Jerry L. Cornelius’ photos to be preserved
More than 19,000 photo negatives and digital images by the late photographer will be preserved by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
The late Jerry L. Cornelius
More than 19,000 photo negatives and digital images by the late Jerry L. Cornelius, a professional photographer in Tulsa for more than 50 years, will be preserved by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
OHS recently acquired the Jerry L. Cornelius Photography Collection from the Cornelius family. Its images are primarily of people and places in Tulsa and the surrounding area from the 1950s through the early 21st century.
The collection will be archived by the OHS, and through the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP), the collection will remain with the Tulsa community. The OHS eventually will digitize and catalog the negatives, making it possible for the collection to be searchable at gateway.okhistory.org.
A third-generation professional photographer, Cornelius owned and operated Cornelius Photography and Cornelius Photocraft. He died in 2016.
“We are thrilled that the OHS will preserve our father’s historic photographs,” says Jamie Danias, one of Cornelius’ three daughters. “Our father, photography and history had always gone together; when he took a photo he saw himself as creating a piece of history.”