Descartes Pascal was an agriculturalist who also experimented with photography. As a result of his interest, the ISU Special Collections Department possesses several hundred gelatin glass plate negatives belonging to Pascal.

Due to the difficulty of user access of glass plate negatives, the Special Collections Department created a special preservation project.  Funded by Pascal's great-niece, Darlene Hudek, preservation black and white still photographs were made of selected images.  These images were then scanned and placed on the Special Collections website, thus providing researchers with a view of the past rarely seen.    

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Last update:
30 August 2005 by Milana Richardson