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Receiving honorary degrees at Springfield College are (left to right) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Carl David Smith, P. Mathew Joseph, Mary Elizabeth Switzer, and Glenn A. Olds, June 14, 1964
Vintage wire photograph on paper

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis and Judy Hochberg in honor of Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Accession Number: P2021.13.2

Commentary
Receive Honorary Degrees: Receiving honorary degrees at the 78th Commencement exercises of Springfield College Sunday are (left to right) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., of Atlanta, principal speaker, Doctor of Divinity; Dr. Carl David Smith, Trustee of Springfield College, Doctor of Humanics; P. Mathew Joseph of Lakshimibai College, Gwalior Shaktinager, India, Doctor of Humanics; Mary Elizabeth Switzer, Commissioner of the Vocational Rehabilitation Administration of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Doctor of Humanics; and Glenn A. Olds, President of Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 until his assassination in 1968.

Bibliography
Associated Press ID # 6406140118

Marks
On recto: typewritten title and date.
On verso: typewritten title, date stamp and library stamp.

Materials
Wire photographs were originally transmitted over phonelines, then later, by satellite. They were first used in the early 1920s. Associated Press became a leader with this. After pigment touch-ups, etc., the print is put into a drum (like a drum scanner). The image gets converted into audio tones that are transmitted. The tones are received and beamed onto photo-sensitive paper. Wire photographs are copies without originals---they are hybrid, transmitted objects. (Britt Salvesen, Curator and Department Head, Photography Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 30-31, 2022)

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