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Lincoln University PA Partners With Getty Images To Illuminate Legacy & Safeguard Intellectual Heritage

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU) established in 1854 and a leading institution renowned for its rich history and contributions to the community, is thrilled to announce a new content partnership with Getty Images, a preeminent global visual content creator and marketplace. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in Lincoln’s ongoing mission to preserve and disseminate its rich legacy.

As this year marks Lincoln University’s 170th anniversary, the institution is poised to showcase its illustrious history and highlight the contributions of important alumni such as the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, American poet, social activist Langston Hughes, Kwame Nkrumah, the former President of Ghana, the First President of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe, N.J. Lieutenant Governor the Honorable Sheila Y. Oliver, and Philadelphia’s current Mayor Cherelle Parker.

Lincoln University is a public state-related historically black university near Oxford, Pennsylvania.

Lincoln has also hosted prestigious visitors such as Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and three U.S. Presidents.

“At Lincoln University, we are immensely proud to partner with Getty Images, marking a significant milestone in our institution’s history that illuminates our legacy and safeguards our intellectual heritage,” said Lincoln University President Dr. Brenda A. Allen.

“This collaboration not only allows us to preserve and disseminate our rich history on a global scale but also underscores our commitment to empowering future generations with the transformative power of visual storytelling.”

Through this partnership, Getty Images will manage the post-production costs to restore 1,500 photos from Lincoln University’s Archives. This funding comes from the company’s HBCU Photo Archive Grants Program provided by the Getty Family and Stand Together. This generous support underlines Getty Images’ dedication to advancing cultural preservation by publishing Lincoln’s archival content and emphasizes its commitment to disseminating Lincoln’s present and historical narratives.

“In 2021, Getty Images launched the Photo Archive Grants Program for HBCUs to support the preservation of historical photos from HBCU’s archives and celebrate the traditions and photo coverage of HBCUs today,” said Cassandra Illidge, Getty Images Vice President of Global Content Partnerships and Executive Director of the HBCU Photo Archive Grants Program.

“Lincoln now joins other esteemed HBCUs currently working with Getty Images to protect their intellectual property, increase access to unique imagery, and raise awareness of rarely seen historical events.”

Getty Images esteemed HBCU program partner, Epson America, Inc., has generously donated its Expression 13000XL scanner and software that facilitates Lincoln’s digitization efforts of the archive. This collaboration represents a significant investment in Lincoln’s legacy and historical archives, enabling the university to honor the past while embracing the digital future.

In addition, Getty Images’ program partner, Adnet Global, a renowned post‑production agency that specializes in the digitization, restoration, and discoverability of visual analog historic libraries in the photo digitization process, will work closely with Lincoln to ensure pristine digital replicas are enriched with meticulously applied metadata.

“One of the themes in our strategic plan is to Tell the Unique Story of Lincoln, and this partnership will allow Lincoln to tell its rich history, showcase our legacy and empower the nation with rarely seen images, videos and stories from our past,” said Harry Stinson III, MS-SA, Lincoln University Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “It also demonstrates the power of information and our visual history and accentuates how this university has helped pave the way for men and women of color over the last several decades.”

To discover and explore Lincoln’s newest content on Getty Images, visit here.

To learn more about the Getty Images HBCU Photo Archive Grants Program, go to:


About Lincoln University

Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. The university offers a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women in more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Lincoln House is a brick structure at the corner of University Road and Baltimore Pike, across from the Alumni Memorial Arch. It is a private guest residence.

For more news on Lincoln University, visit Lincoln News.

About Getty Images

Getty Images (NYSE: GETY) is a preeminent global visual content creator and marketplace that offers a full range of content solutions to meet the needs of any customer around the globe, no matter their size.

Through its Getty Images, iStock and Unsplash brands, websites, and APIs, Getty Images serves customers in almost every country in the world and is the first place people turn to discover, purchase, and share powerful visual content from the world’s best photographers and videographers. Getty Images works with over 557,000 contributors and more than 320 content partners to deliver this powerful and comprehensive content.

Each year Getty Images covers more than 160,000 news, sports and entertainment events providing depth and breadth of coverage that is unmatched. Getty Images maintains one of the largest and best privately-owned photographic archives in the world with millions of images dating back to the beginning of photography.

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