About the Collection
Richard Gilbert Potter was a salesman and sometime photographer who collected local history photographs from the period 1880 to 1930 and took photos through the 1960s. Potter then copied and peddled the images for use as decoration in many Louisville businesses, hotels, and restaurants. In addition to thousands of photographs made or collected by Potter, the collection also contains large-format black and white negatives made by the Walter Fischer Studio (active from 1927 to 1945), which Potter purchased in 1945 and operated until 1950, and over two hundred 7x17 inch negatives in the unusual banquet camera format.
The photographs document Louisville street scenes, historic buildings, Louisville mayors, the Potter family, celebrities, sporting events, including horse racing at Churchill Downs, and local professional and amateur baseball.
The initial images appearing in the digital collection had been scanned for publications, exhibitions, or preservation, and will be augmented as additional groups of scans are cataloged and completed. Eventually, it is our hope that digital versions will be available for all unique original negatives and prints, excluding duplicates, copyrighted images, and images of particularly poor quality.
Conditions of Use
The University of Louisville welcomes fair use of this website and its contents. If you wish to publish, broadcast, or publicly display these materials, please notify Archives and Special Collections. In addition, it is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions, which may include paying fees for commercial use. For further information about permissions, use, and ordering reproductions, see Copies: Prices and Permissions, or contact Archives and Special Collections, University of Louisville.
To cite an image from this collection, please use the following format:
[Image Number], R. G. Potter Collection, Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky.
To cite the digital version, add its Reference URL (found by following the link in the header above the digital file).
The R. G. Potter Collection was scanned on Epson Expression and Microtek flatbed scanners under the supervision of Bill Carner and Amy Hanaford Purcell, 2000 – 2012. Some cropping and rotating was done using Photoshop. Rachel I. Howard converted the TIFFs into JPEGs of 640 pixels on the long side using CONTENTdm version 6.1.3.
Elizabeth Fox-Corbett, Mitchell Scott, Allison Jones, and Rachel I. Howard researched and created metadata for the R. G. Potter Collection, based in part on information gathered by Andy Anderson, Delinda Stephens Buie, Bill Carner, Amy Hanaford Purcell, and others over the years in the Photographic Archives, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Terri Holtze designed the HTML pages and Dwayne K. Buttler, J.D., provided copyright advice.