015) with about 2,000 images (with more to come). A launch event is schedule to take place at UNI’s Rod Library.

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