Welcome to the Watkins Photographic Archive Project website. The Project’s goal is to make my extensive collection of photographs available online to the public. To help make this Project a reality, I teamed up with the Central Valley Community Foundation and Fresno State’s Library. The Foundation (and its predecessor—the Fresno Regional Foundation) helped me raise the funds needed to make my Project a reality. My heartfelt thanks to the 1000+ donors for their generous support.
I am currently working with the Fresno State Library to provide public access to a comprehensive index for my nearly 17,000 photographs covering 1973 through 1989. These photographs will be searchable not only by the album date, but also the name of a person or organization. I am working on expanding my personal website to provide access to the 350,000+ I have taken since January of 1990.
One can view and individually download from over 210,000 historic and current photographs through this website’s “Photographs” link (currently covering September of 2007 to present). The Index lists links to each album event by the event date. You can search by date or a key word in the album title of the event. However, searching by first or last name is not available, unless the name is in the album title.
For now, you may individually download my photographs for personal, non-commercial use for free. Note: some photo albums predate 2007. This includes some old family photos and when I was attending Thomas Starr King Junior High and John Marshall High School in Los Angeles, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and U.C. Berkeley among other schools and places in the 1960s. These can be found by searching for a keyword in the album name.
As this is my personal website, I have included a link to my Family Ancestry. Also, the Potpourri section has links to some very informative and intriguing articles, videos, and music. I think you will enjoy them.
Again, my thanks and appreciation to the many donors, my family, and others whose support has made this Photo Archive Project feasible.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions.
Howard K. Watkins,
Fresno's Photo Laureate
964 Palo Verde Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
Cell: (559) 355-7040