The Evolution of 20th Century Camera Technology from the William B. Cavanaugh Collection

“There is a feeling of newness about these times; and if the past is prologue, as they say, better hobby technology and more fun lie ahead.”

 –William B. Cavanaugh (1924-2013)

This exhibit features historic cameras from the William Cavanaugh collection. Fascinated by cameras, Cavanaugh collected over 100 vintage cameras and camera accessories—twentieth-century cultural relics. His complete collection represents different advancements in the field of photography and technological developments that made photography easier, more accurate, and more accessible to the general public. Cavanaugh, a World War II Veteran, died January 19, 2013.  He left behind four children and thirteen grandchildren.


Dorothy B. Alexander and Alex D. Geiger, Special Collections Department, UMBC