Forging History: Lincoln University Partners with Getty Images to Illuminate Legacy and Safeguard Intellectual Heritage

Forging History: Lincoln University Partners with Getty Images to Illuminate Legacy and Safeguard Intellectual Heritage

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Forging History: Lincoln University Partners with Getty Images to Illuminate Legacy and Safeguard Intellectual Heritage


OXFORD, PA, March 21, 2024Lincoln University, 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 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:
https://www.gettyimages.com/corporate-responsibility/hbcu-partnership



About Lincoln University
Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU),
educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. Lincoln 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.

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, sport 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.

Through its best-in-class creative library and Custom Content soulutions, Getty Images helps customers
elevate their creativity and entire end‑to‑end creative process to find the right visual for any need. With
the adoption and distribution of generative AI technologies and tools trained on permissioned content
and uncapped indemnification and perpetual, worldwide usage rights, Getty Images and iStock
customers can use text to image generation to ideate and create commercially safe compelling visuals,
further expanding Getty Images capabilities to deliver exactly what customers are looking for.

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