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 archives, rare books and reference materials, and oral histories. Multimedia equipment is available. Explore our collections.
The Study Center is open by appointment only and research appointments must be made well in advance.
Study Center hours are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday-Friday.
January 2021 update: The Study Center remains closed due to the University of Arizona’s COVID-19 response and safety response policy. Research services provided through the Volkerding Study Center are extremely limited through the Spring 2021 semester due to COVID-19.
Educators: please visit our Learn page for options about our photographic education opportunities and LENS initiative.
CCP staff are eager to help you with your research! Whether you have a specific question, or would like some suggestions for how to get started with archives, please reach out. To request assistance, please fill out the Research Assistance form.
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.