Missouri Announces The Angus & Betty McDougall Center For Photojournalism Studies

COLUMBIA, MO - The Angus and Betty McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies, named for the renowned photography innovator and educator and his wife, will be dedicated next September during the centennial of the Missouri School of Journalism and the dedication of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Angus & Betty McDougallMU photojournalism chair David Rees called the center "an unparalleled documentary photojournalism resource."

"A major benefit of this gift from Mac and Betty is that it establishes the Missouri Photojournalism Archive, a repository of photojournalistic work," Rees said. "And the Center will work cooperatively with the POYi, CPoY and Missouri Photo Workshop professional programs and respective archives. Initially, we'll digitize and catalogue Mac's work. Eventually, we anticipate, we will accept photography from others who are selected to be in the archive. This work will be preserved, organized and made available for research and educational use."

The McDougall Center for Photojournalism Studies will preserve collections of photographs by newspaper, magazine and documentary photographers. The images will be available for archival, research, exhibition and educational use.

In making the gift, McDougall said, "Photojournalism deserves the recognition and accessibility for study that is given fine art photography." McDougall led the Missouri photojournalism sequence and served as director of the Pictures of the Year competition from 1972 through 1982.

The new McDougall Center is funded through proceeds from an endowment established by the McDougalls in 2007. It will be located in space to be renovated in Lee Hills Hall on the University of Missouri campus. The gift supports 100 by 100: The Centennial Campaign for the Missouri School of Journalism, an effort to increase financial commitments to the School's endowment to $100 million by 2008.

The McDougall Center will create the online Missouri Photojournalism Archive, comprised of collections of photographs, oral histories, writings and other materials from individual photographers. The work of Angus McDougall will be the first to be catalogued and made available. Subsequently, the archive will grow by invitation to selected Missouri photojournalism alumni and other friends of the program.

Plans call for the McDougall Center to also make the POYi, CPoY, and Missouri Photographic Workshop collections available electronically.

Angus and Betty McDougall live in Columbia, MO. His legacy is that he set high standards of excellence in photography, photo editing and photojournalism education. As a Milwaukee Journal photographer, he was an innovator in the use of high-speed strobe technology and in using multiple pictures to tell stories.

Additional information about the dedication of the McDougall Center during the September 10 through 12, 2008, centennial-dedication celebration will be available next summer, Rees said.