Herbert Gaytes, Class of 1893, was a gifted amateur photographer who meticulously documented aspects of life during the 1890’s. While a Beloit student, he began photographing College and local scenes and activities. He also visited and photographed the World’s Columbian Exposition as well as Chicago in the early and mid 1890’s. Gaytes life led him to California where he died on October 11, 1959. Several years after his death, a crate arrived at the college, containing his collection of glass plate and nitrate negatives, and photographic prints. Our online collection offers a few of his photos which capture student and College life, as well as the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition.
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