Visit the Laura Volkerding Study Center

Located on the second floor of the CCP, the Study Center is a space dedicated to research and study of our archivesrare books and reference materials, and oral histories.

Research Appointments

We are able to offer select remote reference appointments utilizing new technology to display archival objects to you through Zoom. We are also open on an appointment only basis during the Study Center's open hours: Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Requests to visit for and utilize the collection should be directed to Please note that phone calls and direct messages will also be forwarded to this queue for the sake of an equitable process.

About the Laura Volkerding Study Center

The Study Center is named in honor of Louisville, Kentucky, native Laura Volkerding (1939-1996). Volkerding studied fine arts at the University of Louisville and at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where she received her Master’s degree in graphic design. Laura began her artistic career making drawings, weavings, and prints but switched to photography in 1972 after a fire in her studio destroyed much of her early work. From 1970 to 1979, she taught at the University of Chicago. In 1980, she became a lecturer in photography at Stanford University, where she remained for 16 years. Volkerding received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Prix de Paris, and the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. In 1996, the Center for Creative Photography published her book, Solomon’s Temple: The European Building-Crafts Legacy.